Festival Season!

June is quickly approaching, which means Festival time for Glasgow!

Have a look at the info below for some of the excellent events about to hit the city in the coming month.

Kicking it off this weekend is the annual Gibson Street Gala. Hosted on Gibson Street right next to the University (and down the road from the St Andrews building) the Gala is this Sunday 31st of May and runs from 12-6pm. From Flamenco dancers to food stalls the Gala is a great way to get into that summer spirit!

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The following week brings the annual West End Parade to the streets of Glasgow. Sunday 7th of June from 11am-6pm performers, artists and musicians line the streets of the West end from the Botanics to Partick for a day of dancing, food and fun!

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The Glasgow Science Festival also kicks off in June – a perfect way to indulge your geeky fascinations or learn more about interesting topics from exploring the science behind how to make Gin, to understanding more about local food production in Scotland. The Festival offers a range of events for families and adults alike and runs from the 4th-14th of June.

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Finally for all you music enthusiasts we have the Glasgow Jazz Festival. Running from the 24th – 28th of June it’s a great way to indulge your musical whims with hundreds of acts from around the world to choose from.

That’s all for June, but what a line up! A great way to spend your June break. Let us know if you go to any of the festivals – we’d love to see your photos!

– Alex

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival begins this Sunday, 2nd of August, and runs until Monday 26th of August. This year’s Fringe, as it is more commonly known, will host over 2500 shows across 250 venues city-wide. There will be shows of all types, from comedy to dance, live music to theatre. These events are put on by both performance veterans and fledging performers. It’s a great place to catch the new show by an old favourite or see a performance by a star of tomorrow! You can view the full programme for the  Fringe here:
Edinburgh is incredibly busy during the period of the Fringe, so if you are planning to travel there you should plan your journey in advance. You can travel to Edinburgh easily from Glasgow by bus or train. The Citylink bus company offers a 20% discount to students. In order to claim this discount you must apply for a ‘MyCitylink for students’ card. You can apply here:
If you prefer to travel by train then you can apply for a Student Railcard. You can also do this online, by following this link:
Alternatively, if you travel as part of a group of 4 people, you can receive a discount of 50% on rail travel to Edinburgh. This special ticket is called ‘Friends’ Fare’ and you can find out more about it here:
I f you would like to travel to Edinburgh to experience the Fringe and have any questions about doing so, please come to Room 303 of the Hetherington Building. You will be able to speak to a Student Welfare Advisor, who can help you find the information that you need to make your trip an enjoyable one!
The Student Welfare Team.