Monday April 29, 2013
“It’s 6:50pm and I’m running late, literally. My train has only just pulled into Glasgow Central Station and I’m already caught up in a leg race with an old German couple struggling to keep up with fashion. The unconventional leather footwear that stupidly points out at the end of my legs rain down against the coat of skin on Platform 13, with my footsteps leaving damp puddles of echo along the tarmac as I move into a taxi waiting outside to take me to the CCA”.
For some it is just another night at the CCA, for others it’s the chase of a pursuit. The making of a something for those still living on the edge of a dream leads to one point.
On Monday the 11th March that point was the “Glasgow Film Premiere Night” which was organised by the ‘Alopex Events’ team with conjunction with’ Burning Horseshoe Productions’ and ‘Quick off the Mark Productions’. The night consisted of showing two short films by directors Rodney Reynold and Chris Quick.
The first of the two films to be shown; “The Greyness of Autumn” follows the final Days of Danny McGuire, an ostrich living in Scotland. Danny’s life is suddenly turned upside down when he loses his job and his girlfriend in the same day. As Danny struggles to reinvent himself in a society that treats him as a second class citizen, he questions whether there is much point living in a world that will never see past the feathers”.
Where the film should unearth everyday problems we all face, it somehow manages to quake a cackle of laughter. The Greyness of Autumn has proven to be great exercise for your face, but don’t expect your heart to walk away lightly either.
There is simply just not enough hands up puppet Ostriches speaking with a Scottish accent.
“A Priest with Two Guns”, the second of the two films to be shown at the Premiere. “After a confessional Father O’Reilly is startled by a noise and investigates to find a small box outside the front of the church. He opens the box to find a severed hand and a Dictaphone. Upon listening he discovers that his brother Shaemus owes £20,000 to McEleroy the Money Lender and he has 24 hours to repay the debt or Shaemus dies. It is left to O’Reilly to use all his capabilities to find the money but he comes across many obstacles alone the way”.
Blood, violence and lots of men wearing black clothes pointing guns at each other, this persuading modern day Celtic western shooter has it all which has been influenced by Tarantino as Director Rodney Reynold admits to.
No matter how meaningful words can be, the barrel of a gun speaks much louder and there is more emphasis on that whilst they are duel wielded by a psychopath who’s arms are twice the size of a double barrel shotgun.
Organised by Alopex Events, the team of who were recently put together -- Barbara Walsh, Jade Anderson, David Sharp and James Stewart – study Events Management in their first year at The City of Glasgow College.
The team would like to thank everyone who attended the event and everyone who helped the process along the way.
Expect to see big things happening in the future from these Short Films, Actors and the Directors. All profits from this venture are to be donated to the fantastic West End festival, celebrating Glasgow’s culture, sense of family and most of all its love of FUN.
Tuesday April 16, 2013
In the run up to the West End Festival (WEF), Glasgow’s biggest cultural festival, Big Band performers rehearse some well known and other premiere performance music, in a city centre barber shop.
With over 400 events across some 80 venues, Glasgow’s WEF is set to attract up to 100,000 people to the programme of cultural events including music, art, walks, talks, mini festivals and more. Many of the events will be free to attend to encourage participation.
Zig Zag Big Band, Byres Road Big Band and Glasgow University Big Band will form the “Big Band Festival”, taking place on Thursday, 6 June at Queen Margaret Union, as part of the main WEF. Tickets cost £5pp and are available via www.zigzagbigband.com/wef.
This mini festival, which is geared towards the whole family, is the first time the three bands will have played together. We join Zig Zag Big Band at their Monday night rehearsal not in a studio or a garage but at Men International, a city centre barbers. Traditional barbers chairs, street art on the wall and 20 musicians playing live.
Allon Beauvoisin, Zig Zag Big Band’s musical director said: "It's very exciting to be involved in a partnership of this nature where there is such a wide range of musical styles encompassed, from early big band swing to the premiere of a big band piece written by a local Scottish composer. The West End Festival is renowned for its eclectic programming and the addition of the Big Band Festival continues that ideology."
Liz Scobie, WEF chairman added: “It’s a real pleasure to see so many performers collaborating to enable an event of this nature as a new initiative for this our 18th West End Festival. It’s fun, harmonious and lively, and I think we can guarantee this will be a fusion of the finest Big Band sounds that the whole family can enjoy.”
The WEF takes place from Friday, 31 May to Sunday, 30 June this year and it’s set to be the best yet! WEF will be launching the programme and the new website on 26 April.
Monday March 25, 2013
Glasgow’s favourite festival, which celebrates its 18th birthday this year, has launched a fundraising campaign to raise £50,000 to be able to progress the much loved Mardi Gras Parade on Festival Sunday, 9 June.
Festival Sunday is always a favourite for people who attend the festival, particularly the parade. However, given the recession and as sponsors tightened their belts, festival organisers decided not to progress Festival Sunday last year. Instead it focused on the strengths of the Festival; culture and community, limiting any financial impact.
Liz Scobie, the Festival’s chairman, comments on the work and finance that goes into organising the parade: “This year we will celebrate the festival’s 18th birthday! That’s testament to the support we’ve gained over the years and the success of the festival in the west end.
“Last year we didn’t have our usual parade and some people were disappointed, but we need to be realistic why it couldn’t go ahead. It comes at a price and the costs of road closures, security and clearing-up have sharply risen. Although we have generous funding from organisations such as Creative Scotland, Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council, that alone, is not enough to put on such a show. So we would ask for early support this year to ensure the success of the Mardi Gras Parade. The message is; “Get involved!”
Capitalising on the huge support already given online, a crowd funding project has been started on BloomVC so that the festival can raise money and reward pledges. The L.K. Bennett fashion and fizz event on 7th May will also help raise funds and Lancôme has just confirmed it will be the make-up partner for the evening.
Liz Scobie finished: “The Festival is an opportunity for the whole community including local businesses to get involved. Community festivals like the WEF survive because they are by the people, of the people, for the people. We also want to continue to offer free events as part of the festival making it accessible to all.”
The new website will launch early May and the programme will be widely distributed as normal.
There were an estimated 1,800 artists and performers at the 2012 festival. It continues to attract visitors into the City from beyond the City boundaries, last year making up 30% of all visitors. Festival organisers are aiming for the Parade to be one of the main events which attracts thousands to line the streets as it dances down Byres Road along to Kelvingrove.
For further information:
Laura Sutherland - Aura PR
T: 0141 337 6712, 07764 936 840
Notes to editors:
- Interviews with Liz Scobie available upon request
- More than 1 million visitors have attended the event from its start in 1996 and last year there were over 400 events in 80 venues across the west end of Glasgow
- The festival involves a mixture of new projects delivered by over 100 Glasgow-based organisations and arts groups and a programme of local and international artists, overseen by a small festival team. The West End Festival includes events, exhibitions, performances, talks, tours, workshops and screenings, and many are free of charge to allow accessibility
- It is anticipated that there will be close to 500 events taking place in the west end across the four weeks and five weekends of the festival. A fashion fundraiser with L.K. Bennett is taking place on 7th May at Hotel du Vin to kick off the festival fun.
- For further information on the West End Festival, visit www.westendfestival.co.uk
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...
Tuesday May 1, 2012
Today, (Thursday, 26 April), the 17th annual West End Festival the biggest festival in Glasgow’s calendar was officially launched and organisers outlined a programme of 400 events taking place across the west end of Glasgow, including a series of ‘mini-festivals’.
Established in 1996, the independent cultural Festival draws a strong crowd each year of around 100,000, to enjoy a mix of both free and ticketed events, from music, theatre and comedy to family days, guided walks and children’s events to be held in 80 venues throughout the west end.
It will run from 1-24 June, bringing together the entire business and residential community to generate a hugely positive economic impact for the city of Glasgow. Previous years have resulted in over £1m in sales for the wider Glasgow economy.
Support continues from Glasgow City Council and, in this ‘Year of Creative Scotland’, the Festival will also work closely with Creative Scotland. The Gibson Street Gala, the Glasgow Mela and The Cottier Chamber Project - the largest chamber music festival in the UK, will also form part of the Festival line-up.
New partners this year are Stow College, where Festival organisers will work closely with students on a variety of educational and practical initiatives. 5pm.co.uk is also partnering with the Festival, bringing the economic benefits to local restaurants whilst working together to promote the west end.
Ticketed events will be sold online and on occasions at the door. Full details of where to buy tickets are included in the brochure and online. Some venues are selling tickets at reduced prices to attract the student and family market.
Elizabeth Scobie, chairman of the West End Festival commented:
“As ever we are extremely grateful for the support of all those involved and to our sponsors - the festival would not be in its 17th year without them. Now Glasgow’s largest and most dynamic cultural event, we hope residents from all over the city and beyond will take every opportunity to attend as many events as possible.”
A special fundraiser event will also take place on 18, May at the Glasgow University Union with the theme of ‘Strictly West End’ and a performance from the Glasgow University Big Band. Another first, the ‘Best Dressed Window’ competition will be set to encourage community spirit and involvement.
West End Festival director, Michael Dale said:
“Our annual festival of culture, community spirit and summer fun is back once again! The willingness of local traders, stall holders, artists, musicians and volunteers to get involved never fails to impress and the hard work of all will ensure that this remains a destination festival year on year.
“It has been 17 years since we launched and the calibre of talent involved continues to bring visitors from the world over – we’re set for another great month.”