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Glasgow Conversations is a series of interviews by Scott C. Docherty of the Top Ten Glasgow Guide with the people driving the culture of Glasgow forward today.
Meet the inspiring people behind the city's festivals, arts and performance venues, cultural experiences, social movements, sports, and more. Listening to these people will give you an insight into their motivations, dreams and challenges as they paint every day a picture of Glasgow that belies her historical reputation.
The interviews focus also on what's coming up in the Glasgow calendar for music, arts, performances, festivals, all described with absolute passion by the folks behind it all.
So thanks for listening, please subscribe, and leave your feedback!
Intro and other narrations by amazing up & coming local actress Helen Cuinn. Sound effects by freesfx. ** top-ten-glasgow-guide.com ** twitter @toptenglasgow ** facebook / toptenglasgowguide **

Glasgow Conversations Scott C. Docherty

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Glasgow Conversations is a series of interviews by Scott C. Docherty of the Top Ten Glasgow Guide with the people driving the culture of Glasgow forward today.
Meet the inspiring people behind the city's festivals, arts and performance venues, cultural experiences, social movements, sports, and more. Listening to these people will give you an insight into their motivations, dreams and challenges as they paint every day a picture of Glasgow that belies her historical reputation.
The interviews focus also on what's coming up in the Glasgow calendar for music, arts, performances, festivals, all described with absolute passion by the folks behind it all.
So thanks for listening, please subscribe, and leave your feedback!
Intro and other narrations by amazing up & coming local actress Helen Cuinn. Sound effects by freesfx. ** top-ten-glasgow-guide.com ** twitter @toptenglasgow ** facebook / toptenglasgowguide **

    Meet Rosie Robertson of the Calton Heritage and Learning Centre

    Meet Rosie Robertson of the Calton Heritage and Learning Centre

    Meet Rosie Robertson, manager of the Calton Heritage and Learning Centre. In this interview, you'll hear a lot about the Calton, an area of Glasgow even some of us living in the city either have never heard of or at least think about very little. Rosie lives and works there. She talks with passion and integrity about its proud working class history, how the identity of those living there has been lost over the years in the face of lazy ignorance and indoctrination. She explains why people are more than the labels given to them, and what happens when those labels are thrown endlessly in their face. She talks emotionally about hope; how the guidance she received when she was younger shaped her ultimately into an inspiration for her son; how the work carried out every day in the centre, and by its partners and like-minded local organisations, encourages, guides and inspires those in the community who otherwise might have had no direction other than to the bottom rung of the ladder. I, and a great many others in Glasgow, will never really appreciate the deep importance of the work people like Rosie do in the community. We live in a city, however, that's ignored the Calton for generations. So listening to this will give you a flavour of consequence, but also of hope that with a little more work, a little less ignorance, the cultural identity and destiny of human beings living merely in another postcode from you or I might be rebuilt and preserved.

    Meet Anne Mulhern of the Willow Tea Rooms

    Meet Anne Mulhern of the Willow Tea Rooms

    Meet Anne Mulhern, owner of the Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow. Listening to Anne you might begin to understand just how influential Charles Rennie Mackintosh continues to be not only for architects, designers and artists around the world, but also for them wot aren't, in this instance a lady who moved on from redundancy, learned how to cook, and before our local love of Mackintosh had really sprouted, took the lead from one of the most pionneering women in Glasgow's history in recreating the intricate delights of the Willow Tea Room in Sauchiehall Street, a venture borne of Mackintosh and one Miss Cranston in the early years of the 20th century. Anne talks passionately about the history of the tea rooms, the challenges she faced setting up her three magnificent rooms around the city, her influential roles in Glasgow's Leading Attractions and the Glasgow Mackintosh group, and how all of this breathtaking work falls into place in the city's perpertually developing culture. These days in Glasgow you can't open a cafe or bar without it being developed also as a cultural hub or social enterprise, and when you think of how the Willow Tea Rooms came about over a century ago and how it's been lovingly recreated by Anne into a space for exhibition and learning, you can really appreciate just how ahead of her time Miss Cranston was!

    Meet Ian Elder of the Lighthouse

    Meet Ian Elder of the Lighthouse

    Meet Ian Elder of the Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture. As Ian quotes in this fascinating interview, design is a restlessness with the status quo, and listening to his description of what he does day in day out from this breathtaking building in the centre of Glasgow, you might come to appreciate just how vital it is to Scotland's perpetual innovation in the creative industries both locally and beyond. He talks about how the Lighthouse works to promote not only the aesthetics of design work but also how it can impact and empower peoples' lives and business. Walking through its doors and spending some time here will introduce you to the pioneering work of one of our most famous sons, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and Ian speaks eloquently about how that work has filtered through the ages to inspire design and architecture today. He tells us about some of the groundbreaking exhibitions and work sprouting forth in the Lighthouse, how local design talent is encouraged here, why he had to wave goodbye to the wonderful MAKlab, and what's coming up to look forward to including the second ever Lighthouse Late. Climbing the mind-bending steps to the top of the Lighthouse's Mackintosh Tower may take your breath away, but from this conversation you'll understand that it's not the only thing in this place which can do that.

    Meet Liz Scobie of the West End Festival Glasgow

    Meet Liz Scobie of the West End Festival Glasgow

    Meet Liz Scobie, chair of the West End Festival. On the exciting day the hotly anticipated 2015 festival programme was unveiled, listen to Liz as she goes through some of the highlight events happening this June, starting of course with the parade on 5th June which will be the largest of its kind in the UK you'll experience outside London. This year's parade theme is "bloom", taking into account that this seeming juggernaut of a festival is turing 20 years old. I say "juggernaut" as it's been such a success in Glasgow that over the years it's become a fixture we all just tend to take for granted. In this interview, however, Liz explains why it's not as permanent as you might think, and that the organisers are so thankful for all the continued support, funding, energy and volunteering that helps them get over the line every year. She talks about the hard work behind the scenes that doesn't get much notice beyond the gloss of the world class programme, and why it was felt necessary to run the fundraising spectacular Electric Gardens in the Botanics earlier this year. So volunteer if you can, get along to as many events as you can, and help ensure that the west end festival continues to bloom in the coming years. Summer in the west end can't come soon enough!

    Meet James Dean of Platform Glasgow

    Meet James Dean of Platform Glasgow

    Meet James Dean of Platform Glasgow. This interview is for those, even in Glasgow, whose muscle memory associates the east end of the City with nowt but crime & poverty. It's for those who've been to the Barrowlands for a gig but stepped no further into the perceived darkness beyond. It's for those who feel there's no point exploring the empty, forgotten, barren land east of Glasgow Green when there's the delights of the city centre & west end on offer. Before this interview I knew a little about what's going on in the east end. After it I realised that I just knew little. My eyes were well and truly opened during this conversation at the Bridge, a breathtaking space in Easterhouse that for the last 9 years has been pulling together all the good things in the community and showing it off in style. James talks quietly with passion about the art, music and culture being tapped by Platform every day with a myriad of events, festivals, concerts, installations and arts projects in the area. He tells us about the Calton Action Barras Plan, PEEK Project, Pulse, the Barras Art and Design Centre, the Pipe Factory, the soon to be opened east end's answer to Oran Mor in the centre of a regenerated music quarter at the Barras, and the heart-warming projects changing lives at the Bridge. Listening to James talk effortlessly about what's going on makes me pretty embarrassed about how much I've been missing for so long right on my doorstep. Not any longer!

    Meet Alan Govan of the Mugstock Festival

    Meet Alan Govan of the Mugstock Festival

    Meet Alan Govan of the Mugstock Festival of Music and Merriment. In this enthralling interview, listen to Alan talk passionately about how to put on a not-for-profit, but totally ambitious community festival from scratch. He took a long-standing dream moulded only a little by sheer punnery, and transformed it into a crowdfunded sensation that's going to blow Glasgow's socks off in August this year. How he and his outstanding team of volunteers have managed to amass the world class line up (some of which is revealed exclusively in this interview) is pretty mystifying, but more impressive is how it's being designed with diversity in mind. You can look forward to artistic, scientific, and downright captivating installations & events dotted around the festival site, all geared towards putting on a weekend of pure merriment for all ages and types, and you'll hear about the innovative ways to get there & camp. Mugdock, stunningly popular as it already is, is about to be put firmly on the map!

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