The streets of Glasgow’s fashionable West End will come alive this June to the sounds and smells of the West End Festival, one of Scotland’s most vibrant cultural events. It’s one big party. And everyone is invited! This jubilant celebration that breathes life, colour and sound into Glasgow’s West End kicks off on Friday 31 May and runs to Sunday 30 June.
Its centrepiece carnival parade, the largest carnival event in the UK after Notting Hill in London, was shelved last year after sponsorship income was unable to cover the rising costs of road closures, security and clearing up. This year however, event organisers have launched a campaign to raise £50,000 which they hope will allow the popular parade to go ahead on 9th June. A web page has been set up where donations can be pledged and a fashion fundraiser with L. K. Bennett is scheduled to kick-off the fun on May 7 at Hotel du Vin. Funding permitting, the parade is set to continue its tradition of a lively and colourful carnival of floats and performers in a kaleidoscope of outfits.
Since the West End Festival debuted in 1996, the event has undoubtedly grown and morphed into one of Glasgow’s major cultural highlights, attracting ever more revelers with its tantalising programme of events. Liz Scobie, Chairman of the West End Festival, said: “The West End Festival has been a huge success since it started. It’s an eclectic mix with something for everyone. The Festival will bring the best in cultural entertainment and community spirit to residents and visitors to Glasgow promising a great day out for all the family.”
This year’s West End Festival looks set to be even bigger and better than ever so whether you want to join in the fun or simply soak up the atmosphere you can be sure of a vibrant celebration of music, movement and masquerade. With four weeks packed full of more than 400 events including live music, comedy, drama, film, outdoor theatre, dance, guided walks, talks, and family fun the West End Festival proves beyond all doubt that the arts are alive and kicking in Scotland.
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