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We collaborate with individuals and organisations working in a wide range of sectors including the arts, the third sector, sports and leisure, heritage, environment, community development and catering.


We're always keen to hear from groups and organisations with proposals to be part of the festival, particularly those based in the canal ward and north Glasgow and are open to approaches.


Whilst we are happy to take open proposals for our artistic programme in the areas of theatre, music, installation and dance, we usually work with artists and companies on a invitation basis. We commission original work for the festival and programme existing works, usually involving some participatory element, and although we have one outdoor stage we often work with artists making site-specific work.


Please check back for information on applications to trade at the 2021 festival.


Food Vendors


Please check back in April 2020 for information on applications to trade at the 2021 festival.


jobs & volunteering

We are always keen to hear from people who are interested in volunteering at the Glasgow Canal Festival, and we have opportunities to get involved both in advance and on the day, with travel expenses paid and lunch provided. Please use the contact form to get in touch if you are interested in finding out more.


Steering Group

All planning for the Glasgow Canal Festival is run with the help of a steering group who meet monthly in the run-up to the festival. The group is made up of local organisations, residents and interested parties who want to get more involved and have a say in how the festival is run.

Anyone interested is welcome. If you'd like to be involved, please email the Festival Director on

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