The Alliance Française and Goethe Institut in Glasgow have teamed up with the Scottish Football Museum to present Goal! Tor! But! – a free month-long celebration of football, culture and community from Europe and beyond, at venues right across Glasgow.
From the Afghan women’s football team to fan pubs in Berlin – libraries and arts centres across the city host the UK premiere of a series of artists’ videos capturing the diversity of the beautiful game.
See football on the big screen everywhere from the Centre for Contemporary Arts to Briar’s Bar in Easterhouse with a season of free football-inspired movies including Douglas Gordon’s Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait and the moving true story of Bayern Munich’s Jewish president Landauer – der Präsident.
The month kicks off with a series of video installations popping up at over ten libraries and arts centres across the city, from Parkhead to Pollokshaws (1-30 April).
From the Afghan women’s football team to fan pubs in Berlin, from a filmmaker attempting to become a goalkeeper in the Spanish Regional League with hilarious results to children playing in the dust in the heart of the Chilean countryside, these short films show how artists have been inspired to capture the game in a series of unique ways.
Originally commissioned by the Goethe Institut’s in South America for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, this is the first time that the installations have been seen in the UK.
Glasgow cinemas will be showcasing football on the big screen, with free screenings of classic and new movies. Scottish artist Douglas Gordon’s hypnotic portrait of Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait is at The Glad Cafe (20 April), whilst everyone’s favourite story of lovelorn teen footballers Gregory’s Girl screens at Briar’s Bar in Easterhouse (25 April).
From Europe, highlights include A Life for Football (Landauer – der Präsident) (Goethe Institut 21 April and CCA 26 April) – a fascinating portrait of Bayern Munich’s Jewish president Kurt Landauer in 1930’s Germany – and Little Lion (Comme Un Lion) (Glad Cafe 24 April), a powerful drama about the tough side of following your dreams as a Senegalese teenager moves to Paris to become a professional player.
Goal! Tor! But! will culminate in an inspiring and informal two-day free symposium on 27 & 28 April at The Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park. Football And Social Inclusion: Best Practices From UK, France & Germany will bring together leading industry experts to discuss their projects which tackle a diverse range of problems and challenges surrounding football in their respective countries – from education about racism to social inclusion.
Organisations involved include Frankfurter Fanprojekt and Das Deutsche Fußballmuseum from Germany and Un but pour l’emploi (A Goal For Employment) and Tous prêts (All Ready) fro
m France, with local initiatives such as The Midnight League and Colour Of Our Scarves also taking part.
Anyone with an involvement or interest in football and community is invited to head along – the Symposium is free to attend and fully accessible. “Football is so much more than 22 men or women chasing after a ball” says Nikolai Petersen from the Goethe Institut, Glasgow.
“Football enthralls people around the globe like no other sport. It is a money generating monster and it impacts hugely in Scotland, France and Germany. In the run-up to the European Championship 2016 in France we like to look at football as a positive force in our societies.”
“I am absolutely delighted to be able to work jointly with the Goethe Institut and the Scottish Football Museum to bring such an exciting programme to Glasgow”, echoes Nathalie Korkmaz from the Alliance Française. “Talks by people coming from different backgrounds and countries (Germany, France and Scotland), a series of films and video installations: there is something to please everyone. We believe it is a good occasion to get prepared for the Euro 16!”
With such a packed, free programme on offer, Glasgow’s football fans have lots to cheer about this April. The full programme is live now here.