Calling all southsiders for summmer shindig

The new Queen’s Park Arena is just the spot for a celebration of cultures near and far next weekend.

The Southside Shindig — funded by The Big Lottery’s Celebrate programme — is the latest event showing off just what can be done with the southside’s latest venue.

Running from noon on Saturday, June 21, the free event has a Commonwealth theme, focussing on countries such as India, Pakistan, Malaysia and Singapore, as well as Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales.

Event manager Marie Davidson told The Extra: “It’s a cross-cultural event to celebrate the Commonwealth Games, and the twinning of the park with Asia.

“There will be a full programme of music, culminating with the premiere of a new cross-cultural Asian/Scottish/Irish musical commission from Glaschu Ekikaran Ikhthay (Glasgow as One).

“Members of the southside community will also host workshops on how to make a great chickpea curry, Malaysian stir fry, Bubble Tea or Welsh dishes, and will invite people to try a new take on Scottish cuisine.

“You can also try out a musical instrument, hear wonderful tales from the storytelling tent or join in a dance or an art workshop.”

There’s entertainment galore throughout the day, including performances from Shawlands Academy pupils, Big Noise Govanhill, Theatre Ecole, Miss Punjabeez Dancers, Howlin Radio and more.

The restoration of the old bandstand — destroyed by fire in 1996 — has been five years in the making, and more info on upcoming events or using the space is available at