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  • Spring Fling 2021

    Spring Fling 2021

    Spring Fling 2021

    We’re thrilled to finally announce the first details of the Spring Fling 2021 event.

    In light of the ongoing pandemic, we’ve been carefully planning to ensure that this year’s event can go ahead in the safest possible way whilst still bringing that Spring Fling spirit we all love!

    The dates for this year’s event are: 29 May – 6 June 2021






    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!!

    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

  • 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…)

  • 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?

  • Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2021

    Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival



    Arts Festival  16th – 25th July 2021

    Arts Live – Year Round


    THE 2021 FESTIVAL WILL RUN FROM 16th – 25th July 2021


    Our aim in 2021 is to reconnect with local artists, audiences and our performing arts network, creating lasting connections after a long and difficult period of isolation. With a safe, interactive programme across the region our refreshed Festival plan takes us forward into the heart of Dumfries & Galloway communities, in a way that is more inclusive and diverse than ever before.

    The plan is entirely new for 2021, with a blended and adaptable mix of live, outdoor socially distanced performances by local artists in their own communities and a D&G Digital Arts Festival with artists from across Scotland, it is hoped that focusing on events that can be organised in a safe format will build the regions confidence to attend live events once more.





  • 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





    For all the details, visit 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.




  • Boswell Book Festival 2021

    Boswell Book Festival

    10th – 16th June 2021

    First Virtual Festival



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

    We hope you can join us from the comfort of your home for what looks set to be a terrific six-day event, chaired by Scottish authors, exploring different aspects of life writing: diaries, letters, biographies and memoirs as well as digital forms such as podcasts, YouTube and blogs. We will also run a series of masterclasses, that we hope will encourage people to start writing their own life stories.
    This year’s children’s festival will run over the course of the weekend for families to enjoy at home and then into the following week for schools. Curated by former Edinburgh International Book Festival Programme Director, Janet Smyth, the performances, talks and workshops will tell the stories of inspiring lives, past and present, and explore ways for young audiences to find ways to tell their own stories.
    Rather than charging for talks this year, we will be relying on your donations to help finance the Festival which is run by a charity. With no geographical boundaries for attendance, please spread the word to friends far and wide. We look forward to sharing the full programme of events with you in late April. Sign up for updates at









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