WestFest is a new Cultural and Community Events Festival hitting Glasgow West End this June.
Look out for some fabulous Summer fun this June as Glasgow West End sees the first ever WestFest. Running throughout June, the festival will see a prospective 200 events take place in 60 venues. The arts festival won’t be short on diversity, with concerts, exhibitions, theatre and visual art to name but a few.
Street festivals and free community events are always extremely popular in the West End and WestFest won’t be short on them. Look out for The Big Sunday at Kelvingrove Bandstand, the ever popular Vinicombe Street Gala as well as the Mansfield Park and annual Queen Margaret Drive Festivals.
The festival also promises exciting fire shows, energetic outdoor ceilidhs, concerts and so much more. WestFest director Brendon McElroy founded the new festival in response to ‘overwhelming demand’ in the absence of former festivals such as the long running West End Festival.
Demand for Cultural Events
‘It’s hugely exciting that we are finally able to launch WestFest this year. It’s been four years since there was a proper festival in the West End and after a very challenging few years people need events, arts and culture in their lives more than ever.’
Brendon notes that events held last year were extremely well attended, displaying a real enthusiasm for continued cultural and community events in Glasgow’s West End.
He continues, ‘At the end of the day this is all about responding to community need and giving people what they want. Events programmes are becoming increasingly difficult to deliver in light of funding cuts and if WestFest don’t fill the void – who will?’ People need a bit of levity and fun in their lives more than ever and we are uniquely placed to deliver that.’
In addition to the events programme, WestFest are investing in the community and schools with workshops and projects. Since October 2022 these have been delivered to community groups as well as a schools book programme.