Thank you for your continued support of Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival. What an exciting year we have ahead!

We’ve welcomed new team members – Dani Rae our new Director and Sharon Makepeace our new Communications Manager, who recently joined the team.

We’re looking forward to celebrating our 40th anniversary with you, so look out for your invite to our fantastic opening night for next year’s festival (24 May – 2 June, 2019). As a member, you of course receive special offers, invitations to festival receptions, voting at our AGM and quarterly newsletters, to give you the latest information about what’s going on.

You also receive two FREE tickets if you ask a friend to join our Membership Scheme. To take full advantage of all offers please send your email address to     So…….what’s coming up?

Pic: Brilliance, presented by Farnham Maltings.   

Our new Arts Live, seasonal programme launched on 1 October and will run until the end of March. Highlights include Brilliance to be performed at both Sanquhar Town Hall and Lagwyne Hall, Carsphairn (7 and 8 November). The show is an intriguing tale about the slow process of rural electrification and its illumination of every corner of village life.

 Pic: Puffin presented by Snap Elastic.

Puffin is a delightful family show, suitable for children aged 7yrs+ showing at CatStrand, New Galloway and Wigtown County Buildings (21 and 22 November). The story explores our relationships and our responsibilities to each other through music and movement through an unusual friendship between a girl and a puffin.

Choreographed by multi-award winner and former BBC Radio 2 artist in residence, Thomas Small, and inspired by Richard Drew’s iconic images of a man falling from the World Trade Center Within this Dust, has been presented to sell-out audiences around the world and will perform at both CatStrand in New Galloway and The Theatre Royal in Dumfries (8 and 9  February).

Pic: Within this Dust presented by Shaper/Caper.

 Save the Date! The 40th anniversary of Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival takes place 24 May – 2 June, 2019. Put the date in your diary and make the most of this fantastic 10-day arts extravaganza.

Lastly we’re always looking for ambassadors to help raise the profile of quality arts we help deliver in the region so if you know someone who’d enjoy the great benefits of our Ambassador’s Programme then please get in touch!

We look forward to seeing you at our events soon!

 Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival Team.