Merchant City Festival Returns

The Merchant City Festival presents some of the best Scottish and international art and entertainment. With a programme of street arts, music, theatre, food and drink, visual art, comedy, dance, fashion and design and children and family activities while at the same time showcasing the unique cultural hub that is the Merchant City neighbourhood.

Here are some of the highlights from this year’s programme:

MCF Carnival Procession – 22 July, midday, starting at Cathedral Square

Kicking off proceedings in style this colourful procession will snake its way through the city centre and into the Merchant City.

Family Sanctuary at Scottish Youth Theatre – 23 July, 2 – 4.30pm, Scottish Youth Theatre

Scottish Youth Theatre is throwing open its doors and welcoming children aged 3 – 7 and their families to enjoy two interactive shows inspired by science and nature –The Little Red Hen & The Worm.  You can also enjoy the sanctuary of their family friendly building – a welcome refuge from the frivolity of the festival!

One ticket costs £5 and permits entry to both performances.

Family Zone – 24 July, 12 – 4pm, Merchant Square

Unicorns, Greek temples and the Statue of Liberty. Children are invited to discover Glasgow’s surprising heritage through lively art workshops in sculpture, costume and much more.

Recommended age: 5+. Free, drop-in artist run workshops – no need to book.

In The Mood Swing Party – 25 July, 7.30 – 9.30, Britannia Panopticon

An evening inspired by a gone by era. Jazz and liquor featuring fine tunes selected by John Celestus, silent films and a lot of dancing! Come along and treat yourself with a very special night in a very special venue.

Tickets cost £3, age restrictions apply.

Mad Hatters Tea Party – 26 July, 2 – 5pm, Britannia Panopticon

Bring along a picnic and join in an afternoon of games, music and silent films suitable for all the family. You may even have a chance to meet some of your favourite characters so why not also come dressed up as your favourite characters!

Adult £5, Child £3, Family £15 (4 people) Booking fee of £1 applies.

Continental Markets – 27 July, 12 – 9pm, various locations

The ever popular markets stalls from around Europe return for four days of mouth watering sweet and savoury delights!

Urban Canvas 3D – 28 July, 10 – 5pm, Candleriggs

Using nothing more than chalks and artists pigment: Watch us as we create a unique piece of mind-boggling illusionary art; you simply will not believe what your eyes are telling you, as the work magically rises from the pavement! On the final day, you get the chance to photograph yourself from a dizzy height, as the artists invite you onto the art for a unique photo opportunity, but be careful where you walk and don’t look down!

Moana: Disney Dance Along Movie – 29 July, 10.30 – 1pm , Old Fruitmarket

Join Moana and Maui on their journey across the seas by dancing along with each of the songs. Dance House Glasgow will lead a fun and inclusive warm up, teach you key dance moves to the film’s iconic soundtrack and lead you through simple and catchy routines whilst you watch the movie. Suitable for little ones and their adults.

Craft Market , 30 July, 10 – 7pm, Various locations

The Merchant Square Crafts market comes outside for the weekends of the festival with something to suit all tastes and budgets. Enjoy handmade jewellery, candles, cards, cupcakes, photography and much more.

All our festival highlights are just a few mins walk away from either St Enoch or Buchanan Street Subway and with all day tickets for just £2.80 and £1.35 for kids (under 5’s travel free) you can ditch the car and travel hassle-free.