The Ideal Hut Show

The Ideal Hut Show has reached Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens! A selection of architects, artists and designers from Scotland and abroad have transformed standard garden sheds for this exhibition, which is touring Scotland as part of the Festival of Architecture. I loved it! Especially as the weather has been so good lately: it’s been fun to wander through the huts. Do you have a favourite?

This has got me thinking about “Festival Glasgow”. In the first 6 months of this year, as well as the Festival of Architecture, we’ve been to events for Celtic Connections (music), Aye Write (books), the Storytelling Festival, Glasgow International (art), the West End Festival and Refugee Festival Scotland.

Some highlights – NB these are mostly phone photos, sometimes from quite a distance away, so they don’t really bear enlarging:

Here’s Frazey Ford (ex-Be Good Tanyas) supported by Ola Onabule at the ABC – this was our favourite gig of Celtic Connections (the emphasis mostly being on Connections rather than Celtic.) We were right at the front which had the added advantage, for an all-standing gig, of being able to lean against the crowd-barrier. The musicians at the Royal Concert Hall (centre) were a little stiff though 😉

I’d never been to a Storytelling Festival before. It surprised me by having music and images as well as spoken word.

I visited a number of small exhibitions during Glasgow International. Below is a 16th century commonplace book which formed the centrepiece of Speaking Volumes at Glasgow Women’s Library, a couple of colourful rooms at the David Dale Gallery, Semi-gloss, Semi-permeable in the gloriously light space of the Albus, and back to the Botanic Gardens where some sculptures by Aaron Angell nestled amongst the plants in the hothouse.

Finally, the West End Festival is still in full swing. Last Sunday we caught this colourful Lion Dance in a street near our home.

Glasgow is a really fun place to live, so the moral of my story is, there’s never a bad time to visit – there’s always something on!

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Electric Gardens 2

Kibble Palace
Kibble Palace

For the second winter, Glasgow’s West End Festival is putting on its Electric Gardens light show in the Botanics. We headed along on Friday evening and braved the cold to wander around for an hour or so. We enjoyed watching the fire-dancers.

Then it was on past the glass-houses – one of my favourite sights this time and last. They look as if they are on fire.

Glasshouses
Glass-houses

Then wandering in amongst the spookily lit trees and plants:

Finally, we watched the Kibble Palace change colour several times before heading off for some food and drink to warm us up.

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Electric Gardens is running until 6th December. Follow the link for ticket information.

Electric Gardens

Kibble Palace
Kibble Palace

Take a walk round Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens as you’ve never seen them before. Electric Gardens is the West End Festival’s first winter venture and it’s on till 15th February (follow the link to find out how to get tickets). The walk takes about 45 minutes.

Enter by the gates next to the Kibble Palace (above) then follow the lights round to the hothouses.

Pass eerily lit trees and go through the Rose Garden.

Marvel at the Disco Ball as it changes colour.

Shout into a microphone and see your voice represented – in this picture, it looks to me as if the house behind is screaming. Just round the corner, a spooky row of dresses blows in the breeze.

View the hothouses again from the other side of the gardens.

Before leaving, go inside the Kibble Palace. The statues look quite different, almost scary, with the lights from outside shining through the glass.

When you’ve finished, take a final view from outside the railings then head off for one of Byres Road’s many cafĂ©s or restaurants for a warming cup of tea.

I have added this post to Restless Jo’s Monday Walks. It’s a great idea, check it out!

Glasgow’s West End Festival Parade

Glasgow’s West End Festival is celebrating its 18th this year – happy coming of age! Almost every year, there has been a magnificent parade but I have to admit to being a fair weather friend. Given the usual Scottish summer weather, the last time I went was probably about 2005! However, Sunday was, as they say, scorchio, and the local weather report was definitely “taps aff”, so off we went. We couldn’t see much at the beginning (Botanic Gardens), but by wending our way through the back streets we arrived at the end point in Kelvingrove Park in time to get a really good view. This is a small selection of many photos, and I’ve found several other blogs with loads more. I recommend clicking on all of these!

In a bun dance

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