News - Don't rain on our parade!

Friday June 7, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 5 JUNE 2013

PRESS RELEASE

 

Don’t rain on our parade – it’s our 18th birthday!

 

 


This weekend, Sunday 9th June, the West End Festival’s Mardi Gras Parade, which features some 600 participants and is sponsored by itison, returns to Byres Road for its 18th birthday and it’s expected that there will be 70,000 visitors to the area to witness the colourful spectacle and enjoy a day out.

In addition to the parade, which leaves the Botanic Gardens at 3pm, there will be street buskers, 60 food and craft stalls spread along Byres Road, the first ever Seafood Showcase (free event) in a bespoke arena and the first Ceilidh on the Corner.

Entertainment will be organised from 1pm and stop for the parade to take place and then start again at 4pm.

Byres Road will be closed from 8am until 8pm on Festival Sunday and west end businesses and residents are being asked to be mindful of this, as there will be no access to Byres Road during these hours.

What’s going on in the parade?

Fairytales of the Unexpected by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland students - a Disney style castle section with a variety of costumed characters and puppets within its walls.

A group of human roller-skates.

Large puppet makes representing Glasgow and Scotland.

Several community groups are following the flying high - aspiration theme.

A group of pink itison morphs.

Clyde, the official mascot of the Commonwealth Games 2014.

Other sections have interpreted things more individually. CAOS from Clydebank are Outer Space, Temple-Shafton Youth Project are dragons, our city centre youth project are flying machines whilst another group are iPods and iPhones. There will also be a thistle section too and three separate Chinese sections (lions and dragons).

Six full samba bands including home grown favourites sheBOOM and Samba Y Bamba - and a community-based one which was formed out of a programme of samba drumming and costume making workshops all over the city and it is made up of people from the different areas.

Seafood Showcase

There will be cookery demonstrations by Glasgow Chefs such as John Quigley and through the Showcase there will be activities geared towards getting families cooking and eating together as well as trying to get people to buy better. Zero Waste Scotland and Seafood Scotland are supporting the event. As well as the great food available there will be live music from the Seafood Buskers and the Fisherman’s Wife’s Choir. The Showcase will take place from 12pm – 8pm at Byres Road.

Ceildh on the corner

Grab your granny by the hand and head along to Ceilidh on the Corner also at Byres Road.

There is nothing better than a family jig with some of Scotland’s premier Ceilidh bands to wipe away the cob webs of a Sunday afternoon. This fun event kicks off at 12pm with Reely Jiggered and that is what you will be if you keep dancing through the sets of Lua Dansa, Deoch n Dorus and The Reel Stramash.

It’s an opportunity to make a day of it with friends or family and get your stomp on with some of Scotland's most well-known Scottish dancing including the Gay Gordons and the Canadian Barn Dance. Tickets £5.00, Concessions £3.00, Family Ticket £15.00 (2 adults and two children).

 

Liz Scobie, chairman of the festival added a reminder:

“The local shops, restaurants and bars will be celebrating with us and it’s great that so many people can take advantage of what the festival, in particular Festival Sunday, has to offer.

“We’ve been working to alert people to the road closure, licensing, the activities taking place and also to remind people that it’s a family friendly day.

“We want everyone and their Granny to come along on Sunday – it's a special birthday for us this year and we hope everyone will join in the celebrations in true party style!"

 

As it’s a family day festival goers are urged to be sensible when drinking and abide by the licensing laws.

-ENDS-


For media enquiries:

Laura Sutherland, Aura PR

T: 0141 337 6712 / 07764 936 840 E: laura@aura-pr.com

 

 Notes to editors:

    • Interviews available on request with Liz Scobie and MD of sponsor, itison, Oli Norman

 

    • West End Festival is supported by Creative Scotland, Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life

 

    • Journalists, photographers and camera crews have been invited (via email on Monday from Laura) to the parade on Sunday, 9 June. A press desk will be set up and manned. A follow up media invitation will be sent on Friday, 7 June

 

    • Each year the Mardi Gras parade is made up of costumed groups and individuals who come from all walks of life. Most (but not all) of the groups are from support organisations that help people in a variety of ways in their everyday lives. The parade is an opportunity for them to work together to create entertaining and stunning artworks that can draw attention to important work of those organisations and individuals. The support organisations work tirelessly all year around to make a difference to peoples’ lives and the art projects are a great way to remind participants and spectators of the value of meaningful, shared, social activities.

 

 

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West End Festival Literature programme

Wednesday May 15, 2013

Family Book events

Announcing a feast of Festival book events for families!  Opening the West End Festival Family Book Programme will be the creator of the much loved Katie Morag stories - Mairi Hedderwick at Hillhead Library on Saturday 1 June at 2.30pm.  A combination of masterly storytelling and the stunning Hebridean illustrations give this remarkable series enduring appeal for children and adults alike. Join Mairi to hear all about Katie Morag’s adventures!

Saturday 8 June sees a Socktastic celebration of a fantastically funny picture book Socks with Nick Sharratt who is one of most creative and loved illustrator talents in the UK.  Later, he will be joined by Julia Donaldson, creator of The Gruffalo. In their new picture book Animal Music, the animals get together for a sing-song. Why not join in the fun and meet two leading talents of the children’s book world! At The Kelvin Gallery, University of Glasgow. Tickets John Smith’s Tel 0141 342 5986.

All aboard The Tall Ship on Sunday 9 June at noon to hear the captivating tales of Bottlenose Bay which have already been featured on Bookaboo on television. Meet award-winning illustrator/writer Jan Fearnley to hear about the adventures of Harry the harbour mouse and a host of other loveable characters.  Tickets £2.50 in person only from The Tall Ship.

On Saturday 29 June there is a chance to be a princess for the day and enjoy storytelling and fun activities at a Princess Poppy party. The adventures of the enchanting Princess Poppy have become a firm favourite with little girls.  A global phenomenon, over 2 million copies have been sold to Princess Poppy fans worldwide.  Join author Janey Louise Jones at Hillhead Library at 11.30 am to hear the latest tales about the delightful Princess Poppy.

Princess Poppy - Holiday

Spotlight on The Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow

With some seventeen literary happenings at North Kelvin Meadow and The Childrens Wood during The West End Festival, there are some magical experiences on offer for families and schools. On Saturday 15 June, children’s writer and storyteller Lari Don will visit this special piece of West End wilderness, to read her stunning new retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, encouraging the listener to imagine fairy tales and magical journeys of their own.  Meanwhile, back by popular demand, actor Tam Dean Burn celebrates Father’s Day on Sunday 16 June with a collection of favourite Julia Donaldson stories with musical accompaniment from Emma Schad and Andy Alston. In the afternoon, there is a once in a lifetime opportunity for children to meet The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child!

Sunday 30 June sees Glasgow’s own literary and artistic genius Alasdair Gray lending his unique voice in a reading of The Just So Stories and Tales by Hans Christian Andersen to mark this closing Celebration of the West End Festival Book Programme at North Kelvin Meadow.  At this colourful family event, there will be a range of other activities.  Children and adults are also  invited to come dressed as their favourite character from the Just So Stories!

Alasdair Gray

Spotlight on the West End Festival schools book programme at Glasgow City Libraries

Unputdownable stories are the hallmark of Cathy MacPhail’s writing for young people.  The West End Festival and Glasgow City Libraries are proud to premiere her latest novel Mosi’s War at The Mitchell Theatre on Monday 3 June at 10am. We’re delighted that an author who connects with such a wide range of children and young people is able to open the Schools Programme for The West End Festival.

Back by popular demand,  ‘A master of funny’ the hilarious writer (a.k.a. “The Fibster”) Steve Hartley returns to The West End Festival and The Mitchell Library for a super-heroic session of fun and fibbing. Be a part of “Fact or Fib”, the silliest game-show in the galaxy. Play the “What If?” game, and help Steve make up the biggest, fattest fib in the universe. And finally. . . hear all about Oliver Fibbs and The Giant Boy-Munching Bugs.

 The West End Festival and Glasgow City Libraries are also very excited to feature Carrie and David Grant, presenters of CBeebies show Pop Shop and voice coaches for Take That and Fame Academy. Carrie and David are passionate about promoting opportunities for children to enjoy music. Their brand new series of high energy picture books Elephants Birthday Bells and Lions Speedy Sauce are all about MAKING MUSIC and JOINING IN!  

lions speedy sauce

These are just some of our events for schools - don't miss out!

The West End Festival’s roving Writer in Residence

My West End –The Never Ending Story

Come meet our first ever Roving West End Festival Writer in Residence, Cathy Forde and be inspired to create a short piece about your favourite West End Place.  It could be new, or in the past.   Perhaps your special West End place has vanished and is now a memory or has changed significantly. Or maybe it is a new discovery or a cutting edge new design June.  Open to all at 6.30pm Thursday 6 June at Hillhead Library.   Elsewhere in this fascinating project, Cathy will lead school classes in a series of creative writing workshops held at The Botanic Gardens and The Childrens Wood encouraging them to express their response to their special West End place.

 

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Tickets on sale for fundraising event - 18 May @ GUU

Tuesday May 1, 2012

Tickets are now on sale for the West End Festival fundraiser event!! 

Lesley Connelly from Spider Online and Carol Armit, the brains behind ‘Strictly West End...& Beyond!’ say:

“The 18th can’t come quick enough! We have a great evening’s entertainment set up at Glasgow University Union – the 40s/50s themed night will feature music from the Glasgow University Big Band and a prize for the best outfit.  So get practicing your ‘roll and tuck’ hairstyle and look out the brogues!

“There is also a CASH prize for the best swing dancer and some fantastic raffle prizes up for grabs, where all proceeds are dedicated to continuing and growing Glasgow’s West End Festival.  It’s sure to be a terrific evening!”

 

See below for details...

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