West End Festival: All over for another year


The 19th West End Festival (WEF) finished on a high yesterday, (29th June, 2014) after a month of OVER 400 cultural and community events, with a free music event in the recently refurbished Kelvingrove bandstand.

The public appetite for big outdoor celebrations reached a peak with tens of thousands attending the Mardi Gras-style Parade on Sunday, 8 June, when Byres Road was closed for the day. The sun shone and a huge crowd turned out in both Byres Road and Kelvingrove Park to see the parade with its colourful costumes and samba bands.


Michael Dale WEF’s founder and festival director, said:
“The range of events has topped every other year, with the introduction of a choral strand, the inaugural year of the Cottier Dance Project, opera on a ship and our own wrap-up event yesterday at Kelvingrove bandstand.

On the final Sunday the first musical performances at the new Kelvingrove Bandstand saw nine different musical acts ranging from Japanese drummers to Michelle McManus singing Patsy Cline, playing to over 1,500 people who attended across the afternoon in lovely warm weather!    Many people commented on how much they appreciated the experience and the family atmosphere, and we expect to build on this for 2015 with an extended programme.

Overall, there were 410 events with attendances of over 160,000 to both free and paid-for events, with many outstanding moments, so I’m glad to report that WEF maintains its position as Glasgow’s biggest popular event.   

We’ve spoken to more visitors to Scotland that have attended WEF events, we’ve had more support from local and national organisations and we’re delighted that WEF continues to mean something to the local residential and business community. WEF 2015 planning will need to start soon if we’re going to top this year!”
Work on the 20th WEF will start shortly but before announcing dates and key activity, the WEF organisers are hoping to get feedback from everyone that attended the festival this year, to ensure future festival activities are relevant.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WEF2014

The Children's Wood, Great Food Festival and Gala, 7 June, 2015
West End Festival Closing Event at Kelvingrove Bandstand Sunday 29th June

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