As a city of constant reinvention, many businesses have redesigned their offer to bring all the things we love about Glasgow to you, virtually. From talks and tastings to exhibitions and entertainment, there is something for everyone. Here's a selection of what there is to enjoy.
Festivals from home
A number of Glasgow's festivals are looking to run a hybrid of online and live in-person events this year. Named by Conde Nast Traveller as one of the best cultural festivals in the UK this summer, Glasgow International, the city's biennial festival of contemporary visual art, has a fantastic line-up of names set to take part from June 11-27. Visit GI's website for programme details. Meanwhile, Piping Live! has announced their plans for an online festival from August 7-15, with live elements to be introduced if restrictions allow. Keep up-to-date with announcements at www.pipinglive.co.uk.
Refugee Festival Scotland will take place from June 14-20. Featuring visual art, dance, talks, workshops, family events and more, the diverse line-up of online and outdoor events includes contributions from artists and performers who came to Scotland seeking refugee protection and the communities that have welcomed them. Find details of the 2021 festival programme on their website.
Kick back and relax to some jazz music, brought to you by Glasgow's longest running music festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival. The digital edition of their festival will offer 3 days (June 18-20) of music with some special performances filmed at Glasgow venues, The Blue Arrow and Saint Lukes, and a women of jazz interview series. Find out more about the festival and about their spring sessions series at www.jazzfest.co.uk.
Get your culture fix
Announcing CCA Annex!
Our new online platform #ccaannex will launch on 29 April, with a live screening and conversation with the artist Anti-cool.
Glasgow's Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) has a new online platform, CCA Annex, which will serve as a digital extension to their physical galleries in their Sauchiehall Street building. CCA Annex will host live events and will act as a repository for interviews, films, essays, publications, performance, residencies, talks and games. Find out more about this exciting new development here.
You can now also experience the Glasgow City Centre Mural Trail from the comfort of your own home. Access the Audio Map on the City Centre Mural Trail website and virtually visit more than 25 of the city’s much-loved murals and learn more about the inspiration behind these stunning works of art which bring vibrant bursts of colour to the streets of the city centre.
Take a tour of Mackintosh House at the Hunterian Art Gallery and explore room by room the detailed design and interiors of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh's home. Visit the Hunterian website to take the 360° virtual tour of the house and click on the hot spots to find out more about key objects.
The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year with a special programme of ‘GoMA at Home’ online activities, talks and workshops over the coming months. Since opening its doors a quarter of a century ago, GoMA has staged over 200 exhibitions featuring diverse artists from all over the world and has become one of the most-visited modern art museums in the UK. Upcoming free events include, Saturday Art Club workshops, Coffee with A Curator: Martin Craig, a Mindful Art Session and Glasgow Museums’ Toddler Tales. Visit GoMA's blog to find out how you can join in with the anniversary celebrations.
Tramway TV is an exciting project combining film, artist conversation, digital performances and online interventions from visual artists and performance makers from Scotland and beyond. The videos are broadcast weekly via IGTV. Some artists presenting work include Farah Saleh, Project X and Aya Kobayashi. Access Tramway TV on IGTV via Tramway's Instagram account.
Learn about and enjoy some local whisky
Once Upon A Whisky is bringing virtual tastings to your home. In collaboration with Glasgow Distillery, you can join them on a virtual tour across distilleries, regions and flavours and they will also share stories, facts, myths and of course fantastic whisky! Book a virtual tour on Once Upon A Whisky's website and you will receive, in the post, a set of five miniatures of high-quality whisky to allow you to take part in the session.
Glengoyne Distillery is also hosting their popular virtual tastings which delve into the rich history of Glengoyne whilst sampling four Single Malt Whiskies. Participants will be able to fully interact with the team with questions and chats and thoughts on the drams being sampled. Book a slot at Glengoyne Distillery and your tasting kits will be delivered ahead of the event.
Special performances to enjoy from home
Thanks to some of the city’s best performing arts organisations and venues, we can still enjoy our favourite music and entertainment from the comfort of our living room.
Subscribe to The Royal Scottish National Orchestra's digital spring/summer season and get access to nine spectacular orchestral and chamber concerts, filmed live in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the RSNO's Studio. The season is available via subscription or a pay-per-concert basis.Head to the RSNO website to find out more.
Scottish Opera have created a dedicated section on their website called Opera on Screen, which includes a growing number of films to be enjoyed from the comfort of your living room. A modern adaptation of Mozart's Così Fan Tutte and a new version of the much-loved fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel are just two of the performances that can be enjoyed via the Opera on Screen section of their website.