About us

The Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival 2019 will run from Friday, 24 May to Sunday, 2 June

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Live runs year-round. For this season’s programme, see www.dgartslive.org.uk 

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Our mission

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival brings the performing arts to the region, engaging with our artists and venue managers to create and stage performances which are vibrant, surprising and far-reaching.

We bring high quality, world-class productions to audiences across Dumfries & Galloway, supporting our communities to stage shows, investing in our performing artists, introducing our young people to live performance, and engaging people of all ages, from all walks of life, with our imaginative programme of workshops.

Who we are and what we do

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival

Established as the region’s premier calendar entertainments event since 1979, the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival is Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival, with more than 170 artists performing at 82 events in 42 venues across the full breadth of the region.

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Live

In June 2016, the festival team piloted a year-round touring project. Arts Live is a network of venues, performing artists and promoters hosting performing arts events across Dumfries and Galloway to create a diverse programme. We are a trusted organisation that works in partnership with a network of venues, artists and promoters to facilitate the programming of quality touring performing arts in Dumfries and Galloway.


Musical events range from unforgettable operas, to classical, jazz, traditional, contemporary and world music that are usually only experienced in the world’s city venues.

Dance, the world of books and ground-breaking theatrical performances are also mainstays of the yearly programmes, as are some well-established mini festivals in literature and song and an exciting and lively fringe.

Get involved

New members and patrons are always very welcome. Benefits include priority booking and an invitation to the Festival Opening, with Patrons receiving a free ticket to a Festival event. Please click on Membership in the menu or contact us for full details. We are also extremely grateful for the support of both local and national sponsors – individuals and businesses – who contribute greatly to the delivery of quality events that the region can be proud of.

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival!

Festival Board

Ken Gouge (Chair)
Danny MacGrain (Treasurer)
Will Adams (Company Secretary)
Mark Alexander

Ruth Morris
Andrea Thompson
Anne Barclay
Alan Hall
Lee Medd

Festival Director
Dani Rae
Festival Manager
Louise Davies
Communications Manager
Sharon Makepeace

For  information about joining our board see here,