Fringe benefits 2017


Les Impromptues_SmallPerformers and events organisers are invited to join Scotland’s largest rural performing arts festival for 2017.

The Fringe programme of the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, which takes place next year between Friday, 26 May and Sunday, 4 June, is a popular addition to the annual festival programme which has been running for 10 days at the end of May for the past 37 years.

This year, over 13 Fringe events were held at venues across the region in music, drama and literature. These included The Stéphane Grappelli Story featuring the Andy Lawrenson Trio;  a two-date mini literary festival in Castle Douglas with the region’s itinerant bookshop: WagTongues; entertainment Spanish style with the Juan Martin Flamenco Trio with their Arte Flamenco Puro; a Scottish spin on Shakespeare’s classic play: Twelfth Nicht; a talk on buildings and their place in history for the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust; a lively pub gig by Moffat band Clan Blues; an impromptu dance routine for Spring Fling; and an innovative and exciting investigation into Dumfries’ links with the fated White Star Liner, RMS Titanic, with the region’s favourite ghost hunters Mostly Ghostly.

Flamenco TrioFor its 38th year, the festival intends to fill its brochure with more independently-run acts from the region to a wider audience.

Programme director, Peter Renwick, said: “The Fringe is a way of opening up the festival and making sure anyone holding a performance event can have a chance to take part.

“Performance may take the form of the spoken word, music, theatre, comedy and dance or a combination of any or all.

“Benefits to performers will be free publicity, including inclusion in our brochure which has a print run of 15,000; website, print, press and social media presence.

“For us, this is the opportunity to show off the wealth and diversity of exciting, innovative performing arts talent around the region.”

Any venue, performer or promoter who wishes to take part in Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival Fringe should click HERE to download an application form or contact Peter Renwick, programme director, on 01387 259627 for an informal chat.

Please be aware that your event must take place during the 2017 Festival: 26 May to 4 June.