The first WestFest opened on June 20th 2010 offering a week of over 70 events and ending in a gala day on Magdalen Green where Brian Cox gave the closing speech. Liz and Kay were a great double act and balanced each other out in their roles as co-chairs so when Liz relocated to the North East in late 2010 Kay felt it better if she bowed out. Kay sadly died in 2015 leaving the legacy of WestFest as a very fitting tribute to her energy and spirit.
The festival was chaired by Paola McClure and Alan Richardson from 2011 until 2015 and is currently being taken forward under the leadership of new chairman Ged Gourlay and a much expanded team.
Dundee WestFest was set up to celebrate the West End’s diverse talents and resources, to promote a sense of community , to facilitate informal education about the area, its history and opportunities and to entertain. The shape of the festival has changed over the years but there is no ignoring the runaway success of WestFest’s Big Sunday. From breaking a world record to playing host to a Masterchef Professional champion the event has blossomed to become one of the largest free festivals the city has to offer and one of the most looked forward to events in Dundee’s summer calendar.