MORE than 40,000 people partied at a free festival in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park this weekend.

Audiences at the Dandelion Festival danced to headliners Les Amazon d’Afrique, Newton Faulkner, and Admiral Fallow Niteworks in front of the “Pavilion of Perpetual Light” – a ‘living stage’ made from accelerated growing cubes, with live vegetable plants inside.

The non-ticketed event transformed the park with live music, street theatre, talks, workshops and creative activities exploring sustainability, community growing and climate action.

Scottish and international artists performed across three stages.

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Alongside the music line-up was a creative programme of activities for all ages. Scientists, activists, technologists and writers came together with chefs, musicians, artists and performers to spark conversations around food poverty, climate action and sustainability.

On Sunday afternoon, more than 8,000 plants were given away to people at a mass free plant giveaway to inspire the public to grow at home, while a 5m-tall singing art installation made of flowers and plants serenaded the growers with harvest songs.

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Jenny Niven, Dandelion executive producer, said: “The park has been an absolute joy to be in this weekend. We've been absolutely thrilled with the atmosphere, and people have been so positively engaged it's been terrific.

“From the children who came in their droves on Friday and danced in the rain to Oi Musica, to the thousands of new growers who picked up their lemon balm and chives in the sunshine at the Free For All, it's been totally uplifting to be able to create a festival community at Kelvingrove this weekend.

“The message to 'sow, grow and share' - whether that's music, ideas, or plants - was fully embraced at the Dandelion Festival and we're delighted more than 44,000 people came out to do just that.

“It is very clear people are ready to come together again and that food, music, and community are always cause for celebration; we hope this weekend's events help show everyone can get involved in growing and getting creative and look forward to seeing people throughout the summer at Dandelion events all around Scotland.”

Donald Shaw, music director for Dandelion, added: “It’s been an amazing weekend on many levels. With festivals, for me, the most special thing is always the unique musical moments that connect artists and audiences – like a packed park singing along with Newton Faulkner.

“The extraordinary Malian band Les Amazones D’Afrique, whose irresistible grooves and songs of empowerment sent thousands home smiling and with a growing love for their music.”