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Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and is renowned for its culture, style and voted the ‘friendliest city in the world’. Add to that, a blend of internationally-acclaimed museums and galleries, world-class architecture, a vibrant nightlife, breath taking scenery and outstanding shopping and it’s easy to see why we think Glasgow is a brilliant city to visit in 2016. If that wasn’t enough of a reason to visit then maybe some of the upcoming festivals will convince you that it’s a great time to venture to Glasgow!
Glasgow Film Festival
For all the film buffs out there, the Glasgow Film Festival takes place between 17 and 28 February 2016. Showing a number of Oscar nominated films including the Hateful Eight, Room, Brooklyn and more, the Glasgow Film Festival culminates on the date of the 88th Academy Awards on the 28th February; making this film festival the perfect lead up to Oscar night!
The UK premiere of Hail Caesar! has been chosen for the 2016 Glasgow Film Festival Opening Gala which takes place just days after its World Premiere in Berlin The hugely anticipated film from the Coen brothers features George Clooney, Scarlet Johansson and Tilda Swinton. The festival will close with the UK premiere of Charlie Kaufman’s stop-motion animation Anomalisa which won the Grand Special Jury Prize 2015 at the Venice Film Festival. Both films go on sale from Monday 18th January at 12 noon. The full festival programme will be announced on Wednesday 20 January and will be available on sale from Monday 25 January at 10am so be ready!
For those interested in filmmaking, this year the Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) will host an Industry Focus which will feature presentations and panels of industry experts discussing topics from development and funding through to distribution and exhibition. A number of special events will also take place including a screening of The Man Who Fell To Earth which is 40 years old this year and features the late icon David Bowie. Where better to watch this movie than inside the Space Zone on the spectacular screen of the Glasgow Science Centre Planetarium? And to finish the evening off, following the movie there is a guided tour through the solar system!
Glasgow Comedy Festival
If you like your city break with a side of laughter then why not arrange a trip to Glasgow during their upcoming Comedy Festival which takes place from 10th – 27th March 2016. The festival returns for its 14th year with 420 shows across 42 venues and over 109,000 tickets on sale! The line-up includes the critically-acclaimed stand-up Frankie Boyle and headline acts and household names including Reginald D Hunter, Bridget Christie, Adam Hills, Paul Merton, Ardal O'Hanlon, Julian Clary, Rob Delaney, Jenny Eclair, Jerry Sadowitz, Russell Kane, Mark Watson, Dylan Moran and Richard Herring. Local stars include Des Clarke, Daniel Sloss, Craig Hill, Mark Nelson, Gary Little and Janey Godley while international names to appear include Will Franken, Scott Capurro, John Hastings and Jena Friedman.
Whether it’s hard hitting drama you’re after or side splitting comedy, Jurys Inn Glasgow is perfectly placed for a fun filled break to this fantastic city.