FEST "GLASGOW 2024" CONFERENCE 25-27 June, Glasgow, UK

Please find below more details on the 2024 conference.

About the 2024 conference

FEST is delighted to invite the international storytelling community to Glasgow, to share expertise and knowledge, to empower the world of storytelling and enhance the visibility and recognition of storytelling as a performing art and artistic tool for change. This year’s conference attendees will be welcomed by leading storytelling organisations and representatives from the UK’s four nations: Village Storytelling Centre (Scotland), Adverse Camber (England), The Armstrong Storytelling Trust (Northern Ireland) and the storytelling community of Wales.

Glasgow is a vibrant and compact city. It has a range of cultural attractions including many museums and art galleries offering free entry, such as the stunning Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the award-winning Riverside Museum. Visitors can explore the works of artist and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, walk the city centre Art Mural Trail or take a stroll through one of the many parks and green spaces.

The food and drink scene offers something for everyone, from traditional whisky pubs to fine dining, in a variety of lively neighbourhoods including Finnieston (SEC), the City Centre, the West End and Merchant City.

You can look forward to a warm welcome in a city voted ‘world’s friendliest city’ by Rough Guides. It truly is a city of natural storytellers.


The conference venue

The conference will take place in the CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts. The CCA is Glasgow’s hub for the arts and hosts a year-round programme of exhibitions, events, films, music, literature, workshops, festivals and performances.


The Programme

This year’s FEST Conference will include a diverse programme of keynote speeches, workshops, lectures, informal group discussions and social events. The final programme will be shared closer to the conference dates but here are some things to look forward to:

A welcome reception with music and storytelling at Glasgow City Chambers, one of Glasgow’s most prestigious buildings located in the iconic George Square. George Square is the site of many musical events, political gatherings, protests and has even featured in several Hollywood films in recent years.

A gala dinner, with ceilidh and performance at the Burrell, 2023’s UK Museum of the Year. The Village Storytelling Centre is a proud partner of this beautiful museum which is located in Glasgow’s largest greenspace, Pollok Country Park.


Hotel accommodation

Our Glasgow hosts have secured a large room discount at the 4-star Maldron Hotel in Glasgow City Centre. The hotel is 9 minutes walk from our conference venue, and very close to shopping, museums, the bus station and train stations.

BOOKING INFORMATION: Email the Maldron directly on and quote FEST to access the discount. Rooms have been reserved for conference delegates on Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th. Please note that the discount can only be applied on the above dates, and you must book by Friday April 24th to secure your room/s.

PRICES: £90 Single Occupancy, per night, breakfast included | £100 Double/Twin Occupancy, per night, breakfast included.


Student housing accommodation

For attendees looking for a budget friendly option, Blythswood House (Glasgow School of Artis) is a 4 minutes walk from the main conference venue. It is made up of a number of self-catering flats, with individual en suite rooms. Each flat has a communal kitchen and lounge area where you will be provided basic kitchen equipment to meet your needs during your stay.

BOOKING INFORMATION: The Village Storytelling Centre will process payments. In order to secure this accommodation they must have all payments by Wednesday 20th March, therefore we urge anyone who wishes to book this accommodation to do so asap. Please complete this form and we will contact you within 7 days or less with an invoice.

PRICES: Each room is £49 per person, per night, breakfast NOT included.

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