Over the summer, several activities have been funded by the Glasgow 2018 cultural programme running alongside the European Championships 2018 sporting activities in August. As the cycle time trial route includes Strathblane we were delighted that Stirling could be included in a variety of cultural opportunities.

This includes Scottish Opera performances for young children and families, packing up its theatre on wheels and bringing their ‘Pop-up Opera Roadshow’ to Fallin on 15th August (parked in Fallin Primary School car park) and to Stirling on 26th August (outside The Albert Halls). Mischief la Bas street theatre add a bit of their colourful street theatre to the opening of the Special Olympics, whilst Macrobert hosted Tetra-decathlon in July and also bring ‘Cycle Cinema’ to Forthside on 12th August, working alongside Stirling Council and Heritage Environment Scotland.

In addition, local community projects benefited too from a range of cultural activities including animation, photography, art and music. Six organisations were given funding for projects, Square Peg, Picture the Possible, Gossip, Doune & Deanston Youth Project, Raploch Community Trust and Stirling Plus.

Square Peg

Our Town Film Festival. Local animator delivery workshops in animation to different groups in Stirling, ending with a performance in the Tolbooth of all the films created and an award ceremony for the children’s animations.

Picture the Possible

Stirling’s first Youth Photography Festival, with workshops for young people looking at what it means to be a young person in 2018. The young people to be encouraged to look outwards and to broaden their vision of their communities and the world around them, and for the participants to be part of shaping, designing, producing and curating the exhibition at the end of the workshops.

Raploch Community Partnership

Vision Workshops project co-designed with current award winning intergenerational groups to facilitate, explore and capture what the
2018 European Championships means to them, including working with an Artist to produce a piece of artwork to display in the Raploch Campus.


Gossip is a group of Stirling-based artists who will research the 2018 European Championships and members will respond in different art mediums,
Including the process being documented in a video.

Doune & Deanston

DDYP is a youth charity based in Doune – they are organising various arts activities for the groups they work with including graffiti, screen printing and art
The theme will be diversity inspired by the different identities and backgrounds of the athletes taking part in the European Championships.
In addition they are to run a photography project looking at mental health issues.

Plus Stirling

A series of music workshops working with groups of disabled children and exploring sound through technology to explore their sense of place

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