ABOUT WESTFEST

Dundee WestFest began life as an on-going conversation between Liz Broumley and the late Kay Macfarlane during long dog walks on Magdalen Green. Bemoaning the fact that there was no event that celebrated all that the West End had to offer, they decided to do something about it. They held a public consultation in 2009 and set the ball rolling.

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.

AIMS OF THE WESTFEST GROUP

To organise an annual festival in Dundee’s West End that celebrates the area’s diverse arts, heritage, culture and scientific resources; To promote social inclusion through activities and festivity; To support the development of a sense of community, building more positive relationships between groupings in the community; To encourage community commitment to caring for and enhancing the local environment through festival events that focus on the environment; To facilitate informal education about the area, its history, resources and opportunities; To create opportunities for the enhancement of art, music and drama skills in the local community.