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2014 Games festival plans unveiled

A festival with comedy, dance and music will run alongside sporting events at next year's Commonwealth Games.

Glasgow 2014 chiefs have unveiled highlights of the cultural programme that will entertain visitors to the Games next July.

Festival 2014 will transform the city, with events taking place in art galleries, cinemas, by the River Clyde and on bicycles, the organising committee said.

A year-long programme of events, Culture 2014, will begin shortly as the city counts down to July 23 next year.

From October, choirs will sing across Scotland as part of Big Big Sing and theatre maker Tam Dean Burn will endeavour to cycle around the country reading to children all of Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson's 167 books.

A collaborative performance between Scotland, Australia and Brazil called Perch will see artists perform high above city streets in each of the three countries.

During the Games a satirical comedy, News Just In, set in a fictional media office of Glasgow 2014, will mix live theatre and filmed news reports.

A quarter-century of contemporary art in Scotland will be celebrated in an exhibition entitled Generation.

The cultural programme logo was designed by Scottish artist Jim Lambie and draws inspiration from the star-filled facade of Glasgow's historic east end venue the Barrowland Ballroom.

Eileen Gallagher, who chairs Glasgow 2014's ceremonies, culture and Queen's Baton relay committee, said: "As we count down the days to Glasgow 2014, the entire nation can celebrate and be part of the Games, with an ambitious programme of performance and entertainment which will touch every corner of Scotland."


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