Pan African Arts Scotland
20 April 2014 

We are committed to creating artistic work that relates to the Black experience in Scotland and which also explores universal human aspirations and follies and to make such work accessible to the widest range of audiences in Scotland and beyond.

PAASFest, is a collaborative project bringing together multiple partners and participants to deliver a highly visible performance arts programme in public spaces.

PAASFest 2012 'The Gathering' Video from Gameli Tordzro on Vimeo.

The Gathering Concert

We are grateful to all those who came to support the Gathering Concert at the Glad Cafe on the 4th and 5th. We have already started planning PAASFest 2014 which falls on out 25th Anniversary in July at the time when the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be in Glasgow.

This will be an exiting time for us in PAAS and we invite everybody to join us to celebrate a landmark period in our history. Look out for the videos of PAASFest 2013 coming soon.

We still rely on your generous donation to bring you all the exciting events next year. Please click on the donate button and follow the onscreen instruction.
Your donation will go a long way to make PAASFest a great Festival of African Arts in Scotland

PAAS depends on the kind donations of various individuals and grant agencies to carry out its projects programmes and arts activities. We will be grateful to receive your kind donations.

Festival Aim
Our key aim is to create a platform for access and participation for all, and to programme opportunities, including professional development, for artists, arts and cultural workers and our audience of people from all walks of life.

Outcomes we are working towards

We have set out to pursue the following outcomes:

“Arts professionals and their communities are
engaged and flourish together”

“People who live in Scotland are enriched by participating in
an enjoyable and memorable experience”

"People who visit Scotland are attracted to return as a part of the a shared Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy"

Our interest and our focus at this time, in the short term, is on how people from various backgrounds and communities engage with each other through participating in our festival. In the long term we want to make it possible for artistes and our audiences to continue ‘flourishing’ together as part of our own development. We are interested, especially with our GRAMNet partners at Glasgow University, in exploring ways of capturing, measuring, analyzing and evaluating the various levels of the ‘engagement’ and ‘flourishing’ processes and sharing this knowledge will all interested.

The 'HA' African Orchestra
PAAS is setting up a new African instruments orchestra The 'HA' African Orchestra, in partnership with the Community Central Halls. We will teach various musical instruments, tunes, performance practice and put up regular shows in the Community Central Halls and across the country. We are inviting both children and adults even if you have never played an African to join. Registration is open. You can request an application form on our contact page.

Creative Scotland
Glasgow Life
Glasgow City Council
Voluntary Action Fund
BBC Children In Need Fund
Peoples Post Code Trust