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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.
Originally planned as a hybrid in-cinema and online festival, Glasgow Film Festival 2021 will now take place online only, due to the lockdown restrictions affecting most of Scotland and the rest of the UK. The festival programme includes six world premieres, two European premieres and 49 UK premieres which will all be hosted on Glasgow Film’s new online viewing platform, Glasgow Film At Home. The festival will run from February 24 - March 7 and tickets are on sale now. Scottish highlights include the UK premiere of Irvine Welsh’s Creation Stories. Starring Ewen Bremner, it charts the rise of the infamous founder of Creation Records, Alan McGee. David Whitney’s Killing Escobar, which reconstructs Scottish ex-SAS operative Peter McAleese’s mission to assassinate Pablo Escobar, will also feature, as will Anthony Baxter’s new film Eye of the Storm. Head to the Glasgow Film Festival’s website to download the full programme and to book tickets.
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 nightlife venues, we can still enjoy our favourite music and entertainment from the comfort of our living room.
Scottish Opera have films you can view online, for free, from the comfort of your living room, with the announcement of two new digital performances for winter 2020/21. A modern adaptation of Mozart's Così Fan Tutte, filmed at the Theatre Royal, is now available to watch at www.scottishopera.org.uk. Later this month (February 10) they will stream a new version of the much-loved fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel, with a live performance for summer 2021 currently being rehearsed via zoom by the Scottish Opera Young Company.
The National Theatre of Scotland has loads of performances and short films for you to watch and listen to online including their Scenes for Survival season which includes 55 digital artworks created during the pandemic. They also have the Autumn/Winter season of their LGBTI+ Elders Online Dance Club. To find out more or to take part visit the National Theatre of Scotland website.
Get your culture fix
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.
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.
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.