The championships, co-hosted by Glasgow and Berlin, will feature top athletes competing in athletics, gymnastics, triathlon, golf, cycling, rowing and aquatics.
Festival 2018 will run from Wednesday, August 1 to Sunday, August 12, with much of the action based in the city centre. Events in George Square include a collaboration between internationally renowned visual artist Douglas Gordon and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, a showcase of Scotland’s best and brightest young musicians aged between 14 and 19, and a performance by electronic music giants Orbital.
The programme focuses on the creativity of Scotland’s cultural sector and features international names alongside up-and-coming artists and community performers.
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said: “This inclusive and innovative programme, Festival 2018, is an excellent platform to showcase Scotland’s talent and strengthen connections – both at home and internationally.
“There will be something for everyone and people can have a great day or evening out during the Championships. The Festival 2018 Carnival Procession that is taking place on the first Saturday will be a very special moment when community groups from across Scotland come together to weave through the streets of Glasgow, rubbing shoulders with home-grown and international performers.
“With this combined offer of elite sport and a vibrant cultural programme The Glasgow 2018 European Championships will help further promote Scotland as the perfect stage for major events, enhancing its reputation for inclusiveness, cultural brilliance and creative thinking.”
Glasgow City Council’s deputy leader, Councillor David McDonald said: “George Square has been the venue for some incredible art and entertainment over many decades – and Festival 2018 will again welcome huge crowds as the Merchant City Festival gets underway nearby.
“As a UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow is incredibly proud of its vibrant and world-class musical landscape and it’s fantastic to see that the Festival 2018 music programme brings together so many of its talented artists.
“The fun won’t just stop at George Square and Merchant City. Go Live! at the Green at Glasgow Green will be packed with activities and entertainment as well as being home to a Big Top showcasing the best in contemporary circus. Glasgow is the place to be this August.”