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By Christie Breen
Carnival chance for schools

PRIMARY schools from across Dumfries and Galloway are being encouraged to get involved with the 2025 Dumfries Carnival.

Organisers of the Big Burns Supper are recruiting primary schools to take part in the six-month project, which will culminate in a colourful parade this winter.

However, it will all start in August when 20 schools will get the chance to take part in performing arts workshops delivered by industry professional in theatre and dance.

The free programme of workshops in theatre and dance will be delivered by a team of six specialists who will travel throughout the region creating a carnival community in all corners of Dumfries and Galloway.

Each school group will eventually take part in the parade which is scheduled for January 17 2025 at 5 pm.

Participating pupils would ideally be aged P5-P7, or whole through years if it is a smaller rural school.

More than 1000 costumes have already been made by volunteers which were designed by artists from the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin.

Carnival creative director Justin Hyslop is encouraging as many schools as possible to put themselves forward and said: “Our carnival project is one of our biggest community projects in Scotland, and the 2025 edition will be special for many reasons, not least because it will have been five years since the festival was staged at that scale.

“We love getting out there and working with pupils, teachers, and the school communities in the run up to the festival, it is what makes Big Burns Supper so unique.”

Schools are asked to register their interest at


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