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2018 European Championships kick off in Glasgow with George Square party

The 2018 European Championship have officially opened in Glasgow with an evening of entertainment in George Square.

The Great Big Opening Party took place on Wednesday and included performances from Nina Nesbitt and The Ayoub Sisters. A flag parade of all 52 nations competing at the Championships took place before the night closed with a firework display.

The inaugural European Championships take place over 11 days and are jointly hosted by Glasgow and Berlin. Over 4,500 athletes will compete, with Scotland hosting 12 sports - diving, open-water swimming, swimming, synchronised swimming, road cycling, track cycling, BMX, mountain biking, golf team championships, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon, while Germany will host athletics.

The Scottish events span 12 venues, including the SSE Hydro for artistic gymnastics, Loch Lomond National Park for open-water swimming and Strathclyde Country Park for rowing and triathlon.

George Square is the primary city venue for Festival 2018, the cultural programme running alongside the championships. The programme includes a performance by Orbital, and a collaboration between Scotland’s national poet Jackie Kay, Turner Prize winner Douglas Gordon, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Three sides of the square have been closed to traffic and will remain shut over the course of the championships.

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