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Senscot has published the fourth in their series of policy briefings – Cinema and Community Regeneration: The Role of Social Enterprise. This briefing highlights the regenerative effects that local cinema can have on communities, bringing about positive social change through a range of activities and features Driftwood Cinema as a case study.
8 members of the Community help to shape the festival’s artistic line-up by programming the best talent from across the region.
To help shape the festival’s artistic vision and content, organisers have invited 8 members of the community to help galvanise one of their event spaces and populate it with local performers and musicians from across Dumfries and Galloway.
Sean Moore, James Henderson, Martin McKeown and Katriona Bailey, Angie Briggs, Lyn Cuddihy and Orla Barry Stairmund – aka, L.O.K.A – have programmed the festivals ‘Free Fringe’ event, which takes place in their new event space – The Container Theatre.
Artists like Ward and Watson, Scott Maxwell and even local author Lucy Cameron, have been added to the programme, which features over 60 FREE performances throughout the 10 day festival.
Associate Producer with the festival, Jack Finlay, said:
‘’ By enabling people from the community to help programme events like the Free Fringe, it helps us to bring together a really varied and eclectic programme that features as many local artists as possible. ‘Fringe’ has always been about accessible work, and we really value our audience and I guarantee that the Free Fringe is where you will find those really special and intimate moments at this year’s festival.
Other events include a magic show by local performer and magician, Brandon Barret, on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th January at 6:30pm and even some live DJ workshop’s from local music producers and DJ’s, Easy Skankin Crew on Friday 26th January at 13:15.
On Thursday, the festival also opened the doors to their new Box Office on the Whitesands, which is open from 10am – 5pm, or you can contact them on 01387 271 820.
The upcoming meeting of the Cross Party Group on Health Inequalities, which will discuss What can arts and culture do for health inequalities?
It will take place on 7th December in the Scottish Parliament and will feature presentations from:
- Leonie Bell, Head of Culture Strategy, Scottish Government
- Margaret O’Connor, Chief Executive, Art in Healthcare
More information can be found here.
DGU’s strategic plan makrs the end of a significant moment in Dumfries and Galloway’s cultural history. The region’s creative sector has emerged from a periof of uncertainty and we, along with our partners, are proud of our contribution to creating a new era of stability, confidence and growth for our creative sector.
Our strategic plan 2017-21, Distil, can be found here: DGU_Srategic_Plan_FINAL.
The hugely popular Feral Choir brings light to the middle of winter with songs and stories that have been handed down through the generations.
Forgotten Carols will be performed in Dalry, Twynholm, Dumfries and Kirkpatrick Durham on the weekend of 15th-17th December. The programme includes a mediaeval version of The Holly and the Ivy and a tale of Robin Redbreast written by Robert Burns.
See http://www.feralchoir.co.uk/news/ for more information and booking details. All tickets are £10.
Friday 15th December: Dalry Town Tall, 7.30pm
Saturday 16th: Twynholm Village Hall, 4pm
Sunday 17th December: Dumfries Museum, 2.30pm
Sunday 17th December: Kirkpatrick Durham Village Hall, 6.30pm
Edinburgh actresses in Dumfries initiative to stage Simon Farquhar’s new Christmas themed play as part of A Play, A Poet & A Pastry
Actresses Gemma Stroyan and Mary McCusker have been chosen for a theatrical challenge that involves staging a brand new play after just two rehearsals.
What makes it even tougher is that the second rehearsal takes place the day of the show itself – which is at the Theatre Royal, Dumfries, on Friday, 24 November.
Wassail Party by Simon Farquhar has only just been written, and is a two-hander exploring loss and longing in a way that’s well suited to the season and the turning of the year.
Book online at theatreroyaldumfries.co.uk, and at Midsteeple Box Office on 01387 253383.
One of the most unusual and exciting pieces of British theatre comes to the region at the end of the month.
Farnham Maltings’ upbeat and “fabulous” performance of Brilliance will light up Lockerbie Town Hall on 29 November and Wigtown County Buildings on 30 November.
Brilliance is a 90-minute theatrical event that celebrates progress and change in a bright new world.
1963, winter. Everyone is gathering in the village hall.
Daisy places her hand on the switch, presses it down, and life is never the same again.
Long after its arrival in the city, the slow process of rural electrification is starting to illuminate every corner and crevice of village life. As the dark evenings hold us in, 240 volts of alternating current and the humble electric light bulb allows us to gather and sing long into the night.
More information can be found here.