May Day Celebrations in Glasgow 2017

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Mayday 2017

Glasgow Friends of MayDay are compiling a programme of events and would like to add your celebration event to this list.

If you are organising an event that you would like included in the May Day Programme, get in touch with or text/call on 07715 583 729.

This year May I falls on the public holiday Monday. The dates included in the programme of celebrations would be from Sat April 22 – Sun May 7, and events that overlap these dates can also be incorporated if they are appropriate.

Some Events for May Day 2017

April 28 is International Workers’ Memorial Day. A number of Trades Councils throughout Scotland hold events on or around that day.
The Glasgow MayDay march will take place on Sunday 30 April.
May 1   Great MayDay Cabaret at Oran Mor.
A Workers’ History Walk through Glasgow to be arranged either on the Saturday 22 April or 29 April.
(Further events and details will be added to this page.)

MayDay Celebrations spread across Scottish Central Belt

Glasgow Friends of MayDay (GFoMD) today announced another stellar line-up for the sixth annual Great May Day cabaret celebrating International Workers’ Day (May Day). This annual event at Oran Mor takes place this year on MayDay itself – Monday May 1 – this year’s public holiday.

This year’s headliners are the acclaimed and award-winning Edinburgh-based roots collective Southern Tenant Folk Union. Ably supported by Leicester singer-songwriter and activist Grace Petrie, the welcome return of Marxist magician Ian Saville, folk legend Arthur Johnstone, godfather of Scottish stand-up Bruce Morton, Ayrshire’s second-best ever poet Jim Monagahan, plus Fraser Speirs, Stephen Wright, and Gavin Paterson.  All hosted by Dave Anderson and supported by Thompsons Solicitors.

Chris Bartter, Chair of Glasgow Friends of MayDay said. “It’s great that the cabaret has attracted major talents like Southern Tenant Folk Union, and that Grace Petrie can come up and spend some time letting Scotland hear her fresh new style. It is especially good that we can run a number of cabarets this year.”
This year, Mayday cabarets are also taking place in Irvine (Celtic SC – Fr1 28/4), West Lothian (Loganlea Miners Welfare – Sat 29/4), and Blantyre (Miners Welfare – Sun 30/4). Playing all four cabarets are core acts Ian Saville, Bruce Morton, Jim Monaghan, Fraser Speirs and Stephen Wright. They will be joined by Grace Petrie in Glasgow, Blantyre and Loganlea, rising star Maeve Mackinnon in Irvine and Blantyre, Arthur Johnstone in Irvine, Loganlea and Glasgow, and talented singer Calum Baird in Loganlea


This year’s Mayday marches will take place on different days around Scotland, with the largest on Sunday April 30 in Glasgow. Others will be on Sat April 29 (Aberdeen, Dundee and Fife) and Sat May 6 (Edinburgh and Irvine). Both Glasgow and Edinburgh’s marches feature Paul Laverty, screenwriter of  I, Daniel Blake as a keynote speaker

Other events around the MayDay weekend

also include events at the Tron as part of its Mayfesto season, and a short tour of a one-man play about the miners’ strike. Undermined by Danny Mellor, touring with the backing of Unite Community, will play Aberdeen (The Blue Lamp – 26 April); Dundee ( Arthurstone Comm Lib – 27); Edinburgh (Out of the Blue Drill Hall- 28); and Glasgow (STUC-29).

Drama Queens Special: New Plays, Glasgow Womens' Library, 8 March, 2017
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