Saturday June 2, 2018
We're going to be introducing you to some of the people behind the organisation of the West End Festival.
Kicking off with...
Name: Brendon McIlroy
Role: Senior Events Coordinator
Time working with WEF: Oh, 12 years?? Started as a stage manager for festival Sunday.
- What is your earliest memory of the West End Festival
Coming along for a family day out in the late '90s and seeing colourful costumes, samba bands in the glorious sunshine.
- Why do you think the West End Festival is so important to Glasgow?
WEF is the only community festival of it’s kind in Glasgow- it’s inclusive, accessible and there’s something for everyone. In the face of so many cuts in the arts across Scotland it’s great that WEF has endured and I think that’s because it has community at its core.
- What are your top tips for choosing events to attend?
Go on the WEF website and filter by day- you can see exactly what’s on, when and where. Try and see a good variety, we have everything from dance and theatre to comedy. Definitely try and come to some of our free outdoor events like Mansfield Park / Hyndland Street gala day!
- What is the ONE event you’re looking forward to this year?
Mansfield Park gala day! This is the first time we’ve done this event and it’s taking place in Partick and Hyndland with everything from samba bands to community choirs and a barbershop quartet.
- Describe WEF in one sentence
A month of fun, festivity, merriment, culture and creativity- in celebration of Glasgow's west end!
If you're a WEF participant and would like to be featured please contact Laura Sutherland.