Gardens to host 2014 Games festival

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DAWYCK Botanic Gardens will provide the setting for events taking place as part of the nationwide Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games cultural programme, which was unveiled this week.

During summer 2014, the gardens will host ‘Corroborree’, as part of a six-week arts festival celebrating indigenous culture and ecological diversity among the Commonwealth nations.

A group of established artists from across the Commonwealth countries specialising in different art forms will work alongside Scottish artists to create a range of work during residencies at the gardens.

There will also be lots of ways for the public to participate, through events, demonstrations and workshops.

A spokesperson for the project said: “Corroboree aims to be a green festival. Music will be unplugged, food will be local and healthy, transport will be sustainable and the plants and natural features of the gardens will be a prominent part of the celebrations.”

The cultural programme associated with the Commonwealth Games kicks off this year, with the majority of events happening from mid-June next year, when the Queen’s baton relay reaches Scotland, and then through the Games and beyond.