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  • Kirkcudbright Festival of Light


    Kirkcudbright Festival of Light 2019

    Come to Kirkcudbright in October for Kirkcudbright Festival of Light.

    Kirkcudbright Festival of Light is 10 days of performances. art installations and illuminated experiences

    Find out all about this amazing event in Kirkcudbright, South West Scotland by visiting their website on the link button below.

    Kirkcudbright is also on the newly launched road route – South West Coastal 300. Why not combine your festival experience with exploring some of this delightful new route?

     
     
  • Big Burns Supper 2021


     

    January 25th 2021

     

    We have joined forces with Scotland’s much loved comic hero of 2020, Janey Godley as we go digital for 2021. Marking the festival’s 10th anniversary, Janey Godley’s Big Burns Supper is
    Broadcast free of charge across Big Burns Supper’s Facebook and YouTube channels, on January 25th 2021
    Free to view on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/BigBurnsSupper/

     

     

     

     

    For all the details, visit BigBurnsSupper.com now!

     
     
  • The Gallery at Laurieston


    Unfortunately we are closed at the moment due to Government Restrictions

    We look forward to welcoming you back as soon as we are able.

     

     

    https://www.facebook.com/GalleryAtLaurieston/

    www.pmcphotography.co.uk

     

     
     
  • Wigtown Book Festival 2020 On Line


    County Buildings and marquee during Wigtown Book Festival

     

    Wigtown Book Festival 2020

    ‘Resilient’ Wigtown Book Festival to go online

    The next Wigtown Book Festival will take place online, organisers announced today (15 May).

    Maintaining its pre-announced dates (25 Sept – 4 Oct), the 2020 festival will have two main themes: Resilience and Connection.

    Creative director Adrian Turpin said:

    “A key aim this year will be to raise the profile of Scotland’s National Book Town in Wigtown, its businesses and the cultural attractions of Dumfries & Galloway. The Wigtown Book Festival has a powerful role to play as we all look forward to eventual recovery, when the region will be able to welcome visitors again.

    “Nobody wanted this situation but a digital festival gives us opportunities to reach new audiences locally, nationally and internationally.”

    Inspired by Wigtown’s rebirth as a Book Town, the

    Resilience theme will explore the explosion of creativity that has emerged in response to the current crisis. It will also feature a digital showcase for the town’s many bookshops, plus The Kist, a virtual marketplace for artisan crafts and food producers.

    Connection will celebrate Wigtown and its region’s international links in a number of events. This will include link-ups with other Book Towns around the world.

    As well as live online speaker events, the 2020 festival will feature its usual mix of art exhibitions, film events, music and performance. A crowdfunding campaign will be launched later this summer to help support the festival.

    Since March, Wigtown Book Festival has been offering a wide-ranging menu of digital content in response to lockdown, supported by Baillie Gifford. This includes a programme of live-streamed midweek events (#WigtownWednesdays) with writers such as Sally Magnusson, Hallie Rubenhold and Natalie Haynes, new writing commissions and a dedicated festival podcast. All are available on the festival website (wigtownbookfestival.com),

    Talking about her involvement in the festival, Sally Magnusson said: “I’m delighted that the Magnusson Lecture will be online and that the festival will bring some of the previous lectures to a wider audience through the creative use of digital. Wigtown has already been engaging wonderfully with audiences during the crisis, and I’ve enjoyed participating myself.  I can’t wait for the autumn festival.”

    Adrian Turpin added: “We have already put a lot of effort into creating original digital content, because we felt it was vital to engage our existing audiences and attract new ones throughout the crisis. This experience will stand us in good stead as we deliver a fully digital festival this year, with the hope that in 2021 we can all gather together again in one place.”

    In addition to the above, WBF20 will feature the following activity with the full programme to be revealed in August:

    • Heartland ~ a programme of events celebrating the South of Scotland as Scotland’s Literary Heartland
    • Solway to Sea ~ a series of live-streamed events supported by Scottish Natural Heritage as part of Year and Coasts and Waters 2020.
    • The Magnusson Lecture ~ historian Rosemary Goring will deliver the annual Magnusson Lecture, in honour of Magnus Magnusson, which will go digital for the first time. It will be supported by a selection of previous lectures on video.
    • Arc ~ a series of events exploring the shared cultural heritage of the Atlantic periphery, from Ireland to the Nordic lands.
    • A separate children’s programme (Big Wig) and young people’s programme (WigWam).
    • Wigtown’s Got Talent ~ the author-local talent competition will be brought back in a new digital format.
    • Wigtown Poetry Prize ~ as usual the festival will announce the winners of the Wigtown Poetry Prize categories with judges Roseanne Watt, George Watt and Anna Frater.

    As well as live online speaker events, the 2020 festival will feature its usual mix of art exhibitions, film events, music and performance. A crowdfunding campaign will be launched later this summer to help support the festival.

    Whether you visit the festival every year or this is your first time, we wish you the warmest of Galloway welcomes.

    https://www.wigtownbookfestival.com/programme/

    https://www.wigtownbookfestival.com/blog/news-festival-statement

    Wigtown Book Festival 2020 is the 22nd annual festival.

    Over 200 events for all ages including literature,  music, film, theatre, arts and crafts. (more…)

     
     
  • Kirkcudbright Events 2020 by Visit Kirkcudbright


    Kirkcudbright has a busy schedule of events throughout the 2020 season.

    Covid-19 (Coronavirus)
    It is with great regret that following some discussion and advice from local and national governing bodies, Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities have currently decided to suspend all events until the end of July due to the ongoing concerns owing to Covid-19 (Coronavirus). This decision will be reviewed in June in case there is any updates on whether we need to extend or reduce the cancellations.  Please see the following page for more details

     
     
  • Spring Fling 2021


    Spring Fling 2021

    New Dates and schedule to be announced soon

     

     

     

     

     

    Studios of artists, designers, photographers potters and all manner of creative crafts are on display for this magical long weekend at the end of May.
    Renowned as the most successful contemporary visual art & craft open studio event in Scotland and one of the best in the UK, Spring Fling brings around 30,000 visitors from across the world to artists’ studios in Dumfries & Galloway, South West Scotland each year in Spring.

    2021 sees the 19th anniversary of Spring Fling in Dumfries & Galloway!!

    https://www.facebook.com/weareupland/photos/a.133445237009414/1289535798067013/?type=3

    Have a look at the Spring Fling 2015 Video

     
     
  • The Autumn Kist


    The Autumn Kist

     

     

    Organised by Wigtown Festival Company, ‘The Kist’ events take place 3 times a year, Spring, Summer and Autumn.

    The Autumn Kist takes place during the Book Festival from Friday 27th September until Sunday 6th October with loads of fabulous businesses on show

     
     
  • Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2021


    Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival

     

    Coronavirus Information     2020 Main Event in May Cancelled

    Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival has made the difficult decision to cancel May’s main event after advice from the Scottish and UK Governments on the current Coronavirus crisis.

     

     

    Arts Festival  21st May – 30th May 2021

    Arts Live – Year Round

     

    THE 2021 FESTIVAL WILL RUN FROM 21st-30th MAY.

    OUR YEAR-ROUND EVENTS CALENDAR ARTS LIVE DELIVERS QUALITY PERFORMING ARTS ACROSS THE REGION OFFERING QUALITY THEATRE, COMEDY, CONTEMPORARY DANCE, MUSIC AND MORE!

    COME SEE A SHOW AND CHECK OUT WWW.DGARTSLIVE.ORG.UK 

    FOLLOW OUR EVENTS ON FACEBOOK

     

     

     
     
 
 
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