Festival programme launched with party, performance and panache

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The 39th Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival was launched on Thursday with a superb concert of sublime classical strings of the Scottish Ensemble and two of the best traditional musicians to come out of Scotland:Catriona McKay (Scottish harp) and Chris Stout (fiddle).

This concert was preceded by a well-attended civic reception, with a speech by Dumfries and Galloway Council leader Elaine Murray, who launched 2018’s exciting programme of 10 days of music, theatre, dance, comedy and children’s shows taking place in venues across the region.

This year’s festival takes place between 25 May and 3 June.

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival thanks its funders, patrons, members and sponsors.


Creative Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Council, the William Grant Foundation, the Holywood Trust, DG Unlmited, the Santander Foundation and Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company.

Sponsors and advertisers:

The Open University (Scotland)
The Crichton Trust
The People’s Project
VisitScotland Dumfries & Galloway
Easterbrook Hall and Neuro’s Bar Restaurant and Spa
Dumfries and Galloway College
The University of Glasgow
Hubbub, Dumfries
The Swan, Dumfries
Dumfries Timber Company Group
Casa Mia, Dumfries
Primo Piano, Dumfries
Crawick Multiverse
Ukulele Festival of Scotland
Austin Friars, Cumbria
Holiday Inn Dumfries
The Station Hotel, Dumfries
The Theatre Royal, Dumfries


Alba Printers, Dumfries
Alive Radio, Dumfries
Barfil Charitable Trust
Clear as a Bell Marketing
Dumfries & Galloway Life
Dumfries & Galloway What’s Going on