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East Kilbride 70th - A Year of Celebration

Published: Thursday, 27 April 2017

East Kilbride 70th - A Year of Celebration

East Kilbride 70th - A Year of Celebration

East Kilbride is celebrating its 70th year as a New Town this year. The town grew from a small village to one of Scotland’s largest towns, with extensive leisure facilities, shops, greenspace, schools and housing. It was built to ease overcrowding in Glasgow’s East End. SLLC has been working in partnership with South Lanarkshire Council and East Kilbride Heritage Group in preparation for some key nostalgic events. This has involved a ’70 voices’ project where 35 adults and 35 children were interviewed about their experience of life in East Kilbride. East Kilbride Central Library will host various exhibitions as a result of this project. The table below shows all the events taking place across SLLC’s East Kilbride facilities and venues to mark East Kilbride’s 70th birthday.

May 2017

East Kilbride Comicon
South Lanarkshire Comic Con and Craft Fair, with Cosplay, competitions, crafts, special guests as well as everything and anything slightly geeky from over 30 sellers. From Pokémon to Peter Parker and hopefully a few Penguins. Activities for all age groups.
Saturday 6 May 10:00am-4:30pm
East Kilbride Central Library

Happy Birthday East Kilbride! Family Fun Day
Fun activities for all the family.
Saturday 6 May 10:00am-4:30pm
East Kilbride Central Library

East Kilbride Photographic Exhibition
70 Photographs of East Kilbride town over the past 70 years.
Exhibition open to the public from 9:15am on Friday 19 May, on display throughout the summer.
East Kilbride Central Library

EK & ME: How my family came to be in East Kilbride
Exhibition of creative writing from East Kilbride primary school children.
Exhibition open to the public from 9:15am on Friday 19 May, on display throughout the summer.
East Kilbride Central Library

EKYM Veterans Match
Local East Kilbride football teams supported by South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture.
Saturday 27 May (date to be confirmed)
Alistair McCoist Complex

Calderstock in the Park
Music festival celebrating the 70th anniversary of East Kilbride, featuring local musicians and schools.
Saturday 27 - Sunday 28 May
Calderglen Country Park

Torrance House Festival Trophy
Annual East Kilbride Golf festival supported by South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture.
Sunday 28 May
Torrance House Golf Course

June 2017

70 Voices
Filmed oral history of 70 adults and children who were interviewed for this project. Photographs of participants. Parade of masks - 3D images of participants' faces.
Exhibition will launch during the month of June and will be on display throughout the summer.
East Kilbride Central Library

EK at 70 Exhibition
Social history exhibition spanning the seven decades of East Kilbride.
Beginning week commencing 19 June, running throughout July and August
East Kilbride Arts Centre

EK Summerfest
Weekend of activities for all the family taking place inside the Arts Centre and also in the grounds. Includes music, stalls, ACE taster sessions, face painting, story telling and much more. Themes include EK at 70 and the Wizard of Oz.
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June
East Kilbride Arts Centre
July 2017

Party in the Park - Happy Birthday East Kilbride
Outdoor family fun day for all the family.
Sunday 9 July
Calderglen Country Park

August 2017

Edinburgh International Book Festival Presents "ReimagiNation: East Kilbride"
The world's biggest celebration of the written word comes to East Kilbride! The Edinburgh International Book Festival pops up across the town on the second stage of ReimagiNation, a tour of Scotland's New Towns marking 70 years since the passing of the New Towns Act and the reshaping of Scotland following the Second World War.
Some of the best authors around take part in inspiring, eye-opening and entertaining events for audiences of all ages. Launching on the evening of Saturday 19 August, East Kilbride Arts Centre comes alive with words and laughter as events including Unbound, the Book Festival's free cabaret caper, bring local voices and international writers together on stage.
Through Sunday and Monday there is a cluster of great events and workshops for adults, families and schools across both The Village Theatre and the village centre itself, including performances of Ishbel McFarlane's interactive theatre experience Plan. Both indoors and out there's a range of drop-in activities, stalls and attractions to visit, including a temporary bookshop.
Full programme and ticketing details will be announced in June - follow the Edinburgh International Book Festival on social media.
ReimagiNation: East Kilbride is presented in partnership with South Lanarkshire Council, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture and The Village Centre, and is supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery.
Saturday 19 August
East Kilbride Village Theatre, East Kilbride Arts Centre, East Kilbride village