The Merchant City Festival ran from the 25th – 29th of July 2012. The Festival’s aim was to show exactly the Merchant City has to offer, not only in terms of restaurants, bars and cafes (although it does have many), but also its venues for cultural and artistic exhibitions.
Over the five days, across 75 arenas, 300 events and performances dazzled visitors. One of the highlights was the Big Man: this colossal toured the Merchant City from George Square on Friday night, along Argyle Street on Saturday before helping build a huge cardboard tower.
Additionally, there were strange, wheeled people who rolled around the streets reciting poetry to the amusement of passers-by. A curious set of adventuring types seemed intent on catching a shoal of fish
Found in the midst was a small stage and hand-made bus stop. This turned out to be the playground for JAMP, a dance-turned-parkour style of show co-ordinated by Bright Night International. The team put on two shows on Saturday and Sunday (the afternoon show on Saturday was halted due to typical Glasgow rain). With any luck, they’ll be back next year.