Friday June 12, 2015
“I have been acting for several years and am also a professional magician. I decided to write this one man play after the death of my father. It's inspired by the relationship I had with my father which was fragmented somewhat by a battle with mental illness. It is a black comedy or a tragicomedy. There is much to chew on in the piece with regards to mental health and attitudes towards it however, there is also a lot of humour in the piece as it largely revolves around the family chip shop and highlights many of the quirks of a Scots-Italian upbringing.” – Lorenzo Novani
Last year saw the magician perform with “Mysitc” – street magic designed to not only amaze (which it did) but to evoke thought. One reviewer described the event as “a skilful weaving of poetry and prophecy” which means his return to this years’ festival is most anticipated!
Tickets for tonight’s show are available on the door at Siempre Bicycle Club for £6.
Wednesday June 3, 2015
Scottish people have shown an awesome commitment to learning Gaelic, with a view to maintaining this part of their linguistic heritage. But learners often find it hard to get accurate information on how Gaelic works. The workshop 'Gaelic in an Hour!', run by local linguist Derek Rogers in an earlier West End Festival, was a response to this need.
There Derek dealt with such basic features as lenition, pronunciation, and how to build noun-phrases. This time he will get the audience to play some silly word-games, look again at pronunciation, and shine light into a dark corner where verbs lurk.
The workshop is for beginners and experienced speakers alike, and will show that a coherent system lies behind Gaelic's seemingly random difficulties. And it's an interactive workshop, so all participants will chatter bits of Gaelic - no-one escapes without opening their mouth!
And it'll put you in the mood for An Lochran's 'Togaibh Fonn!', later the same three days.
Free event. Wellington Church, Southpark Avenue.
Wednesday June 18, 2014
Websters is home to four musicians this week as part of the WEF regular - The Acoustic Affair. Take a look at what's on and don't forget to use #WEF2014 when talking about events online. Enjoy!
Rab Noakes: from Nashville to Muirend, Stripped
Wedneday 18 June, 7.30pm, £16
An evening of great songs drawn from an eventful 40+ year long career in the music business working with some of the great legends including Gerry Rafferty. He will be joined by a fantastic backing band formed for the evening which includes well known musicians Emma and Jill.
“It was an excellent show from one of this country's finest songsmiths” The Herald Jan 2014.
Thursday 19 June, 7.30pm, £12
A classically trained cellist and songwriter from Paisley, he studied at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC and, although based in UK, he frequently tours North America.
In 2011, he opened for Jack Bruce at the Queens Hall (Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival) and recent live appearances include O2 ABC Glasgow, CCA, The Spree festival and he has also featured on Paul Jones on BBC Radio 2 and a live session the Culture Show on BBC Scotland.
Friday 20 June, 7.30pm, £16
John Muir was an American hero, born in Scotland. He was to become known as the father of the American conservation and the founder of their wonderful national park system. As a long time admirer, Jimmie leapt at the opportunity of a recording trip to San Francisco, the Napa valley, Muir’s home at Martinez, Yosemite national park and the Sierra Nevada.
Come along to hear Jimmie’s stories and see some great images all presented in a relaxed and humorous style; truly one of our Westend treasures !
Saturday 21 June, 7.30pm, £16
Brought up immersed in the musical traditions and culture of the Gaels, both Scots and Irish, Dick Gaughan has been a professional musician and singer since January 1970, and made his first solo album in 1971, No More Forever. He was an early member of the Boys of the Lough and the now legendary Scottish folk-rock band, Five Hand Reel.
In December 2009, Dick was honoured by being inducted into the Scots Trad Music Hall of Fame and he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at BBC Radio 2’s annual Folk Awards ceremony.
Monday June 16, 2014
Glasgow has some secret spots, but few are so enchanting as the Sixty Steps. Tucked away off Queen Margaret Drive, the only public structure by the great Victorian architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson invites discovery.
On Sunday 15 June, as part of the 2014 West End Festival, the Greek Thomson Sixty Steps Preservation Trust was once again welcoming visitors. New signs and a viewing bench were unveiled, exciting restoration plans discussed, and young Scottish actor Patrick Wallace performed a specially-written one-man show, ‘Intimations of Mortality’.
Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson was an architectural genius who left his mark on Glasgow. Inspired by the ancients, he created breathtaking monuments such as the St Vincent Street church. His Sixty Steps, by contrast, is something of a folly.
Commissioned by an enterprising property developer who wanted to draw house-hunters to land he had bought in North Kelvinside, the Sixty Steps was completed in the early 1870s.
Comprising a sweeping staircase bounded by a wall bearing traces of windows and doors, and crowned by a romantic ‘bellevue’ looking out across the river Kelvin, the structure originally stood amid rolling fields.
Gradually, the tenements and villas that surround it now were built and over time Thomson’s flight of fancy fell into disrepair: during World War II the cast iron lamps that Thomson designed to flank the steps were removed, and the stonework started to crumble.
Now, thanks to Glasgow City Council and the efforts of the Greek Thomson Sixty Steps Preservation Trust there is a determination to restore the structure to its former glory.
Monday June 16, 2014
To celebrate the West End Festival, Ketchup’s getting FEASTive all month long!
To kick off, we’re asking all Ketchup kiddies to get creative and design their very own Dream Burger - best entry will be a fixture on our menu with comps running every Sunday from 12pm. But there’s more!
We’ve also moved our buns outside every Saturday. Come down to Ashton Lane where we’ll be grilling all your favourite burgers on the KBBQ and soaking up that (rare) Glaswegian sun.
Hungry for more? This year we bring you… the bun... the only… the 2014 Ketchup World Cup! How many burgers can you eat - or stomach someone else eating?
The Ketchup World Cup finals are Thursday 19 June at 8pm where the winners from Round One - which kicked off earlier this week - will battle it out to win the cup!
Come catch up at Ketchup this West End FEASTival!
Remember, when sharing online, tag your festival pics and posts #WEF2014
Thursday June 12, 2014
The actors have been hard at work rehearsing today as Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS PINAFORE weighs anchor for the first of three performances tonight in Glasgow. They are taking place in the Glenlee, Glasgow's own Tall Ship moored on the River Clyde next to the Transport Museum – one of the most unusual festival venues
Presented in the round by Walter Paul Productions for three nights only on 13th, 14th, & 15th June at 7.30pm, we are delighted that this brand new production of the nautical opera is already proving a massive hit with Festival goers - before a single note has been sung!
Tickets are sold out, and the unique venue has proved itself a winner with West End Festival audiences.
The Music Director is David Mackie, who was the Assistant Music Director of the original D'Oyly Carte Opera Company until its demise in 1982, and the production is in the hands of G & S expert Walter Paul.
He has gathered together a talented cast of local performers including Chriss Mills, J.Campbell Kerr, Ross Nicol, and David Blackwood, and the leading soprano is played by Brianna Robertson-Kirkland, making her debut with WPP.
This G & S classic, with Gilbert's witty barbs about the class system, and Sullivan's sparkling music, we hope everyone who got tickets has a fantastic night!
Monday June 9, 2014
Parade day has left all of us here in the mardi gras spirit!
Not only did the 500 plus performers and entertainers put on a great show, but we got some much anticipated sunshine to top the day off.
Thousands of people took to the street and joined us watching and cheering as the parade passed.
This year’s parade theme, ‘Identity’, was interpreted by community groups and organisations from around Glasgow, in their costume designs which they made and wore for the vibrant parade procession.
The scene took over Byres Road and the surrounding streets and finished off on the steps of the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery.
Before the parade began it was great to see so many people wandering up and down Byres Road and around the market in the Ashton Road car park – taking advantage of all the free entertainment and supporting local businesses by stopping for a bite to eat.
Even if the afternoon was a little damp...
Monday June 2, 2014
Strident is the merman King of the Ocean:
Son of the almighty sea-god ,Poseidon .
Strident lived happily with his daughter, Sirenetta ,
Whose voice charmed anyone who'd ever met her,
But Sirenetta was a restless adolesent
With a personality most effervescent,
And she wanted to explore the world above water-
She fancied herself as a Royal globetrotter!
On her very first evening above the waves,
She saved a handsome prince from a watery grave ,
And with Prince Charmless she became enthralled.
Her father King Strident was quite appalled
And warned her against this unhealthy passion,
But Sirenetta ignored him in true teenage fashion !
She went to the seawitch, a distant relation,
Who was banished from Atlantis for eating crustaceans .
The seawitch, Jezibaba, prepared her a spell,
But Sirenetta had to give up her voice as well .
When Jezibaba sang with the mermaid's voice
Charmless made it clear Jezibaba was his choice .
Sirenetta couldn't stand by-she had to rebel
For if truth be told, she's a feisty mademoiselle,
And it all ended happily,what happened you say?
Well, you will have to come and see it on performance day!
Tickets from 0141-778-2145/Capricorniche@gmail.com
or at the door: The Tall Ship 8th/9th June 7.30.p.m.
Wheelchair access pre-bookable
Monday June 24, 2013
20 musicians, collectively known as “Dr. Poembak” came to Glasgow at the weekend to take part in the West End Festival in free live events, pictured at one of the most iconic buildings in the city, Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
The band, who dresses up in doctor, nurse and surgeon outfits, were playing at the West End Festival as part of La Fête de la Musique.
The musicians have diverse backgrounds – some professional and some amateur. This likeable brass band condenses all the elements of fantasy, burlesque and festivity as well as an eclectic repertoire of world music including jazz, tango, gypsy and Latino. Presented by the Alliance Francaise and WBI.
Liz Scobie, chairman of West End Festival said:
“Saturday was one of the busiest days in the festival diary, and it’s great that we have such a wealth of talent and we’re able to share this throughout the west end.
“To be a part of La Fête de la Musique is fantastic and ensures the West End Festival is known around the world. We look forward to developing our international connections, especially as 2014 will be a big year for Glasgow.”
About La Fête de la Musique:
Launched in 1982 by the French ministry for culture, La Fête de la Musique has since become an unmissable annual event. Its concept: offering free concerts on the street and in public places, performed by voluntary musicians, both amateur and professional.
Celebrated in over 110 countries around the world, it is now the world’s largest music event.
The band is playing at 1pm at Botanic Gardens, 3pm at Kelvingrove Art Gallery steps and 6pm at Ashton Lane.
For further information:
Laura Sutherland, Aura PR T: 0141 337 6712 / 07764 936 840
Notes to editors:
- The West End Festival runs from 31 May to 30 June
- The festival comprises over 400 events in 80 venues across Glasgow’s west end
- Sample videos from previous performances:
Friday June 14, 2013
We like to bring you some snippets of events happening every weekend. This week we're giving you the event plus the details! #wef13
Have a look on our website and search the date, venue, category or event title to see what else is happening...
1. FREE event - Glasgow School of Art Goes West 10am-5pm
Iota proudly presents the new cutting edge of contemporary painting: ten of the best from the M Litt in Fine Art Practice (Expanded Painting) at the Glasgow School of Art for 2013.
Venue: Iota Gallery, 25 Hyndland Street Glasgow, G11 5QE
0141 338 6052
2. West End Festival Winds by Cottier Chamber Project at Cottiers
Music: Mozart Gran Partita K.361
£7 in advance, £9 on the day, £5 students. £25 for both concerts with main course and drink, £20 for concert and pre theatre menu. A beard like Brahms’ get you in free for the concerts (genuine beards only!)
Tickets in advance from www.cottierchamberproject.com www.cottiers.com or in person from the Box Office at Cottiers Hyndland. 0141 357 4000.
3. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at 7.30pm
Mad Props Theatre present their inaugural production, the Glasgow premiere of this Tony Award-winning play. Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grownups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t make you a loser. With profits going to Leukaemia Research and with laughs guaranteed, don’t miss out on this cult musical where anything can happen!
Booking and ticket info:
Tickets £12 plus BF • 0141 357 4000
Venue: Kelvinbridge Theatre, Lansdowne Church 414 Great Western Rd, G4
0141 357 4000
1. Paintings On Railings - All day Saturday, Sunday
Long established outdoor art gallery at the Botanic Gardens railings started in 1996 as part of the first West End Festival. Come and see a large variety of original art, craftwork and photography - meet the artists and maybe buy something! To exhibit call Lynne Scobbie 07779 977612.
If wet, come back another day!
Venue: Botanic Gardens, 730 Great Western Road Glasgow, G12 0UE
0141 276 1614
2. O2 Glasgow Mela 12:00pm - 8:00pm
also on Sunday 16 June 12:00pm - 8:00pm
For one weekend Kelvingrove Park will be transformed into an extravaganza of music, dance, exotic food and eclectic stalls with the 02 Glasgow Mela, Scotland’s biggest multi-cultural festival. The two-day event is open to all ages, and includes family activities and an array of stalls to browse and food to try, as well as a richly diverse programme of colourful performances across three stages. Join us at Kelvingrove Park to celebrate the multi-cultural influences that make Glasgow so vibrant, creative and cosmopolitan. Delivered by Glasgow Life.
Venue: Kelvingrove Park, G12
0141 334 6363
3. Lari Don: Little Red Riding Hood 11am and 2.30pm
A magical experience for all the family. The renowned children’s writer and storyteller Lari Don will read her stunning new retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, encouraging the listener to imagine fairy tales and magical journeys of their own. Woodland crafts activities after and tasty baking! Age 4-7 and families.
Venue: North Kelvin Meadow, Clouston Street, Glasgow, G20
4. Peter MacCalman Symphony No 1 at 8pm
Performed by the Cappella String Quartet and piano. Popular and contemporary composition collide in an exploration of the symphony – a format rooted in the classical tradition of Western Europe, yet one that has evolved and changed from its original meanings and structure. Rooted in today’s culture, but incorporating and respecting the history of the symphony, Peter MacCalman’s work uses chamber-sized forces to produce music on a symphonic scale. “Sonorously atmospheric live music composed for string quartet by Peter MacCalman” - Herald 2007.
Booking and ticket info: Tickets £12
Available from www.cottiers.com or 0141 357 4000
Venue: Cottier Theatre, 93-95 Hyndland Street Glasgow
1. Kids Creative Corner 12-5pm
Why not bring the kids along this afternoon for some fun food and arty-crafts? Pop in to the Lansdowne between 12 and 5 where the kids can occupy themselves in a fun way while Mum and Dad can eat lunch in peace and quiet?
Booking and ticket info:
Tickets £5 per child. Info 0141 334 4653
Venue: Lansdowne Bar, 7a Lansdowne Crescent Glasgow G20 6NQ
0141 334 4653 firstname.lastname@example.org
2. FREE - Queen Margaret Drive – Street Festival (also on Sat 15th) 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Come and join the West End Festival’s latest community street event in Queen Margaret Drive, just to the north of Byres Road. We have a great selection of independent shops and businesses. Join us for music, craft beer, authentic food, art and craft workshops, street stalls, vintage clothing, face painting and children’s activities. Families welcome and parking free!
3. RSNO Chamber Series: Classical Strings 2:30pm
Relax and unwind on a Sunday afternoon with the RSNO Chamber Series. This is a refreshing chance to hear the musicians of the Orchestra up close and personal, performing music by great composers in an intimate setting. Join our quintet of strings for a concert of celebrated classical chamber music, including Wolf’s Italian Serenade and Schubert’s String Quintet in C major.
Booking and ticket info:
Tickets £12, disabled £6, under 26 £5, under 16 free (max 2 with paying adult)
Venue: St Mary's Cathedral, 300 Great Western Road Glasgow, G4 9JB
0141 339 6691
4. Storytelling: Julia Donaldson Favourites - 10.30am
Celebrate Father’s Day with a collection of Julia Donaldson stories. Tam Dean Burn will read Tales from Acorn Wood in the morning (Family event but best for under 5’s).and The Gruffalo stories in the afternoon (Family event but best for under 8’s). Music from Emma Schad and Andy Alston. There will be crafts, face painting, home baking and, in the afternoon children can meet The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child!
10:30am Tales from Acorn Wood. 2pm The Gruffalo and Gruffalo’s Child event
www.childrenswood.comVenue: North Kelvin Meadow, Clouston Street Glasgow G20
5. The Mackintosh Choir Sings “America!” 7pm
After our very successful launch at last year’s West End Festival, please join us for another wonderful night of song, this time with an American theme. We will delight you with many familiar songs, songs from the shows, exciting Aaron Copland songs, and many more.
Booking and ticket info:
Tickets £7 (children £3) at the door or in advance from choir members
Venue: Mackintosh Church, Queen’s Cross 870 Garscube Road Glasgow G20 7EL
0141 946 6600 email@example.com