Dragon tamers wanted for Glasgow Canal Festival

Adventurers are being encouraged to sign up and get behind the oars for the chance to become the Glasgow Canal Dragon Boat Race champion at the first-ever Glasgow Canal Festival.

Visitors to the Glasgow Canal are being invited to capture some canal magic at a fun-filled festival featuring live music, street food, crafts and activities – including the chance to be crowned the city’s Dragon Boat Racing champion!

The first-ever Glasgow Canal Festival, organised by Scottish Canals, Glasgow City Council, National Theatre of Scotland, The Whisky Bond, Queens Cross Housing Association, and various canalside communities and businesses, kicks off on Saturday July 22nd at Applecross Basin on the Forth & Clyde Canal and will feature an array of activities on and off the water.

Entries are now open for the main event of the festival – the inaugural Glasgow Canal Dragon Boat Race. Ten teams of 15 people each will battle through a series of heats to be crowned the Glasgow Canal Dragon Boat champion.

Full details are available at https://www.scottishcanals.co.uk/events/glasgow-canal-festival/

“From the water to the banks and beyond, the Glasgow Canal Festival will celebrate everything that makes North Glasgow such an incredible place. The area has seen a tremendous transformation in recent years and it’s only been possible with the support of the local community and businesses; this festival is a fitting way to mark the next chapter in the story."

Steve Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Canals

Those looking to sample the more sedate side of the festival will be able to grab an array of delectable delights from street food stalls, enjoy a range of live music, and even take a free canal boat cruise along the Glasgow Canal. Origami boat design and building classes will also see amateur engineers put their skills to the test as they compete for the top spot – and the glory of creating a vessel that floats!

The festival celebrates the ongoing transformation of the area, which in recent years has saw the creation of a flourishing cultural quarter featuring the likes of the National Theatre of Scotland, Scottish Opera, and the creative hub of The Whisky Bond. Urban sports also sit at the heart of the area, with Pinkston Watersports – Scotland’s only urban white water course – and Glasgow Wake Park located on the banks of the canal.

Notes to Editors

About Scottish Canals

Scottish Canals is responsible to the Scottish Government for the management and development of the Union, Monkland, Forth & Clyde, Crinan and Caledonian Canals. As well as the waterways themselves, Scottish Canals care for bridges, buildings, locks, The Falkirk Wheel, The Kelpies and water supply reservoirs in locations across Scotland. The reservoirs cover an area equivalent to 7,494 football pitches and supply the canals with the 332 million litres of water which flow through them each day.

The Forth & Clyde, Union and Monkland canals in the Lowlands, the Crinan Canal in Argyll and the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands together extend over 137 miles from coast to coast, across country and into the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. Built two hundred years ago to fire the Industrial Revolution, Scotland’s canals are now recognised as Scheduled Monuments and attract 22million visits per year.

For more information, visit www.scottishcanals.co.uk or follow @ScottishCanals on Twitter

About the Glasgow Canal Project

The Glasgow Canal Project is a vibrant, dynamic destination boasting world-class cultural and artistic talent, a cutting-edge urban sports hub and major development and investment opportunities.

Focused around the historic Forth & Clyde Canal in the north of the city, it is fast becoming one of Europe’s most exciting places to live, work, visit and study.

A partnership between Glasgow City Council, Scottish Canals and Bigg Regeneration, the Glasgow Canal Project is helping to deliver transformational change but it is the involvement of local communities, the creative sector as well as new and emerging businesses which makes the area unique.

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