It all began on 30 April 2013 with the launch of Celebrate – a brand new fund aiming to bring the Commonwealth Games time party atmosphere to every part of Scotland. One year – £4.5 million, 646 community groups and over 1,000 vibrant arts, sports, heritage and community events later – Celebrate came to a fantastic end on Sunday 3 August with a colourful event on the banks of the River Clyde.
Celebrate – the Final fling saw ten different Celebrate funded projects showcase a range of music, dance and fashion all inspired by the countries of the Commonwealth. Despite the damp and dreary weather our acts brightened up the day enticing the public with their wonderful performances.
The event began with the lively singing of the Central and West Integration Network choir. The bright costumes were a beautiful contrast to the dreich Glasgow weather. The Albanian Scottish Association (AlbScott) continued the colourful theme with their collection of Commonwealth country themed costumes, including a tartan gown designed by the group. The weather didn’t deter the kids from the Indian Cultural and Festival Committee who provided us with some cool Bollywood dance moves. We also had Sunny Govan Radio interviewing our performers with their portable radio station and the fantastic Glasgow Piano City and their decorated acoustic piano playing between acts.
But the weather really wasn’t on our side. This didn’t dampen our spirits however, as we moved the event indoors to the Big Lottery Fund office.
Back at the office the boardroom was converted into a stage and Maharashtra Mandal showcased a traditional dance of the fisher folk of Maharashtra. Next we were treated to a Highland dance and a ceilidh by the Highland Russia Connection. The children were getting very excited at this point, as it was nearing the time for Clyde, the official mascot of the 2014 Games, to make his appearance.
Ghana Welfare Association followed Clyde’s performance and their dancers moved to Shackles by Mary Mary, along with the beating of the Ghanaian drums and a Highland piper.
Celebrate – the Final Fling was a fitting end to a very successful programme. The team at Celebrate would like to thank all of our groups who performed on the day. We hope you had as much fun as we did.
See our Flickr gallery of images from the day.