Culture 2014

The Arches presents

Culture 2014

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.

Game on.

Jackie Wylie

Arches Artistic Director


Download the Culture 2014 at The Arches brochure!



Sarah Roberts: Home


Refugee Week Scotland 2014

Seeds of Change

Drew Taylor: Love Club

RacketRacket: Saturday Sessions


Lou Prendergast: Blood Lines*

Drew Taylor: 44 Stories*

Ghostace Killah

Mandela Day

Surge Festival: Perch Carnival of Falling

A Moment’s Peace / The Women’s Creative Company: Endurance


Random Accomplice: News Just In!

Surge Festival: Embodied Theatre

***Double Bill: Save £2 per ticket when you buy tickets to both Blood Lines and 44 Stories.***
This offer applies to any arrangement of performances, i.e. both shows in one night, or on different nights. Available in person and on the phone only. Contact Arches box office on 0141 565 1000 or pop in to 253 Argyle Street to book.


Surge Festival:


Late Night Anatomy Fish Fry

Lucid Interval

This Is Faruchio Peru

Curio Cabaret

Robert Softley: Tell Me What Giving Up Looks Like

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.