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Experience Glasgow Virtually

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

The Aye Write book festival will deliver a digital programme of events over two weekends in May. There will be over 60 author talks and discussion panels, featuring more than a hundred writers from Scotland and around the world. Highlights include, TV entertainers Robert Webb and Mel Giedroyc, broadcaster and political journalist Andrew Marr, The Rev. Richard Coles, musician turned writer Tracey Thorn and bestselling novelists Maggie O’Farrell and Douglas Stuart, who won the 2020 Booker Prize for his Glaswegian novel Shuggie Bain. Purchase early bird passes priced at £40 to access all the events and visit Aye Write's website to keep up-to-date with info on the full programme announcement and tickets.

Save the date for two of Glasgow's top festivals, which have both set dates for hybrid festivals of online and possible in-person events. Glasgow International (GI) the city's biennial festival of contemporary visual art, will take place from June 11-27 and Glasgow International Piping Festival - Piping Live! will take place from August 7-15. Both teams are working behind the scenes to prepare for live-streamed virtual events and the possibility of in-person events also, with programme announcements to follow shortly. Register for the Piping Live! e-newsletter via their website to keep up-to-date and take part in GI's survey and give your thoughts on how they should approach this year's festival.

Take Me Somewhere, Glasgow's annual festival of international contemporary performance will return on May 21 to June 5 with an online programme, with over 40 works, shows and events. Visit the festival website to view the line-up and to purchase festival passes, which are priced 'pay what you can' at £10, £20 or £30 with all proceeds going towards artist development. Kick back and relax to some jazz music, brought to you by Glasgow's longest running music festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival. The festival's virtual spring sessions featuring a brilliant line-up can be viewed via myplayer.uk/jazz.  

Get your culture fix

Glasgow's Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) is launching a new online platform, CCA Annex, which will serve as a digital extension to their physical galleries in their Sauchiehall Street building. Going live on April 29, 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.

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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.

Mackintosh at the Willow has launched their first podcast, as well as an online series of events called 'Tea Talks & Toshie’. Visit Mackintosh at the Willow's website to listen to their brand new podcast and follow @atthewillow on Twitter to find out about upcoming events, following on from the success of their first one which guided viewers through the winding paths of Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh's stunning gesso panel 'O Ye, All Ye That Walk in Willowwood'. 

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

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. Their acclaimed theatre production Adam has been reinvented as a theatrical onscreen drama and is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.  To find out more or to take part visit the National Theatre of Scotland website.

Get active  

A woman and her child do a work out from the comfort of their own living room

Sign up to Glasgow Club's Digital Membership giving you access to 20 live classes per week, on-demand access to workout videos and loads of other benefits.  Check out Glasgow Club's website for more information and to join. 

Visit our Glasgow Now section for more inspiration on how to enjoy the city.

 

Article last updated: April 2021