Our Place

The Festival 2018 Our Place Fund invited community groups to propose cultural events and arts activities within their area as part of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships. £120,000 was allocated to support these community-led cultural events in Glasgow and in host partner local authorities of East Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire, Edinburgh City, Perth & Kinross, Stirling, and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs national park.


In Glasgow alone, dozens of project were proposed and almost 14,000 votes were cast in one of Scotland’s largest digital participatory budgeting events. Through this, 18 imaginative arts and cultural projects received funding and these will be enjoyed all across the city this summer. These include:

3D Drumchapel is a charity based in the West of Glasgow which works with to support children and families. The 3D Family Sports Days offer a variety of activities over the summer including a multi-sports day with sports and other fun things for families to take part in. Families will be given a sports/activities passport on arrival and will receive a stamp to represent each of the activities. A buggy walk in the park for families with young children will lead to a community picnic.

Have you ever wanted to learn to play a musical instrument? Aye 2 Music @ Our Place are offering taster sessions in guitar, drums, fiddle, piano and keyboard at two locations in the Woodside area from 21 June 2018. Local musicians will also perform at a Music Café event each Thursday. Free to take part – just drop in. (Note: Under 16s must be accompanied at the workshops by an adult. Music Café event 18+ only).


Beatroute’s Roots engages young people to celebrate and explore the cultural heritage and future of the Balornock and Barmulloch area. They will take part in music, drama, woodwork, gardening and textile workshops with a final performance at Beatroute Arts on Thursday 9 August which celebrates the community’s proud history and tremendous cultural diversity.

Festival 2018 and Chips & Cheese Productions are delighted to invite you to celebrate Big Angie’s Big Day. At long last a handsome man has popped the question, Big Angie has said yes to the dress and the day she’s dreamed of all her life is finally here… her wedding day! Dig out your frock coats and fascinators and dress to impress for the wedding of the year. Big Angie’s Big Day is a hilarious walk down the aisle, as special, as touching and as full of surprises as any Glasgow wedding. (A stage show for Over 18s. Adult humour).

The African Arts Centre in Ibrox will host the brilliantly named AfriCeilidh from 3-5 August: three packed days of music, food, film, dance and carnival. This will be a festival of Scottish and African culture and arts, and will showcase local musicians and artists.

Dennistoun Community Council are supporting carnival workshops for local groups in six venues over a four week period, leading up to the Alexandra Park Festival on 28 July. Community artists will work with each group to identify a theme and provide materials to make costumes and props for the group to wear in the Carnival Parade as part of the Alexandra Park Festival.

Changing Faces is a collaborative portrait project between resident artist Sarah Leonard, carer and volunteer at Enable Glasgow/Fortune Works, who work to empower people of all ages with a learning disability. The artist will paint/draw large-scale portraits of individuals and groups - The Fortune Flyers Football Team; The Cafe Workers etc. Each portrait will be personalised by the service user(s) and staff featured, using sequins, LED lights, gold leaf etc. to express individuality, and those involved will be invited to talk about their experience.

In North East Glasgow, the Community Recovery Fayre will showcase recovery therapies and will raise awareness of local support. Walk through the recovery forest, an art installation created by local café’s, and enjoy taster sessions of massage, art therapy, acudetox and others. Music, food and fun activities for all ages.


Imagine Garnethill being as famous for its fabulous gardens and wildlife friendly green spaces as it is for its beautiful buildings. Friends of Garnethill Green Spaces works to realise that vision, but as well as lots of practical work and gardening, they like to have fun. Come and join in with Flowering, Greening Garnethill on Saturday 11 August. Events are good fun, especially when they involve the people who live, work, study in and simply love Garnethill. You can garden, create, make art, enjoy good food and camaraderie while we bring Garnethill a step closer to being biodiverse and abundant Garnethill Garden Village.

Don’t keep it a secret! An Untold Story uncovers and celebrates the cultural history of Govan and Linthouse through a kaleidoscope of summer arts activities including dance, watercolour painting, stained glass, storytelling and murals. Each of these will be produced by local people, from toddlers to seniors, and will represent the industries, places and people of the area. The artworks will be exhibited locally from 2-12 August.

Reidvale Adventure Play Association will celebrate Festival 2018 and the Glasgow 2018 European championships by offering children, young people and their families a Cultural Food Festival Fun Day on Friday 10 August. There will be food tasting for children, young people and families at the event which will raise awareness of culture and food dishes from various European countries.


Throughout July, local people will be at the Craft Café - Celebrating Glasgow’s Flourishing Sports Culture at the Elderpark Community Centre. Members will combine multiple artforms and living history to create a short animation, creative writings and mixed media collages, reflecting on the sporting culture in Glasgow and Scotland - events that resonated with them personally; games they played when children; sporting and cultural landmarks that reflect their heritage; sporting heroes. The project will be a collaboration of Craft Café members and professional artists. Members will collectively create the artwork and being engaged at each step in the process. In particular, it will draw directly on the knowledge and experience of the Craft Cafe community.

Join in the fun for a very special community celebration of 15 years of The Hidden Gardens. The Big Summer Get Together will be a packed summer afternoon with live music, shared food and creative fun for all ages. Bring a picnic, and invite your friends and neighbours! There will be the opening of a commemorative art installation in the heart of the Gardens; the ceremonial Gaelic naming of the Ginko tree; a tasty picnic feast prepared and served by The Hidden Gardens Cultural Cookery group; a dynamic orchestral performance by the 40-piece Nevis Ensemble; a scavenger hunt; and a Voluntour of The Hidden Gardens.


Let’s go fly a kite! The inaugural Glasgow Kite Festival will follow a summer of kite-making workshops across the city with a huge kite-flying event and cultural celebration in Bellahouston Park. Join in and help turn the skies over Glasgow into a soaring riot of colour.

A Community Engagement Day is planned in Townhead on Monday 6 August. This will be a community get-together to actively promote and foster relationships between the rapidly changing community of Townhead and beyond. A range of multicultural and multi-generational activities will bring together and showcase the range of culture in this small community so close to the city centre of Glasgow. The event will celebrate the positive benefits of the diverse community. This day is planned as a great opportunity for everyone in the area to get together, have some food, some fun, and to enjoy some music and entertainment, dance and artwork from across the world to show the strength and value of such a thriving community here in Townhead and throughout this great City of Glasgow.

What would make your ideal Sunday? Yorkhill Gala Day 2018 promises a Sunday filled with live music and entertainment for all the family. The event supports local performers, artists, community groups and independent businesses in the area, and has the aim of encouraging local children to get more involved in their community greenspaces. Overnewton Square, Sunday 12 August.

Winning for Women is a programme for women and girls focusing on re-engaging communities in new and creative ways. Workshops will be hosted in the Gorbals’ designated Thriving Places area to build on the skills base of those taking part. The workshops will include arts and environmental skills sharing sessions. Those participating will develop skills in leadership and empowerment allowing them to celebrate and appreciate the built heritage within their community and to present and exchange their information. The project will link to outdoor garden space already under development within the community including a sensory garden. Every Tuesday from 19 June at the St Francis Centre, Gorbals.

Seven Days for Seven Lochs is a seven-day activity programme using the Seven Lochs venues. Activities will be led by trained local young people and are aimed at connecting young people and communities to outdoor areas around Glasgow.


These are just a few of the community-based activities supported by the Our Place Fund. Contact Our Place Fund for more information on what’s available near you.