Welcome to the fourth Neilston Live! Festival of Culture and Life, 2008.  This year’s Festival theme is "Neilston in the World!" with music, activities and events celebrating Neilston's place in the World past, present and future. The Festival happens in and around the village’s open spaces and community halls, with the community-owned Old Bank, 84 Main St the focal point. 

The Barfest also kicks off on the 1st August with 10-days of great entertainment in the village’s pubs. As ever, there is a wonderful mix of local talent and visiting acts to enjoy.  Make sure you get a late pass organized!  

Don’t forget to see the various exhibition’s in the Bank, including works created by leading artists from around the world brought to Neilston by Artists in Exile.  Also on display are the “hot of the press” plans for the Bank buildings conversion.  Make sure you have time to relax afterwards in the Bank’s “Festival World Café” and savour the delicious specials on the menu created by our café-crew for the occasion. 

This years Outdoors Day Carnival Celebrations on Saturday August 9 promise to be bigger and better than ever before!  In addition to a great line-up of pipers, drummers and dancers setting the beat and bringing a taste of Cuba, Africa, and Brazil to Main St, the Parade will feature costumes and flags from around the world made by the village’s children.  Don’t miss the extravaganza as it makes its way through the village from the Bank.  Be part of the show, wave a flag, and join in! 

The show continues for the rest of the day at the shopping precinct with great music and bands and dazzling dancing displays from Brazil to the Marakesh.   

There will be loads of other events too. Don’t miss Neilston’s first Farmers Market.  Come and see what’s on sale from nearby producers and celebrate and enjoy the wealth of great food and products available on our doorstep and sourced locally from Renfrewshire and Ayrshire.  Take a stroll along the many stalls featuring crafts goods and fair trade products from around the world, including a special visit from the crafters of West Kilbride. Full details of the route, schedule and activities provided nearer the time.   

The day closes at the Crofthead Bowling Club with entertainment at the cutting-edge of piping by Neilston’s own Finlay MacDonald and Band.  Don’t miss great night of music with Mary K Burke and Band, opening the show.  

Finally, can I remind you that celebrating and enriching local life and culture lies at the heart of the Neilston Development Trust’s priorities.  It is our aim through activities like the Festival to enable people to thrive and have fun in Neilston, mix and enjoy each others’ company and share their talents.  Support the Festival and help make that goal come true! 

We look forward to seeing you all at some point and help making this year’s Neilston Live! another one to remember. 

Laura Carswell

Festival Convenor 

Alan Walker

Chair, Neilston Development Trust 

Chas Cunningham



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