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Cultural Festivals


Celtic Connections ​

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


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


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

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, and will take place in 2016.


West End Festival 

Having started off as a small local festival centred around Byres Road, this has now grown to become one of the biggest cultural events in Glasgow's calendar, and celebrating 21 years in 2016.   West End Festival Website​​

Glasgow Mela 

Glasgow's Mela is the in Scotland. Rooted in South Asian culture, this annual festival is a vibrant and colourful 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


Merchant City Festival 

​​The Merchant City Festival is a major cultural event which takes place in and around the Merchant City area of Glasgow's city centre every summer. It offers live music, street theatre, fashion, art, family activities and more as well as a host of stalls selling food, gifts and crafts.  Merchant City Festival Website


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 countries all over the world, including Canada, USA, Oman and Australia.

Visit the World Pipe Band Championships website


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.        

Visit the Doors Open Day Glasgow website​



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

Visit the Glasgay! website

Scottish Mental Health Arts And Film Festival

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. Events in venues across Glasgow.
Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival


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