Celebrating the bicentenar y of James Watt with innovation & light!
25th October - 1st November 2019 Greenock | Inverclyde
Galoshans Giants Â© George Munro
GALOSHANS GIANTS PARADE | STREET PARTY | LIVE MUSIC DANCE | AUDIO VISUAL INSTALLATIONS | ART EXHIBITIONS CREATIVE WORKSHOPS | THEATRE | CINEMA | PERFORMANCE
GALOSHANS FESTIVAL 2019 GET READY FOR GALOSHANS! RETURNING FOR ITS 5TH YEAR OF PERFORMANCE, CREATIVITY AND COMMUNITY SPIRIT, GALOSHANS FESTIVAL BRINGS A SPECTACLE OF ALL THINGS SPOOKY TO THE STREETS OF INVERCLYDE. New interactive artist commissions, steampunk props and creative kids activities celebrate the bicentenar y of Greenock born engineer and inventor James Watt. There’s live music, theatre, cinema, art exhibitions and free workshops to take part in throughout the festival. Enjoy local creativity, impromptu dance and street performance on Saturday 26th October for Inverclyde Culture Day. Don your best ghoulish glad rags for the Galoshans Parade and Street Party on Sunday 27th. Join us at the Tobacco Warehouse for the festival launch on the 25th, with the Innovation and Light exhibition opening, accompanied by live music from Lola in Slacks. Don’t miss the closing event on November 1st which sees the Tobacco Warehouse taken over with live music and experimental audio visuals as Cr yptic’s Sonica Festival comes to Greenock for the first time. Nunah Theatre Company © Sarah Smart
This year Galoshans Festival celebrates the bicentenary of James Watt with themes of innovation & light!
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ARTS WORKSHOPS PROP MAKING
Props & workshop © RIG Arts
Sundays: 15th, 22nd, 29th September & 6th, 13th, 20th October | 12pm - 2pm Tobacco Warehouse | FREE Join creative workshops making large scale spooky and steampunk props for the Galoshans Parade and Street Party. Workshops are open to all ages, under 12’s must be accompanied by an adult.
YOUNG CONTEMPORARIES Thursdays: 5th September - 10th October 3.30pm - 5.30pm St Columba’s High School | FREE High School students develop creative skills with practicing artists to make artworks and installations showcased as part of the Tobacco Warehouse exhibition.
WATT? DRAMA & HERITAGE RESEARCH
Professional script and play writers are working with St Patrick’s Primar y School & St Columba’s High School to research and develop stor y telling tableaux celebrating Watt’s legacy and the heritage of Inverclyde through snapshots into the era. 16 workshops cover scriptwriting, development, design and rehearsal, with Inverclyde Tourist Group working with students for the research part of the project. Final tableaux will be performed throughout the town on Inverclyde Culture Day and during the Parade and Party in the Square.
WATT? KINETIC SCULPTURE CREATION
Work with professional prop artists to create a large scale kinetic sculpture to commemorate the bicentenar y of James Watt, to be showcased at the Galoshans Parade. Composite parts will come together along the parade route to create the appearance of a working steam engine, bringing together the rich industrial heritage of innovation in Inverclyde and local creative energy.
Contact RIG Arts on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01475 649359 to find out more and sign up for prop making & kinetic sculpture workshops. 3
WATCH OUT FOR EXCITING POP UP ARTIST COMMISSIONS ILLUMINATING PUBLIC SPACES AND FESTIVAL VENUES WITH INNOVATIVE INTERACTIVE AUDIO VISUAL WORKS.
Tobacco Warehouse © RIG Arts
Visit the Tobacco Warehouse to view a curated exhibition of contemporar y art by local practitioners exhibiting with national and international artists. Ideas of innovation and light are explored through painting, photography, film, installations and audio visual work.
Young Contemporaries © RIG Arts
25th - 31st October 10am - 5pm | Tobacco Warehouse | FREE
Watt statue © Jason Orr
INNOVATION & LIGHT CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION
TRANCND © Nomadix
DOOR TO DOOR – TRANCND 26th October | Dalr ymple Street 27th October | Clyde Square FREE
In the tradition of Galoshans and guising ‘Door to Door’, local architect Bruce Newlands brings his pop up ‘guerrilla’ project TRANCND to interact with Inverclyde’s iconic built heritage. Striking digitally projected artworks will appear, taking inspiration from light, innovation and engineering.
SOUNDPLAY INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION 26th October | 10am - 4pm Oak Mall underpass 27th October | 6pm - 8pm Tunnel at Greenock Town Hall FREE
Come and play with a unique audio visual installation by Soundplay artists Ewan Sinclair and Bal Cooke. Interact with sculptural objects, change your voice into sub-aquatic tones, use rhythm and movement to create new abstracted, scalable, reactive visuals inspired by fog horns, industrial infrastructure and communication systems.
25th - 31st October | Tobacco Warehouse exhibition plus pop up locations in Greenock | FREE Discover a series of artworks by Jason Orr inspired by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey’s sculpture of the great inventor. Multiple depictions explore what was behind the man, bringing new elements to the surface to create forms that tell his hidden stor y.
25th - 31st October 10am - 5pm | Tobacco Warehouse exhibition| FREE View the creative output of these young artists as part of the Innovation & Light Exhibition.
LIVE MUSIC, PERFORMANCE & AUDIO VISUAL ART
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James Grant © Colin Cunningham
AUDIO VISUAL SPECTACLE
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GET IMMERSED IN THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF AUDIO VISUAL ARTS, EXPERIMENTAL PERFORMANCES AND LIVE MUSIC.
27th October | 6.30pm onwards Cathcart Square / Cowan’s Corner
Kicking off the Party in the Square with a dynamic finale to the Galoshans Parade artists Caroline Campbell and Scott Carroll bring a spectacle of sound, light and visuals to Cowan’s Corner gable end. Steam, repetition, speed, rotation, revolution, water, movement and transport are fused together with 3D elements, original James Watt drawings and sound recordings breathing new life to the legacy of this world renowned engineer, highlighting the impact of his innovative output on our lives.
LONG GREEN JAWS
27th October | 6.30pm | William Street | FREE An interactive performance using live strings, hydrophone, electronics and projections. This immersive audio-visual improvisation by Fergus Hall and Sarah McWhinney flows between the acoustic, analogue and electronic, inspired by the movements of water. Young ones are invited join in with this spellbinding experience and add to the unfolding narrative with shadow puppets.
FESTIVAL LAUNCH 25th October | 6pm - 9pm Tobacco Warehouse | FREE Join us at the Tobacco Warehouse for Galoshans Festival launch night. View the opening of the James Watt inspired Innovation & Light Contemporar y Art Exhibition accompanied by a performance from band Lola in Slacks. Complimentar y refreshments are provided.
JAMES GRANT PRESENTS 27th October | 7pm - 8.30pm Wellpark Mid Kirk Church | FREE
Enjoy an evening of live music as Love and Money front man James Grant presents a showcase of homegrown talent at Wellpark Mid Kirk Church. Working with local singers, songwriters, musicians and budding performers, James Grant provides a unique mentoring and development opportunity, with impressive results!
TOBACCO WAREHOUSE TAKEOVER
1st November | 9pm (doors 8.30pm) Tobacco Warehouse | Ticket only: ÂŁ5 plus fees Ticket with transport from Glasgow: ÂŁ10 plus fees Book online: www.sonic-a.co.uk Sonica Glasgow 2019 comes to Greenock in collaboration with the Scottish Alternative Music Awards. Experience live music from Rev Magnetic and Callum Easter, accompanied by visuals from VAJ.Power. Also appearing are Robbie Thomson, SUE ZUKI, Kleft and Jack Wrigley.
CREATIVITY HITS THE STREETS TO INSPIRE AND SHOWCASE A DIVERSE RANGE OF ARTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN INVERCLYDE.
26th October | 10am – 5pm | FREE | Oak Mall Artists and groups share their practices in new and innovative ways, opening the doors to their work, inviting new audiences and members to join and participate throughout the year. Find local creative groups showcased in the Oak Mall.
Surge: Alfresco Librarians © Ingrid Mur
Nunah Theatre Company © Sarah Smart
INVERCLYDE CULTURE DAY SATURDAY 26TH OCTOBER
Surge: Monkfish © Alan McAteer
BEST DRESSED WINDOW AWARD
Inviting all local businesses and residents! Get creative and dress up your windows for Galoshans. Submit a photo of your window with #GaloshansFestival and we’ll pick the best dressed window on Saturday 26th of October...Keep an eye on @GaloshansFest for inspiration, entries and updates on prizes.
STREET THEATRE & DANCE For Inverclyde Culture Day view street theatre, circus performers and dance in Greenock Town Centre from Ginger the Horse, through the Oak Mall to Egeria the Wood Nymph sculpture.
Look out for circus artists, performances by NUNAH THEATRE COMPANY and local contemporar y dance troupe
ORIGINATE DANCE. View James Watt inspired STORY TELLING TABLEAUX and watch the impressive steampunk inspired KINETIC SCULPTURE form a grand mechanical monster.
SURGE X KAYOS INVERCLYDE YOUTH THEATRE 26th & 27th October | Various times & public spaces Following a series of development workshops Surge in partnership with Inverclyde Youth Theatre (Kayos) perform in public places across the 26th and 27th October. This youth theatre initiative is supported by The Great Place Scheme, RIG Arts and Inverclyde Council.
You’ll have to be fast to catch a glimpse of these ‘Monk-fish’ friends but you’ll hear them as they zoom past!
Watch out for the maverick ‘Alfresco Librarians’ as they bring pop-up libraries to the streets with all the usual facilities. Shhhhh…
SCOTTISH FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE MUSEUM 26th October | 12pm - 4pm | FREE
Visit the Scottish Fire and Rescue Ser vice Heritage Trust’s Museum, open specially for Inverclyde Culture Day. Enjoy a fun exploration of fire engines and uniforms throughout the ages. Mar vel at the steam powered fire engines brought back to full working order with meticulous restoration. 9
Are you goin’ GALOSHANS PARADE & STREET PARTY SUNDAY 27TH OCTOBER 5.30pm - 8pm Meet at Ginger the Horse, for a 6pm set off, following the Galoshans Procession to Cathcart Square. Get dressed up, bring your banners, masks and props to join the Giants in the Galoshans Parade!
Streetband © Where’s the One?
GALOSHANS STREET BAND
What’s that coming over the hill, is it a Street Band? The Galoshans Street Band features the brass playing and drumming talents of P7 pupils from All Saints and Kings Oak primar y schools. Led by tutors from Oi Musica and Where’s the One? supported by the Youth Music Initiative and Inverclyde Council.
Images © Dougie Coull
Enjoy the fun festival feeling with pop up performances by NUNAH THEATRE COMPANY & SURGE X KAYOS .
FREE CREATIVE ACTIVITIES on Cathcart Square, explore the SENSORY PORTAL AND QUIET SPACE away from Take part in
the hubbub of the parade. Enjoy audiovisual installations in the tunnel from SOUNDPLAY and be mesmerised by LONG GREEN JAWS on William Street. Investigate a fun vintage fire appliance as Scottish Fire and Rescue Ser vice Heritage Trust bring the FIRE WITCH out for the night.
AUDIO VISUAL SPECTACLE on Cowan’s Corner View the
6.30pm, party the night away with the GALOSHANS GIANTS on the illuminated Cathcart Square! Enjoy JAMES GRANT PRESENTS at Wellpark Mid Kirk Church from 7pm. 11
THEATRE & CINEMA FEEL A CHILL DOWN YOUR SPINE WITH SPELLBINDING THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS AT BEACON ARTS CENTRE & FAMILY FRIENDLY FRIGHTS AT THE WATERFRONT CINEMA. Inages: courtesy of Beacon Arts Centre
James Watt Dock crane © Dougie Coull
Tag @DiscInverclyde on Twitter or @DiscoverInverclyde on Facebook & Instagram to post your shots, hashtag #GaloshansFestival and one of the themes #InverclydeinOctober #spookybeauty or #innvoationandlight. Visit www. GaloshansFestival.com to find out more and view full terms and conditions.
Hocus Pocus © Disney
Discover Inverclyde present a Galoshans photographic challenge for the month of October. Share your atmospheric images and spooky autumnal shots of Inverclyde. Capture that perfect twilight scene, scar y Galoshans faces, or explore this year’s festival themes of innovation and light in celebration of Greenock born inventor and engineer James Watt.
THE GATHERING 1st November | 8pm Beacon Arts Centre | £10 / £12 plus fees Book online: www.beaconartscentre.co.uk Felix O’Brien presents The Gathering. Murder. Witches. Demons. Ghosts. Love. Death. Taxidermy. Join us for an evening of haunting, hilarious, hellishly Hallowe’eny horror. Gather round. Laugh. Cr y. Scream. Content Warning This show contains strong language and content which some people may find disturbing.
THE DARKER SIDE OF MUSICALS 26th October | 7.30pm Beacon Arts Centre | £10 / £12 plus fees Book online: www.beaconartscentre.co.uk Join Shoogalie Road Productions as you’ve never seen them before for an evening of musical theatre as they perform excerpts from: Jekyll and Hyde, Phantom of the Opera and Sweeney Todd. A brand new script by Filipa Fallow links all three shows together. Expect a few twists along the way.
FRANKENSTEIN; A RADIO PLAY ON STAGE
25th October | 8pm Beacon Arts Centre | £10 / £12 plus fees Book online: www.beaconartscentre.co.uk Three plucky 1940s actors present Mar y Shelley’s classic Gothic novel as a radio play, with live sound effects and period music. Following their sold-out Edinburgh Fringe triumph Para Handy, No Nonsense Productions (It’s a Wonderful Life, Dracula) return with this chaotic comedy.
26th October | 11am & 11.30am Waterfront Cinema | £2.50 per person Free entr y to carers with valid CEA card Book online: www.waterfrontcinema.co.uk Enjoy these Fun Film Club showings at the Waterfront Cinema. A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th centur y. 13
ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS & YOUNG PEOPLE GET IN THE GALOSHANS SPIRIT, EXPLORE INNOVATION & CREATIVITY WITH EVENTS AT INVERCLYDE LIBRARIES The Superpower Project © Paul Bristow
Granny Kempock © Dougie Coull
DESIGN A GIANT
Invent your own Galoshans Giant! Create a new character with this fun downloadable resource. What’s their stor y? Are they spooky, scar y, friendly or funny?
Let your imagination run wild, add features, accessories and colours to the Galoshans Giant template and share them using #GaloshansFestival.
© Claudio Marinangeli
Download from www.galoshansfestival.com
26th October | 11.30am – 12pm Greenock Central Librar y FREE | Drop in Visit Greenock Central Librar y to share some nottoo-scar y songs and stories. Great for wee ones to get into the Hallowe’en spirit - fancy dress is optional! Part of Inverclyde Libraries & Scottish Book Trust Bookbug Programme.
MAKING WAVES: THE SPLASH PANEL Weekly on Saturdays, 26th October onwards 10am – 12pm | Greenock Central Librar y | FREE To sign up email librar email@example.com or pop into your local librar y.
Join Inverclyde Libraries new comic creation and graphic novel group hosted by Paul Bristow of Magic Torch Comics. If you are aged 11-15, have an interest in stor y writing, drawing, digital techniques, comics and graphic novels this is the group for you.
WATT’S YOUR INVENTION? INNOVATION & LIGHT
26th October | 11am – 12pm All Inverclyde Libraries (with exception of Greenock South West) FREE | Drop in To celebrate Watt’s secretive copies, Invisible Pens are available to collect for free from your local librar y on Saturday 26th October. Use them to do your own secret innovative designs revealed by the light! Watt Else? Get stuck in to some Spooky Lego, Augmented Reality colouring and Board Games for some Galoshans family fun.
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