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MCF 2021 "ENCRUSTATION"

WHO ARE WE AND WHAT DO WE DO?

THE MERCHANT CITY FESTIVAL TEAM IS CURRENTLY DESIGNING THE CONTENT FOR THIS YEAR’S LAUNCH PARTY AND THIS WILL CREATE PERFORMANCE PIECES, GIANT ARTWORKS AND SCULPTURES, STUNNING COSTUMES AND LOTS MORE ENGAGING AND EXCITING WORK TO SHARE WITH THE PUBLIC LATER IN THE YEAR. OUR EXISTING TEAM CONSISTS OF VISUAL ARTISTS, CHOREOGRAPHERS, MAKE-UP ARTISTS, PERFORMERS, CIRCUS ARTISTS AND PROP-MAKERS. WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO JOIN US ON THIS CO-PRODUCTION AND TO MAKE A REAL CONTRIBUTION TO ONE OF THE CITY’S MOST HIGH PROFILE, SUMMER EVENTS. YOU CAN SEE ELEMENTS OF EARLIER MERCHANT CITY FESTIVAL PROJECTS BY CLICKING ON THE PICTURE FRAME TO THE LEFT AND CLICKING NEXT ON THE "MERCHANT CITY FESTIVAL" ICON

WHO CAN TAKE PART?

THERE IS NO COST TO TAKE PART AND WE ARE PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN HEARING FROM PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN, OR HAVE CONNECTIONS TO THE FOLLOWING AREAS IN GLASGOW

  • ANDERSTON
  • CALTON
  • GORBALS
  • BRDGETON
  • SIGHTHILL
  • TOWNHEAD

THE 2021 THEME: “ENCRUSTATION”

BUILDING ON THE SUCCESS OF OUR MASK THEME LAST YEAR, THIS YEAR WE ARE LOOKING AT ENCRUSTATION. THIS IS A THEME IN BAROQUE ART THAT ORIGINATES IN THE PRACTICE OF DECORATING PLAIN SPACES AND OBJECTS WITH EXTRAVAGANT DETAILS THAT, OVER TIME, TRANSFORM THEM INTO PLACES AND ITEMS OF WONDER. WE HAVE ALREADY CREATED SOME OF THE SCULPTURAL PROPS AND COSTUMES AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING ON THE NEXT PHASE OF THE CREATIVE PROGRAMME

PRACTICALITIES

DUE TO THE PANDEMIC RESTRICTIONS, WE WILL BE CONDUCTING ALL OF THE EARLY CO-DESIGN WORK THROUGH ONLINE PLATFORMS AND THIS MEANS THAT THERE WILL BE A LIMIT ON THE NUMBERS OF CO-DESIGNERS THAT WE CAN ENGAGE WITH AT THE MOMENT. FOR THIS REASON, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE AN INTEREST IN THE ARTS AND WHO WOULD BE LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE TO CREATING AND DESIGNING THE MATERIAL THROUGHOUT THE WINTER AND SPRING OF 2021 AND POTENTAILLY TO CONTINUE TO BE INVOLVED IN THE WORK RIGHT THROUGH TO THE FESTIVAL IN JULY. IF YOU THINK THIS COULD BE FOR YOU (OR FOR PEOPLE THAT YOU KNOW) THEN GET IN TOUCH ON THE EMAIL ADDRESS BELOW

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SOME OF THE SKILLS AREAS THAT WE WILL BE SUPPORTING IN PHASE 1

  • COSTUME DESIGN - CREATING DESIGNS
  • CHOREOGRAPHY - DESIGNING PERFORMANCE PIECES
  • CIRCUS SKILLS
  • STREET THEATRE PERFORMANCE DESIGNS
  • THEATRICAL MAKE UP DESIGN
  • LARGE PROPS AND ARTWORK DESIGNS

TIME AND SCHEDULE:

ONCE WE HAVE HEARD FROM INTERESTED PEOPLE, WE WILL SCHEDULE AN ONLINE CONSULTATION EVENT TOWARDS THE END OF JANUARY 2021 AND THE CO-PRODUCTION PROGRAMME WILL BEGIN AFTER THIS.THE NUMBERS WILL BE LIMITED TO BEGIN WITH BUT WE EXPECT TO BE ABLE TO OPEN OUT THE PROGRAMME TO MANY MORE PEOPLE AS WE GO ALONG SO IT IS POSSIBLE TO JOIN THE PROGRAMME LATER IN THE SPRING ALSO

THIS PHASE OF THE PROGRAMME IS LIKELY TO BE SUITABLE FOR INDEPENDENT INDIVIDUALS OF ANY AGE BUT IS UNLIKELY TO BE SUITABLE FOR SMALL CHILDREN

WHAT NEXT?

GET IN TOUCH USING THE E-MAIL ADDRESS HERE

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AND LET US KNOW WHAT ACTIVITIES YOU ARE INTERESTED IN