Take Me Somewhere is Glasgow’s newest festival of contemporary performance, building on the legacy of the Arches arts venue following its closure in 2015. The festival provides a crucial support structure and platform for Scotland’s most vital artists, combined with some of the world’s most cutting-edge contemporary performance makers. Take Me Somewhere’s presence pulsates across the city with inspirational work igniting the city’s main stages, arts venues, churches, nightclubs and gardens. The festival - which has innovative performance at its core - acts as a connector between people, work and ideas, and is inspired by the talent, energy and voracity of the city’s arts community. It’s a space for crucial, diverse voices from here and abroad that take us somewhere in our personal and collective journeys, understanding the globalised and multicultural world we live in; voices that allow us to consider where we are now and envisage what a future somewhere could be.
The 2017 and 2018 festivals were a huge success with both critics and audiences. The 2019 festival is led by Artistic Director LJ Findlay-Walsh and Executive Producer Belinda McElhinney. Take Me Somewhere was founded in 2017 by Jackie Wylie, now Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland. Jackie Wylie and LJ Findlay-Walsh led the artistic programming at the Arches from 2008 to 2015.
As part of the first festival in 2017 we created GRIP - Glasgow's Review of International Performance - you can view this publication here.
In 2017 we launched the Adrian Howells Award for intimate performance.