Be part of the CommonFest artistic project!

We’ve got a really exciting project happening for CommonFest for which we need your help.

Glasgow artist Megan Cecilia Coyle will be created a photo-collage of those attending the event, eventually producing a large interpretation of the Common Weal’s ‘balance’ logo.

To make this happen we need you (or, more specifically, your photo)! If you are attending CommonFest, please send photo of yourself (preferably a head shot) to: and you could become part of an All of Us First artistic project!


RM Hubbert, Alasdair Gray and Loki joining us for #Commonfest

We’ve been working hard over the last few weeks to finalise the lineup for CommonFest and are very happy to announce that the bill is now complete!

The night will be opened by wordsmith Alan Bissett.

Our speakers are Common Weal founder Robin McAlpine, the wonderful Elaine C. Smith (a Common Weal Board Member) and the author, artist and all-round great-Scot Alasdair Gray.

Comic relief will be provided by the cutting wit of Vladimir McTavish and Lady Alba’s melodic satire.

On musical duties for the evening we have up-and-coming Glasgow rockers Suspire, David MacGregor from indie-favourites Kid Canaveral, leading Glasgow rapper Loki and 2013 Scottish Album of the Year winner RM Hubbert.

Local artists Katy Christopher, Janie Nicoll, Megan Coyle and Pearl Kinnear will also be there to either display or create work inspired by the ‘All of Us First’ philosophy of Common Weal.

But that’s not all!

We’ll be joined on the night by organisations such as Scottish CND, the Living Rent Campaign and the Scottish Unemployed Workers Network who’ll be manning a number of information and engagement stalls. Common Weal staff will also be manning a booth to provide further information about who we are and what we do (and they might even have some goodies for sale).

Tickets are selling fast and you can get yours here:

Elaine C. Smith joins the bill for CommonFest!

We have some very exciting news tonight – the absolutely wonderful Elaine C. Smith will be joining the bill for CommonFest! The first batch of tickets are available NOW for £5 (waged) or £2 (unwaged) – more batches will become available over the coming weeks but to avoid disappointment we recommend that you get in there early. The lineup so far (which we’re very, very pleased about) is shown on the new event poster below. A finalised lineup will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

CommonFest poster (2)

Batch 1 of CommonFest Tickets!

It’s finally time – the first batch of tickets for CommonFest are going on sale!

On the 17th of April we are presenting CommonFest, a celebration of Common Weal ideas in the run-up to the General Election on the 7th of May. We’ll be joined by a number of musicians, comedians and speakers including Kid Canaveral (performing an acoustic set), Suspire, Robin McAlpine, Alan Bissett, Lady Alba and Vladimir McTavish, with further acts to be announced over the coming weeks.

A limited number of tickets are being made available in Batch 1 via Eventbrite – further releases will be announced at a later date.

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Common Fest 2015

Good evening everyone – we have a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT for you!

On Friday the 17th of April the Glasgow Common Weal groups will come together to deliver Common Fest 2015 in one of the city’s best-loved venues: The Queen Margaret Union at Glasgow University.

The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of the ideas and ideals of the Common Weal, encouraging the people of Scotland to maintain the spectacular levels of engagement witnessed during the independence campaign as we move towards the UK General Election in May of this year.

In order to make this event as accessible as possible two ticket-types will be available: ‘waged’ tickets will be priced at £5; ‘unwaged’ tickets will be priced at £2. Tickets will be available both online and from a number of locations within Glasgow.

Independence Live have also agreed to live-stream our event, allowing us to gain maximum exposure not just across Glasgow but also the rest of Scotland (and beyond).

We plan to include at least three musical acts, two comedy acts and two Common Weal speakers to cater for a wide range of attendees (Common Weal founder Robin McAlpine has already been confirmed as one of our speakers). During the event those present will also be able to visit a small number of stalls providing information about the Common Weal, with staff, board members and volunteers available to answer questions from the public.

In the longer term, it is hoped that the success of this initial event will enable us to run more regular (and ambitious) events in the future, both in Glasgow and further afield.

Tickets will be made available in the next few weeks but, with just 600 available, you’ll have to be quick to ensure that you don’t miss out on what promises to be one of the events of the year!