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Celtic Connections

Glasgow’s annual festival of contemporary and traditional celtic music.
Celtic Connections Website


New Territories
Annual festival of contemporary dance and live art presented by New Moves International.
Tramway and other venues.
Phone: 0845 330 3501
New Moves 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.
Phone: 0141 332 6535
Glasgow Film Festival Website


Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival
Launched in 2003, this hugely successful festival takes place in a variety of venues throughout the city.
Phone: 0141 552 207
Glasgow International Comedy Festival Website

Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival 2011
2011 dates to be announced

Glasgow’s very own book festival, taking place in the Mitchell Library, is now in its fourth year. www.ayewrite.com


Glasgow Art Fair
This popular event, presents a diverse range of artwork from galleries throughout the UK and beyond.  Full information about the event can be found at www.glasgowartfair.com


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.

For more details contact southsidefestival@hotmail.co.uk
or visit the Southside Festival website


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.
Phone: 0141 341 0844
West End Festival Website

Glasgow Mela
Kelvingrove Park

The Mela (meaning ‘gathering’ in Sanskrit) is organised by the The Scottish Academy of Asian Arts and is a high profile multicultural music and dance festival for the West of Scotland.

Glasgow International Jazz Festival
Annual Jazz Festival highlighting performers from around the world.
Phone: 0141 552 3552
Glasgow International Jazz Festival Website

University of Glasgow Science Festival
2011 dates to be announced
The Science Festival celebrates its 5th year with a huge range of activities at key venues throughout the city. Join in the fun, be inspired and get ready to be amazed.
Phone 0141 330 5370
website www.glasgowsciencefestival.org.uk


Merchant City Festival 2010
The Merchant City  festival presents a programme of film, theatre, comedy, visual arts, street theatre, live music, food and fashion – all taking place amidst the architectural elegance of the Merchant City.

Phone 0141 552 6027


North Glasgow International Festival
Based in Sighthill, this festival was set up to promote integration and harmony by celebrating cultural diversity within the local community.  A family-orientated day, usually at the beginning of June, with a children’s tent and stage, sports arena and children’s rides as well as music, dance and food from all around the world. For more information:
Phone: 0141 532 4101

Glasgow Festival on the Clyde
2011 dates to be confirmed
River Clyde

The hugely popular Glasgow River Festival provides a colourful opportunity to celebrate the past, present and future of Glasgow’s historic waterfront with two days of free family entertainment. A mixture of water and land activities and entertainment in and around the SECC, Glasgow Science Centre and The Tall Ship ‘Glenee’.


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 website: Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival

World Pipe Band Championships 2010
Glasgow Green
The World Pipe Band Championships is the major event in the piping world and the competition culminates in a spectacular March Past of all competitors.  Typically, over 5,000 musicians (230 bands) take part from all over the world, including Canada, USA, Australia, Oman and Tokyo.
Visit the website:  


Doors Open Day 2010
Annually on the 3rd weekend in September

A unique chance for the public to visit some of Glasgow’s most interesting buildings over one weekend in September.  Organised by the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust.
Phone: 0141 221 6061
Glasgow Doors Open Day Web site


Scotland’s annual celebration of queer culture with events spanning comedy, film, visual art, performance and community arts projects.
Phone: 0141 552 7575/8
Glasgay! Website

Inspiration Festival 2010
This annual festival of the arts for children and young people is now in its 12th year. There are family days, performances, workshops, events and activities for pre-5s and primary schoolchildren.

For more information contact:
Arts Development Officer for Children and Young People,
Phone:  0141 287 9843


Glasgow Fireworks
Glasgow Green
Glasgow Fireworks is a colourful and spectacular display which is unparalleled in the United Kingdom. The event, which is held at Glasgow Green, is set to music and is supported by a high profile programme of entertainment and fun.  Glasgow Fireworks offers both the people of Glasgow and visitors to the city a free, safe, family focused evening of entertainment.  For more information.


Glasgow on Ice
George Square
This event provides residents and visitors with the opportunity to skate on one of the largest outdoor rinks in Europe whilst taking in the Christmas Lights, nativity and famous City Chambers. The programme also includes special ice discos, themed evenings, Santa’s Grotto, café/concessions and traditional children’s rides.

Glasgows Hogmanay
George Square
Glasgow celebrates Hogmanay in style as thousands of revellers descend on George Square to celebrate the New Year in style.  The music-based programme presents a mixture of high profile Scottish, popular and rock music.

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