Fourteen projects shared a £70,000 funding pot to support the delivery of a range of exciting arts programmes taking place across the region.
The 40th Anniversary of Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival, which took place for ten days over the end of May, has successfully attracted new and diverse audiences who enjoyed 50 events across 34 venues region-wide.
A full report will become available in July but early evidence suggests an approximate 9% increase in ticket sales on last year, with audiences deeming the events to be of a high quality and many stating it was their first time attending the region’s arts festival.
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Two of Scotland’s best-loved cultural events are joining forces to promote Dumfries and Galloway as a centre of high-quality contemporary arts.
In May and June this year Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival and Spring Fling open studios will be offering around 200 opportunities to enjoy a huge variety visual art and craft plus high quality live performances.
They have teamed up in a campaign to capitalise on their position in Scotland’s cultural calendar by producing joint visitor information with a fold-out map displaying locations for this year’s activity. The map, which will also be available online, shows where people can find 94 studios as well as afternoon and evening performances of award-winning live performances taking place at venues throughout the region. Spring Fling studio visitors will be able to meet professional artists and makers who create high quality ceramics, furniture, glassware, jewellery, painting, printmaking and textiles.
The festival’s live performances, which take place at theatres, village and town halls, arts centres and pubs, offer the best of comedy, dance, theatre, music and spoken word.
The 40th annual D&G Arts Festival has 50 performances over 10 days from 24 May to 2 June while the main Spring Fling open studios weekend takes place between 25 and 27 May. There will also be more than 15 workshops and master-classes, evening events and public art.
The arts festival presents events in venues across the region and Spring Fling artists can be found in studios throughout Dumfries and Galloway. Among the highlights will be Lucy Porter with her award-winning show Pass it On and folk legends Martin and Eliza Carthy.
For further details on Spring Fling please visit www.spring-fling.co.uk
For the Arts Festival programme visit www.dgartsfestival.org.uk.
Thornhill-based Cample Line join 40 artists, dancers, choreographers, musicians, writers, theatre makers, festivals and organisations to receive a share over £850,000 National Lottery funds in the latest round of Creative Scotland’s Open Project funding awards.
The independent arts organisation is dedicated to presenting thought-provoking international contemporary art and film for both local residents and visitors. It plans to use the funding award to present a thought-provoking programme of international contemporary art and film, and artist-run space.
Find out more from Creative Scotland.
OutPost are hosting a High Street Take Over in Langholm on Saturday 6th April, from 11am to 3pm with free food, place-making activities, screen-printing, candle-making, historical costumes and facepainting.
The aim of the day is to allow and encourage young people in the town to actively 'signpost' the future direction of Langholm. Supported by Pidgin Perfect's Upstart project, OutPost Arts will be delivering participatory and interactive sessions at venues along Langholm High Street.
Find out more from Pidgin Perfect.
BIG LIT, the Stewartry Book Festival, takes place this year from 1st to 5th May, with five bumper days of poetry, launches, prose, talks, film, puppets, history, workshop, buskers, song, installation, exhibition, politics, music and cabaret. There's also a children’s programme of magical time travel and folk tales.
Among this year's guests are:
and many, many more.
Events will be held in Gatehouse of Fleet and Kirkcudbright.
Full programme details available online.
Contact Big Lit for tickets or call Galloway Lodge on 01557 814001, open daily from 10am to 5pm.
Wigtown Festival Company was crowned the winner of the Innovation in Tourism award at the Scottish Thistle Awards National Final on 14th March.
Wigtown Festival Company, responsible for transforming Wigtown into Scotland’s National Book Town, was named best in the business at Scotland’s biggest awards night in tourism.
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£345m of funding commitments have been announced for the Borderlands Growth Deal.
This proposed deal covers the council areas of Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish Borders, Northumberland, Cumbria and Carlisle City.
In his Spring Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond unveiled a UK government commitment of £260m, adding to a previous Scottish government commitment of £85m over a 10-year period.
Read more from the BBC.
A series of free events brings together local and national agencies to support organisations in the new South of Scotland Economic Partnership region to develop enterprising activities.
This support programme is designed for individuals, staff, managers or board members of community groups, social enterprises and charities, and there will be a range of events to suit organisations at different stages of their enterprise journey.
The various activities will take place throughout the year across the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.
Find out more from Social Investment Scotland.
An artist residency programme at a former Lemonade Factory in Sanquhar is among 31 receipients of over £790,000 of National Lottery funding awarded through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund.
The Merz Artists' Residency will support six artists in residence for up to two months.
Find out more from Creative Scotland.