The Arches presents
Thu 5 Jun - Sun 3 Aug 2014 | Various times & dates | Culture 2014 shows £12/£10 | Surge Festival shows £7/£5
Welcome to Culture 2014 at The Arches!
In the summer that the world comes to Glasgow, The Arches is proud to present a celebration of live performance, featuring thought-provoking Scottish-based artists as they tackle themes that resonate throughout the global community.
Naturally enough, physicality is at the focus of the season – from Surge‘s three nights of quick-fire cabaret fun, each curated by a different guest host, to its multi-media, multi-continental Perch, which asks what it takes to attain the freedom of flight, off-site and outside at Rottenrow. Robert Softley offers an alternative viewpoint in Tell Me What Giving Up Looks Like, an honest (and at times hilarious) look at disability in sport.
Ideas of identity, inclusion and equality also feature highly. Drew Taylor, with 44 Stories, and Rosana Cade, with Lady Fingers and Empire Biscuits, delve boldly into the subjects of love and homosexuality throughout the Commonwealth; Lou Prendergast explores her Caribbean routs in Blood Lines, and A Moment’s Peace, working with The Women’s Creative Company, throws spotlight on the historic role of women in athletics with Endurance.
Keep abreast of the sport goings-on with News Just In! by Random Accomplice; a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the games brought to you via the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of a fictional TV show, with a different live show each night, written mere hours before.
The Arches Cafe Bar and foyer will be a real hub during the festival, with pop-up performances, visual art exhibits, restaurant makeovers and a themed market menu. You can also catch the Games live on-screen and make use of free wi-fi and charging facilities to keep your mobiles, laptops and tablets juiced up throughout. Tying in with the spirit of ‘welcome’, we’ll also be hosting events as part of Refugee Week Scotland 2014 throughout June.
Our performance programme is complemented by a fantastic season of music – particular highlights including reggae/dancehall ledend Rodigan, Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah and a musical celebration of Mandela Day.
We are thrilled to be part of the official Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. It’s a landmark year for Glasgow and we at The Arches could not be more excited to celebrate this with audiences old, new, local and international. Join us on 3rd August to round off your festival celebrations with a night at the incredible Curio Cabaret.
Arches Artistic Director
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Refugee Week Scotland 2014
Seeds of Change
Drew Taylor: Love Club
Drew Taylor: LGBT Love Club*
*FREE SPECIAL EVENT AT PRIDE HOUSE, 14 ALBION ST, GLASGOW. 8PM TIL LATE. An interactive performance night, celebrating LGBT culture throughout the Commonwealth, featuring musical, poetic and live-art acts from across the globe.
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“Where can you see tomorrow’s work today? The answer is The Arches.”
Producing and presenting risk-taking work from local and international artists and companies, the building has boasted performances over the past two years from Derevo, The TEAM and Taylor Mac, hosted the National Review of Live Art and New Territories festivals and seen blistering performances from boundary-pushing artists and companies such as John Moran, Adrian Howells, Ontroerend Goed and Quarantine as part of 2010’s BEHAVIOUR festival, our annual celebration of the live experience.
The Arches is also Scotland’s leading provider of support for emergent artists and performance practitioners, providing a year-long programme of opportunities including Artist in Residence programmes and our two annual awards, Platform 18: New Directions and the Brick Award, as well as showcasing raw work from homegrown talent such as Nic Green and Rob Drummond in Arches LIVE, our annual festival of brave new work.
Our dedicated Creative Learning programme offers even further-reaching opportunities for development across a broad range of social groups, with events ranging from urban music production course Tigerstyle and the newly launched Arches Community Choir, to mentoring schemes, professional development projects and off-site performance work with diverse social groups.
Words from Jackie Wylie, The Arches’ Artistic Director, following the tragic death of Adrian Howells:
“All at The Arches are devastated by the loss of Adrian Howells this week. He was our Artist in Residence and The Arches was his creative home. But more than that, he was a dear friend and companion in life to many of us here.
So many would say that there truly was no one like him, who personified love, generosity and the deepest type of empathy and desire to understand those lucky enough to have met him. With great humour he was able to create an instant connection with anyone he encountered. He was able to translate this desire to nurture and connect into his performance practice and in doing so leaves behind not only an incredible and influential body of work but a multitude of audience members across the world who have in some way been transformed by these encounters.
He supported, encouraged and was at the heart of an entire community of artists in Glasgow who will miss him terribly.”