Top 10 things to see at Merchant City Festival 2016

The Merchant City Festival brings the streets of Glasgow's Merchant City alive every summer. Showcasing some of the best Scottish and international arts talent, executive producer Lorenzo Mele has shared his top 10 picks for this year's Festival, taking place from July 30 - August 7.



22 Jul 2016
2 minute read


Lorenzo has been curating the Merchant City Festival programme since 2011. A graduate of Glasgow University and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he has worked as a theatre director and lecturer, winning Edinburgh Fringe Firsts and was Artistic Director of the 7:84 Theatre Company. Since 2008, Lorenzo has worked for Glasgow Life. 

Here’s his top 10 picks for the Merchant City Festival 2016:

1. Classic Car Boot Sale – streets full of beautiful cars, gorgeous items for sale and a vintage bus with DJs playing from the open top deck.

2. Vintage Dance Events in the Old Fruitmarket - especially Oh! You Pretty Things – a night celebrating Bowie, Roxy and the music and fashions they inspired.

3. Of Riders and Running Horses – visceral new dance piece, performed on a roof top at dusk with 6 dancers and 2 musicians. You’ve experienced nothing like it.

4. Carnival Procession – Merchant City Festival celebrates the upcoming Rio Olympics with a carnival procession bringing together groups and artists from across the city. Come along and shake your tush to the samba rhythms.

5. Merchant Square Family Zone – totally original artist led workshops for all the family.

6. ArtCamp – two family friendly caravans from Catalonia. One is a mini theatre, the other a murder mystery crime scene for you to solve!

7. Block – when dance meets circus! Motionhouse who brought last year’s unforgettable JCB diggers show, return along with No Fit State Circus.

8. Punk-it – an explosive fun percussion performance with composer Stephen Deazley, percussionist Joby Burgess, and a lot of young people.

9. Brunswick Street Parties – the Tontine Lane team from 2015 return and take over the Brunswick street stage with their style and flair. Expect great music, good food and great visuals.

10. Merchant City Letterheads – the art of sign writing and beautiful lettering is celebrated in Merchant Square, as part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.


Like the sound of this? Check out the full Merchant City Festival programme