Meet the team

 Dani Rae is our new Festival Director who joined the team in October 2018. Originally from Annan, Dani is an experienced cultural producer who has worked across the creative industries for the last 15 years and was most recently Head of Participant Services for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society. Here, she led the team responsible for supporting all venues, companies and the arts industry, enabling them to be part of the world’s largest arts festival.

Lou Davis is our Festival Manager and played a key role in the success of Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival for seven years. Lou is the key contact for all venues and promoters and co-ordinates the festival programme to deliver fantastic ten day festivals year after year. Lou also manages the Youth Promoters Group for with even more activity this year with the Scottish Government’s themed Year of Young People 2018.

Suzie Thorpe is the Office & Administrative Assistant of the team and a local business woman whose financial expertise and office management skills deliver the smooth running of operations. Suzie joined the team in 2016.

Sharon Makepeace is Communications Manager and joined the team in August 2018. She has a background in corporate and consumer pr, media account management, marketing and advertising having worked for companies such as DraftWorldWide,The Highland News Group, VisitScotland and EventScotland as well as freelancing for a range of clients across the health, legal and tourism sectors.

John Dinning is Technical & Events Co-ordinator, freelance for Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival and Arts Live programmes. John has a background in sound engineering and live events production and plays a crucial part in the team by ensuring all events run smoothly.

 Our Young Promoters Group plays an important role in delivering an exciting programme for young people in the region. It is an open group always welcoming new members and headed up by Project Assistant to the YPG, Catriona McGhie.