About Glasgow .. Something for everyone
the European City of Culture in 1990, is a leading destination in
the UK and Europe for city breaks and attracts 3.2 million visitors
every year. It is home to a varied programme of cultural events and
festivals held throughout the year.
The Glasgow International Festival in May is an integral part of the
city's cultural calendar. It displays a colourful mix of contemporary
artists, both local and international, at various indoor and outdoor
venues in Glasgow, including the Tramway and the Glasgow Arts Fair
in George Square amongst others. It also hosts a series of discussions,
workshops, art for sale and guided tours on external visual art throughout
Glasgow's East End and South Side.
Celebrating the city's maritime history, the Glasgow River Festival
attracts huge crowds to the Clydeside through a host of events and
activities. The Tall Ship is one of the main attractions at the River
Festival, giving visitors a flavour of life on board the Glenlee,
which sailed the globe four times throughout her 110 year history.
A host of fun-packed events and entertainment are showcased at this
vintage ship, from a variety of maritime workshops to the Royal Marines
abseil demonstration and the Sea Cadets own version of the Royal Navy
The World Pipe Band Championships has, for over 75 years, attracted
some of the most accomplished pipe bands from all over the world.
Held at Glasgow Green, thousands of overseas visitors and musicians
attend this weekend event in August to enjoy the finest of Scottish
traditions. A host of activities include a Highland Games spectacle
and live entertainment to keep visitors of all ages amused. A new
addition to Glasgow's traditional Piping scene is the Piping Festival,
which has developed around the World Pipe Band Championships.
Staying with the Celtic theme, Glasgow hosts the largest Celtic music
festival in the world, known as Celtic Connections. Staged in January
each year, it attracts world-renowned solo artists and full-piece
bands from Scotland, Ireland and Wales as well as from the Celtic
regions of Europe and Canada. In recent years, other traditional folk
music genres, particularly from Norway, Sweden and Denmark, have added
to an already wonderful mix. This great showcase of traditional Celtic
Music has certainly transformed Glasgow into an all-year-festival
city and is the perfect panacea to banish those post-New Year blues.
Glasgow also boasts a Jazz Festival and recent additions to its cultural
scene include an International Comedy Festival and a Merchant City
Festival. Visitors to this vibrant cosmopolitan city are often captivated
by the extraordinary range of events and festivals encompassing the
artistic spectrum. Why not indulge in a city break to Glasgow and
enjoy one of its spectacular festivals. You will be amazed at what
the forthcoming events have to offer, musically and artistically.
| Dates (2009)
|| Glasgow Festivals
||Magners International Comedy Festival
||Aye Write, Bank of Scotland Book Festival
||The Scottish Golf Show
||Glasgow Art Fair
||West End Festival
||Merchant City Festival