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Games legacy inspires creative and artistic collaborations

Janice Kelly, Creative Scotland

Janice Kelly, Portfolio Manager Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, writes about the cultural legacy of Glasgow 2014 and the continued inspiration to artistic and creative collaborations throughout Scotland

With over 2000 events taking place across the country as well as a host of online activity, the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme was a national celebration, providing opportunities for the whole of Scotland to get involved in Glasgow’s hosting of the XX Commonwealth Games.

Highlights of the Programme included: GENERATION, a nationwide programme of exhibitions and events marking 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland; the East End Social’s Last Big Weekend in Richmond Park; Scotland's first inclusive dance festival Gathered Together; Hannah Tuulikki's Away with the Birds on the Isle of Canna; and Glasgow UNESCO City of Music's Big Big Sing project.

To celebrate the creative and cultural response to the Games, Creative Scotland and Glasgow Life commissioned filmmaker Martin Clark to produce a film featuring a number of the projects. These projects represent just a few of the thousands of artists, cultural organisations, partners, agencies and communities who were part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.

Although the projects have completed – one of the last, just finished at Glad Café in Glasgow but still viewable online was Deirdre Nelson’s beautiful project St Kildas – Glasgow 2014 continues to inspire artistic and creative collaborations. And projects continue to travel across the UK and the world showcasing the best Scottish work: the stunning Scottish archive film From Scotland with Love has played to sold out audiences and standing ovations; Phil Collins Tomorrow is Always Too Long continues its international tour; Dundee Rep will tour its production of In My Father’s Words in English and Gaelic to Broadway this summer, and Big Big Sing has just announced new Big Sing dates.

The legacy of the Cultural Programme includes stronger Commonwealth networks, an enduring confident, contemporary image of Glasgow and Scotland in a national and international context, and more engaged individuals and communities.

At the heart of this is a more skilled, confident and ambitious cultural sector, and a body of inspiring creative work that leaves a lasting record of our relationship to Glasgow and Scotland’s hosting of the Games.