Get Involved

Festival 2018 has something for everyone: the chance to see world-class performances, the opportunity to get involved in the many Our Place Fund community celebrations across Glasgow and local authorities hosting sporting events as well as free workshops and activities around carnival, street arts and outdoor events. These are some ways that you can get involved now:

The Great Big Opening Party

#TheMoment is finally here!  Join us in the spectacular setting of George Square to welcome the Glasgow 2018 European Championships and our friends from across Europe to the beating heart of the city.  Wednesday 1 August.  Doors open at 4pm for a 6pm start.

This is a ticketed event but an allocation of free tickets has been held for Festival 2018 to target groups lacking opportunity to engage with such activities or those organisations that work to engage with hard to reach or disadvantaged young people or adults. 

To reserve an allocation of these tickets please email us with the name of your group or organisation and number of tickets.  Please note these tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Carnival Procession

Festival 2018 are excited to be working with lead curator/producer Noel Bridgeman to create a large-scale carnival procession day on Saturday 4 August in Glasgow. The procession will move through the Festival sites at George Square and Merchant City before heading towards Glasgow Green where everyone involved can take part in the party atmosphere of GO LIVE! at the Green. Would you like to help create art work that can be waved or displayed along the Merchant City route as the fun, Festival 2018 Carnival procession passes on Saturday 4 August? If so, come along to drop-in workshops between 12 noon and 4pm at Merchant Square. Open to all. In order to help us plan for numbers, get in touch via email to book. No previous performance experience necessary.

Big Top at GO LIVE!

In celebration of Circus 250, the UK wide anniversary of the first circus ring established 250 years ago in London, Festival 2018 is building a beautiful Big Top on Glasgow Green and filling it with the best in contemporary circus from the UK & Europe. All shows are free and guaranteed to surprise and delight!

The big top seats around 550 for each performances. Festival 2018 has held back an allocation of 20% of tickets for each performance in order to target community groups that may lack opportunity to access high quality circus programmes. To reserve an allocation of these tickets please email us with the details below:
Name of group or organisation:
Date and time of the preferred performance:
Number of tickets requested:

As we expect there to be a large demand for these tickets, it would be appreciated if you could also put down alternative performances as your Option 2 and 3 choice. Tickets will be given out on a first come first served basis. Community ticket allocations will be required to be picked up on the day of the performance and at least one hour before your allocated performance.
All other tickets are free and can be collected on the day of the performance from a ticket box near to the big top.

The People Unite

UZ Arts are working with French Insitu artist Olivier Grossetete to make a massive sculpture in cardboard on Glasgow Green. If you are interested in volunteering and working with Olivier and his team to create and build the sculpture, come and join us. You must be aged 9 years and above (9 years – 12 years old should be accompanied by a parent or carer).

There are several events for The People Unite that you can get involved in, with more information on each here:

Building Bricks - Sun 29 Jul to Thu 2 Aug

Building the Tower - Fri 3 Aug

Toppling the Tower - Sat 4 Aug

No need to book, just show up!

The People's Pianos

Festival 2018 is supporting the installation of four decorated pianos across the Festival sites adding to the already existing ‘Pianos in Public Places’ around the city. These instruments will be freely accessible for anyone to come along and play every day during the festival. Help to decorate our piano on Glasgow Green or hunt our elusive roving piano across the city. All the information will be revealed in good time on this page and at

Alternatively if you are a musical performance group with a passion for playing publicly please get in touch with Tom via email where you could possibly be scheduled into playing on a specific date and time.

Celebrating Gardens of the Past and Future

From Glasgow Garden Festival to Gardens of the Future. Can you believe it’s been 30 years since the incredible Glasgow Garden Festival? Neither can we, but we’re ready to celebrate gardens of the past, present and future. Come join us at GO LIVE! at the Green and take part in free activities, have a look around, or get your hands dirty with some planting or seed-bombing. Lots of fun things to do, and information and advice from Springburn Winter Gardens Trust, RSPB, and Glasgow City Council Land and Environmental Services. Individuals and community groups welcome.

Open 2–12 August from 10am to 7pm. Warning: Gardening grows on you!

For further information on how to get involved please email us.

Poetry Call Out

Festival 2018 celebrates our diversity, our challenges and all that unites us.

We invite new and established poets to submit poems responding to the theme of ‘Beyond Boundaries’. These poems could be inspired by the idea of overcoming obstacles and striving towards a goal, or by the concept of uniting in our differences and celebrating our diversity.

Poems may be submitted in any language, but must be accompanied by an English or Scots translation. This call out is open to all ages.

Poems may be submitted in written form (Word or PDF files), audio recording (mp3 or WAV), or video (YouTube or Vimeo link, WMV, MOV, MP4 file). Length should be up to 30 lines, or 90 seconds of audio or video.

Jim Carruth, Glasgow’s Poet Laureate, will assist Festival 2018 in selecting the poems which best reflect the theme. 18 poems will be chosen and will be published in a free e-book and audiobook. A selection of these poems will be broadcast on community radio and some will be performed or read at Festival 2018 events during August.

Submission of any poem gives permission for Festival 2018 to publish, broadcast, perform, or otherwise make the work available.

Please email poems to us with the title ‘BEYOND BOUNDARIES’ and include your name and contact details.

Sharing and Celebrating Our Heritage

Are you a nursery, school, college, university, youth group, community group, adult learner group or organisation with a learning or well-being remit? If so, and you would enjoy the opportunity to access Scotland’s historic sites or digital archives, then this opportunity could be right up your street.

Historic Environment Scotland can support your project through access to local and national heritage. HES offers free education visits to their historic sites, travel subsidies for schools and access to digital archives. Visit the Place section of the HES website to find out where you can go and the Learn section for more about visits and support sources.

The Brick Wonders lego exhibition will be touring HES sites this year too and is at Glasgow Cathedral from 14 July–23 September and will be live during Glasgow 2018. When you’re in Glasgow celebrating Festival 2018 with us why not pop along and see this free exhibition?