The West End Festival (WEF) brings you The Electric Gardens II – Lux Botanicum (EG2), a spectacular event of sound and light taking place in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens, and opens to the public today, (Friday 13 November), running Wednesday – Sunday until Sunday, 6 December.
EG2 event is designed as a self-guided evening walk through the upper Botanics; the gardens are full of specially placed lights, sound effects, music and this year, we’re delighted to introduce the fire theatre which takes place four times per evening.
The Glasgow winter experience is suitable for everyone and accessible to all. Slots are every 15 minutes from 5:30pm with the final walk setting out at 8pm taking around 45 -60 minutes.
The inaugural Electric Gardens welcomed 15,000 people (not including under 5s) and this year, WEF is already on target to beat that figure before it’s even launched.
While the West End Festival runs in June every year, Festival organisers decided to expand operations into the winter months. More than 40% of ticket sales last winter were from outside Glasgow. For EG2 we’ve teamed up with Yelp Glasgow to ensure businesses have the opportunity to get involved and take advantage of the additional people in the area.
Michael Dale, festival director, said: ”I’m delighted we’ve been able to organise another Electric Gardens. We had such positive feedback after last year and we have listened to those that provided constructive feedback.
“EG2 is bigger, and in our opinion, better than the first one. It was our first year so we had to experiment with the gardens, the route and even pricing. This year we’ve reduced our prices in the middle of the week.”
Liz Scobie, chairman of WEF added: “We have a unique setting right in the heart of a city; you don’t have to travel far and public transport means it’s easily accessible too.
“WEF is all about community and the spirit of collaboration. We’re grateful to Glasgow City Council for its support and we want to thank all the partners we’ve worked with to make our second Electric Gardens even more special than the first.”
Organisers are encouraging attendees to make a night of the visit, taking full advantage of the lively dining and shopping experience that the west end offers. Check out ‘Go Local’ on the WEF website.
Attendees are advised to travel by public transport to limit parking issues and lower the amount of traffic in the area. The Queen Margaret Drive entrance across from the old BBC building is the only one being used.
Visitors are also being encouraged to dress for the weather as the majority of the event is outdoors.
Ticket prices for the event vary per day and there are still tickets left for the opening weekend although early booking is advised.
It should also be noted that ticket sales for the same day stop online at 3pm. After 3pm, you can buy same-day tickets from Oran Mor (top of Byres Road) in the bar. Subject to availability.
Tickets can be purchased online at westendfestival.co.uk or by calling 0333 666 3366.