20 Mar 2017

500 Days To Go: It’s Only A Matter Of Time Before It’s A Matter Of Moments

Get ready Glasgow! Today marks 500 days to go until the inaugural multi-sport European Championships begins in the Scottish city, running from 2 to 12 August 2018.

Image credit: Glasgow City Council

To be staged every four years, the European Championships will combine the existing European Championships of Athletics, Aquatics, Cycling, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon along with a new Golf team championships.

The first edition will be held in 2018 in a unique sporting partnership between Host Cities Glasgow and Berlin, with six sports taking place in and around Glasgow and the European Athletics Championships in the German capital from 7 to 12 August.

In Glasgow, the European Championships will be much more than 11 days of sport, with the sports programme sitting alongside Festival 2018. The vibrant Festival 2018 programme will encompass theatre, dance, music, digital, comedy and visual arts performances, and help showcase the very best of Scottish and Glaswegian culture. Celebrations at landmarks such as George Square and Merchant City will allow everybody to be part of the European Championships.


Communities across Glasgow and Scotland are set to come alive in the summer of 2018 as part of this vibrant Cultural Festival.

Glasgow’s iconic George Square will be the beating heart of the activities, bringing the city centre to life as a creative hub showcasing the very best of Scottish and Glaswegian culture. The city’s renowned Merchant City Festival will also become an integral part of the celebrations in the summer of 2018.

The Men’s and Women’s Road Race events at Glasgow 2018 will also pass through George Square, providing a stunning backdrop for one of the key sporting moments during the Championships and further enhancing the city centre activation plans.


Glasgow will also work in close collaboration with 2018 European Championships co-host Berlin to highlight the considerable creative expertise of both cities in a ground-breaking cultural partnership. At the same time Glasgow will also work with partner Local Authorities ensuring that communities across the country are part of the celebrations. 

Staged alongside the elite sporting competition (2-12 August 2018), the action-packed programme of cultural activities will capitalise on Glasgow and Scotland’s international reputation for creative and artistic excellence and secure the cultural legacy of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games across four key themes:

  • 2018 The Year of Young People
  • Movement, physical activity and sport
  • Cultural collaborations with host Local Authorities, Berlin and Europe
  • The 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Rennie Mackintosh 

The cultural programme will work across all platforms including theatre, dance, music, digital, comedy and visual arts performances, bringing communities to life alongside the 11 days of world-class sporting action.

A similar programme of activities was delivered by the city during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, ensuring that non-sports fans were part of the overall event experience and organisers are committed to ensuring the same is the case during the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “The Glasgow 2018 European Championships are a direct legacy of Scotland hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games and The Ryder Cup. The Cultural Festival secures the legacy further and ensures Scotland continues to be recognised as a global leader in the delivery of sporting and cultural events. EventScotland is proud to be part of the team helping deliver the Championships that will once again show Scotland as the perfect stage for events.”

Dr Bridget McConnell, Chair of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships Board, said: “Glasgow is Scotland’s sporting, creative and cultural powerhouse and we know how to celebrate in style. During the Glasgow 2018 European Championships the city and nation will, once again, come alive with a fantastic celebration of our finest artistic talents. We’re counting down the days until Glasgow shines once more on a global stage.”