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West End Festival 2015 wraps up in style

By on June 29, 2015
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As music drifted out over the park from Kelvingrove Bandstand yesterday, the 20th West End Festival bowed out in style.

After  the biggest festival so far – with more than 400 exhibitions, performances, talks, tours, workshops and screenings at more than 80 local venues – organisers estimate 125,000 people attended the events between June 5-28.

And around 115,000 of those West End Festival go-ers attended free events.

Creon Brock, music and theatre programmer for Oran Mor, said: “This year’s West End Festival has been another great success at Oran Mor.

“We’ve had 38 shows across the festival, and a typically eclectic range of genres including theatre, tribute bands, folk, pop, indie, jazz, talks and poetry. The highlight of the festival at Oran Mor was our 4th annual All Dayer which took place last weekend and saw 14 Scottish bands, playing across three stages, all in the one building.”

Other festival highlights included the Kelpie maquettes ‘coming home’ with more than 20,000 people visiting the G20 Heritage exhibition – and the Mackintosh Queens Cross Summer Concert, ‘Feel the Spirit’ with globally renowned composer and conductor, John Rutter.

For families, author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Nick Sharratt brought the Gruffalo to the festival, giving children the unique opportunity to meet the literary character.

West End Festival director Michael Dale, pictured with the Kelpie babies, said: “Participants from all over the world brought events to the festival including those from Japan, Serbia, India, Russia, Germany and the USA. From the mobbed streets of Byres Road on Festival Sunday to the packed out Kelvingrove Bandstand finale, we’re very pleased with WEF 2015!”

The festival would not be possible without support from key funders including the National Lottery, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Arts and Scottish Book Trust, in addition to all the local businesses and participants who contribute tremendous effort.

Festival chairman, Liz Scobie, added: “This year has been the most fantastic and energised festival yet and I would like to thank everyone involved including funders, visitors, participants and the local community. We’re already looking forward to our 21st birthday celebrations next year. In the meantime, we’re taking a short break prior to launching our second winter event at the end of 2015, The Electric Gardens!”

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