Merchant City Festival brings carnival party to Glasgow

The festival has returned with a long weekend full of outdoor art, circus and dance.

The Merchant City Festival 2021 has opened with a colourful carnival party featuring stilt walkers and dancers celebrating Baroque Venetian carnival traditions.

The festival has returned to Glasgow with a long weekend of entertainment from Thursday to Sunday July 11.

The first performance featured a vibrant choreography delivered by Glasgow Life followed by artwork installations including a fountain, archway and Saints in an Alcove in Merchant City.

The festival has brought life back into the city centre.

The Merchant City Festival has returned to Glasgow.STV News

Restaurant supervisor, Elaine McKergow, told STV News: “It’s been slow and steady, obviously it’s been a long year and we are just opening up.

“We are now allowed people back inside the restaurant which is wonderful, but just having more footfall.

“There is lots more people about, even just this afternoon.

“So we are even at the early stages of the festival and there is a lot more people about.

“So it’s just lovely to see.”

The rest of the weekend will see a combination of outdoor arts, circus and dance showcased in and around nearby streets and venues, including at George Square and Barrowland Park.

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