Up and Coming Glasgow Festivals You Can't Afford to Miss
Ah, springtime in Glasgow. We don’t know whether to wear wellies or sunglasses, taps aff or all the jumpers oan… in fact, preparing for Glasgow springtime is almost like preparing for a Scottish festival in the summer. We’re sensing a theme here. In order to help you make the most of this lovely, indecisive time of year we have put together a veritable selection of all the festivals which Glasgow has to offer over the next few months, before the summer comes and the real fun (read: changeable weather) begins.
The Declaration Festival (3rd-6th March)
With a programme inspired by each of the 30 articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the events on offer are thought-provoking and pose topics very worthy of discussion in today’s society. With a focus on health, politics and human rights, it certainly looks to be an educational and intriguing experience. See their website for further details, tickets for events are onsale now.
Aye Write Festival
Glasgow’s book festival is back once more with a plethora of magical events to get you talking, thinking and writing. From author Q&A’s and grilling politicians about their favourite books to creative writing workshops, you might just discover your new favourite novel or (even better) your million pound novel idea. There’s only one way to find out! More info can be found here.
International Comedy Festival (10-27th March)
Now for a little light relief, where better to head than the international comedy festival? Make the most of all the great comedians coming to visit and pick up a few good jokes to perk up your tinder profile, here’s some tips from Reginald to get your started. If the joke actually gets you a tinder date though, don’t sit at the front. Comedians can smell fear and will sabotage your blossoming romance before you’ve had time to say you met on tinder.
The Short Film Festival (16th – 20th March)
Hooray, it’s the film festival for short attention spans! If I can’t convince you, then give the trailer a watch. It’s class. Now in its ninth year, these guys know how to put on a (short) show and the competitive entries are out to impress. Have a look at the website and get your tickets booked.
Counterflows Festival (7th-10th April)
Now in its 5th year, Counterflows celebrated contemporary music in all its weird and wonderful forms. The eclectic lineup is international, genre-spanning and sure to include something for all tastes. Have a look here.
Glasgow International (8th – 25th April)
It’s here! The eagerly awaited international contemporary arts festival program is up and running on the website and we are going to be spoiled. New exhibitions will pop up in the most unlikely of places, from Carlton Burial Ground to Kelvin Hall, with an aim to engage with Glasgow’s status as a post-industrial city through the arts.
Paisley Beer Festival (20-23rd April)
It’s the biggest beer festival in Scotland, it’s just down the road and there’s going to be mead. This was never really going to be a hard sell in Glasgow, was it? See the website for all the deets!
Open House Art Festival (2nd-4th May)
Following the resounding success of the last two years, the Open House Art Festival is back. Art is set free from its usual home in galleries and studios and for one weekend only, doors all over the city will open, displaying work off at its best in the most unlikely of places. Last year involved clambering into attics and rummaging around in outhouses, so don’t forget to pack your sense of adventure.
Southside Fringe Festival (13th – 29th May)
The list of amazing venues taking part in this year’s Southside Fringe is coming together very nicely indeed, and with the events registration finishing up very soon, anticipation for the programme announcement is mounting. The festival emulates the sheer variety of the Southside in terms of its content, and we’re hoping for everything from music to comedy, local shops to burlesque. Keep an eye on their website for updates coming soon.
Riverside Festival (28th-29th May)
The end of May… you can almost taste the warm Buckfast of a Glasgow summertime and Electric Frog and Pressure have kindly compiled the perfect event to kick off the music festival season in style. Laurent Garnier will melt your brain and Dimitri from Paris will glue it back together again. You’re welcome. Tickets here.