SHARMANKA is one of the most popular and unique attractions in Glasgow. It has been entertaining and enthralling its audiences for over three decades since the original opening in 1989.  Sharmanka features an extensive collection of kinetic (moving) sculptures assembled from found objects, beautiful scrap and exquisitely hand-carved characters.  Each one of these ‘kinemats’ is fused with synchronised soundtrack and bespoke lighting design.

Sharmanka presents a variety of dynamic shows layered with cross-cultural stories and mesmerising visuals loved across all generations.  Whether you’re a Glasgow native or a visitor, this truly unique experience is not to be missed!  For show details, times and to book tickets visit the WHAT’S ON page.

Sharmanka (Russian for barrel organ) is a collaboration between sculptor-mechanic Eduard Bersudsky, theatre director Tatyana Jakovskaya (co-founders) and lighting & sound designer Sergey Jakovsky.

Sharmanka was founded in St.Petersburg (Russia) and moved to Scotland in mid-90s.  Eduard Bersudsky is the leading artist and co-creator of the Millennium Clock Tower at the National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh) and a recipient of the Creative Scotland Award in 2005.

With an extensive record of national and international tours & exhibitions, audiences in many countries have been fascinated by Sharmanka’s magic.

TRONGATE 103 Glasgow G1 5HD Scotland

Friends of Sharmanka is a charity

registered in Scotland No SC023931

It is supported by Creative Scotland.

Very gripping theatre.

The Times


Bizarre, hilarious, ghoulish... unmissable.

The Sunday Times


Legendary | An icon-painter for our times.



Unforgettable experience.

The Herald


International genius.

The Saturday Telegraph

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