Sixth Govanhill International Festival and Carnival kicks off

The free-to-all celebration will feature more than 50 events over its two-week run.

Sixth annual Govanhill International Festival and Carnival kicks off Govanhill Baths Community Trust

The fifth instalment of the Govanhill International Festival and Carnival (GIFC) kicked off its two-week spell on Tuesday.

The annual festival, organised by the Govanhill Baths Community Trust, will carry on until August 15 and features more than 50 events for attendees to enjoy.

This year, the festival programme will feature talks, music, workshops, film, exhibitions, theatre, heritage events and guided walks.

The Govanhill Carnival Parade is also back, and expected to be more colourful and vibrant than ever before following its largest-ever turnout in 2021.

It will feature jugglers, pipers, dancers and many more, as it makes its way from Govanhill Park to Queen’s Park.

People taking part can assemble at 12.30pm at Govanhill Park, ahead of its 1pm start on August 6.

The Govanhill Carnival itself will run between 2pm and 4pm inside Queen’s Park, also on August 6, with stalls, food, music and more available on site.

The GIFC is also bringing back its Street Music Festival for its third year, featuring diverse musical contributions from the artists of Govanhill – this will run the following weekend, on August 14.

A self-proclaimed “anti-racist” festival, the GIFC aims to celebrate the contributions immigrants have made to the local community.

The festival also aims to be completely accessible to people from all walks of life, so entrance to all events within the programme is completely free of charge.

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