Friday, 8 November 2019

Awards for Glasgow - a city transformed

A couple of months ago I was fortunate enough to spend several days in Glasgow, Scotland's biggest city - and one-time bleak industrial wasteland. 

I discovered Glasgow is a city transformed; alive with boutique distilleries, funky bars, street art, and hip museums and galleries. 



I have print stories coming up on the city's renaissance, but it came as no surprise to discover this week that Glasgow has been named the UK's leading cultural and creative city by the European Commission. 

The report also ranked Glasgow as Europe’s leader for "openness, tolerance and trust". 

Glasgow was named ahead of London, Bristol, Brighton and Manchester which make up the rest of the top five cities for culture vultures in the UK. Edinburgh was ranked sixth in the list.

The Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor 2019 report looked at 190 cities from across 30 European countries and ranks 29 different aspects of a city’s cultural health, including its cultural vibrancy, creative economy and ability to attract creative talent and stimulate cultural engagement.



The report said: “Glasgow was one of the first European Capitals of Culture, in 1990. Known as an industrial city, it has now gained recognition as a creative and cultural centre of European importance.” 

Dr Bridget McConnell CBE, the chair of Glasgow Life, said: “We always knew Glasgow was a global cultural leader and we’re delighted that the European Commission has confirmed our position of the UK’s leading cultural and creative city.

“Glasgow is a city bursting with energy, passion and creativity and filled with artists, designers, creators and innovators. We have world-class museums and galleries, incredible architecture and history and as a UNESCO City of Music, there’s nowhere better to enjoy a gig.


"A focus for the performing arts and a hub for the creative industries, it’s no wonder that we’ve come out top of the ranking.

“What’s more, our openness, tolerance and trust has been rated as the best in Europe, confirming what we already know, that our people make Glasgow the best city in the world.”

Glasgow is home to more than 100 cultural organisations and five of Scotland’s six internationally renowned national performing arts companies. It is also home to music venues including the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City Halls and Old Fruitmarket.

More people visit Glasgow’s museums each year than in any other UK city outside of London, with both Kelvingrove Art Gallery and the Riverside Museum attracting more than 1.3 million visits each in the last year.

Glasgow’s nine city museums are home to Europe’s largest civic arts collection, with masterpieces by Dali, Van Gogh, Degas, Renoir, Whistler and Monet all on show for free in the city’s museums.

The city is also the place to come to admire the genius of architect and designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, or a gig at the SSE Hydro, which in 2018 was named the world’s best performing music venue by size. 

The city is also home to the Glasgow Jazz Festival, Glasgow International Comedy Festival and the Glasgow Film Festival. 



# The writer was guest of Glasgow Life 
www.glasgowlife.org.uk 
and the Moxy Hotel Merchant City 
http://moxy-hotels.marriott.com/en/hotels/glasgow-merchant-city

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