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Cultural Festivals

Cultural FestivalsGI 2014

JANUARY

Celtic Connections ​

Glasgow's annual festival of contemporary and traditional Celtic music.  Visit the Celtic Connections Website

FEBRUARY

Glasgow Film Festival 

The Glasgow Film Festival celebrates the passion the people of Glasgow have for the movies and the passion the film industry has for the City.  Visit the Glasgow Film Festival Website

MARCH

Glasgow International Comedy Festival 

Launched in 2003, this hugely successful festival takes place in a variety of venues throughout the City.   Glasgow International Comedy Festival Website

APRIL

Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival 

Glasgow's very own book festival takes place in the City's Mitchell Library, one of Europe's largest libraries and an iconic Glasgow landmark.  Visit the Aye Write website​

Glasgow International Festival Of Visual Art​

One of the UK’s boldest visual arts events, the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art takes place every two years. It will re-appear in 2014. 

In the meantime, keep in touch. Visit www.glasgowinternational.org

 
MAY

Southside Festival 

In 2008 Queens Park hosted the first ever Southside Festival, attracting over 8000 people on the day.  The Festival is a celebration of everything which is great about the Southside of Glasgow and aims to celebrate the cultural diversity and community spirit of this unique area of the city.

Email: southsidefestival@hotmail.co.uk          Visit the Southside Festival website

JUNE

West End Festival 

Having started off as a small local festival centred around Byres Road, this has now grown over the past 10 years to become one of the biggest cultural events in Glasgow's calendar.   West End Festival Website​​

Glasgow Mela 

Glasgow's Mela is the in Scotland. Rooted in South Asian culture, this annual festival has grown into a 2-day celebration of music, dance and food drawn from cultures across the world. Glasgow Mela takes place every June and is open to all ages. It is a free festival.     
Visit the Glasgow Mela website

Refugee Week Scotland                     

Refugee Week Scotland is an annual festival of arts and cultural events and activities celebrating the rich and eclectic mix of people and cultures in Scotland today.

Refugee week Scotland website​

Glasgow International Jazz Festival 

Annual Jazz Festival highlighting performers from around the world. 

Glasgow International Jazz Festival Website

JULY

SURGE

Scotland's annual festival of street arts, physical theatre and circus. This year's indoor programme is hosted by Tron Theatre and the outdoor programme in delivered in partnership with Merchant City Festival.
Surge Website

Festival 2014

​Join the party as Festival 2014 transforms Glasgow from 19 July – 3 August with an invigorating mix of entertainment and culture in city venues, parks and streets, running alongside the XX Commonwealth Games.
Glasgow Green Live Zone, the Merchant City Festival, Kelvingrove Bandstand and BBC at the Quay will truly have something for everyone. Come together for a shared Games experience, whether it’s watching the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the biggest sporting events on giant screens, catching a world premiere performance, joining a ceilidh or having a go at sports and arts activities. The full programme will be announced in early June.
Visit the Festival 2014 website.


Merchant City Festival 

​​Merchant City Festival returns 24 July - 3 August 2014 as part of the Festival 2014 celebrations, as one of the 'live zones' around the city during the Commonwealth Games time, providing entertainiment for visitors and spectators in the streets and public places of The Merchant City.

We are now inviting bids from local businesses and organisations to take advantage of our Get Involved Fund and be part of what promises to be a fantastic festival next year. Find out more here​:  Merchant City Festival Website

AUGUST

Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival

Piping Live festival began in 2004.  It features some of the biggest names in Scottish and international piping, in outdoor spaces and venues throughout Glasgow

Visit the Piping Live! website

World Pipe Band Championships 

The World Pipe Band Championships is the major event in the piping world.  Typically, over 5,000 musicians (230 bands) take part from all over the world, including Canada, USA, Australia, Oman and Tokyo.

Visit the World Pipe Band Championships website

SEPTEMBER

Doors Open Day

A unique chance for the public to visit some of Glasgow's most interesting buildings over one weekend in September.  This free event is organised by the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust.   Phone: 0141 221 6061        

Visit the Doors Open Day Glasgow website​

OCTOBER

Glasgay!

Scotland's annual celebration of queer culture with events spanning comedy, film, visual art, performance and community arts projects.

Phone: 0141 552 7575/8                  Visit the Glasgay! website

Scottish Mental Health Arts And Film Festival

Now in its sixth year, the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival is one of Scotland's most diverse cultural events, covering everything from music, film and visual art to theatre, dance, and literature. The festival runs from 1-24 October in a number of venues across Scotland.  Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival

December

Seven weeks of magical events, shopping and festive fun in the heart of the city
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