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St Mungo Festival

Glasgow is gearing up to celebrate its saint’s day with its most ambitious programme of events to date.

The traditional Feast Day of St Mungo - or Kentigern – on January 13 will be supported by 10 days of activities and celebrations including exhibitions, musical events, a medieval food festival and church services.

The launch event takes place on Wed 8th January at the St Mungo Museum in High Street with a reception followed by a lecture delivered by much-respected Catholic academic, Professor Bob Davis of Glasgow University, entitled Urban Change and Smart Cities.


An exhibition called Mungo’s Cave, highlighting the work of the students of City of Glasgow College, featuring artworks inspired by the life of St Mungo will run throughout the festival.

During the same period at venues across Glasgow, the St Mungo Food festival will feature food from medieval times.

Other highlights include: 

MUNGO’S BAIRNS: Schools groups from throughout the city will gather in Wellington Church, Southpark Avenue, to celebrate the Birthday of St Mungo and the City with patter, songs and poems.  

YOUTH DEDICATION: Young people from Whitehill Secondary School and St Mungo’s Academy will meet at the Tomb of St Mungo in Glasgow Cathedral for a wreath laying ceremony                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

VITA KENTIGERNI: The book telling the story of the saint’s life will be open for public viewingat the Mitchell Library                              

Glasgow Churches Together will present readings from the Vita with songs by the St Mungo Singers to celebrate the foundation of the City. The event will also include the launch of a display of St Mungo related artefacts curated by archivist Dr Irene O’Brien.

St MUNGO WALK Follow in the footsteps of the saint along the route of the Molendinar to Glasgow Cathedral to learn some fascinating St Mungo facts about in the company of Catherine Mooney

VIGIL SERVICE: An Ecumenical Festival Service on Sunday 12th January in Glasgow Cathedral at 4.00pm will bring together the Archbishop, the Lord Provost, the Conveners of the Trades House and Merchants House, Councillors and the Principal of the University of Glasgow to commemorate the Feast of St Mungo. Music will be provided by the Salvation Army; St Mungo Singers; Glasgow’s Russian Choir and school choir featuring the Poet Laureate of Glasgow, Jim Carruth.

FEAST DAY MASS Monday 13th January in all parishes of the Archdiocese of Glasgow. The Archbishop will celebrate the feast with pupils at St Mungo’s Academy.

MOLENDINAR LECTURE, ‘Preserving the past-curating the future’ by Dr Tristram Hunt, director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, preceded by a civic reception in the City Chambers.

The festival will close Friday 17th January with a musical evening at Rooftop, 101 Portman Street.

Commenting on the programme Archbishop Tartaglia said: “Around the Feast of St Mungo in early January, religious and cultural events are held in Glasgow that celebrate St Mungo as the founder of our city and of the church in this dear place. It is good that the City Council, the Churches and Glasgow’s historic and cultural institutions combine to remember and celebrate Glasgow’s origins around St Mungo, the patron saint of our city.”

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