Glasgay! Festival Takes Over Glasgow
Since it was first held in 1993, the annual Glasgay! Festival has become the UKs largest multi-arts festival for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their friends, expanding to 30 days in 2005.
As part of the diversity of the citys cultural scene, the festival takes over Glasgows city centre from mid-October to mid-November to celebrate the talent and diversity of the community, including a platform for aspiring artists.
Having grown from a small, fortnight-long festival which attracted 3,000 attendees to a huge month-long venue taking place at nearly 20 venues and attracting up to 35,000 visitors, although there are many Travelodge hotels in Glasgow, its wise to book early to ensure that you get the best cheap rooms.
Covering a variety of venues across the Merchant City, City Centre and West End areas of Glasgow, the festival includes theatre, visual art, music, dance, comedy, film, clubs, literature and exhibitions. Heres our pick of the best events:
21st October: Hit So Hard
Highlighting the dark side of the music industry, this film follows the journey of Patty Schemel, the openly gay drummer of Courtney Loves seminal rock band Hole.
26th October 2nd November: Luke & Jacks Basement Burlesque
Presenting acts from some of the most acclaimed, potty-mouthed performers in Scotland, The Virginia Gallery will be transformed into a subversive, down-and-dirty burlesque and cabaret venue.
28th October: Query Queer-y Night
An evening of questions, critiques and probing investigations into contemporary LGBT culture, there will be three guest speakers lecturing at The Catalyst Club for 15 minutes each, giving audience members the opportunity to ask questions.
31st October: All That Promise
The story of a failed boy band, All That Promise is about four young men who found fame in the 90s before a controversial magazine interview ended their dream.
30th October 3rd November: Best International
Representing the best in queer short filmmaking, this is the final session of the Queer Shorts Weekend.
30th October 3rd November: Harold and Maude
The theatre production of the 1971 classic cult movie, which tells the story of a blossoming friendship between a 19 year old boy and a 79 year old widow, makes its Scottish premiere in Glasgow.
Since Steven Thomson was appointed festival producer in 2004, he has taken the original event to new levels, and is currently developing a programme of commissions of new work for the next three years ahead.
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