Galoshans Festival is enhanced by a programme of creative learning workshops and community projects.


Sundays: 29th September & 6th, 13th, 20th October12pm - 2pm | Tobacco Warehouse | FREE

Join creative workshops making large scale spooky and steampunk props for the Galoshans Parade and Street Party.


Workshops are open to all ages, under 12’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact RIG Arts to book a session: / 01475 649359


Thursdays: 5th September - 10th October
3.30pm - 5.30pm | St Columba’s High School | FREE

High School students are invited to develop creative skills with practicing artists to make artworks and installations showcased as part of the Tobacco Warehouse contemporary art exhibition. Transport can be arranged from other Schools.

Contact RIG Arts to join in: / 01475 649359




Venues and times TBC | FREE

Work with professional prop artists to create a large-scale kinetic sculpture to commemorate the bicentenary of James Watt, to be showcased at the Galoshans Parade. Composite parts will come together along the parade route to create the appearance of a working steam engine, bringing together the rich industrial heritage of innovation in Inverclyde and local creative energy.

Contact RIG Arts to register your interest: / 01475 649359


Professional script and play writers are working with St Patrick’s Primary School & St Columba’s High School to research and develop story telling tableaux celebrating Watt’s legacy and the heritage of Inverclyde through snapshots into the era. 16 workshops cover scriptwriting, development, design and rehearsal, with Inverclyde Tourist Group working with students for the research part of the project. Final tableaux will be performed throughout the town on Inverclyde Culture Day and during the Parade and Party in the Square.


What’s that coming over the hill, is it a Street Band? The Galoshans Street Band features the brass playing and drumming talents of P7 pupils from All Saints and Kings Oak primary schools. Led by tutors from Oi Musica and Where’s the One? supported by the Youth Music Initiative and Inverclyde Council, pupils develop new musical skills and perform as a group through a series of workshops culminating in a performance at the Galoshans Parade and Street Party.


Following a series of development workshops, Surge in partnership with Inverclyde Youth Theatre (Kayos), perform ‘Monkfish’ & ‘Alfresco Librarians’ in public places at Inverclyde Culture Day & Galoshans Parade & Street Party. You’ll have to be fast to catch a glimpse of these ‘Monk-fish’ friends but you’ll hear them as they zoom past! Watch out for the maverick ‘Alfresco Librarians’ as they bring pop-up libraries to the streets with all the usual facilities. Shhhhh… This youth theatre initiative is supported by The Great Place Scheme, RIG Arts and Inverclyde Council.


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