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:

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.

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

To reserve an allocation of tickets for a session please email us with your name or 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.

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 invited 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 were welcomed in any language and the call out was open to all ages. The closing date was 30 June 2018.


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.

The Beyond Boundaries Poetry Event will take place at GO LIVE! at the Green on Friday 3 August, at 5.30pm. Free entry.

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?