Glasgow the Welcoming City: a celebration in the City Chambers June 18th at 3.00 – all are welcome

2017 Welcoming City Poster

The event was set up about 15 years ago at the request of the then Lord Provost, Bailie Liz Cameron, as a way of showing Glasgow as a place of welcome to visitors, refugees and asylum seekers. Each year we have a theme and this year it is Culture, Heritage and Diversity.

We have someone from the Polish Consulate speaking, hopefully the Consul, or his representative. A Polish folk group will play as will the South Side Fiddlers, a group of mainly primary school children, from St Denis’ Primary will sing a tribute to Nelson Mandela composed for when he visited Glasgow and part of West George St took his name, Nelson Mandela Place. A Piper will play outside the Chambers, The Rutherglen Salvation Army band will play inside, a music ensemble, which includes Whistle, Fiddle,Harp and Guitar will share the accompanying, the singing will be led by the St Mungo Singers under the direction of Mgr Gerry Fitzpatrick and Dr Noel Donnelly and accompanied by organist Jacqueline Barrett.

The event is organised by Glasgow Churches Together and hosted by the Lord Provost’s office who provide the refreshments afterwards in the Satinwood Suite overlooking George Sq with music provided by the South Side Fiddlers.

The Leader of the Council, Cllr. Susan Aitken will attend and the Lord Provost will be represented by a Bailie; Church Leaders will be in attendance and Fr David Wallace, Chair of Glasgow Churches Together, GCT, will lead the proceedings with representatives of the member churches and the community taking part in readings and prayers.