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Festival Programme Launched Today – looking good:


wef2014.jpg.jpgThe 19th West End Festival programme was revealed today, (Monday, 28 April), extending the dates from Sunday, 1 – Sunday, 29 June and confirmation the not-to-miss Byres Road parade will go ahead on Sunday, 8 June.

The local favourite, Gibson Street Gala, which was founded by the West End Festival 10 years ago and is now coordinated by local residents and businesses is sponsored by Ikea Glasgow, will kick off the festival on Sunday, 1 June. Last year around 5,000 people attended.

dragonwestendfest13.jpgThe Cottier Chamber ProjectThe Cottier, which has been running since 2011, takes place from 6 – 20 June this year and includes threads of literature, theatre and visual art, and this year a new project has been added to the bill, The Cottier Dance Project, Glasgow’s only professional dance festival, running from 23 – 27 June.

The festival is only possible with the voluntary support from local residents, businesses and generous support from Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life and Creative Scotland.

Bailie Liz Cameron, Executive Member for Jobs and the Economy at Glasgow City Council, said: “The West End Festival is of course a long-established and well-loved fixture in Glasgow’s cultural calendar. The festival programme is even more interesting this year with the Cottier Dance Project bringing professional dance to the west end. Like so many Glaswegians and visitors to the city, I can’t wait for the festival to start!”

bigredhat.jpgLiz Scobie, chair of the West End Festival board added: “It just takes some music and dance, some street food and a little bit of sunshine to make Parade Day one of the happiest days of the year. The atmosphere is always relaxed and good natured as the whole community spills out onto Byres Road meeting friends, filling the parks and playing with their children. You can see why top planners and architects voted the west end the Best Neighbourhood in Europe. This year is extra special because of the Commonwealth Games and the Mardi Gras Parade Day Party provides the perfect start to an unforgettable summer.”

food_gibson_street-7838.jpgThe Festival programme includes over 400 events in some 80 venues across the greater west end of Glasgow, with events ranging from music and theatre, to walks, talks and community galas – many events are free to attend. The parade is the biggest highlight of the festival, last year seeing 80,000 people turn out to see the procession with over 300 participants.

liz-lochhead-200x300.jpgLeonie Bell, Director of Arts & Engagement at Creative Scotland commented: “We are delighted to be supporting the West End Festival again in 2014. The Festival brings to life over an entire month all the vibrancy and diversity of Glasgow’s west end and draws people from the immediate community and beyond. There is a real sense of ambition in the Festival’s curated programme ranging from professional dance and theatre to Literary Lates and the excellent and ever-expanding Cottier Chamber Project.”

The West End Festival is a celebration of culture, and one that has brought colour and entertainment to the streets of the west end since 1996. It continues to be a key part of Glasgow’s events calendar, attracting visitors from across the city and beyond, as well as including internationally renowned musicians and artists such as Pavel Haas Quartet, Brass Jaw and the premier screening of World War Z last year.

- See more at: http://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/west-end-festival-launches-extended-programme-28th-april-2014/#sthash.K9SEZv5O.dpuf

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That's right samsc. It's often been on the same day as Gibson Street Gala and then you could pop into the park from the top gate. This year Gibson Street Gala is on 1st June. The very first day of the festival. I think the seventh is probably the best day to opt for the Mela. Be great to see the Kelvingrove Bandstand being used at the event.

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michael-002.jpgAll Voices Invited to Sing at The West End Festival

The West End Festival (WEF), Glasgow’s largest cultural event, announces 23 choral and singing events to take place across the festival in June. The musical strand has an increased presence than previous years and is kicked off at a new event, Come and Sing, which is looking for singers of all abilities to get involved and experience being part of a large performing chorus.
As part of a new initiative, working with the acclaimed musical director Michael Bawtree, performers from this event will be invited to make up the West End Festival Chorus which will have its inaugural performance at 7pm on Monday 2 June at St Peter’s Church. The Chorus will also be performing alongside two specially selected soloists to fit in with the Festival’s recurring Commonwealth theme, Daniel O’Connor a baritone from New Zealand and Ankna Arockiam an Indian mezzo.

Rehearsals – 25th May

Taking part is straight forward, attend the rehearsal on Sunday 25 May 1.30pm – 5pm at Partick Trinity Church, then perform the rehearsed scores at the performance that evening, starting at 6.30pm.

The Commonwealth theme is omnipresent across the festival, and Come and Sing will have choral works representing many parts of the Commonwealth. Sounds inspired by Scotland will be represented alongside England, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and India.

Michael Bawtree, Musical Director, said: “The inclusion of the Commonwealth in the West End Festival Chorus has made this a particularly interesting project. With enthusiastic performers the variety of the scores should really come to life.”
Michael Bawtree will also be conducting 3 other concerts during the festival with the Glasgow Chamber Choir.

Come and Sing will raise funds for the West End Festival, with a strong sense of local and worldwide community. There are a further 22 singing and choral events during the West End Festival for example the Big Hymn Sing on Sunday 8 and 15 June.
Liz Scobie, chair of the West End Festival board, said: “Come and Sing will be a good, fun way for singers of all abilities to get even more involved with the West End Festival. It is a wonderful opportunity to have your voice heard while being a part of a lively new initiative, with a real community and commonwealth spirit.”


For performers tickets are £10 which includes a special commemorative musical score and refreshments. Audience tickets are £5 and are also available at the WEF Ticket Office, Hillhead Library, Byres Road (Mon – Sat: 10am – 5pm).

Registration and further details: www.westendfestival.co.uk/events/music-singing-choral/come-and-sing/

- See more at: http://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/all-voices-invited-to-sing-at-the-west-end-festival-2014/#sthash.BiLdmuu9.dpuf
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Big decisions: On on 1st June. Same day as Gibson Street Gala. Could both be fitted in?

katie-morag-highland-games.jpgGala with Katie Morag Highland Games

Sunday 1st June – at 11:00am - 4:00pm

The Children's Wood,North Kelvin Meadow

(Can be accessed via Kelbourne St or Clouston Street, G20 8PR)


Calling Katie Morag fans everywhere. Announcing the first ever Katie Morag Highland Games! Highlights include Katie Morag storytelling, special guests Tamara Hedderwick. Children can have a go at tossing the caber, and taking part in the tug of war. There will be activities like weaving and a mud kitchen. You can also bring along your own home-grown veg for our Champion Veg competition.

The West End Festival Dog Show

Not forgetting the return - by popular demand - of The West End Festival Dog Show supported by McDonalds Vets - featuring Dog & Owner Look Alike contest! (doggy entrants and owners must register for the show by email childrenswood@hotmail.com

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West End Festival Parade 8th June 2014

Scotland’s Mardi Gras hits Byres Road once again

The Byres Road parade, dubbed ‘Scotland’s Mardi Gras’, which is organised by and part of the West End Festival (WEF), will take place this weekend, Sunday, 8 June from 12pm-7pm, come rain, hail or shine!

Last year tens of thousands of people turned out on a blazing hot day to see the colourful and musical parade, and it’s expected that the same number will come to the west end of Glasgow for the spectacular event this weekend. Parade day is free for everyone to attend and no tickets or registration is required.

Road closures

Byres Road (north) and Byres Road (south) closed from 8am to 8pm. Vinicombe Street is closed all day and the Ashton Road car park is closed from midnight on 7th to midnight on 8th June.

Buses are diverted from Queen Margaret Drive via Hyndland Road back to Dumbarton Road – access to the Western Infirmary is from Dumbarton Road. Highburgh Road and University Avenue remain open and can be used as alternative routes.

We recommend using the Subway to travel to the west end. The Subway will operate normal working hours on the day, so please be mindful when leaving after 5.30pm.

Residents and businesses have been notified already and signs will go up on Byres Road from Thursday, to minimise disruption.

The parade

With over 500 participants from across Glasgow, this year’s parade theme is ‘Identity’ and community groups and organisations from across Glasgow have been working on their costume designs which they make and wear in the parade procession.

The day holds: street performers along Byres Road, a food and drinks area and art and craft stalls on Ashton Road carpark.

With over 400 events in the festival programme there’s still plenty of time to attend events across the west end, many of them are free. The festival ends on Sunday, 29 June.

Tweet us @westendfest and use the hash tags #WEF2014 and #paradeday

See you on Sunday!

P.S Bring a poncho just in case!


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West End Festival Closing Event at Kelvingrove Bandstand Sunday 29th June

West End Festival Closing Event at Kelvingrove Bandstand

Sunday 29th June, 2014

See: Competition for Local Bands


Glasgow’s favourite and biggest cultural event, the West End Festival, has announced a closing event to take place this weekend on Sunday, 29 June at Kelvingrove bandstand, sponsored by CC Music and supported by Glasgow Life.

This free event will represent the community of local musicians that WEF has previously used over the years at the free stages in Kelvingrove Park on Parade Day. It will also see the bandstand being used once again during #WEF2014 for a line-up of varied bands, including former MSP Pauline McNeill and rugby legend John Beattie, both with their own bands. Michelle McManus will also perform with her band, Honest Sam and the Dealers.


1pm – Pauline McNeill Band
1.45pm- L’Acoustica
2.10pm – Hat Trick
2.35pm – Community Choir
3.00pm – Mugen Taiko Dojo
3.40pm – Possible competition winners
4.15pm- John Beattie Band
5.15pm – Honest Sam and the Dealers
Finish 6pm

westendfest3-7099-300x200.jpgMini Competition for Local Bands

Send your entry by Noon on Wednesday 25th June to westendfetival@btconnect.com

Michael Dale, festival director, explains how local bands can get involved: “We have also opened up a slot during the day for ‘amateur’ local bands to play. Bands which are interested in playing and are available, will enter a mini competition to win a slot.

“This day has been made possible because of the support it’s been given from sponsors and Glasgow Life. It’s important for us, where possible, to include local talent.”

Entries of videos and Sound Cloud links along with a covering email should be sent to westendfetival@btconnect.com demonstrating credentials. Bands must also answer the following question: What does the West End Festival mean to you? Entries should be sent by 12pm on Wednesday 25 June and chosen band(s) will be notified by Friday, 27 June.


- See more at: http://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/west-end-festival-closing-event-at-kelvingrove-bandstand-sunday-29th-june/#sthash.UFN7ygfb.dpuf
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