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Glasgow Tourist Attractions - Glasgow Visitor Information







Glasgow Tourist Attractions

Glasgow Tourist Attractions - Glasgow Visitor Information

Glasgow's famous reputation as 'The Friendly City' is reflected with a wide range of arts and music festivals covering all of the art forms, and in an extensive programme of cultural and sports events. The arts festival programme runs throughout the year beginning with Celtic Connections' in January which attracts over 100,000 people from all over the world. Other music festivals include Glasgow International Jazz Festival, Big World Music Festival and Triptych. Some other major international festivals include Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art and the New Territories Dance Festival.

Summer events in Glasgow include the West End Festival, Shakespeare at the Botanic Gardens, the World Pipe Band Championships and the Great Scottish Run.



Celtic Connections
Dating back to1993, this festival has become a premier showcase for music and culture in Glasgow, featuring artists from the Celtic heartlands of Canada, USA, France and Spain - as well as Scotland. In 2006, Celtic Connections takes place between 11th and 29th January.

Phone: 0141 353 8000
Celtic Connections Web site


New Territories
Annual festival featuring contemporary dance and live art presented by New Moves International. Tramway and other venues throughout Glasgow.

Phone: 0141 357 5538
New Moves Web site

Miller Glasgow International Comedy Festival
Launched back in 2003, this hugely successful festival takes place in several venues throughout Glasgow. Stars in 2005 included Paul Merton, Jerry Sadowitz, Fred MacAulay, Jack Dee, and comedy legend from the USA, Joan Rivers. Planned dates for 2006 are 9 - 25 March.

Glasgow International Comedy Festival Web site


Glasgow International
The inaugural year of this festival which aims to feature Contemporary Visual Art in public venues throughout Glasgow and artist-run spaces throughout the city. 2005's event featured work by Steven Campbell, Dinos Chapman, Jake and, Douglas Gordon and Barabara Kruger.

Glasgow International Web site

Glasgow Art Fair
Now in its 11th year, this event has firmly established itself as the place to buy, sell and veiw art in Glasgow.
Phone: 0141 552 6027

Glasgow Art Fair Web site


Asian Music Festival embracing genres as diverse as Indie, Neo-Classical, Jazz Reggae and Dance.


Triptych Web Site


Big Big Country
Big Annual festival of Americana music which features new talent alongside famous names. 2005 featured musicians such as Steve Forbert,The Resentments, Eliza Gilkyson, Jesse Dayton , Jimmy Webb, and Vic Chestnutt.

Phone: 0141 221 0359
Big Big Country Web site

Free day of music, dance and family entertainment which is centred on Glasgow Green and usually takes place during the first weekend in May. Includes the traditional May Day Rally and Parade.
Phone: 0141 302 2845

West End Festival
Originally starting off as a small local festival around the Byres Road area of West Glasgow, this has now grown over the past 10 years to become the largest cultural event in Glasgow's calendar of events. The very famous street party is on 12th June and features stages, buskers, stalls, and food.

Phone: 0141 341 0844
West End Festival Web site

Lord Provost's Pageant
This year's event held on the 18th June celebrated the 400th anniversary of the formation of the Trades House of Glasgow and the event's theme was the life and times of the year 1605.

Phone: 0141 302 2845 (Glasgow City Council Events)

North Glasgow International Festival
Now in its 6th year and held in Sighthill, this festival was designed to promote harmony and integration and by celebrating cultural diversity within Glasgow. A family day, usually near the beginning of June, with a children's play tent and stage, sports area and children's rides as well as dance, music, and food from all over the world.

For more information please contact:

Phone: 0141 532 4101


Glasgow International Jazz Festival
This year's event included performances by Dionne Warwick, , Courtney Pine, Georgie Fame and Kyle Eastwood.

Phone: 0141 552 3552
Glasgow International Jazz Festival Web site

RSNO Scottish Power Proms
Feast of popular classical music held at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow. This year's concerts featured music from movies and musicals, Dvorak and Tchaikoksky. Not forgetting the last night of the Proms, featuring violinist Nicola Benedetti.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra Web site

Glasgow Mela
The Mela (meaning 'gathering' in Sanskrit) is held at Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow. The event is organised by the Scottish Academy of Asian Arts and is by far the highest profile multicultural music and dance festival in the West Scotland.

Phone: 0141 423 2210
Scottish Academy of Asian Arts Web site


World Pipe Band Championships
This large event has been held in Glasgow since 1986 and in 2004 attracted over 8,000 musicians from all over the world. The event features pipe music and colourful dress.

Phone: 0141 302 2845 (Glasgow City Council events)


Great Scottish Run
Every year Glasgow hosts one of the largest road races in the UK. Participants choose between the half marathon or 10k run. The race takes runners past some of the city's very famous attractions and will again feature the hugely popular run over the Kingston Bridge in Glasgow City Centre, before ending in Glasgow Green.

Phone: 0141 302 2845 (Glasgow City Council Events)
Run Glasgow Website has information about when the race takes place and how to enter.

Doors Open Day

A unique chance for the general public to visit some of Glasgow's most interesting buildings during a weekend in September. The event is Organised by Glasgow Building Preservation Trust.

Phone: 0141 221 6061
Glasgow Building Preservation Trust Web site

Merchant City Festival
The Merchant City Festival offers a programme of film, theatre, visual arts, comedy, street theatres, live music, food and fashion. The event takes place amidst the architectural elegance of the Merchant City in Glasgow.

Phone: 0141 552 6027
Merchant City Web site



Big Big World
Glasgow's yearly festival of World Music. Last year's line up included Miriam Makeba, Mory Kante, Angelique Kidjo, Louis Mhlanga and Musafir.

Phone: 0141 221 0359
Big Big World Web site

Scotlands annual celebration of gay and lesbian culture with events from film, comedy, visual art, performance and community arts projects.
Phone: 0141 334 7126
Glasgay! Web site


Glasgow's annual festival of the arts for children is now in its 9th year. Family days, live performances, workshops, activities and events for under 5s and schoolchildren as well as a special Youthfest programme for young people in Glasgow aged 16-20.

For more information contact Maggie Singleton, Arts Development Officer, Children and Young People.

Phone: 0141 287 9843

Glasgow Fireworks

This annual fireworks spectacular on Glasgow Green in early November celebrating Guy Fawkes, with funfairs and family activities, the event marks the start of the festive season.



Glasgow on Ice

Skate or spectate as George Square in Glasgow City Centre is converted into a massive ice rink from late November until Christmas Eve.

Phone: 0141 302 2845 (Glasgow City Council events)

Hogmanay Glasgow

The world's friendliest Hogmanay party takes place on New Years Eve in Glasgow City Centre at George Square and features top bands, DJs and fireworks.

Phone: 0141 302 2845 (Glasgow City Council events)