West End Festival
West End Festival © Muhammad Younas
Every summer the Bohemian West End in Glasgow becomes the stage for performances, film, music, street parties and exhibitions. The West End Festival is the biggest event on Glasgow's cultural calendar. These days, the festival includes more than 400 performances in about 80 venues. Festival Sunday is the highlight of the celebrations, with the famous Midsummer Carnival and Street Party taking over Byres Road in a swirling procession of colour and dancing, with a variety of other activities in the area.
The day is filled with street theatre, funfair rides and stalls, comedy shows, a farmer's market, art fairs, music performances and regular features such as Shakespeare in the Park. Many of the events are public and free of charge, so that even without buying tickets for any of the big performances visitors can have a splendid time walking around the area and enjoying the street artists, exhibitions, stalls, live music concerts and party atmosphere. The festival was first held in 1996 and has been growing steadily in size and popularity ever since. Check the official website for the full festival programme and details on the event.
Date: 31 May - 30 June 2019