Every year St Andrew – the patron saint of Scotland – is celebrated on 30th November in communities across the country and beyond. As good a reason as any to bring people together. Here are a few local events happening to mark the day.

Massive Outpouring of Love (MOOL) is hosting a free family-friendly celebration at the YMCA centre in Dumfries from 7pm – 9pm. Moving Stories Global Community Choir will be performing songs from around the world, including songs in Syrian and Gaelic.  Storyteller Renita Boyle will be sharing her stories, as will some people who have recently made Scotland their home.  MOOL is also encouraging attendees to take along some food if they are able to.

Check out their Facebook event. Learn more about MOOL here.

Govan Community Project is hosting an Afro-Ceilidh to celebrate St. Andrew’s day on Saturday 30th November at the African Arts Centre from 7pm – 10pm. Zazim ceilidh band and DJ will be providing the floor-fillers, and there will face painting and tombola for all the family.

Check out their Facebook event. Learn more about Govan Community Project here.

Africa Future’s afternoon event will include guest speakers talking about the history of St Andrew’s Day, as well as ceilidh dancing, Scottish and African food, and bagpipes! Join them from 2pm – 6pm at the Pearce Institute in Glasgow. This event will also be fundraising for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Check out their Facebook event. Learn more about Africa Future here.

The STUC’s annual St Andrew’s Day anti-racism march and rally will assemble at Glasgow Green on Saturday at 10.30am. March off is at 11am with the rally at 12pm at Adelaides on Bath Street. Check out their Facebook event.

Author: Laura Delaney