What's on - May
What’s on in Glasgow – May edition
Hi folks and welcome to a much warmer edition of What’s On. Whilst exams and essays are fresh on your mind and you feel completely exhausted, there are plenty of fun things to do this month to get you re-energised!
West End Festival – From 31st May
This years West End Festival is back and bigger than ever! Celebrating life in the West end of Glasgow this local festival has something for everyone with over 400 events, including music, dance, art and guided walks. Tickets and festival programme can be found here.
Cats @ Kings Theatre – 1st to 4th May
Based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, the musical tells the stories of the Jellicle Cats who come out to play on one special night of the year – the night of the Jellicle Ball. One by one we meet a cast of fabulous felines including Rum Tum Tugger, Macavity, Grizabella, Mr Mistoffelees, Old Deuteronemy and Skimbleshanks. One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life. Performed at King's Theatre, this is a chance to see one of Broadways most famous shows!
Tickets start at £11.90 and can be booked online.
Cinco de Mayo @ The Bungo – 3rd May
On Friday 3rd May the Bungo will host a Cinco de Mayo party in the bungo. Not only will there be lots of Mexican fun, tequila and others will help you get in the Mexican spirit!
Pinata, DJs, Margaritas and more! Ticket is £5 at the door and even includes a Margarita to start you off.
Low Pay? Don’t Pay @ Tron – 2nd to 11th May
What happens when one group of women lose patience with low pay and rising prices, and band together to fight the system? Amidst the current political climate and consumer backlash, it feels like the right time for a revival of Dario Fo’s hilarious 70s farce, Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! The classic satire sees one group of women lose patience with low pay and rising prices, and take direct action - and in this new version by comedy genius Johnny McKnight, the action moves to Glasgow and examines where we are now in Scotland. Being performed at the Tron, this is not to be missed!
Tickets start at £9 and can be booked online.
Glasgow Coffee Festival @ the Briggait –4th to 5th May
In its fifth year Glasgow Coffee Festival is celebrating the specialty coffee culture, passion and community in Scotland and beyond at the Briggait! Featuring your favourite cafes, roasters and baristas. Expect product demonstrations, inspiring talks and presentations. Tastings in the cupping room from coffee farmers, importers and roasteries. And there’s more! Expect competitions, film, art, music and food!
Exclusively hosting the first heat of the Speciality Coffee Association UK Cup Tasters Championship! Watch some of the UK’s top coffee pros battle it out to identify the coffee origin by taste alone!
Visitors can mingle with coffee pros, sip and slurp their way around a carefully chosen gathering of roasters, baristas, artists, cafes, brewers and bars whilst viewing competitions, product demos, panel discussions and film alongside upgrading your home barista brewing and espresso kit! Get your latte art on and immerse yourself in the ways of the coffee world!
Tickets can be booked online and start at £16.50
Horror Walk @ Glasgow Cathedral – 4th May
Get your Halloween started early by joining this spooky and grissly tour!
Be dazzled and frightened by the ghoulish going ons throughout Glasgow's dark past.
£12 per person and can be booked in advance on Eventbrite.
Una: Latin America @ Kelvinhall – 18th May to 19th May
This inaguoral festival will take place at Kelvin Hall, on the 18th and 19th of May, offering a series of panel discussions, a photography exhibition, and the screening of two award-winning films: Colombian film director and screenwriter Ciro Guerra’s Embrace of the Serpent and British documentary filmmaker Alan Ereira’s ALUNA. The festival will explore myths and tales emerging from the forests of the Scottish Highlands to the rivers of the Amazon rainforest, as a way to uncover parallels and contrasts between Celtic and Indigenous traditions and customs, alongside discussions on wider contemporary social-environmental issues in both Latin America and Scotland, with a special focus on human impact, environmental sustainability, identity, and geopolitics. The festival is free to attend.
Clack and Yak@Platform – every Monday in May
Its time to get your knitting needles ready for the weekly knitting get together at Platform. Beginners and experts are all welcome at this informal free knitting session. Clack & Yak is an informal get-together for people with similar interests. The Bridge café has a great atmosphere to work in and gives the group a chance to get involved in other things that take place at Platform.
Doggy documentaries@HUG café – 10th to 26th May
Dog lovers are in for a treat at HUG café with its free Dog photography exhibition as part of the Southside fringe festival. A photographic exhibition of (wo)man's best friend: lupus familiaris. Images of Southside dogs in formal portraits, being pampered, with their owners and engaged in a favourite activity, carrying sticks. Exhibition visitors have a chance to win a free portrait of their pooch as well.
This months hidden gem…
Glasgow Necropolis walking tours – anytime
We'll see you all again in hot and sunny June!
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