One week to go and its all hands on deck. Hope your ready for lots of colour, music and fun. If you are interested in follow us then why not make your way up to Shawlands for 11am on Saturday 18th May and follow the procession. Alternatively you can catch it as it winds its way along pollokshaws road, or on Alison Street. If your on Victoria Road then stop and wave as the procession makes it’s way up to the festival site in Queens Park Recreation grounds.
This years procession is made up of the following groups. I you have a group that would like to participate next year then why not register your interest by filling out the online form.
1. St Francis Pipe band
2. Theatre Ecole
3. Horse and Drae
4. Handmade Arts
5. Southside Woodies
6. Langside Primary
8. The Gym Group
9. Our Lucid Reality
10. Iskcon Scotland (Harikrishna)
11. G1_managment (Shona Halford stage school, FAFA, Hannah Rose – Glee Club, The Instinct, The Obsession)
12. Sikhs in Scotland
13. Fireworks and Fancy Dress Superstore in Hillington Glasgow
14. Scottish Fire Heritage Group
15. Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust
I’m sure you will join me in wishing everyone taking part the very best. Can’t wait to see you all by the road side on the 18th.
This is a nice series of photographs that have just come to light following a search on the web for something typically random such as the contact details of the Tunnocks Van.
This must be one of the most favorite periods of the Southside festival. Last year it was full of disappointment because of the weather and as a member of the Steering Group you would never have guessed our own disappointment – but as with many other things in life we had no control over the weather. It was with great delight that so many of you returned to support the festival and helped contribute to its success in 2012 as you did in 2010.
It’s hard to believe that it is all over for another year and everyone involved are back doing their nine to five jobs and already thinking about planning for 2013. Record crowds with glorious weather and some fantastic feedback go a long way in motivating the festival team to continue into the next year and like the year before manage the ever increasing financial constraints by working smarter and becoming more creative in our approach to festival organisation.
This year there were a numbers of firsts for the Southside Festival. Notably Nicola Sturgeon (local MSP and Secretary for Health for Scotland) accepted our invitation to come along and make the opening speech. It was also a first for Maria and Kevin Kelly who volunteered to take on the role of procession organisers for this years festival. If that task wasn’t enough both Maria and Keven were also charged with leading the procession along its extended route through Shawlands at the request of the Shawlands Business Association (SBA).
Another first for the festival was the involvement of the Scottish Sikh Community who put on a marvelous display in the procession and again in the Stalls Marquee. Local resident Clare Boyd, (quoted in Glasgow Local News) said: ‘events like this help bring the communities together to appreciate each other’s culture’.
In another first and echoing Clare’s sentiments was the unveiling of the Festival mural at the recreation grounds on the 23rd May. The mural represents the work of children in the area, and was created from the ideas of older residents speaking about their experiences of life in the southside in times past. This collaboration was brought to us with the help of Mark McGee and Nicky Stewart, the volunteers, who Curate Art in the Park, along with a number of local Schools.
Art in the Park as many of you will know continues to be popular. Last year’s exhibition attracted over two thousand people and this years show was no different. There were 19 professional exhibiting artists displaying a mixture of sculpture, painting, print making, photography, drawing and a variety of mixed media for you to enjoy.
During the 26th and 27th the Glasshouses also played host the ever popular Acoustic Stage organised by Southside Sessions and included music from Howlin Radio, Pol Stevenson, The Buddist Punks along with Jim Byrne and the Black Woods were among some of the acts on stage this year.
Moving on back to the main festival site music for the main stage music was provided by a number of popular and up and coming Scottish act that included among other Lemon Party, Button Up, The New Piccadillys and the Lorelei. Picnic in that Park on the 27th saw an extended line up from bands which included; Tanks in the Square, Refuge Point, Sean McGarvey, Frank McEvoy, Nettles, The Shiverin Sheiks, Engine 7 and The Carlton Jug Band.
The delights of the Picnic in the Park have been caught in this superb video with the Carlton Jug Band playing Plastic Jesus. Note the relaxed atmosphere that was characteristic of the whole festival and caught here on film by our very own Gavin McNae.
Moving away from the main stage other festival entertainment was provided by a number of inflatables including the ever popular bouncy castle, chute, assault course together with train rides and kids merry-go-round. Yet again the climbing wall attracted large numbers of people and proved to be a real hit with visitors and volunteers alike.
The G1 Young Performers Marquee proved to be really popular as did the Local Band Marquee. Both marquees provided the opportunity for young performers whether in solo acts or as part of a band and offered a platform to demonstrate their talents to a very mixed audience. This again was a first for the festival and hope to see it included in next years line up of entertainment.
Each year the Southside Festival entertains some 15,000 people from the local community and it’s surrounding environs. This massive undertaking is performed by a small number of volunteers who give up a couple of days per week to plan and promote the event.
Last year we managed to become involved a Charity Cricket Match in aid of flood victims in Pakistan, Govanhill Fun day as well as numerous promotional days at the Queens Park Farmers Market, Shawlands Arcade and the Clydesdale Boat Regatta on the River Clyde. We undertake leaflet drops all over the southside and hold participation events to help generate interest in the festival. We also arrange afternoon and evening events at the Glasshouses (Halloween, Santa’s Grotto along with numerous gigs and Art in the Park).
To top it of we also organise the finale that is jam packed with fun and entertainment for all ages and includes; a main stage for live music, dance and comedy; Numerous marquees filled with, arts, crafts, dance, fitness and relaxation; Displays from the Vintage Fire Engine Society, Strathclyde Fire Brigade, LES and the Owl Experience; Free bus service and a number of inflatable slides, along with climbing wall and the ever popular face painting. Also available on the day is an opportunity to purchase some of the fine local produce produced in and around the southside and the chance to sit back and relax over a cold drink in the licensed marquee.
As the festival has grown so to has the demand for volunteers to help steward the event and this is were we need your help. If you are over 18, and interested in becoming a Steward then we would love to hear from you. All we ask is for you give up one day of your time (or two if you are willing to help out on the Sunday 27th!) to help steward the main event on Saturday 26th May. Without volunteers to steward the event the work of the Steering Group would be done in vain. Thus this mutually important role is crucial to the smooth running of the festival and the safety of its visitors.
If you are interested then please come along to the Participate event tomorrow – Monday from 7.30pm 19th of March @ Govanhill Baths, 99 Calder Street, Glasgow, G42. If you can’t make this meeting then don’t worry you can always get in touch through the enquiry form – we will be in touch to acknowledge your request and invite you to a Stewards Meeting to go over the festival layout, the role you will adopt and answer any questions you may have.
Welcome once again to another year of the Southside Festival. Download your official programme now or pick one up from various locations throughout the southside.
As this is the fourth year of the festival we have bent over backwards to respond to the feedback from previous years and included more fun activities for younger members of the community. These include more rides in our exciting Family Fun Zone; an expanded Children’s Entertainment Marquee stuffed with more activities than ever before; a Children’s Dance Marquee that brings the world of dance to your door and provides an opportunity to get on in there.
In our Display Zone we also have a number of interesting activities which include, a first for both the Southside Festival and the GHA – The Big Red Truck. The Fire Brigade also put in an appearance with some exciting fire displays and an opportunity to experience what its like inside a fire appliance.
We have an amazing array of music for your entertainment including music from around the world in the World Cafe and home grown music on the Main Stage and Glasshouses.
All this to much? Then head over to the Earth Zone for some relaxing therapies, Tai Chi or yoga. Don’t forget to stop of at the RSPB stall on your way.
This not enough? Then why not try some retail therapy and investigate the many commercial and community stalls available. There are stalls representing the Baths Trust, Gorbals Recycle and many more community groups. Stalls where you can purchase items of jewellery, clothing and much much more.
Fancy a walk? Then tag along with Bob on one of his many fascinating historical walks around Queens Park or just stroll round to the pond at the Pollokshaws Road end of Queens Park and have a try on the radio controlled boats, mull over the static display or watch a video featuring 100yrs of the RNLI
We have so much to see and do that we almost forgot to mention the procession. Yes the procession why not join in and cheer everyone as they make their way down Pollokshaws Road from Shawlands Academy to the entrance to Queens Park Recreation Grounds via Vicky Road and Langside Road
Not from the southside? Then why not visit this unique part to the city. We will be providing a free regular bus service back and forth to George Square on our fleet of vintage buses.