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Belle and Sebastian back for West End Festival shows

By on April 25, 2016

The West End Festival – Glasgow’s largest multi-cultural event – launches a month-long programme today marking their 21st anniversary.

And the city’s own Belle and Sebastian will feature in a special collaboration with a series of shows (from June 10-15) as they celebrate their own 20th anniversary.

Belle and Sebastian will perform at the West End Festival before heading to the Royal Albert Hall for two sell-out shows on June 22 and 23.

Also featured in this year’s Festival are two free events at the Kelvingrove Bandstand …

‘Summer Arts Community Stage’ on June 5, with arts groups from across Glasgow’s north west featuring samba drumming, singing, dance and young people’s theatre.

And  ‘A celebration of singing’ on June 18, a day of song for everyone to enjoy as local choirs take to the stage of the iconic venue.

Michael Dale, West End Festival director, said: “Over the last 21 years, we have not only played to over a million people in free and ticketed events, but we have given birth to a number of important mini-festivals such as the Bard in the Botanics, the Cottier Chamber Project, the Gibson Street Gala, the Partick Farmers’ Markets and The Electric Gardens.

“All have their origins in the West End Festival and all of which have gone on to bigger things.”

The Festival announced last month it was reviewing its development with options such as the winter festival,  The Electric Gardens at the Botanic Gardens, which was very successful in year one but pounded by bad weather in year two.

As a result the hugely popular Byres Road parade has been suspended this year – with the Festival committee promising it will return bigger and better in the future.

Five things not to miss
June 3-26 – Festival of Architecture 2016, The Ideal Hut Show exhibition at Botanic Gardens.
June 4 – Maryhill Community Hall will host the voice of Capercaillie, Karen Matheson.
June 19 – Oran Mor’s All Dayer.
June 3 – Sounds of Shakespeare, commemorating 400 years since William Shakespeare’s death,  at St. Brides Church.
June 19 – Gibson Street Gala.

Liz Scobie, West End Festival chairman, said: “A festival as dynamic as WEF in a city as dynamic as Glasgow can’t stand still and as well as new venues and new performers, we hope you notice the ever-increasing section on singing. This year there are at least 29 choirs and singing groups – a whole festival in its own right!

“The West End Festival is 21 today and all of us connected with it feel very happy that we’ve reached this major milestone. Over the years we’ve grown to become the largest community festival in Scotland and this is due to the efforts of a small army of dedicated staff, volunteers who donate their time and effort, and numerous supporters and sponsors who give us their money and encouragement.

“We must thank Glasgow Life, the W M Mann Foundation, the Hugh Fraser Foundation, the Cross Foundation and the Scottish Book Trust for their contributions. But special thanks must be reserved for Glasgow City Council whose confidence in the WEF has never wavered.”

Lorraine Wilson, Senior Arts Officer, Glasgow Life said, “It’s fantastic to be presenting these music and fun packed days at Kelvingrove Bandstand for everyone to enjoy as part of this year’s West End Festival, as we look forwards to a summer of great events for all the family at this iconic and much loved venue.”

This year, the West End Festival is also supporting The Big Lunch, which takes place across the UK on June 12.

The full programme will be available later this week in outlets across the west end and is available on the mobile-friendly website from today

Picture John Linton Photography

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