Kelvingrove Outdoor Ceilidh sees hundreds partner up to enjoy a dance in the sun

It was a day of dancing in the west end as the Kelvingrove Outdoor Ceilidh got underway.

An estimated 1,000 took part in the ceilidh on the steps of the Art Gallery and Museum on Saturday afternoon.

The public partnered up to ceilidh to the live music of Glasgow Folk Music Workshop.

The Kelvingrove Outdoor Ceilidh is part of Halo Arts ‘Summer in the West End’ program which has been running throughout June featuring a range of inclusive, accessible, and free community events.

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Summer in the West End comprises gala days, street festivals, and even things like a one-man pop-up Shakespeare.

The events are open to all, and free to participate in with the aim to provide ‘some much-needed merriment and opportunities for communities to come together again after a challenging few years’.

The Kelvingrove Ceilidh is an annual event that first started in 2015 under the banner of Glasgow’s West End Festival.

Halo Arts’ Director is Glasgow-born Brendon McIlroy who co-founded the company in 2015 and who has worked on events such as West End Festival, Pride Glasgow, and Edinburgh Fringe.

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Brendon’s vision is that everyone should have the arts in their lives – no matter who they are or where they live.

He said: “We are absolutely delighted with the turnout for today’s Kelvingrove Ceilidh. It’s our first Ceilidh since covid restrictions were lifted and I think it’s safe to say that our audience and participants had a blast.

“Providing free community events and activities is what Halo Arts are all about. Brendon says ‘Our Summer events are free to all, and always will be.

“The West End is definitely becoming a place where everything comes at a cost and with the cost of living going through the roof lately, people don’t have a spare £100 kicking around to take their families out for the day.

“We’re of the belief that events and experiences shouldn’t all come at a cost and we want to ensure what we do is open to all from across the city.”

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