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Article published 27/09/2023

Dandelion Festival won in the outstanding cultural event or festival in the west of Scotland Thistle Awards last night (Thursday 28 September). The ceremony was held at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow.

The Dandelion Festival took place in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park, featuring performances from Scottish and International artists. These included Karine Polwart, Niteworks, Admiral Fallow, and many more.

The festival also featured talks, workshops, schools’ activities, and a creative programme inspired by themes of sustainability and climate action.

The free and inclusive event was praised by judges for supporting the creative and cultural sector as it recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The festival was a flagship event in the wider Dandelion programme that saw more than 589,000 people take part in creative events, installations, gardens, growing, and learning programmes during the course of the year.

This follows Fringe by the Sea’s win in the same category for the central and east region last week.

Read our news item on the west of Scotland Thistle Award regional finals.

Award winners posing with their trophy at an event

Head of Events Industry Development at VisitScotland, Marie Christie with the Danedlion team and presenter Zara Janjua at the Thistle Awards 

About Dandelion

Dandelion followed the arc of the growing season across 2022, with a creative programme which celebrated sustainability.

This was done through community growing, by bringing together music and art with science and technology.

It was Scotland’s contribution to UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK. The festival was commissioned by EventScotland and funded by the Scottish Government.

We are thrilled to accept this award for our glorious Dandelion festival in Kelvingrove Park last Summer.

The Dandelion project inspired thousands of people throughout 2022 to make positive, active change by celebrating food, growing, music, science and ideas.

The Glasgow festival was a brilliant demonstration of exactly that, and the incredible hard work of our entire team.

Thank you!

Dandelion Festival team

Dandelion invited people all over the country to grow, share, and celebrate food, music, and ideas with their communities.

These celebrations culminated in hundreds of harvest festivals across Scotland, reimagining the cultural celebration of harvest for the 21st century.

Read more information about the event on the official Dandelion website.

About the Scottish Thistle Awards

The Scottish Thistle Awards are delivered by VisitScotland in partnership with regional awards programmes.

Following the ceremonies for the central and east, and the west, there are now three remaining finals. These will take place across October and November.

Regional winners will then go through to battle it out for a national accolade at the national final in December.

The awards champion innovation, collaboration, and sustainable practices. This is in line with the ambitions of the national tourism strategy, Outlook 2030. 

Check out more information and key dates on

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