When: 13th – 19th August 2018
Where: Glasgow, Scotland
£: Ticket prices vary depending on the event. Many events are free.
What is it?
The 15th annual Piping Live! will take place in Glasgow, from Monday 13th to Sunday 19th August, with more than 150 events during the festival week.
Piping Live! is an international piping festival and this year’s events will include piping competitions, have-a-go sessions, museum tours, late night specials, gin tasting, performances, exhibitions, and pipe band parades.
Highlights during the week will include Pipe Idol, After World’s Shindig Late Night Special, The Pipers’ Gathering, Come and Try the Bagpipes sessions, the Festival Club, and the World Pipe Band Championships. Free events will include the Pipers of The Great War Exhibition, Street Cafe Sessions, the Pipe Idol heats, pipe band performances in Buchanan Street, and Come and Try Gaelic sessions.
Why not take a tour of the Museum of Piping and discover the treasures, music and history of the Great Highland Bagpipe? For those who would like to get more hands on, there are sessions where you can have a go at the pipes yourself at the National Piping Centre and at Waxy O’Connor’s.
There is a Family Fun Day on Tuesday 14th August with activities including a chance to try the bagpipes, arts and crafts, and a magic show.
On Saturday 18th August the World Pipe Band Championships will take place at Glasgow Green from 9am. The competition will feature over 200 performances and 8,000 pipers. The event will also include highland dancing and family entertainment.