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Posted by: GG 14th Apr 2010, 09:49pm

In a major blow to Glasgow's ambitions of competing with other UK cities for summer tourists, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) has announced that it has been forced to cancel the Glasgow River Festival event scheduled for July 2010. The shock move comes despite last year's event attracting 90,000 visitors and generating 1.5 million for the local economy.

Scott Taylor, chief executive of GCMB, one of a number of arms-length companies set up to run former council services, said that limited funds were available to stage the money-spinning event. Mr Taylor added that GCMB had had to cut its funding for the event, believed to be in the region of 185,000, because of cutbacks by Glasgow City Council.

Mr Taylor added:

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"For us to put on a River Festival of that size again would have been impossible on such limited funding. To organise 90,000 people on a small budget would compromise health and safety, not just quality, and we were not prepared to do that.

This decision was not taken lightly but we are in the middle of a major downturn, resources are being squeezed and Glasgow City Council has cut 300,000 from the festival budget."

Speaking in advance of last year's event, Liz Cameron, who recently took over the post of GCMB board chairwoman following the resignation of disgraced Glasgow City Council leader Steven Purcell, said:

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"The River Clyde is steeped in a fascinating history and is not only an important part of the past but an imperative part of the future success of Glasgow. The series of events that make up the Glasgow River Festival ensure that the riverside remains an interesting and accessible place for locals and visitors alike."

The loss of the landmark festival is likely to have serious implications for local hotels and businesses, and comes as cities across the UK mount an increasingly effective challenge to Glasgow's position as a leading tourist attraction. Last year Birmingham overtook Glasgow in the annual tables ranking UK towns by the number of visits by overseas residents.

Some of the money saved as a result of this year's cancellation is expected to be rolled-over into an expanded event next year to celebrate the opening of the new Riverside Museum.

Photographs of last year's River Festival are shown below.

GG.
















 

Posted by: norrie123 14th Apr 2010, 10:21pm

Ah well thats another festival I will miss, never been to one, I always seem to be doing other things.
How many more events will have to be curtailed, times are going to be tough
Bye for now, norrie

Posted by: elso 15th Apr 2010, 06:54am

How sad,been to everyone of them, and thoroughly enjoyed them, we always made it a family day out with the grand kids and they LOVED it,its was a FANTASTIC day out, it was only at the week-end, that my oldest grandson (12) asked when we, where passing the squinty bridge, Nana, when are we coming down here again to see the boats, and I told him it wont be long now!! Unfortunately that wont be happening AGAIN, sad.gif

Posted by: Alex MacPhee 15th Apr 2010, 06:55am

Perhaps they will have enough money left in the budget to re-write Glasgow's city motto : Let Glasgow Flounder.

Posted by: GG 15th Apr 2010, 07:28am

QUOTE (norrie123 @ 14th Apr 2010, 11:38pm) *
... How many more events will have to be curtailed, times are going to be tough ...

Unfortunately Norrie, the BBC has announced that it will not be continuing with the popular 'Proms in the Park' event at Glasgow Green; instead, the corporation is looking at staging it in another city, most likely Dundee.

Also, of course, Culture and Sport Glasgow, another hived-off Aleo, has closed a number of museums on a Monday, and the Museum of Transport at the Kelvin Hall closes this weekend in preparation for the opening of the new, expensive (74 million) transport museum. Unfortunately the new museum, the Riverside Museum, is not expected to open until next spring/summer, leaving locals and visitors alike without a fitting place to see the city's hugely important transport heritage for a full year.

In addition, I hear that Maydaze, another event celebrating the city's work and industrial heritage has also been cancelled, though we await official confirmation of this.

GG.

Posted by: Jupiter 15th Apr 2010, 07:33am

I am sorry to see the Festival cancelled as the river does play such a big part in out heritage. I am surprised private investors have not stepped in as there is clearly money to be made.
On a wider scale I think this cancellation is a pre cursor as to what is ahead after the election no matter who is voted in.The new Government will go through public services like a dose of salts with cutbacks affecting everyone.

Posted by: GG 15th Apr 2010, 07:34am

Elso, I agree, great days out, especially when the weather was great ... which did sometimes happen! smile.gif

Alex, in the book I just read about Glasgow, http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1906134472?ie=UTF8&tag=glasgowguide-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=1906134472, it was suggested that a more appropriate motto for the city would be: Let Glasgow Languish. sad.gif

GG.

Posted by: ashfield 15th Apr 2010, 09:02am

I think this has little to do with the UK government and a lot to do with the Scottish governments deal with all local authorities to keep council tax at the same rate for the last few years. All councils have had to make savings to meet the budget shortfall. I am sorry that culture has had to suffer because of what's happened but quite frankly I am more sorry about the people who will lose their jobs and the Glaswegians who will lose services over the coming years. As Jupiter said, this generates money for business so perhaps they can be the one's to speculate (aye right).

Posted by: Guest 15th Apr 2010, 10:11am

Very disappointed in this - there was more than a good chance of Glasgow getting a visit from Donald Campbells Bluebird K7 for the river festival on it's completion next year - a world class media event - great for Glasgow - but not now seemingly - what a pity!

Oh well theres always the Tyne instead.

Glasgows loss is Newcastles gain - well done!

Posted by: Alex MacPhee 15th Apr 2010, 10:54am

QUOTE (GG @ 15th Apr 2010, 07:51am) *
it was suggested that a more appropriate motto for the city would have been: Let Glasgow Languish.

Glasgow is a fabulous city. It long ago shook off its 'No Mean City' reputation, and can show architecture and cultural class to rival any other in the land. I recall that it may even claim to have more parkland per capita than anywhere else in the UK. It is no mere self-hype to say that Glasgow's people are the friendliest in the country, and I've lost count of the friends and acquaintances who've come from America and Europe (even the French) who've remarked on it, whether they've been looking for directions to somewhere, or city sights, or a place to eat. What an irony it would be if visitors were now to be seen wearing tee-shirts that said 'I went to Glasgow, and it was shut'.

Posted by: RAYMOND LUKES 15th Apr 2010, 11:11am

TRUST GCC TO STOP THIS GREAT EVENT WILL THEY STOP ALL THERE FANCY LUNCHES AND TRIPS AND EXPENCES CLAIMS DON THINK SO ?

Posted by: Rob Rattray 15th Apr 2010, 11:43am

'Tis a sad day when hierarchy seem to take over when they should be trying to find ways to stage this fabulous event e'en with a few minor cutbacks should it become necessary. They say the monies saved will be spent next year on 'a grander scale' but that be more than 12 months away and 'twixt now and then, other 'projects will probably benefit from this money - their own pockets being included, I dare say! Let Bonnie Glasgow stand up and have private enterprise lend a hand for afterall, Glasgow's their responsiblity too!

Posted by: PabloDav 15th Apr 2010, 01:31pm

Just another shocking episode in the ongoing manipulated decline of the great city of Glasgow. And most of this is down to the city fathers of Glasgow who are too busy lining their own nests, its time to get rid of them people of Glasgow and you are the one's to do it, before they destroy the city altogether.

Pablo.

Posted by: *getech500153* 15th Apr 2010, 02:00pm

In my opinion this action by the private company who have taken over the running of this wonderful event must surely be in breach of some contractual issue, regarding taking over the commitment to ensuring this and other contracted events are fulfilled.

CG would be quite within their right to comment and indeed ask as Glaswegian's contributing to taxes and Community charges, to have a full explanation given by the sub-committee who awarded these types of contracts to this and similar companies.

There is by law, a committment given by companies, to look at and agree to fulfilling pre-planned events such as this and in signing up to contract these events out to the private sector, both parties Sign Up to commit to them.

The fact that the budget to run these is still with the GCC,then why on earth has the statement been issued by the Private Co and not the GCC?

Something isn't quite right in my opinion at the cancellation of such an Important Cultural Event that already proved to be a Financial success in previous years.

Posted by: bnisbet@blueyonder 15th Apr 2010, 02:30pm

What a pity, it was a great family day out. We've met a lot of nice people and we were looking forward to it. Whats next!!!!!!!

Posted by: Heather 15th Apr 2010, 02:48pm

I am confused as to why we elect Councillors. I thought they were elected to run the City!! wub.gif

But the Councillors then elect other people to run Quango's and other commitees to do what we pay Councillors to do. The people on these commitees have to be paid and this costs more money. Then the Councillors sit in on the meetings getting paid even more money for doing so.

I've heard about jobs for the boys, but Glasgow Councillors seem to be creating more jobs for themselves in a get rich quick on taxpayers money.

Is this the reason there is no money to pay for all the cancelled festivals???

So what exactly are we paying the Councilors for and what are they doing for the City???


As I said, I find it all very confusing. wacko.gif

Posted by: Rab 15th Apr 2010, 05:30pm

You are not alone Heather. Seems to me Glasgow City Council needs a big kick up the bum. If it is down to organisation and manpower, surely there are many pools of volunteers to assist, youth organisations, historical groups etc, let alone the Royal Navy and other services. Get them to look at the success of the International Festival of the Seas successful co-operation with City Councils down south for several years and get them to 'extract the digit'. It can and should be done.
As Churchill said 'Let the difficulties look after themselves' - following which, Lobnitz of Renfrew designed and built the Mulberry pierheads for D.Day in 6 months!

Posted by: Harrymc 15th Apr 2010, 07:05pm

QUOTE (Heather @ 15th Apr 2010, 03:05pm) *
I am confused as to why we elect Councillors. I thought they were elected to run the City!! wub.gif ...

As I said, I find it all very confusing. wacko.gif

I'm with you Heather.Seems the thing they manage best (feathering nests aside) is DECLINE.

Posted by: Oscar 15th Apr 2010, 07:18pm

What an awful shame that this has to be cancelled. Seems, no matter where you are in the country, things are being stopped, taken away etc. When is it going to end? You only get one crack at life, aren't we allowed to enjoy it while we have it??

Posted by: sumac 15th Apr 2010, 07:54pm

Do you remember the days when people would march or protest whenever something happened that was detrimental to our once-great city? Why is it that nowadays we just complain and moan but we don't actually do anything about it?

I am not advocating public unrest or civil disobedience. God forbid! However, I am trying to point out that Glasgow has never sat back and let things happen which undermined its great reputation. I am really sad to hear of all the things which are being cancelled or postponed or allowed to die a death.

Martin has brought a lot of things to our attention which are damaging to the city and to its tourist trade. Thanks, Martin. I just wish there was more we could do to keep Glasgow, my home city of which I am very proud, on top.

Posted by: valerie 15th Apr 2010, 08:22pm

I am so sorry. sad.gif It was great last time.
They shoud spend their money in a different way.
This festival was for all to share.

Posted by: CopperLamp 15th Apr 2010, 10:11pm

AYE What they gonna stop next........everything going haywire. Im lost for words, Ive been to 4 and met nice people....ahhhhh. mad.gif sad.gif

Posted by: Patter Merchant 16th Apr 2010, 09:39am

According to the Herald/BBC (can't remember which one wacko.gif) the actual funding shortfall at GCMB was something like 85,000 -- not the 185,000 quoted by GG. Either way why should such a relatively small sum stop the city of Glasgow benefiting by 1.5M? It just doesn't make sense???

Why not stop the payments to councillors who sit on the boards of ALEOs? That would be 400,000 saved right away. Some of that money could then be invested in festivals.

Am I missing something here?

Posted by: droschke7 16th Apr 2010, 05:03pm

So they can afford to build a 75 Million new Transport Museum (nothing wrong with the old one), they can lend the Buchanan Gallery 80 Million to wreck the Bus Station by building a Car Park on top it, they can also afford to pay themselves 3 and 4 times for worling on quangos (doing things that they are all ready being paid to do as Councillors anyway) but they can't afford to earn 1.5 Million on the River Festival? No wonder most people are puzzled and Baffled, in fact I'd be extremely suprised if anyone thought this was ok.

Posted by: GG 16th Apr 2010, 06:45pm

PM, I'll check that figure and get back to you.

Just a quick update: Glasgow City Council diary of forthcoming events is still showing that Glasgow River Festival will take place on a yet to be confirmed date in July 2010, albeit referring to it also as 'Glasgow Festival on the Clyde'.

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Glasgow Festival on the Clyde
Date to be confirmed
River Clyde

The hugely popular Glasgow River Festival provides a colourful opportunity to celebrate the past, present and future of Glasgow's historic waterfront with two days of free family entertainment. A mixture of water and land activities and entertainment in and around the SECC, Glasgow Science Centre and The Tall Ship 'Glenee'.
http://www.glasgowriverfestival.co.uk/

http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/en/Residents/ArtsDevelopment/festivalsandevents.htm

GG.

Posted by: elso 16th Apr 2010, 08:16pm

QUOTE (GG @ 16th Apr 2010, 07:02pm) *
PM, I'll check that figure and get back to you.

Just a quick update: Glasgow City Council diary of forthcoming events is still showing that Glasgow River Festival will take place on a yet to be confirmed date in July 2010, albeit referring to it also as 'Glasgow Festival on the Clyde'.

http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/en/Residents/ArtsDevelopment/festivalsandevents.htm

GG.

Thought it had been cancelled! if not brill smile.gif

Posted by: stratson 17th Apr 2010, 04:01pm

QUOTE (elso @ 16th Apr 2010, 09:33pm) *
Thought it had been cancelled! if not brill smile.gif

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Posted by: stuart greenshield 17th Apr 2010, 11:59pm

If it brings in 1.5 million in business to the City why don't businesses kick in the short fall or look for a sponsor why should rate payers pay for the cost of the festivals when they should stopping moaning go out and get sponsorship.

Posted by: droschke7 19th Apr 2010, 01:22am

hope it is still on, I enjoyed it all the other years. It would be a shame for it to stop

























 

Posted by: *Norman* 12th May 2010, 07:02am

Nice pix.... thanks. Can you tell me if there is an update on the cancellation please? We plan on coming to Glasgow for a week in the summer and would like to make sure we see all the great things to do, so is this definately off?

Norman.

Posted by: exile jock 23rd Jun 2010, 01:59pm

Had to be scrapped. Far too many people - manjams everywhere. Lucky nobody was crushed. Anybody shorter than 6 foot saw nothing.

Food / drink prices were a joke.

Posted by: Mrs Taylor 29th Jun 2010, 12:42pm

I think its really terrible that the river festival has been cancelled this year it brought lots of people from all over and was always a great day out. I am sure that many people will agree with me on this. It was one of the best days out I have experienced and children loved it.

Posted by: Benny McCormick 16th Jul 2010, 10:28pm

I wouldn't worry too much everyone. It appears Frank McAveety has a master plan up his sleeve to encourage tourism to Glasgow next year. He is courting the idea of Rebranding the Orange Walk into a week-long Orange Fest. Now how can ANY UK city (apart from Belfast) compete with that. Phew - Thanks Frank - a MASTER stroke (no pun intended).

Posted by: weegie 29th Jul 2010, 10:32am

Maybe if everyone in Glasgow actually PAID their council tax, these events wouldn't have to be cancelled!! I get fed up hearing all the bleating about "It's ridiculous...!!" when half of those complaining never contribute to the budget!

Posted by: d.c. 4th Aug 2010, 04:04pm

Not quite a river festival, but there is an event at The Tall Ship on the Clyde this weekend:

http://www.glenlee.co.uk/newsite/events/index.shtml

Posted by: Greg Hine 7th Aug 2010, 01:33pm

Typical Glasgow, this event was necessary as Glasgow has the most UNDER-UTILISED waterfront in the whole of the UK.

Once again Glasgow has shown the lack of patience needed to run an event and build on solid foundations. 4 years forward and now back to square one.

What makes it laughable is the fact that this event can be self-funding and shows a profit.

One of these days the locals will stop voting entrenched politics in the city and realise that the entrenched council doesn't bother listening to people as it is comfortable and has always run its own agenda without any service to the city or community

Posted by: Greg Hine 7th Aug 2010, 01:36pm

QUOTE (exile jock @ 23rd Jun 2010, 03:09pm) *
Had to be scrapped. Far too many people - manjams everywhere. Lucky nobody was crushed. Anybody shorter than 6 foot saw nothing.

Food / drink prices were a joke.

Agree with you about some of the prices, the Mela was the same, however much of the 'crush' was down to the fact that there were too many stalls near attractions and some of the attractions were not where they were supposed to be.

In spite of this all of the events have been good days and a positive for the Clyde & Glasgow (until now).

Posted by: Greg Hine 7th Aug 2010, 01:37pm

QUOTE (Benny McCormick @ 16th Jul 2010, 11:38pm) *
I wouldn't worry too much everyone. It appears Frank McAveety has a master plan up his sleeve to encourage tourism to Glasgow next year. He is courting the idea of Rebranding the Orange Walk into a week-long Orange Fest. Now how can ANY UK city (apart from Belfast) compete with that. Phew - Thanks Frank - a MASTER stroke (no pun intended).

With the amount of sun tan salons here, thought we already had the Orange Fest smile.gif

You've been tango'ed!

Posted by: d.c. 12th Jul 2011, 12:36pm

Just in case anyone misses it in the Riverside Museum topic, there will be an event this year. The Clyde Waterfront Riverside Regatta takes place this Saturday, 16 July:

http://discuss.glasgowguide.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=20865&st=0&p=3545040&#entry3545040