Govanhill International Festival and Carnival

Govanhill International Festival and Carnival is a cultural celebration of our unique community, including a Carnival Parade on Saturday 18 August and a whole host of other events!

Govanhill International Festival and Carnival

About Govanhill International Festival and Carnival

In 2017, our first ever Govanhill Carnival took place! It was launched by Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister for Scotland and featured a weekend of music, with a parade and carnival. Our aim was to pilot a creative approach to combating division and racism while celebrating our uniqueness and all that makes Govanhill great. It was a fantastic success.

This year, the event has grown into an 11-day extravaganza, showcasing the rich diversity of the area – where 40+ nationalities speaking 60+ languages have made their home. We have tried to make our events affordable, inclusive and as much as possible family-friendly. There is something for everyone. So, come along and discover a community bursting with culture and history.

Some highlights of the festival include the carnival parade on Saturday 18th August as we dance, play and drum our way through the streets of Govanhill. If any groups or individuals would like to join the parade please contact carnival@govanhillbaths.com.

The parade will be followed by the Govanhill carnival and concert at the Queen’s Park arena with performances from Brass, Aye?, Afghan dancers, Taiko drummers and more. There will be bouncy castles, karaoke, delicious food provided by the Gurdwara as well as turban tying demonstrations!

On Sunday 19th August, children will brighten up the skies with the Afghan kites that they have made. As well as kite making and flying, you can get involved in football activities, soft archery and cycling on a bike skills track.

Let’s remember, no matter what our background and heritage, we are all Govanhillians. It is diversity, however you define it, that makes Govanhill great. Let’s celebrate our unique and vibrant community with pride!

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Govanhill International Festival and Carnival are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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