Programme

Glasgow 2024 is committed to developing a rich, exciting programme, diverse and inclusive in both its content and its participants. There will be talks, lectures, workshops, readings, panel discussions, family events, entertainment and more. We will seek and embrace input from the communities overlapping with and adjacent to Worldcon, and we look forward to hearing ideas from everyone on what they would like to see at Glasgow 2024.

As always at a Worldcon, there will be programme items that highlight and celebrate our Guests of Honour, exploring their careers and their contributions to speculative fiction, fandom, and the wider community. We will also look to feature current and recent Hugo Award finalists and winners, reflecting the importance of the Awards to Worldcon and the Worldcon community.

We will aim for clear communication with programme participants and those who have applied to participate, and we will welcome questions if anything is unclear. Please do contact us at programme@glasgow2024.org if you have questions, suggestions, or if you would like to volunteer.

Participating in the programme

We aim to open applications to participate in the programme in the autumn of 2022. We will ask first about who you are, what you would hope to contribute to the programme, and which areas, themes or subjects you are interested in.

Once we have completed the initial development phase for the programme, if we can match you with potential programme items, we will ask you about specific items in which you might want to participate. This stage will not be before the autumn of 2023.

Finally, in the months before the convention, we will consult you about your availability, to assist us in scheduling, and we will liaise with you to ensure that your proposed schedule of participation is suitable for you.

Suggestions for programme items

In the autumn of 2022, we will also open a call for suggestions for programme items. We welcome your ideas for items across the full range of science fiction and fantasy, and for any of the item formats mentioned above.

While we will work hard to include as many ideas and participants as possible, we cannot guarantee that every idea will be used, or that we will be able to match all potential participants with programme items.

Remote/virtual participation

We aim to provide a range of opportunities for virtual participants, both to attend programme items and to play a full part in them as speakers and panellists. We will be working on the details for this in advance of launching our virtual memberships during 2023.

Special events

Several major events will be held during Glasgow 2024, including the Opening Ceremony on Thursday, a major live orchestral performance on Friday, the Worldcon Masquerade on Saturday, the Hugo Awards ceremony on Sunday, and the Closing Ceremony jointly with the 2025 Worldcon on Monday.

We will also run other events including plays, music performances and awards presentations during the convention. Many of the Events will take their inspiration from the convention theme ‘A Worldcon for our Futures’. We intend to stream the Hugo Awards Ceremony and a number of other Events for remote participants.

We’ll be adding information here as the plans take shape. In the meantime, if you have any specific questions or suggestions for the Events team, please contact us at events@glasgow2024.org.