A festival of events reflecting the vibrancy of Glasgow’s medieval life, launches on Saturday 8 January in St Andrew’s in the Square with a multi cultural gala concert ‘St Mungo’s Bairns’.
Jeely Piece song writer Adam McNaughton, Irish ceili band Four Provinces, West African Drummers AKAYA, Gaelic singer Maggie MacInnes, Neilston and District Pipe Band and the pan-African group Glasgow Highlife Band, will all take part that evening.
Organised by Glasgow City Council and Historic Glasgow, the St Mungo’s Festival runs till Sunday 16 January and celebrates the life of Glasgow’s Patron Saint who is also known as St Kentigern. Full details are at www.stmungofestival.com
The saint’s mother was St Thenew a name which has evolved into St Enoch so the St Enoch Shopping Centre has happily supported the Festival. Said Susan Nicol, General Manager of the Centre: ‘The St Mungo Festival is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Glasgow. We are delighted to be a part of this important event, supporting the community and the city’s rich heritage.’ Dance company Visual Statement will perform a specially commissioned ballet ‘The Tree’ to tell another part of the story of Glasgow’s Coat of Arms which incorporates a tree, a bird, a bell and a gold ring. Their performances can be seen at St Enoch Centre on Friday 14 January at 12.30pm and Saturday 15 January at 12.30pm. The Centre and the Mitchell Library will also host an exhibition of some of the city’s medieval treasures.
Among other Festival highlights are an ecumenical service at Glasgow Cathedral, Mungo’s Nature Pilgrimage to visit places the Saint would have seen and, for the the first time, the Molendiner Awards. To be made annually from this year, the awards will support the work schools are doing to use history and recognition of the past to link with the local and wider community today.
Included in the Festival is the annual Jimmy McHugh Memorial Concert in Woodside Halls, St George’s Cross, G20 on Saturday 15 January. The late Jimmy McHugh was a huge musical influence in the Irish communities and his memorial is this annual concert which is always a sell out. For further information see website: www.jimmymchugh.com
by Lynsay Keough
The 5th annual Historic Glasgow event has heralded an exciting new development this year, with the launch of the Historic Glasgow website, www.historicglasgow.org
As well as offering access to a wealth of rarely seen images of the city, the website site offers a framework for a wide range of cultural groups to come together.
It offers a fantastic reference point for families hoping to develop their children’s interest in the history of their native city and how it is relevant to them.
There is also a specific resource for teachers to be able to bring local history into the curriculum and bring local historical events to life.The website will focus on the key themes of the Historic Glasgow strategy and features links to anything from Glasgow’s medieval history to historic landscapes, from archaeology, family history to military history and history of local rivers and canals.
The City Chambers hosted the event, with various exhibits from related bodies, such as the Glasgow Womens Library, Friends of the Glasgow Necropolis and Historic Scotland.
Glasgow was the first council in Scotland to be given more responsibility for listed building consent and planning within their region. Historic Scotland are so happy with the way that this enabled both government agency and council to work more closely together, and thus streamline the sometimes lengthly and expensive process, that other councils throughout the country are now following suit.
by Lynsay Keough, photo Stuart Maxwell
Rarely-seen images of Glasgow will go live on the web next week and an open day in the City Chambers will be part of the 5th Historic Glasgow event.
The new website is www.historicglasgow.com and will be housed within the See Glasgow website, www.seeglasgow.com.
Visitors at the open day on Tuesday 14 September will have a chance to see films of Glasgow, discover Govan’s history, see how the River Clyde’s role evolved through the ages, and get an understanding of Glasgow as a place of pilgrimage for people of different faiths.
There will also be a presentation on the Red Road flats by Mark O’Neill of Glasgow Museums and, for sports fans, “How Glaswegians played through Sport and Architecture” by Ged O’Brien.
The new website will include 200 images rarely seen by the public, a children’s page and, of particular importance, a teacher’s resource page to help them bring local history alive in the classroom.
Bailie Catherine McMaster, member of the Historic Glasgow working group,said: ‘The 2010 Historic Glasgow event will once again give everyone interested in exploring Glasgow’s history the opportunity to find out more on the subject. The new Historic Glasgow website will reveal even more of the hidden history of the city. I am sure everyone will be interested to see these rarely seen images of a changing Glasgow over the centuries. They give a fascinating insight into how this great city of ours has evolved.’
Tuesday 14 September, 12.30 – 3.00pm
Glasgow City Chambers