West End Festival organisers today (Friday, 25 September) have announced this winter’s light and sound experience in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens ‘The Electric Gardens II: Lux Botanicum’. The event will run from Friday, 13 November to Sunday, 6 December.
Building on last winter’s successful event, the experience will encourage adults, children and groups, to walk through the darkened upper Botanic Gardens with dramatic lighting, sound effects and music. The Kibble Palace will once again be open throughout the event.
Michael Dale, West End Festival director said: “We’re very excited to launch our second winter event, The Electric Gardens II, Lux Botanicum. For this event, we’ve chosen to concentrate on the natural features of the Botanic Gardens, in particular the rarer trees, the animals that live in the park and a series of specially created masks that have been hidden away for visitors to discover.
“We received positive and constructive feedback after last winter’s event, which gave us new ideas and has helped us to improve the experience for our second event. We’ll have food and hot drinks available to buy every night, and we’ve also created an exciting new ‘fire theatre’ which will be performed on stage every night. To celebrate the launch, we’re even giving a whopping discount for the first two weeks!”
The event will run 5.30pm-8pm Wednesday to Sunday with entry slots every 15 minutes. In order to help people plan their visits, the organisers have announced that there will be fixed performance times for the fire theatre: 6.15pm, 6.45pm, 7.45pm and 8.15pm each day.
The broad paths of the Botanic Gardens means the experience is accessible to all. Organisers would like to remind visitors that this is an outdoor event and the darker nights, coupled with the nature of the event and natural landscape of the Gardens, mean that families and individuals should come prepared.
An early bird offer (25% off) has launched today until midnight 9 October and for tickets on the opening weekend, there is also a discount. In response to feedback, we are also offering cheaper tickets midweek. Tickets are priced at: Child (5 to 14) £4-5.25 (early)/£5-7 (full), adults £6 – 9 (early)/ £8-12 (full) and a family ticket (for four) £18.75-27 (early)/ £25-36. For children under five admission is free but registration is still required.
Festival organisers want to encourage all local businesses to participate and follow Oran Mor’s example with the restaurant offering 10% off meals during The Electric Gardens to visitors holding tickets for that day. The festival will promote any similar offers via its social media channels and email list.
Liz Scobie, the festival’s chairman, added: “We welcomed around 18,000 people at the inaugural Electric Gardens and we’re every bit as confident for a successful event this winter”.
Tickets and information will be available via www.westendfestival.co.uk from today. It’s advisable to book early as tickets are expected to sell quickly!
With thanks to Glasgow City Council and the staff at the Botanic Gardens.
Here’s our video from last winter’s event!