16.9.09

Glasgow gets ready for a very stylish Autumn

Autumn is an exciting time in Glasgow, with all the festivals and free stuff going on, not to mention the very stylish Style Awards and Glasgow Fashion Week. Top items on my agenda for the coming months:

Glasgay!
This festival celebrating the best of queer culture actually started at the beginning of September, but is running through the month into October. Events include films, dance, music, theatre, talks, club nights, visual art, comedy, whew! The list goes on. So much to see - I've got Bandaged, Maria Beatty's camp homage to Les Yeux Sans Visage in my diary already. Check out the festival website: www.glasgay.co.uk.

Doors Open Days
Ever walked by one of Glasgow’s many amazing buildings and though, ‘I wonder what that place is like inside?’ Doors Open Days give you the opportunity to answer that question. From the 16th to the 20th of September, this free event offers a peak into places like the new(ish) BBC Scotland building on the Clyde, the new Trongate 103 art space, the A-listed former church St Andrews on the Square, the fabulous art nouveau Civil Ceremony Suites in Park Circus, the Beresford, and the historic Merchants House. Full details can be found on the website: www.glasgowdoorsopenday.com.

The Merchant City Festival
The Merchant City certainly is the place to be right now. The Merchant City Festival, now in its 8th year, runs from 24th to 27th September. The section of the city just East of George Square will come alive with performances, exhibits, and a French market. The best part will undoubtedly be the pop-up champagne bar in Hutchesons’ Hall, run by the CafĂ© Gandolfi people, with bubbly, luxury nibbles, and musicians and fire-eaters! Full details on the festival can be found on the website: www.merchantcityfestival.com.

The Scottish Style Awards
Yet another event in the Merchant City – this annual awards show and party will be held in the Old Fruitmarket on 31 October, and is this year open to the public. Your ticket will buy you a seat at the event, entrance into the champagne reception and runway show, and a goodie bag. In previous years the event honoured Scottish designers like Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane, and Deryck Walker. Information is available here: www.scottishstyleawards.co.uk and tickets can be purchased here: www.glasgowconcerthalls.com.

Glasgow Fashion Week
Scotland now has its own international fashion week, showcasing designers from all over Europe, Asia and Africa. The event will run from 11th to 14th November this year. Full details on this year’s event are not posted yet, but you can sign up for the newsletter here: www.gfashionweek.com.

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