West End Festival Summer Programme 2018
Moonshine in the West End this June
31 May – 30 June, 2018
Glasgow’s favourite festival, the West End Festival is all set for its 23rd year with a fabulous month long programme.
Super ambitious there will be over 100 organisations participating in the West End Festival with 350 events taking place over 75 venues. The diverse programme includes gigs, literary events, exhibitions, ceilidhs, theatre, film, children’s activities, community galas and special events.
WEF – Gala Days
Communities from around the West End will be organising a range of Gala Days and the WEF will, this year for th first time, have a Gala Day in Mansfield Park on Saturday 16 June, when Hyndland Street will be closed to traffic. This will allow a safe and friendly event to take place with a music stage, kids activities and street theatre. Local cafes and restaurants will open their doors to encourage people to enjoy a great day out in one of the West End’s most appealing areas.
Musical Events and other Highlights
Music of every genre will be on offer with an ever-growing list of musical events including: jazz, dance, choirs and bands. Watch out for Oran Mor’s annual All-Dayer.
Michael Dale, festival director, said: “For the first time, we’re excited to have the National Theatre for Scotland performing an outdoor show at the Children’s Wood. In addition, we have some international participants this year, a choir from Alabama and a string quartet from Sweden.
“We also have six ceilidhs, a new cinema at Maryhill Community Hall and Edinburgh Napier University will perform its play of the First World War.”
Once again Ashton Lane will close for a street party on 3rd June, The Big Sunday returns at Kelvingrove Park on 17th June and the talks and authors event programme continues to feature everything from architecture to wildlife and tombs to language.
An exciting new exhibition will take place at Mackintosh Queens Cross Church throughout the festival – “Museum of the Moon” by artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. The internally lit sphere sculpture is at a scale of 1:500,000. There are also “Under the Moon” evening concerts.
Liz Scobie, chairman of the West End Festival commented: “What can I say? Another year of eclectic events which demonstrate the diverse culture represented in the west end.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has submitted events for this years’ festival, Sainsbury’s for once again supporting us and Glasgow City Council for its ongoing support, as well as the many other volunteers and donors who support us year after year.”
The West End Festival is also looking for Board members and volunteers.
Ms Scobie added: “With changing times it’s important for us to keep new ideas coming to the table and indeed for us to represent the very communities and people who participate and come to the festival events.
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