The 2017 Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival programme is out and tickets are now available for a wonderful selection of world-class performing arts events at venues across the region.
The 38th festival, which takes place between 26 May and 4 June, was launched at a special reception in Loch Arthur, Beeswing, on Wednesday evening. Board members, festival members and patrons, representatives of Dumfries & Galloway Council, festival ambassadors, venue managers, regional press and promoters got together to welcome this year’s event and hear about our most ambitious programme to date.
The festival kicks off on the evening of 26 May with Karine Polwart’s Wind Resistance at the Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries. The show will herald 10 days of international award-winning theatre; musicianship from around the world, ranging from classical to rock; comedians and street performers and the very best of Dumfries and Galloway’s talented performing artists.
Festival highlights include the Scottish Ensemble returning to the region with another of their popular residencies; the Daleian Singers Male Voice Choir with Stranraer’s award-winning Scots trad singer Robyn Stapleton in Dumfries and Newton Stewart; classical concerts by the Universities of Scotland Symphony Orchestra in Lockerbie and the amazing Tinderbox Orchestra in Dumfries. Scottish Opera also make a welcome comeback to the festival with their popular pop-up roadshow to Port Logan and Threave and mezzo-soprano Jane Money, accompanied by Richard Haslam on piano, will give two concerts at the Swallow Theatre, Whithorn, featuring classical music with a Scottish connection and the Golden Age of musicals.
In their 10th anniversary year, performance choir Cairn Chorus will bring their beautifully diverse music project, Song Cycle, to life, accompanied by local and professional musicians. They will perform a full concert at St Ninian’s Church and more site specific events around the village. They will then join forces with Scottish Ensemble to perform the premiere of the brand new song set entitled Cairn Valley Song Cycle at the Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries.
The amazing Blazin’ Fiddles will give two of their high-octane, energy-fuelled concerts in Newton Stewart and Dumfries. Special guests will be Robyn Stapleton and Claire Hastings and Bellevue Rendezvous. Mairi Campbell will bring her critically-acclaimed one-woman theatre show, Pulse, to New Galloway and Dumfries; Canadian singer-songwriter Lizanne Knott performs in Annan and Stranraer; the Alex Yellowlees Band will give a concert in Colvend; and the talented young voices of Elia Davidson and Kate Kyle can be heard in Dumfries.
The festival also takes to the Plainstanes, Dumfries, for an al fresco taster of some of the world-class performances taking place at venues around the region for the 10-day event.
Adding to this year’s many festival must-sees is an hilarious evening with acclaimed Scottish stand-up comedian Mark Nelson performing alongside Ireland’s comedy superstar Micky Bartlett in Annan and Stranraer. Award-winning female comedian street artist and writer Ruth E Cockburn will lead a workshop and laugh out loud youth comedy show for young people in Dumfries.
Innovative theatre comes in the form of circus artist and theatrical performer Phil Hardie’s Welcome My Son in Dumfries; sheer brilliance with Paines Plough’s Every Brilliant Thing in Wigtown; and a special ticket offer for Emily Carding’s Richard III: A One Woman Show and Alan Bisset’s hilarious Moira Monologues, both in New Galloway, Dumfries and Sanquhar.
A first for the festival this year is an inspirational story of a Shetland crofter who, at the age of 61, found herself cast adrift in the North Sea. Her tale is told through Drift: an incredible experience of sight and sound on Sandyhills beach, Dalbeattie.
These are just a few of the many world-class performances destined for venues across the region during this year’s Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival.
Tickets and a full programme from HERE.