Welcome to PAAS’ new website! This is where we will bring you all the information and invite you to join in and interact with us in celebrating Culture 2014 as the Commonwealth Games comes to Glasgow.

We have exciting news! We are setting up the first ever African Orchestra in Scotland and the UK, thanks to Creative Scotland and Glasgow City Council Culture 2014 Funding.

The ‘Ha Orchestra’ is a partnership project with the Community Central Halls where we are now based, and University of Glasgow GRAMNet. The orchestra is a melting pot of instrumental music from various regions of Africa and is a part of the Culture 2014 and Festival 2014 programme in Glasgow. Visit www.haorchestra.com for more information on Ha Orchestra.

PAASFest 2014 | 26th July 2014. CCH 304 Maryhill Road Glasgow G20 7YE

The Gathering Concert


The Glasgow Highlife Band
Unoma Okudo
Ha Orchestra

PAASFest, our annual festival celebrates the existence of the artistic practice and excellence rooted in the African experience in Scotland. Our focus on developing international work takes a Scottish African Diaspora approach to creating links within the wider African Diaspora and also promoting learning, access and participation in the Scottish Arts and creative industries scene.

PAASFest 2014, launches PAAS 25 anniversary celebration July – October 2015 as well as the first African orchestra in Scotland Ha Orchestra as part of Culture 2014 festival during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. This year’s celebration is on the 26th July at the Community Central Halls

Culture 2014 Commonwealth Games Cultural Progamme

The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is a national celebration. Culture 2014 will showcase dance, theatre, music, and visual arts, comedy and much more in the run up to and after the Commonwealth Games, with Festival 2014 transforming the Host City at Games time. The Cultural Programme is a partnership between Glasgow 2014 organising Committee, Glasgow Life and Creative Scotland through National Lottery.

PAAS’ Ha orchestra is featuring in the Culture 2014 and Festival 2014 programme at various venues across the City of Glasgow.

1. The Queen’s Baton Relay | 21st July 2014 | Victoria Park Glasgow

2. BBC at The Quay | 23rd July 2014

3. Merchant City Festival  25th July 2014 | Merchants Square

African Music Workshops | 11:00 – 12:00

Lunchtime Concert |12:30 – 1:30

4. PAASFest 2014 | 26th July 2014

Highlife Music Guitar Master Classes | 10:00 – 2:00 pm

The Gathering Concert | Door and bar opens 7:00 pm

5. Emancipation Day | 1st August | Glasgow Green

6. The Kelvingrove Bandstand | 2nd August

The Scottish Centre of Excellence for African Arts