Celtic Festival Boosts Glasgow 2018 Youth Bid

Thousands of young people have enjoyed a series of free workshops, concerts and performances as part of Glasgow’s renowned Celtic Connections festival, promoting Glasgow’s bid for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

The event is one of the world’s largest winter music festivals, bringing together about 2,000 artists from across the globe for an 18-day showcase of traditional Scottish and world music.

Glasgow 2018 Bid Director, Paul Bush said, “as a city Glasgow is committed to involving young people in its many sporting and cultural programs such as the outstanding Celtic Connections festive. This approach engages young people at an early age and is an area we are keen to build on as part of our bid to bring the Youth Olympic Games to Glasgow. Our bid has young people at its very heart and will create a dynamic program of both sporting competition and cultural opportunities that will engage the young people of Glasgow Scotland, the UK and the world. This approach will inspire a new generation to live by the Olympic values”.

At the end of the festival it was revealed that the Glasgow 2018 Youth Olympic Games Bid Team had contacted more than 36,000 primary school children as part of a Back Our Bid campaign which has already seen almost 20,000 young people sign up to bring the event to the city.