Building on events

An update on major events and from Glasgow Convention Bureau.

Cultural and sporting events this spring

We take a Team Glasgow approach to events, with Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life working in partnership with EventScotland and other partners to attract, secure, deliver and promote events to manage a distinctive calendar of annual and one-off major events. These are some of the highlights of the April-June period made possible through our partnership.

In April, Scotland hosted the WSF World Doubles Squash Championships (April) for the first time - which was postponed last year due to the pandemic - featuring countries from around the world competing in Men’s, Women’s and Mixed events.

Meanwhile Tissot Track Nations Cup (April) brought together the very best international and British riders to the delighted of thousands of spectators. Bellahouston Sports Centre was treated to the best of British kabaddi as The British Kabaddi League Finals (April/May) took place with two days of exciting competition. The UCI BMX Racing World Cup (May) was the first international BMX event to take place in the city since the 2018 European Championships.

The city's literary festival, Aye Write (May), was back with both online and in person events at the Mitchell Library and venues across the city. There were over 200 author talks and panel events from all walks of life.

Glasgow Mela (June), the city's wonderful multi-cultural festival which annually attracts 30,000 people, brought music, dance, arts, and vibrancy to the heart of Glasgow’s west end.

Dandelion Festival (June) took place at Kelvingrove Park providing a free three-day spectacular of live music, performances, talks and workshops attracting more through than 44,000 people. Commissioned by EventScotland and funded via the Scottish Government it was Scotland’s contribution to UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK.

Business Events

Working with city partners, Glasgow has secured 41 new conferences as at 30 June 2022 for the future. These conferences will attract over 23,000 delegates and are worth £31 million in delegate spend.

From 1 April to 30 June, 60 in-person conferences took place in the city delivering over 31,000 delegates, worth over £43 million in delegate spend. Conferences included:

  • All Energy, SEC
  • Royal College of Nursing, SEC
  • British Society for Heart Failure, Golden Jubilee
  • Scottish Autism Conference, Radisson Blu
  • Association of Breast Surgery Trainees, TIC, University of Strathclyde
  • European Research Conference on Microfinance, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Scottish Economic History Conference, University of Glasgow

IMEX Frankfurt Trade Show – 30 May – 2 June

Glasgow Convention Bureau exhibited on the VisitScotland stand with the SEC and Scottish partners. The team had over 25 appointments with European and International meeting planners to progress future conference business for the city.

Conference Impact and Legacy 28 May

Public health related events were held at Glasgow Central Station and Buchanan Galleries linked to the International Symposium on Cerebral Blood Flow, Metabolism and Function conference taking place at the SEC (BRAIN & BRAIN PET 2022).

Over 500 adults and 400 children engaged with Brain Health Scotland representatives at the inflatable Megabrain at Glasgow Central Station, while at Buchanan Galleries, the public interacted with the Brain Health Roadshow partners from Alzheimer’s Scotland, Brain Health Scotland and the British Heart Foundation.

Business Events

Future business secured:



£31 million

delegate spend


new conferences

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