Glasgow has been named as one of the top 20 ‘Best of the World’ destinations for 2016 by influential publication National Geographic Traveler. The city has also been voted the ‘friendliest city in the world’ in a Rough Guides poll and named a must-visit destination by leading publications like the New York Times, The Guardian and Wanderlust! Earning its reputation as one of the world’s greatest cities, you can expect a very warm welcome and when you add our world-class architecture, vibrant nightlife, breathtaking scenery, outstanding shopping and a great partnership hosting, you’ll never want to leave!
Further information on visiting Glasgow can be found here.
SOCIAL PROGRAMME FOR DELEGATES
TUESDAY 27 JUNE
From 18.00 – Informal Welcome Evening
Delegates are welcome to join us at this informal welcome evening hosted by the FACE Executive, which provides an opportunity for delegates arriving in the city to connect in an informal environment. The evening will run from 18.00 – 21.00 so please join us for a coffee, or a Scottish dram, and get to know some of your fellow delegates.
Venue: The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central, Cambridge Street, Glasgow, G2 3HN. The hotel is located next to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Please join us in the private lounge adjacent to the bar which will be clearly signposted.
Who can attend: This event is open to all delegates.
WEDNESDAY 28 JUNE
19.00 – 20.00 – Civic Reception
The civic reception for the FACE Annual Conference 2017 is kindly hosted by The Lord Provost’s Office.
Glasgow City Chambers is located in the city centre and is a comfortable 5 – 10 walk from RCS for delegates. Should delegates have mobility problems please notify a member of the FACE Conference team at the registration desk and transport will be arranged for you.
Venue: Glasgow City Chambers, 80 George Square, Glasgow, G2 1DU.
Who can attend: The Civic Reception can be attended by all delegates who have booked a Full Conference place. The Civic Reception is not included in the Single Day attendance rate.
THURSDAY 29 JUNE
The Gala Dinner is an opportunity to network with fellow delegates and experience Scottish hospitality in an informal setting. Taking place in the heart of the West End of Glasgow Òran Mór is a unique venue, a converted church with stunning architecture.
Guests will be welcomed with a drinks reception followed by a three course meal with dinner wines and entertainment. The evening will finish with a traditional Scottish Ceilidh featuring students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The Ceilidh will be led by a ‘caller’, who will lead guests through the steps and dances, allowing everyone to take part.
19.00 – Transfer to Gala Dinner Venue
Coaches will be provided to transfer delegates from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to Òran Mór. Buses will depart promptly at 19.00.
19.30 – Gala Dinner Drinks Reception
Upon arrival guests will be welcomed with a drinks reception, before sitting down to dinner.
20.00 – Dinner Service
21.45 – Traditional Scottish Ceilidh
22.45 – Evening Close
23.00 – Transport back to the City Centre
Buses to the City Centre will depart promptly at 23.00. Buses will make two stops to return guest to their accommodation, one at Blythswood Square and the second at RCS.
Venue: Òran Mór, 731 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX.
Who can attend: The Gala Dinner must be booked as an addition to both the Full Delegate and Single Day Attendance rates. Additional places may be booked for colleagues or partners.
FRIDAY 30 JUNE
13.30 – Glasgow School of Art Walking Tour
Immerse yourself in the life and times of innovative architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh and investigate Glasgow’s distinctive architectural styles at the turn of the century. Discover Mackintosh’s impressive city centre designs, his lesser known architectural gems and buildings by his contemporaries working in internationally acclaimed ‘Glasgow Style’ Art Nouveau. Spot Mackintosh’s work as a junior draughtsman as the tour uncovers his lesser known designs and investigate the architectural gems of the Glasgow greats such as Alexander ‘Greek’ Thompson who preceded and inspired him and unearth impressive buildings by his contemporaries in hidden corners of the city from Garnethill to Central Station. Explore architectural styles that spanned the development of this thriving industrial period in Glasgow, the ‘Second city of the British Empire’. Discover the influence of a small group of GSA trained artists and designers who developed the radical, romantic ‘Glasgow Style’, creating a lasting impact celebrated the world over
Venue: The tour begins and ends at the Window on Mackintosh Visitor Centre and Shop at 164 Renfrew Street. The tour will depart at 13.30 and please arrive 10 minutes before this time. The tour take 2 hours 15 minutes.
Who can attend: All delegates are welcome to join the tour which is free of charge. Booking details will be confirmed shortly.