Flame Celebration Family Day

Flame Celebration day

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​A family day to celebrate ‘the spirit of human endeavour – to make everyone believe that anyone can do anything’

To mark the Paralympic Games in London, 29 Aug – 9 Sept, Glasgow proudly welcomes The Flame with inspirational music and dance performances from talented disabled artists and participatory creative and sports activities for all to enjoy.

Event Programme for the Day 

Workshops 12 - 4pm

Project Ability collage workshops
Tramway Studio, Level 1

Join Project Ability artists, Sandi Kiehlmann, Doreen Kay and Steven Reilly to create a large-scale collaged art work inspired by The Flame and The Paralympic Games.  This is a chance for you to be involved in this collaborative work in the Tramway Studio.
Torch making workshops

Tramway 4
Light up the route of The Flame!  This is your chance to create your own colourful torch to welcome The Flame to Glasgow. A drop-in workshop with Visual Artists Pearl Kinnear and Ciara Moore


Garland Making Workshop & Flowers of Meaning

Working with The Hidden Gardens team you will help to create a monumental chimney garland inspired by what ‘Flowers of Meaning’ might mean to you and your loved ones.  Make a wish and attach it to the garland to ignite your desires.
You are also invited to take away a keep-sake of the Paralympic Flame Celebration; your own 'Flower of Meaning' to be pressed it in a specially designed card to remind you of your day.  Every flower means something special.  Which one will you choose?

The Hidden gardens growing has been supported today by New Victoria Gardens and we would like to thank NVG for its generous contribution of foliage and their ongoing partnership with The Hidden Gardens. We would also like to thank Fair Deal for their continued partnership on the Help Yourself Grow initiative and Glasgow City Council Land Services for their donation of bedding plants. Today would not have been possible without our wonderful volunteers and partners who have helped support this event.


The Hidden Gardens
Come along and try out your Boccia and Target Skills with Glasgow Sport.


Sense Scotland Sensory Tepee

The Hidden Gardens
Interact with different textures, smells and sounds by exploring the Sense Scotland Sensory Tepee. Under the canvas there will be lots to discover, so please drop by today to experience it yourself!


Indepen-dance : Express yourself through dance:

The  Hidden Gardens: 12:15 – 12:45pm

Indepen-dance invites you to try out an inclusive dance workshop, designed for all abilities. The workshop is a practical dance session and promises to be fun, enjoyable and creative. Accessible to all with a focus on improvisation and moving together the workshop will be led by two experienced staff who will guide every individual in developing their creative skills and find new ways in which your body can move. 



Performances will all take place on our outdoor stage and in The Hidden Gardens.
Limelight 12:45pm
The Limelight Band & Maggie Riley brings their new music as well as some well-known numbers to the stage. You will also hear from the inspirational Joseph Delaney on how he became the first disabled musician to graduate from a university music course in Scotland.  Since turning professional, Joseph has gone on to be Musical Director for the 25th anniversary tour of The Steamie.
Indepen-dance 1:20pm
Indepen-dance Performance Company performs Forecast
A journey through weather reflecting seasonal feelings. The simple joy of sunshine, the refreshment brought by spring rain, the electric energy of storms and the peaceful calm of falling snow. All linked by the wind with all its many and changing moods.
Music: SHOOGLENIFTY, Peat Bog Fairies, Michael McGoldrick & David Spillane
Choreography: Cheryl McChesney
Assistant to Choreographer: Claire Mitchell
Artform 1:50pm
Drawn To The Flame:
Artform Music Group
Drawn To The Flame is a five-part music work consisting of music from the five major continents involved in The Games. An imagined journey begins with the torch leaving Beijing, China journeying through Africa, Australia, America and finally to Europe. An original piece of music has been composed for each continent, and will be performed by the Artform Music group.

ARTFORM is a free-access Arts Project which forms part of the NHS service for Learning Disabled Adults in Glasgow.
Flame Welcome Ceremony 2pm
At 2pm the Flame will arrive and will be brought to the stage by Glasgow’s Flame Ambassadors, Paralympian Maggie McEleny and dancer Jodie Taylor. The Lord Provost of Glasgow, Councillor Sadie Docherty will give an official civic welcome.

Deaf Youth Theatre: Sunscreen: 2:40pm
Solar Bear’s Deaf Youth Theatre performs a signed version of Sunscreen. This is a signing choir with a difference. 
Don’t forget your sun glasses!
Indepen-dance Young 1'z perform   Reflections of Eternity 3pm
Young 1’Z been looking at how we can use circles in our movement. From imagining circles inside our bodies, spinning so fast that they make us start to move from within; to visualising circles in the air and on the floor; as well as drawing circles all over ourselves. We have explored the idea of being trapped inside a giant sphere; and using as many different parts of our bodies as possible to try and touch the edges and break free. This has allowed us to discover new ways of moving, and encouraged us to explore our own individual bodies. The title Reflections of Eternity refers to the abstract theme of circular movement, showing that circles and spheres have no beginning and no end; and therefore can be eternal.
Nu Charms 3:15pm
Fair Deal’s singing group perform covers of classic favourites. 
Fair Deal is a social care organisation based in Castlemilk which works to support people with learning disabilities overcome barriers which prevent them participating in their local communities.


Flame Celebration Family Day is hosted by Tramway, The Hidden Gardens and Glasgow Arts.