Merchant City Festival will be best yet

26 Jun 2012

Merchant City Festival 2012 is expected to be the biggest and best yet, with 300 events and performances across 75 venues and featuring several world and UK premieres.

The Merchant City Festival is back after the great success of 2011 for another action packed and varied five days. From 25 - 29 July, the Festival celebrates its 11th year with street art, music, dance, theatre, heritage, design, film, visual art, comedy and food and drink in Glasgow's cultural quarter.

The line up for the July festival includes specially commissioned performances surrounding the theme of the Olympics.

More than 90,000 people attended last year's festival, but this year organisers are determined to top that.

One of the highlights will be The People's Tower - a gigantic cardboard tower which will be constructed by French artist Olivier Grossetete with the help of schools and community groups. The tower will be built in Brunswick Street.

This year, for the first time, there will be a music stage at Glasgow Cathedral Precinct on Saturday July 28. Some of the city's most top performers will be showcased on Monday, July 30, at the Evening Times' Glasgow's Star Turn final at the Old Fruitmarket.

The festival runs from Wednesday, July 25, to Sunday, July 29, with the 2012 Experience continuing until 3 August. Find out more ate www.merchantcityfestival.com