The Kirkintilloch Canal Festival celebrates the heritage of Kirkintilloch, including its status as Canal Capital of Scotland. Around 15,000 visitors attend what has been to date a fantastic weekend of events in Kirkintilloch. This year the festival will be a week-long, with events daily, and culminating in a terrific weekend with a jam-packed activities day on the Saturday and ever-popular Gala Day on the Sunday.
Activities will be centred around the marina. Including....
firework displays, canal boat trips, street performers, live music (to suit all tastes!), dancers, a funfair, pavement pictures, local history exhibitions, a Victorian Garden Party, games, herbal tent, pirates, stilt walkers, fire-eaters, walk on water balloons, canoeing, pond dipping, nature talks, arts and crafts, face-painting, medieval re-enactments, motorbikers, classic car displays, market stalls, fun and games and much, much more.....
I will drawing live, on the spot caricatures of visitors to the Kirkintilloch Annual Art Exhibition being held at the Auld Kirk Museum, Cowgate, Kirkintilloch, near Glasgow, G66 1AB this coming Saturday on the 25th of August from 10.30 till 12.30pm.
Then on Sunday the 26th of August I will be doing more live caricatures of Festival goers from 1 till 4pm either at the Southbank Marina by the canal or in the Learning Centre on Southbank road....depending on where organisers put me on the day! Both venues are within a 5 minute walk from each other, so it shouldn't be too hard to find me! Come along, say hello and get a caricature from me!
I am delighted to be part of the Canal Festival celebrations once again. Kirkintilloch is my home town and has a rich cultural heritage. It dates back to Roman times, when there was a fort in the Peel Park area of the town. The name of the town is derived from "Caerpentaloch", meaning "The Fort at the Head of the Ridge".
The Antonine Wall was built around 142 AD and was routed through Kirkintilloch, although very little can be seen of this wall today. Kirkintilloch became a barony burgh in October 1211, when a royal charter was signed, and a weekly local market was established.
The town flourished, and with the construction of the Forth and Clyde canal in 1773 and the opening of the railway in 1826, the town soon became a centre for new industries such as cotton, weaving, boatbuilding and the iron foundries, which produced Kirkintilloch's most famous exports, the distinctive red British postboxes and phone boxes (K2 to K6), which were produced in the town until 1984 and distributed all over the United Kingdom....becoming classic national British icons of design. Some can still be found as far afield as Taiwan and Mississippi.
Sadly these industries no longer exist in the present day. However, Kirkintilloch remains a thriving small town with great community spirit. The regeneration of the Forth and Clyde canal was undertaken, and the whole route from east to west was opened up once more in 2002. New bridges were built at Townhead and Hillhead to allow barges to sail the length of the whole canal once again. A new marina was constructed at Southbank, and a bow shaped bridge was erected alongside the marina, which provides easy access from the north to south bank of the canal.
In recent years, Hollywood film director Christopher Nolan filmed his acclaimed 'Batman' movies in Kirkintilloch, utilising it's bustling, cosmopolitan architecture, population, stylish classy swagger and streets as his 'Gotham City' backdrop. I am joking of course.....(they shot it in Cumbernauld instead...).
Anyway, I am really looking forward to drawing at the Canal Festival and recommend you come along with your family for a great day out as it's lots of fun and well worth a visit!
Hope to see you there. Check the website for more information: