Glasgow city center will witness the spectacular Viking Torchlight Parade tonight

A spectacular Viking torchlight march is due to take place in Glasgow city center tonight (January 22).

The walk is organized by Celtic Connections as part of a Shetland 550 celebration, celebrating the islands’ unique music and heritage, with February marking 550 years since Shetland’s annexation from Norway to Scotland.

It will take place before the first of two specially commissioned concerts by Shetland 550: Norn Voices at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, which will feature a host of Shetland’s leading cultural ambassadors, as well as some of their closest musical friends.

Walkers are due to leave Albion Street in Merchant City at 6pm before arriving at Buchanan Street half an hour later, with a display at the bottom of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall steps from 6.30pm to 7pm.

More than 30 male and female Vikings will be on hand to welcome the audience to the concert hall with flaming torches, cheers and songs celebrating Up Helly Aa.

This year’s Celtic Connections hybrid program – the 29th edition of Europe’s premier winter music festival – includes around 60 lively in-person concerts, a number of intimate filming sessions and an exciting digital offering, featuring over 500 artists involved throughout the festival.

The festival will last until Sunday, February 6.

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