Fringe benefits


Performers and events organisers are invited to join the region’s longest running arts festival for 2016.

The Fringe programme of the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival is a popular addition to the annual festival programme which has taken place for 10 days at the end of May for the past 36 years.

This year, over 13 Fringe events were held at venues across the region in music, drama and literature. These included concerts by X-Factor winner Joe McElderry, Clan Blues, the Razorbills, Langholm Town Band, Mick Flavin and Altan;  the Timbertown Girls musical Theatre and drama from Crossmichael Drama Club; the magic of the spoken word with Brindley Hallam Dennis and Marilyn Messenger; Tom Pow’s book launch at Moat Brae; WagTonues pop-up bookshop; a celebration of SR Crockett with the Galloway Raiders; and a spooky investigation at a reputedly haunted pub with fearless Dumfries’ ghost hunters Mostly Ghostly.

Ghost hunters in high spirits-media-2For its 37th 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 act wishing to take part in Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival Fringe should click HERE to download an application form or contact Peter (01387 259627) for an informal chat.