Curtain rises on Creative City 2019

Creative Industries' annual festival is now underway.

Creative City 2019 brings together students, staff, and guest performers from across the college's Creative Industries Faculty for three weeks of art, drama, literature, music, and more.

This year’s festival begins with students promoting their events at City Campus – including CoGC Smash Grand Prix organised by a team of HNC Media and Communications students. This will see teams of players compete in an elimination tournament of the Nintendo video game, Super Smash Bros.

Other scheduled  events include performances of Thebans, City Lines - a writing event with famous Scottish writer Alan Bissett - and a charity Lego auction.

Back by popular demand, and one of the programme highlights, is Question Time which sees politicians from Scotland’s main political parties face a grilling in front of a live audience of journalism students.

Commenting on the start of Creative City 2019, organiser and media lecturer, Martin Naidoo, said:

“We’re delighted to once again be holding our Creative City festival and could not be happier at the high levels of enthusiasm and passion we’ve seen in preparation for it.

“City of Glasgow College has many inspiring and creative students so it’s wonderful to be able to give them a platform to showcase what they are capable of.

“Keep a close eye on what happens this year because there’s a good chance that you’ll see and hear many of the names taking part featured in the newspapers, on TV, and on radio in the months and years to come.”

Events will be held at the college’s award-winning City campus on Glasgow's Cathedral Street as well as in venues across the city.

Lauren Barclay, 18, an HNC Media and Communications student from Glasgow, is one of the team behind the upcoming CoGC Smash Grand Prix. She said:

“Preparing for the festival has taught me lots of transferrable skills, and creating the promotional material for our event has helped me learn more about my dream job of being a graphic designer.

“All of us in my team, and across the festival, are really looking forward to seeing just what we can do when we combine our learning from across our different and varied courses.

“It’s going to be great.”

The festival runs from 25 February until 15 March.

This year’s Creative City festival builds on the success of previous years and is widely anticipated to be the biggest yet.