The Glasgow in 2024 bid team are looking to bring the World Science Fiction Convention back to Glasgow, Scotland, for what will be the 82nd occurrence of the annual event.
They are officially launching their bid at this year’s Worldcon, Dublin 2019, due to take place in Dublin, Ireland, from 15th-19th August. They have confirmed that they plan to host the event from Thursday 8th to Monday 12th August, 2024. These dates have been chosen to accommodate school holiday dates across the UK.
This would be the third time the Worldcon has come to the city, following previous events in 1995 and 2005, and the first time it has been held in the UK since 2014.
The theme of the bid is “A Worldcon for Our Futures”.
According to Bid Chair Esther MacCallum-Stewart, “science fiction has always provided insight into current events, by telling stories about where those events may take us. This is more important than ever at a time when the world is facing so much change and uncertainty – not only in science and technology but in economics, politics, culture and all aspects of society. Our aim is to bring people together – from writers and artists to scientists and activists – to debate these issues with energy and optimism.”
Dublin 2019 attendees are invited to a Scottish ceilidh on the evening of Friday, 16th August 2019, and to their official launch party on the evening of Saturday, 17th August 2019.
Music for the ceilidh will be provided by the Science Ceilidh Band (www.scienceceilidh.com). Science Ceilidh have played their high energy take on traditional Scottish music around Europe, incorporating elements from continental balfolk, quebecois and nordic traditions with a cheeky dash of techno and geek culture for good measure.
You can find more on the official bid website at www.glasgow2024.org