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Glasgow Festivals

There’s always something happening on Glasgow’s cultural scene. Arrays of festivals are evenly distributed throughout the year, and there is something for everyone. You will find festivals for art, folk music, jazz, film and comedy, as well as an annual queer arts festival in November.

Celtic Connections
With the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as its main venue, some of the best Scottish talent is presented alongside artists from all around the world at this winter festival in Glasgow. Held every year around January/February since 1994 it started as a celebration of the country’s traditional music. Since then it has grown to embrace a lot more.

Whether you are a Scottish patriot, or a tourist wanting to find out more about Scotland’s culture, you should make sure to visit the Celtic Connections. Besides concerts, it hosts debates, music workshops and whisky blending. The highlight however, is probably the opening torchlight parade. With lit torches by their side, pipers march in a small army – a sight you’ll remember for a long time.

Merchant City Festival
Marking the end of the summer months, the Merchant City Festival is held every year towards the end of September. Music from local bands, street entertainment, theatre, and not to mention the European Market makes this a festival you don’t want to miss out on. Every year there are several stalls where you can buy International food, handmade jewellery from all around Europe and smelly cheeses.

This festival brings the city to life with the market and its events. Even fashion is incorporated with Cruise’s shopping weekend where there’s a discount on everything.

The queer arts festival Glasgay! is one of Europe’s biggest gay and lesbian multi-art festivals. Taking up most of October and November it features drama, dance, films and visual arts, as well as night clubs. With big names together with first time performers it has cultivated Glasgow’s local scene. Being both lively and provocative the festival manages to be not only a part of the city’s calendar but also kicking up the odd fuss.

Visiting Glasgow
With central accommodation in the heart of Glasgow city it’s easy to enjoy all the festival events. A bustling program also makes sure that you can find a favourite, regardless of your area of interest. Book your stay at the Park Inn by Radisson Glasgow City Centre Hotel today, and you’re just a short walk from most of the city’s cultural scenes.