Situated West of the old High Street near the Trongate is Glasgow’s Merchant City, home to the ‘Tobacco lords’ of the 18th and 19th century. The roads are closed off once a year for the Merchant City Festival, an eclectic mix of contemporary dance, music, comedy and street performance. Stalls selling food and drink can be found near the Merchant Square, along with artisan jewellery and clothing . As with any Scottish cultural event the weather plays a part. The first Saturday of the 2016 Festival brought a warm Sunny afternoon allowing visitors to use the outdoor seating of the cafes, restaurant and bars. The Street Theatre Shown below was enhanced by the bright Sunshine casting shadows, contrasting with the white costumes of the performers. Sunday’s weather wasn’t as kind, with rain in the early evening, but the large covered Merchant Square allowed the events to continue. The image was taken from a performance of ‘The Lady Vanishes’ performed by Dudendance Theatre in Hutcheson Street.
August 5, 2016