Merchant City Festival

The full programme for all nine days of the Merchant City Festival, featuring all world premieres, dazzling performances and wonderful entertainment has been unveiled.

Among the highlights are the return of Surge and Vintage to the Merchant City Festival, a dedicated strand celebrating Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, dance, comedy, music, performance, food and drink and much, much more. The Merchant City Festival starts on 30 July and runs until 7 August 2016.

The Merchant City Festival, which has been utilising animating the streets and venues of the Merchant City since 2002, will get underway on Saturday 30 July when Surge, the festival within a festival run by Conflux returns with an outstanding programme of performance and street art.

Also coming to the Merchant City Festival this year are a Brazillian/Caribbean carnival, bringing together artists and groups from across the city and across the world, the hugely popular family zone in Merchant Square, thanks to support from Merchant Square/Clydebuilt, a site specific opera in Sloans Bar, Edinburgh Fringe comedy previews and the return of the hugely popular Brunswick Street Party and Blackfriars stage and the food and craft markets.

Music performances include appearances by X-factor winner Matt Cardle, The Penman Jazzmen, the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, four nights celebrating Glasgow’s Unesco City of Music status in Merchant Square, and there is a chance to play a Steinway piano on the stage of the City Halls for Lids Open Day.

As always, the Merchant City festival promises fun for the whole family throughout. For 2016 there is Family Storytelling at the Tron Theatre, building Balloon Powered Classic Cars, Open Days at Greyfriars Garden and Artcamp from Catalonia.

Throughout the Merchant City Festival, local bars and restaurants will also be offering specially created food and drink. Brewdog will be bringing their beer truck, called Truck Norris, to the festival. Ad Lib in Ingram Street will host a Chilli Con Carne festival and on Saturday 6 August enjoy the Virginia Courtyard Festival.

Gaelic projects are also coming to the Merchant City Festival including the return of Airc, the Gaelic Hub at The Briggait which involves impromptu performances and workshops, a curated programme for 12 to 18 year old called Staing and an exhibition called Le Muirn.

The full programme including dates and times of performances, details of the opening weekend Carnival, ticket prices where applicable and where to buy them can be found at