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Take Me Somewhere festival to be spiritual successor to Glasgow Arches

Glasgow Arches. Photo: Bartosz Madejski Glasgow Arches. Photo: Bartosz Madejski
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A new arts festival is being launched to build on the legacy of former Glasgow venue the Arches, which was controversially forced to close last year.

A grant of £99,389 from Creative Scotland will enable the creation of Take Me Somewhere, a festival on contemporary and experimental performance in venues across Glasgow.

The Arches, which operated as a performance venue as well as a nightclub, shut in May 2015 following a period of controversy that surrounded a decision to curb its licence.

The move followed reports of drug and alcohol-related offences and forced the Arches, which was reliant on its nightclub income, to close at midnight. It subsequently went into administration before closing entirely.

The Creative Scotland grant has been awarded to the Arches’ former artistic director, Jackie Wylie, who will run the “celebratory” Take Me Somewhere festival in 2017.

It will consist of a programme developed through an artistic development scheme, that will provide a support structure to Scottish artists, as well as including work from beyond Scotland.

Wylie said the funding would “allow us to pilot a new way of working across venues in Glasgow and beyond”.

“We hope that this introductory programme in 2017 will develop in the future into a focal point for our incredible contemporary performance community and we can’t wait to share this first outing with Glasgow’s audiences next year,” she added.

The grant is part of Creative Scotland’s Open Project funding strand and is one of 41 projects to have received money in its latest round.

More than £900,000 has been given in total, with other funding including £65,267 for a new production of Daphne Oram’s Wonderful World of Sound by new Scottish company Blood of the Young. A new interactive music and dance production will also be created by Glasgow-based Marc Brew Company. It has been awarded £80,000.

The largest grant, of £130,000, has been given to support two more years of international poetry festival StAnza, in St Andrews.

Creative Scotland’s deputy chief executive Iain Munro said the funding would enrich Scotland’s reputation as a creative nation as well as widen access to its arts offering.

“Collectively, these projects will have a major impact on the quality of the lives of people and communities across Scotland in many different ways, stimulating imagination and confidence through creative experiences,” he said.

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