I'm very familiar with this part of Glasgow as work or friends took me there, but its been a while since I wandered there without reason.
For all the usual local hustle and bustle that takes place on Victoria Road, a main road in Glasgows Southside, you wouldn’t know that something different was happening in the area, but take a turn into Calder Street, Allison Street or Dixon Street and all this changes.
Streetland is a local festival of creativity and the street (taking place Friday 29 and Saturday 30th April 2011) in the heart of Govanhill. It is now in its second year, the festival organisers suggest a showcase for visual art, live performance (improvised soap opera), poetry, Bollywood dance, Roma music, street games, walking tours, an outdoor cinema powered by bicycle showing short films and animation that explore local projects as well as a number of interactive workshops. A worthy programme of events, although in truth these had to be teased out by the visitor as I found myself going round the streets, more than once.
seed bombing workshop and make over a local vegetable patch.
Govanhill is perhaps Glasgow's most ethnically diverse area. It certainly has the largest concentration of Pakistani and Roma families in Glasgow, and Scotland as a whole. It also has some of the most severe housing problems in the U.K with some flats being described as slums and for this reason it often gets negative press. Today though it was about community spirit.
Wild Garlic pakora would do here, or even a Stinging Nettle pakora!
Govanhill Baths Community Trust puts on events to help raise awareness to the cause and to get people together in the community. Its such a beautiful building and you can see why community events still take place here. Events in the past have included 'Govanhill Baths Burns night' and 'Soup, song and a swally'.
The Trust's goal is to re-open the baths as a Wellbeing Centre and contribute to the wider social, cultural and built regeneration of Govanhill as a community through a range of activities. I wish the Trust and the Streetlands Festival organisers the very best for years to come.