News- WEF's opening Torchlight Procession launched

Wednesday May 1, 2013

This year’s West End Festival will be opened by an inaugural Torchlight Procession, which will start at the iconic Riverside Museum and end at one of Glasgow’s historic buildings, Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery.

Riverside Museum with Kids 2

The Torchlight Procession will take place on the evening of Saturday, 1 June and will be the first family event of the festival, bringing people together by torchlight to celebrate Glasgow’s West End.

Michael Dale, Director of the West End Festival said: “This is a real family event, signalling the first weekend and inclusiveness of the festival. Participation is the key to its success and we encourage people of all ages to join in.  The route from the Museum to the Art Gallery is doable for all ages, taking in new sites and old, including the University and Kelvingrove.

"We want people to come out for the evening with their families and feel a part of something special.”

Riverside Museum will be the host for families and participants prior to setting off on the procession with live music, entertainment and a special festival late opening night.  The mass procession of Torchbearers will then take the route from Riverside to Byres Road, University Avenue and finish at Kelvingrove Museum, where they will be met by street performers and musicians.

Torches are priced at £7 and will be available to purchase prior to the event at: www.torchlightprocession.co.uk

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