Region can stage performing arts with support for ambition

The region’s venues and promoters are being encouraged to apply for financial and advisory support to help deliver the next season of performing arts events.

As part of the Arts Live programme, powered by Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival, applications are now being invited in to the year-round programme which is about to enter its third year.

Arts Live offer Support for Ambition, a financial initiative which enables venues and promoters to try something new in terms of their programming or attract a new audience. Venues in the region who are interested in staging performing arts events are encouraged to get in touch to discuss ideas to include in the next programme which will help deliver a calendar of events to run from 1 March until the end of August, 2019.

Pic caption: Within this Dust presented by Shaper/Caper performs at the CatStrand and Theatre Royal in February 2019.

Director of the charity, Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival, Dani Rae, is encouraging venues and promoters to take advantage of the help available;

“We’ve got a brilliant variety of venues located from Stranraer to Gretna and everywhere in between and the Arts Live network supports the production of quality performing arts whether it be in a village hall, theatre, pub or arts centre. I’d like to encourage our region’s venues and promoters to take advantage of the Arts Live programme which is supported regionally and nationally and ultimately delivers a great performance for local people and visitors to enjoy.”

 Karen Dick, Place, Partnerships and Communities at Creative Scotland said: “Arts Live enables vital provision of rural touring across Dumfries and Galloway, giving venues and promoters the chance to try something different and reach new communities and audiences.  Over 40 years, Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival has created a strong reputation for providing a programme to engage and support communities across the region.” 

 The current programme of Arts Live runs until the end of February and has included award-winning touring performances such as children’s show, Martha by Catherine Wheels and The End of Eddy by Untitled Projects. In February Arts Live deliver Within this Dust, a critically acclaimed dance theatre production by Dundee based Shaper Caper which has achieved sell-out audiences around the world with the show inspired by Richard Drew’s iconic image of a man falling from the World Trade Centre on 9/11. Within this Dust will be performed in CatStrand, New Galloway (Friday 8 Feb) and Theatre Royal, Dumfries (Saturday 9 Feb).

The deadline for applications for Arts Live ‘Support for Ambition’ is Thursday 27th December. For more information visit