Video: Ceilidhs, theatre and music … West End Festival 2018 programme is launched

By Ian Marland at

It’s back for its 23rd year of cultural offerings.

The West End Festival has officially launched its 2018 programme.

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Diary: this year’s festival takes place from May 31 to June 30

The month-long event takes place this year between May 31 and June 30.

More than 100 organisations will take part in 350 events at 75 venues across the West End.

#WEF2018 has a diverse range of events taking place, from gigs and ceilidhs to exhibitions and school literary workshops.

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Look back: how the opening Sunday looked last year

The festival’s umbrella model still sees event organisers and promoters submitting events from all kinds of interests and communities.

There will be a host of community gala days this year, with one specifically organised by WEF.

The closure of Hyndland Street and use of Mansfield Park on 16 June, will allow the space to host music, kids activities and street theatre.

Musical events are diverse – from jazz and dance to choirs and bands, not to forget Oran Mor’s annual All-Dayer.


Michael Dale is the director of the West End Festival.

He said: “For the first time, we’re excited to have the National Theatre for Scotland performing an outdoor show at the Children’s Wood.

“In addition, we have some international participants this year, a choir from Alabama and a string quartet from Sweden.

“We also have six ceilidhs, a new cinema at Maryhill Community Hall and Edinburgh Napier University will perform its play of the First World War.”

Other highlights include:

* A street party on Ashton Lane – June 3

* The Big Sunday returns at Kelvingrove Park – June 17

* ‘Museum of the Moon’ exhibition at Mackintosh Queens Cross Church – throughout the festival

Liz Scobie, chairman of the West End Festival said: “What can I say?

“Another year of eclectic events which demonstrate the diverse culture represented in the West End.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has submitted events for this years’ festival; Sainsbury’s for once again supporting us and Glasgow City Council for its ongoing support, as well as the many other volunteers and donors who support us year after year.”

The West End Festival is also looking for board members and volunteers.

Packed: a taste of what visitors and residents can expect from the festival. By permission of #WEF2018

Ms Scobie added: “With changing times it’s important for us to keep new ideas coming to the table and indeed for us to represent the very communities and people who participate and come to the festival events.

“I’d be delighted to hear from anyone interested in having a chat.

* Full listings for this year’s festival can be found at

Anyone interested in joining helping out with the festival can email Liz at