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Discover Glasgow’s cultural extraganza: The Merchant City Festival

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21 Jul 2015
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For 9 days, Glasgow's cultural quarter will host the 14th Merchant City Festival.

Starting this Saturday and concluding on August 2nd, its vibrant and eclectic program includes street arts, dance, live music, markets, fashion and design, comedy, tours, heritage walks, talks, food and drink and (if you can handle it) much more.


21 Jul 2015 / Glasgow

Attracting more than 60,000 people every year, it turns normally serene boulevards and streets into bustling artsy markets, earning itself an international reputation

But the Festival’s main goal is to support local businesses and organisations, and do something to benefit the local community. So you won’t find any chain stores here - they’re all proudly independent.

One of the many activities that’s caught our particular attention is the Fragile world premiere, which stars world-class performers from Motionhouse, the UK's foremost dance theatre companies, directed by Kevin Finnan MBE, Head-Choreographer for the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games.

If you like live music, you’re in for a treat. The ever popular Blackfriars Stage is back featuring fantastic bands and the Merchant Square Emerging Talent Stage also hosts an exciting line up of new bands.  

Let’s not forget that since Merchant city is one of Glasgow’s most popular areas, there are good venues to discover nearby. The following are all smoking-friendly, and a few steps from the festival’s hectic streets:


Trans-Europe Café 

This modest-looking spot conceals a quirky mix of clientele and train-themed décor. This independent crowd-pleaser delivers great quality brunch, coffee and sandwiches, so you’ll be a regular before you know it.



Once upon a time this was a Sheriff’s court, nowadays Citation is a breath-taking meat-orientated venue. Give a try to their amazing surf and turf or Scallop with pea and mint panacotta. You can’t go wrong with the pre-theatre menu starting at 6.45pm, either. Enjoy a chilled glass of wine or a funky cocktail from their upstairs terrace, for a splendid view of the festival.



Home is a beloved gastropub, valued as much for its affordable and tasty food and drinks than for its adaptable atmosphere. Usually crowded on Fridays and Saturdays thanks to the amazing resident and guest DJs playing groovy tracks, this place offers relaxation by candlelight during the week. All their cocktails cost £3.25 only, all day Monday to Thursday!


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