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Glasgow's 850th Birthday

2025 will be a big year for Glasgow as we celebrate the city's 850th birthday. It's a milestone and everyone who has or does call Glasgow home is invited to the party.

We want to join and support partners to create a yearlong inclusive, citywide, programme of events and activities that reflect on how the city has transformed, particularly over the last fifty years and how we can inspire accelerated change, for a better, sustainable, future, over the next fifty years.

This anniversary provides an opportunity to:

  • Join with partners to reflect on the city's transformation and growth since 1975 when Glasgow 800 was celebrated
  • Speed up ambitions for the future centred around the Council's grand challenges of tackling poverty and inequality and increasing prosperity and opportunity
  • Continue our fight against the climate emergency and improve our sustainability
  • Put the River Clyde at the centre of this storytelling. The lifeblood of the city and is the symbol for community wealth building and climate action for the future.
  • Enhance Glasgow's reputation and brand at home and abroad
  • Delivering memorable moments and legacy for our city's communities.

 

Themes

The proposed Glasgow 850 programme will be curated, with partners, across several important themes in the city that are reflective of our past, present and future.

  • Communities and neighbourhoods
  • Education and young people
  • Culture
  • Business and skills
  • Civic
  • The climate emergency
  • Tourism and visitor economy
  • Architecture and heritage
  • Science and Innovation
  • Immigration
  • Food and drink
  • Sport
  • Volunteering

 

Timeline

The first half of 2024 will be devoted to engaging with partners and stakeholders to raise awareness of the anniversary year and explore potential opportunities for the council to support around the themes and enable partners to activate their own plans.

We will also seek to directly and indirectly, through Glasgow family and partners, engage with our businesses and culturally rich and diverse communities and local organisations to have conversations about how they can get involved and shape the citywide programme - telling their Glasgow story, in their way.

A Glasgow 850 brand for use by partners, businesses, organisations and communities showing support for, and inclusion in, the celebratory year is in development and will be available for use.

It is expected that the high-level programme for Glasgow 850 in 2025 will be launched Autumn 2024, with high profile, city-led, events being publicised and community-led activities being added throughout the rest of 2024 and during 2025.

Get involved

At this early planning stage there are several ways to get involved.

  • Think about the different ways in which your organisation can support Glasgow 850
  • What meetings and forums can you discuss Glasgow 850 to raise awareness and generate ideas? How does your organisation link to Glasgow's past, present and future? Is there a story to tell?
  • Do you have existing plans that could be promoted as part of Glasgow 850?
  • Do you have access to, or opportunities to apply for, funding that could support specific Glasgow 850 activities?
  • Could your organisation collaborate with others in the city on a theme(s), shared story, activation or event?
  • You can also register to joing the mailing list so that you are kept upto date with information and opportunities as well as register your interest for volunteering.
  • You can also get in touch with the Glasgow 850 team with any questions or by emailing glasgow850@glasgow.gov.uk

 

Last modified on 18 May 2024

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