Come along to share reflections and experiences of your life in Cumbernauld, and feed into the creation of a collage of local stories. Bring any items you would like to add.
A Festival uncovering the human stories behind the buildings in one of Scotland’s New Towns.
Fri 19 – Sun 21 May 2017 | Venues across Cumbernauld Town Centre
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NOTE: Online and phone bookings close at 4pm, Friday 19 May. Remaining tickets available on the door or at the meeting point for each event – cash only.
Dive into history with local librarians and explore the bestselling fiction of 1957 – when Cumbernauld was being designed. Come along for a read and a chat. Refreshments provided. No advance reading required.
A national publishing success story last year, Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project is a mesmerising thriller centred on a triple murder in a remote Highland community in 1869. Join the author and delve into a story of murder and madness.
Sat: 8.15am – 6.30pm | Sun: 11am – 5pm Discover four new illustrated tales of the town created by local pupils in our ReimagiNation residency. How do the kids of Carbrain, Kildrum, St Mary’s and St Margaret of Scotland Primary Schools imagine Cumbernauld — past, present and future? Find the exhibition of pupils’ work at the bottom of the escalators …
Sat: 10am – 6pm | Sun: 11am – 4pm A display of items from North Lanarkshire’s Cumbernauld Collection, marking 50 years since the Town Centre was opened.
Explore 70 years of life and housing in Cumbernauld through fascinating photos, adverts, letters and plans. See how the town’s innovative housing was envisioned then shaped by those who moved in, and add your own photos and memories.
Saturday: 10am – 6pm | Sunday: 11am – 5pm Step into Cumbernauld’s past and enjoy a rolling programme of films from North Lanarkshire’s Cumbernauld Collection and the National Library of Scotland Film Archive. Films include: Cumbernauld: Town for Tomorrow, Cumbernauld Hit, ads and cartoons from 1950 to 1980. Please note, Sunday’s time is listed incorrectly as 10am – 6pm in …
Step into an amazing UV Drawing Room and reveal incredible images from Cumbernauld’s past! Use UV torches and special templates of images from the Cumbernauld Collection to see the New Town as never before.
Do you like being told a good story? Do you like to hear daft jokes? If so, come along for a tall tales jamboree featuring 5 children’s story writers each vying to be funnier, scarier or more fantastical than the other within the space of 15 minutes each. Think ‘Scotland’s Got Storytelling Talent’ – your cheers will count! There’s something …
Inspired by Brian Miller, Cumbernauld’s very first town artist, join artist Eilidh Muldoon to build your own version of his Carbrain landmark. Please note, contrary to the printed programme, this workshop will take place in the Pop-up Library and Activity Space on Teviot Walk, not the Festival Hub.
Make your own short animation using everyone’s favourite toy – Lego. Get advice on creating a story, then learn to film a short stop-frame animation.
Ishbel McFarlane’s Plan is a show with a game in it, in which you plot and build your own imaginary New Town. It’s a show about utopias, refugees and cities offering a thought-provoking spin on how modern Cumbernauld came to be. TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR – CASH ONLY
Reimagine Cumbernauld through the eyes of two leading experts, Miles Glendinning and local writer Diane Watters, both thoroughly steeped in the New Town history. Bookended by visits to two impressive modernist churches, this walking tour starts at Sacred Heart in Kildrum and finishes at St Mungo’s Church. TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR – CASH ONLY
Acclaimed photographer Chris Leslie and Professor of Architecture Johnny Rodger lead you through a moving account of the buildings and communities that are vanishing as Glasgow regenerates. Disappearing Glasgow is a striking, evocative chronicle of what is – or isn’t – left behind. Find out more about the project and see some of Chris’ images in a specially commissioned article …
Get a citizen’s eye view of life in the near-future dystopia of John Wagner & Colin MacNeil’s Judge Dredd: America with expert David Bishop and explore what drives people to protest for democratic rights. Expect lively discussion. Read the book beforehand or grab a copy afterwards. David Bishop recently wrote an article about utopia, dystopia, Cumbernauld and Mega-City One, …
Urban poverty and rural beauty contrast in Scottish artist Joan Eardley’s work. Learn details of her life and art as Patrick Elliott (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art) and Anne Galastro (University of Edinburgh) reveal the humanity which brought these threads of inspiration together.
Cumbernauld has always been the Town for Tomorrow, but did you know that it’s also the future seat of Scotland’s space programme? That’s what storytelling duo Macastory tell us at any rate! Join them on a fun song and story trail through the town centre. TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR – CASH ONLY
Join architectural historian Diane Watters for a lively account of the past and possible futures for St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, an iconic modernist structure which has been praised and pilloried in equal measure, and is now being transformed into a cultural space. TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR – CASH ONLY
Join Doctor Who writer Jenny Colgan for a lively workshop on Madeline L’Engle’s classic, award-winning sci-fi novel. Explore the intergalactic adventure of the original book which has been adapted for stage and screen, with a new film due in 2018. Passages provided, no need to read beforehand. Please note: unfortunately the Penthouse Flats are not fully accessible. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any concerns before booking. TICKETS AVAILABLE ON …
Scottish crime superstar Denise Mina’s latest novel follows the twinned fates of William Watt and Peter Manuel, offering a compelling fictionalised account of Scotland’s first convicted serial killer. See a crime writer at the top of her unsettling game. TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR – CASH ONLY
A special showcase of Cumbernauld stories from residents young and old. Having worked with social historian Daniel Gray, group members at CACE Older People Active Lives reveal fresh tales of the town’s past and future, while Mike Nicholson shares stories created by pupils from four local primary schools. Tea and cake provided. FREE ENTRY
The creation of Cumbernauld was part of an architectural vision for the 20th century. The Quito Papers is an exciting global project redefining the vision for our towns and cities today. Join project director Adam Kaasa and get involved in this interactive event to discuss how these ideas change our everyday lives. TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR – CASH ONLY
Two authors bring 80s music to the fore through fiction. David F. Ross’ The Man Who Loved Islands follows the trials of two men reuniting an Ayrshire band for a festival on a remote Scottish island, while David Keenan’s This is Memorial Device celebrates the misfit musicians who lit up Airdrie. Hear from the authors in an unmissable event for …
Books might not make you think loud and lively, but Unbound is just that — a thrilling cabaret-style event with live music, hilarious and haunting readings from authors often showing new sides to their work, and a bar. And it’s completely free to attend! Taking place nightly at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, we’re excited to bring the same wild, …
Mike Nicholson brings the friendly folk and fun Scots words of Thistle Street to Cumbernauld. Join him for a lively interactive session of rhyme, word-play and guessing games. TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR – CASH ONLY
Before taking up the mantle of Scots Makar, poet Liz Lochhead was an art teacher in Cumbernauld. She takes you on a journey through her work and inspirations, investigating how poetry informs our understanding of where we’re from. TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR – CASH ONLY
A family-focused taster workshop on that much loved instrument -the ukulele! No previous experience required.
The poetry of Glasgow’s first Laureate Edwin Morgan bore witness to the city and its people – their pain, joy, hope, humanity – while being endlessly inventive. Join Liz Lochhead for a discussion of her friend’s finest work. Poems provided, no advance reading required. TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR – CASH ONLY
Over a spot of tea, acclaimed food writer Sue Lawrence shares her second novel The Night He Left – a book packed full of twists and turns with a gripping finale. An event with plenty to get your teeth into! Afternoon tea baked to Sue’s own recipes included. TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR – CASH ONLY
It’s not life and death: it’s more serious than that. Two football-daft writers bring the best and worst of the beautiful game to light in heartfelt explorations of modern football fandom in Saturday, 3pm and Another Bloody Saturday. Hear them share stories of hope, humour, community — and of course, goals. TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR – CASH ONLY
Cumbernauld is a town founded on the principles and optimism of the post-war age. Now, in a time of global flux when the meaning of home and community is changing rapidly, what can we learn from the experience in this New Town? Join local writers Diane Watters and Kirkland Ciccone plus fellow panellist Adam Kaasa in a debate chaired by …