What’s On in Glasgow this April




The seventh edition of Glasgow International, a biennial festival of contemporary art, returns from 8-25 April to showcase the best of local and international art to the city, under the guidance of Director, Sarah McCrory. Taking place in various venues and locations across Glasgow, the event will feature more exhibitions and events than ever before in its ambitious programme and has over 200 artists featured in the festival across 36 solo and 40 group shows.



Bipolar Scotland is the only organisation supporting people in Scotland affected by bipolar disorder. It runs support groups, provides information, publications and
a condition specific self management training programme. On 11 April, they are holding a benefit at The Stand to raise vital funds and to spread awareness of their organisation and the important work it carries out. Gary Little, Susie McCabe, Jamie MacDonald and BMR are performing on the night alongside host, Jellybean Martinez.



The British Swimming Championships will be held at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow from 12-17 April and will see the best in British swimming will be competing head to head for their chance to make team GB and represent their country in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The event also serves as a selection meet for the European Juniors which take place in Hungary in July.




One of the best musicals of all time is returning to The Kings Theatre this April with the Pantheon Club production of Grease, so dig out your leather jackets and shiny catsuits and head along to their sing-along shows from 13-17 April. The lyrics to the musical’s best hits, including You’re The One That I Want, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Sandy, Greased Lightnin’ and many, many more will be projected onto a giant screen to get the audience involved and joining in with the party atmosphere.



Disney’s live action remake of The Jungle Book is finally released this April and the Grosvenor cinema are holding a screening of the highly anticipated film followed by a special safari party in the Grosvenor Café. Taking place from 10.30am to 2.30pm on 17 April, the party will appeal to adventurers of all ages with its jungle buffet and petting zoo. Animals appearing at the petting zoo include giant African land snails, a bearded dragon lizard, a tortoise, a corn snake and a few other special guests.


12507244_1670100809929500_237444308474183917_nPAISLEY BEER FESTIVAL

The 29th annual Paisley Beer Festival is held this April, celebrating the best ales from around the UK and Europe. The 29th four day festival is held at Paisley Town Hall and Renfrewshire CAMARA, a 400 member strong branch of the only consumer group in the UK dedicated to preserving and promoting real ale, independent breweries and traditional pubs, will be hosting over 230 of the best real ales from Scotland and around 200 beers from the rest of the world, along with a large selection of cider and, for the first time at a beer festival, Scottish mead. Running alongside the festival, which is on from the 20-23 April, is Renfrewshire Council’s Paisley Food Festival, which is on from noon until 9pm on the Saturday and features street food from across the world, live music, cookery demonstrations and children’s entertainment.



 The Glasgow Film Theatre are marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare (23 April, 1616) with their Shakespeare on Film season which runs throughout April. GFT are kicking off the season with a 4k digital restoration of Ran, Akira Kurosawa’s adaptation of King Lear. The season also includes screenings of Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood, Jerome Robbins’ and Robert Wise’s Oscar-winning adaptation of Romeo and Juliet and a new 2K restoration of Richard lll, followed by a satellite discussion with Ian McKellen and director Richard Loncraine.



 Local artists and others from all over the world are set to descend upon Glasgow this May for the internationally renowned annual Tectonics festival which festival director, Gavin Reid, describes as an ‘intriguing exploration of new music’. Renowned pianist, John Tilbury, who has just celebrated his 80th birthday, will play the world premiere of a BBC commissioned piano concerto by Howard Skempton and a new work by Michael Pisaro at the festival, which runs from 7-8 May at City Halls and Old Fruitmarket.

The festival, which is curated by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor, Ilan Volkov, also features appearances from Phantom Chips, who will be performing with an array of homemade electronic instruments and Catherine Kontz, who wrote a new piece especially for the Old Fruitmarket, inspired by the sounds of market traders from around the world. Annea Lockwood is also included in the 2016 lineup and is just one of the artists who have found inspiration from the environment at this year’s festival. She’ll be bringing her installation ‘Sound Map of the Housatonic River’ to the festival, a piece that saw Lockwood travel the vast 150 mile river, recording sounds at various points along the way.

Opera is featured in the festival for the first time in 2016, with Jane Dickson’s work, ‘Labyrinthine’, which is an exploration of female identity. Poetry, spoken word and vocal expression are also strongly represented this year with the poetry and viola playing of Ivor Kallin and solo performances from Alwynne Pritchard and yoiker Ánde Somby. Tickets are available here.



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