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By Fiona Reid
Arts festival kicks off

THE 42nd Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival opens today, followed by ten days of artists, world class performers and diverse culture in venues across the region

It’s Scotland’s largest rural performing arts festival and this year’s programme will feature  a travelling stage, live outdoor shows, pop up performances and an online programme accessible from anywhere across the country

Centred around the theme Hame’ll Dae Me, there will be music, theatre, dance, comedy and spoken word – with something for everyone.

Highlights include stand up comedian Mark Nelson, Scottish singer Emily Smith, Dumfries band The Lucky Doves, The Scottish Ensemble, poet Chrys Salt, harpists Wendy Stewart, young trad musician Rose Byers, mind reader Brandon Barrett – and much more.

Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival’s strategic and creative director Melanie Purdie, pictured above with Grant Dinwoodie and Catriona McGhie, said: “Dumfries and Galloway has a thriving cultural scene and the Arts Festival remains a vital component of Scotland’s arts calendar each year. With so many artists from the region being unable to perform over the past 18 months, we recognise and celebrate the burgeoning creatives this summer. It marks the start of a highly anticipated return to theatre, gigs and shows that we can’t wait to bring to audiences over the next ten days and beyond with our year-round Arts Live programme.”

Photo above by Mike Bolam


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