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  • Spring Fling 2020

    Spring Fling 2020

    This is now a digital event

    18th – 25th May

    Details below

    In these uncertain times of a global health epidemic, it is with great disappointment that the Board and Staff of Upland Arts Development CIC have made the difficult decision to postpone Spring Fling Open Studios (23-25 May) until later in the year.

    Spring Fling 2020




    As you know, Spring Fling Open Studios this May has been postponed due to COVID-19. Until we can bring you news of the postponed event, we are aiming to fill the gap and bring a tiny bit of Spring Fling to you, in your homes.

    So, we are delighted to present SF | At Home, a brand new suite of digital activity to bring creativity into your homes, update you on each Studio and allow you to still buy from your favourite Spring Fling studios.

    SF | At Home will take place online for a week from the 18-25 May 2020 and will go live on Monday 18th May (next week).

    Find out what activity we have planned on the Spring Fling website – more information will also be released on Monday 18th when everything goes live!




    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.

    2020 sees the 18th anniversary of Spring Fling in Dumfries & Galloway!!

    Saturday 23rd – Monday 25th May


    Have a look at the Spring Fling 2015 Video

  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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.




  • 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.






  • 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 (,

    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.

    Wigtown Book Festival 2020 is the 22nd annual festival.

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

  • Boswell Book Festival 2020

    Boswell Book Festival

    9th -11th October 2020


    is held each year in Dumfries House, Cumnock.

    The Festival is named after James Boswell, a writer from Ayrshire who is regarded as being the inventor of modern biography.


    Bestselling authors put the art of confessional memoir and biography-writing on show in the glorious setting of Dumfries House, southwest Scotland.

    Authors featured by Boswell Book Festival in the past have included Sally Magnusson, Kate Adie, Bill Paterson, John Byrne and many more.


    Please check the programme for Boswell Book Festival for full details

    Robert Burns was a great admirer of James Boswell. Boswell was perhaps best known for being the biographer of Samuel Johnson and also wrote an account of a Tour to the Hebrides he made with Samuel Johnson.

    Dumfries House, in which the festival is based is a beautiful stately home and was designed by the Adams Brothers. It is home to an amazing collection of Thomas Chippendale furniture and is set in 2,000 acres in Ayrshire. The house and furniture was secured for the nation as a result of an initiative brokered by HRH Prince Charles and using £20 million of his own charitable foundation funds.







  • Big Burns Supper 2021


    2021 Dates to be announced




    Probably the largest Burns Supper Event in Scotland or beyond – 12 days, many venues and a Burns Night Carnival with a cast of over 5,000!

    One of the mail attractions for 2019 was none other than K T Tunstall!

    Not one to miss – entertainment includes cabaret, comedy, music and poetry.

    For all the details, visit now!

  • 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

  • Angela Lawrence Art Exhibitions 2020

    Angela Lawrence of Clience Studio, Castle Douglas will be holding an exhibition of Oil and Watercolour Paintings in September 2020.

    More information can be found on her website

    Solo exhibition

    of oil and Watercolour paintings from Galloway

    2nd September 2020 – 12th September 2020


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