Opening by Seamus Heaney

The official opening of GaelForce is on Saturday 17 August at 11.30am in Langholm Parish Church. We are delighted to welcome to perform the Opening Ceremony, Seamus Heaney. He is Irelands most distinguished living poet. His first book, Death of a Naturalist, appeared in 1966, and since then he has published poetry, criticism and translations for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. He received the Whitbread Book of the Year for The Spirit Level (1996) and Beowulf (1999), and Electric Light his most recent collection of poems, appeared in 2001.

He will be the main speaker at the first MacDiarmid Literary Lunch in the Buccleuch Hall at 1.00pm, (lunch) Lecture 2.00pm. The title of his lecture is THE SHIN' STREAMS. A SALUTE TO HUGH MACDIARMID. Hugh MacDiarmid is widely acknowledged as Scotland's greatest 20th century poet and polemicist. He was born in Langholm, Christopher Murray Grieve, on 11 August 1892, and it is fitting that we celebrate his life and work 110 years later at the first MacDiarmid Literary Lunch. It is planned that each year during the Langholm & Eskdale Festival of Music and Art a MacDiarmid Literary Lunch will be held which will celebrate the literary history of Scotland.




GaelForce officially opens on Saturday 17 August but there is an extensive programme of events running all the time in Dumfries and Galloway. Here is a selection, a full list can be found on Exhibitions in galleries throughout Dumfries and Galloway.

8 July

Eskdale Arts Collective. Summer Exhibition. A selection of quality art and craft from artists living in and around Eskdale, including ceramics, sculpture, watercolours, hand crafted furniture, Celtic ink paintings and jewellery. Town Hall Gallery, Market Place, Langholm. 8 July to 24 August. Open weekdays 1.30pm - 4.30pm and Saturdays 10.00am -1.00pm.

14 July

Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities 2002 From Sunday 14 July a continuous programme of events and entertainment in Kirkcudbright. Full details on,

Sunday 7 August to Thursday 11 August

Beware! The Vikings are coming! Scotland's ancient enemy, the bands of Vikings who swept down on the country in the dark ages return to Kirkcudbright with fire and sword, rape and pillage, (but it is all pretend) presented by Regia Anglorum the well established 'Living History' society. Full details on, or from local tourist information centres.

Starts 16 July - 29 August

Kirkcudbright Light A dramatised tour of Kirkcudbright in the company of Jessie M King who was Kirkcudbright's best known artist, Tour starts at the Tolbooth Arts Centre. 2.30pm every Tuesdays and Thursdays 16 July to 15 August. 4.00pm every Tuesday 20 August to 27 August. 4.00pm every Thursday 18 July to 29 August. Tickets £3/£2 from Kinnears Newsagency 01557 330233. Tolbooth Arts Centre. 01557 331556.

Friday 19 July - Saturday 20 July

Dundrennan by Kirkcudbright Wickerman Festival East Kirkcarswell Farm A two day music festival held on a 120 acre farmland site in deepest Galloway. Full details from Tourist Information Centres.

Saturday 19 July

Thornhill Chapterhouse Theatre Company Twelth Night by William Shakespeare Trigony House Hotel. 7.30pm. £10/£6. Full details 01848 331211

From 24 July to 11 September

Sounds Scottish An evening of song, dance, music and story in traditional costume with William Williamson, Ewan McGowan, Cherly Easton and piper Gavin Maxwell. Opens Wednesday 24 July then every Wednesday until 11 September 8.00pm. Old Well Theatre, Old Well Road, Moffat. £4 from Music Matters, Well St; or Chambers Art Gallery, High Street. Special GaelForce Concert on Friday 25 October with additional Breton performers from France.

Saturday 27 July

Historic Scotland Events Cutting Edge Theatre Company in Romeo & Juliet Set in 18th century Scotland Caerlaverock Castle by Dumfries. Tickets from Caerlaverock Castle. This is an outdoor performance, bring a rug, umbrella, and anti midge! 7.00pm.

Saturday 3 - Sunday 4 August

Caerlaverock Castle (on the mouth of the River Nith near Dumfries) The Commission of Array present Caerlaverock 1400 A colourful re-enactment of a summer fair which might have been held by Lord Maxwell in the summer of 1400. Full details from Historic Scotland Events Unit, Longmore House, Sailsbury Place, Edinburgh. EH9 1SH. Tel: 0131 668 8926. or

Thursday 8 August - Monday 12 August

The Queen's Jubilee Border Gathering A four day experience of the history and traditions of the Scottish Borders. Full information from Border Gathering, Magdalene House, Lochmaben, DG11 1PD. E-mail: Website:




Dance has always been part of the life of Scotland. GaelForce offers the full range of dance including traditional Scottish dance, Irish step dancing, classical ballet, contemporary dance and exotic tango.

Irish Step Dancing Trim the Velvet We are delighted to welcome back the marvellous team of beautiful Irish step dancers who in past years have delighted audiences at Portpatrick and Wigtown. This year Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities 2002 present them in Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas and Wigtown in August and they return in September as part of the Book Town Festival in Wigtown.

Tango Extravaganza Tango Tasters To promote their Argentine Tango Extravaganza on 31 August in Eskdalemuir the organisers Eskdalemuir Creative Arts are offering Tango Taster Sessions around the district led by Francis Betram and Jeannie X. Following step-by-step instruction everyone will master enough of the basics to get a taste of this exciting dance and be able to move around the room by he end of the session. Sessions will be held in the Town Hall, Lochmaben; Bruce Restaurant, Annan; Town Hall, Moffat; Scott Hay Gallery, Langholm; and Eskdalemuir Village Hall. All workshops start at 7.30pm except the workshop on 31 August which starts at 3.00pm. Tickets £5 from

Lochmaben: Friday 9 August Gus McIntyre, Community Centre, 01387 811994. Alan Thomson, DGAA. Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries 01387 253383. Information Shop. Midsteeple, Dumfries. 01387 247780

Annan: Saturday 10 August Annan TV, High Street Annan. 01461 204834. Alan Thomson, Hayknowes, Annan 01461 202215.

Moffat: Friday 16 August Music Matters. Well Street, Moffat. 01683 221649. Information Shop. Midsteeple, Dumfries. 01387 247780

Langholm: Saturday 17 August Langholm Festival Office 013873 80666. Angie Ball, 3 Ryehill Park, Eskdalemuir. 013873 73386.

Eskdalemuir: Tickets from Angie Ball, 3 Ryehill Park. Eskdalemuir. 013873 73386 Bella Green, Tigh Sonaa, Eskdalemuir. 013873 73212

Saturday 31 August

Eskdalemuir Village Hall, 7.30pm Grand Tango Dance An opportunity to dress up and dance the night away to the live music from the stylish Mazaika, the outstanding hit of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2002, who have played to rave reviews all over Europe. Demonstrations dances by Francis and Jeannie and their students. Refreshments available but please bring your own wine and plastic cups. Workshop at 3.00pm. Village Hall. Guided Visit to Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Centre with an opportunity to visit the Tibetan Tea Rooms for sweet and savoury refreshments. 5.00pm to 6.00pm. Free. Tickets from Angie Ball, 3 Ryehill Park. Eskdalemuir. 013873 73386 Bella Green, Tigh Sonaa, Eskdalemuir. 013873 73212

Thursday 26 September.

Dumfries Theatre Royal GaelForce Season. Scottish Ballet A scintillating evening of mixed classical and modern ballet: Light Fandango, Tzaikerk, Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan and Troy Game. 7.30pm £10. Friends of Scottish Ballet & Guild of Players Members £9. Children under 16 £5 from Mid Steeple, Dumfries. 01387 247780

Tuesday 8 October

Stranraer Ryan Centre Scottish Ballet Bringing together a variety of great dance the programme will include a pas de deux from the company's highly acclaimed production of Sir Frederick Ashton's charming classical ballet, The Two Pigeons, alongside Robert North's eternally popular Troy Games. This irresistible tribute to the ancient warrior spirit is a cheerful tongue-in-cheek display of male strength and machismo that will blow the roof off! The evening will feature five ballets and the whole Scottish Ballet Company. 7.30pm £12/£10.50 Ryan Centre. 01776 703535

Wednesday 23 October

Stranraer Ryan Centre Gala Programme: Ballet Fireworks: The Best of Ballet Ireland. Ballet Ireland present a stunning new production which has been specially crafted to celebrate the company's fifth year. This beautifully balanced gala programme presented by a full company of 24 dancers will offer a celebratory mix of 19th century and early 20th century excerpts from the classics to more contemporary ballets, chosen to suit and show off Ballet Ireland's very talented performers. The programme will include a new production of Les Sylphides with music by Chopin, Irish Rhapsody, music by Charles Stanford, and highlights from Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker. 7.30pm £12/£10.50 Ryan Centre. 01776 703535





GaelForce 2002 is sponsoring 8 exhibitions. In addition to the GaelForce exhibitions there are a wide range of exhibitions spread across the region's galleries. For reasons of space we can only highlight some of these but details of nearly all exhibitions can be found in "What's On" available at Tourist Information Offices or on the web site

GaelForce Exhibitions

Castle Douglas

Saturday 17 August

Threave Garden Sculpture Seven Exhibition This is an exhibition of sculpture specially created for the surroundings of Threave Garden and Visitors Centre. The work will be set against the beautiful surroundings of the National Trust for Scotland's lovely gardens. The sculptures are by a group known as Sculpture Seven. All are professional sculptors who come from Dumfries and Galloway and Cumbria and who have exhibited together before and find that their work is complimentary. Open 7 days per week. 9.30pm to sunset. Continues to 30 September. Admission to Threave Garden and Visitor Centre £5/£3.75 Exhibition Free.

Designs Gallery Glass at Design An exhibition of glass featuring the work of: Charles Ramsay, Mai Orsted, Eva Wawryzniak, and Ingrid Phillips. Charles, Mai, and Ingrid all work in Scotland and exhibit their glass nationally and internationally. Eva trained in Dublin and now works in England. Designs Gallery, King St, Castle Douglas. Saturday 31 August to 28 September. 9.30am - 5.30pm.

Sunday 18 August

Borgue by Kirkcudbright

The Steading Gallery Women of the Gael Five Artists and Craftswomen from Ulster and Scotland. Sunday 18 August to Sunday 29 September. Gallery open Wednesday to Sunday 1.00pm to 5.00pm. This exhibition combines the talents of three painters and two craftswomen, working professionally in Ulster and Scotland. Two are based in south west Scotland, one in Edinburgh and two in Belfast. Their work is diverse, sometimes challenging, vision and skill combining to bring exciting new work to this GaelForce exhibition. The Steading Gallery by Plunton Mains. Borgue, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4SP. Tel: 01557 870464.


Gracefield Studios & GalleriesTuesday - Sunday 10.00am to 5.00pm. Admission free. Craft Shop and CafŽ.

Saturday 10 August - Saturday 14 September

Keith Howard The first solo show by Professor Keith Howard in recent years, and the first to be presented in Britain. Howard is based in Rochester New York where he teaches at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is the leading pioneer in techniques of non-toxic intaglio printmaking and this exhibition features a selection of his most recent work

Re:imaging the Multiple A diverse and exciting exhibition of contemporary printmaking by 15 international artists curated by the late George Roberts, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. First Contact An exhibition of work by invited artists created during the first and second Innovative Intaglio Summer School workshops in Gracefield Arts Centre.

Saturday 21 September - Saturday 19 October

John Halliday: A Retrospective John Halliday is one of Dumfries and Galloway's leading artists. Born in Glasgow, he grew up around some of the foremost painters of the Kirkcudbright artists' colony, and at an early age was encouraged to attend art college. He studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1949-1953 and won two travelling scholarships from the Royal Scottish Academy which enabled him to work in France and Italy. He has been a professional painter for fifty years most of which has been spent in his native Galloway where he lives and works at his studio in Auchencairn. This exhibition celebrates a long and successful career with works generously lent from private collections as well as current work.

Counterpoint: The Landscape in Scottish and Irish Art This exhibition of painting and drawings features the landscape in all its diversity and compares and contrasts styles in art during the 20th century and work of present day artists from Scotland and Northern Ireland. This exhibition will also be shown at Stranraer Museum from 2 November to 7 December.

Other Exhibitions


Annan Historic Resources Centre Wednesday to Saturday, and Bank Holidays. 11.00am - 4.00pm Bank Street, 01461 201364.

17 August - 26 October

Back to School: The Golden Years In conjunction with the bicentenary of Annan Academy the museum offers an exhibition on 200 years of children's education from private tutors to modern academies. Plus lots of school photographs.

Castle Douglas Art Gallery Opening Hours: Mon - Sat. 11am - 4pm

Thursday 8 August - Monday 26 August Needlecraft

Thursday 29 August - Saturday 14 September Stewartry Art Society 33 Annual Exhibition

Wednesday 18 September - Saturday 28 September Bea Last

Saturday 5 October - Saturday 26 October Discovery on the Move A touring exhibition from the National Museums of Scotland

Friday 1 - Saturday 16 November Roseanne and Friends

Kirkcudbright Tolbooth Art Centre, and

Gatehouse of Fleet The Mill on the Fleet

Saturday 3 - Saturday 31 August

The Life and Times of John Faed Centenary Exhibition John Faed was one of Scotland's leading artists in the Victorian period, making his name in Edinburgh and London. He was one of a remarkably talented family of artists from Gatehouse of Fleet, in Galloway, and the only one to return to his native homeland where he was a positive influence in the development of Kirkcudbright's artistic community from the 1880s. He died one hundred years ago in 1902, and this special exhibition has been mounted to mark his life and work. Paintings from the collections of the National Galleries of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Academy have been lent for this exhibition along with many loans from private collections.


Tolbooth Art Centre

Saturday 7 September - Sunday 29 September

Glasgow Artists Exhibition Exhibition of contemporary paintings in association with the High Street Gallery.

Thursday 3 October - Saturday 26 October RSPB Galloway Wildlife Artists Wednesday

30 October - Saturday 16 November John Budgett

Opening times: Tolbooth Monday to Saturday 10am - 6pm. Sunday 2pm - 5pm. Admission £1.50/75p. Accompanied children free. Stewartry Museum Opening times as for Tolbooth. Admission free. Mill on the Fleet 10.30am - 4.30 daily. Admission free.

Town Hall

Saturday 27 July - Wednesday 28 August

The Fleming Collection Forty-two good reasons to visit Kirkcudbright - Artists' Town this August. Forty-two paintings from the Fleming Collection - the most important privately owned collection of Scottish art in the world - will be on show daily. This is a marvellous collection of some of the best Scottish paintings from the 20th century, including many works with associations with Galloway and Kirkcudbright. Among the artists represented will be McTaggart, Hornel, Oppenheimer, Peploe, Fergusson, Hunter, Cadell, Anne Redpath, Philipson, John Bellany, John Houston and Peter Howson. Open every day from 10 pm to 7 pm.

The Stewartry Museum

Saturday 15 June - Saturday 31 August

Kirkcudbright's Decorative Artists Exhibition of Decorative and Applied Art by Kircudbright's artists, including Jessie M King and Bill Johnston.

Saturday 14 September - Saturday 2 November Auchencairn: A History An exhibition about Auchencairn's history in collaboration with the Auchencairn History Society.


Town Hall Gallery

8 July to 24 August

Eskdale Arts Collective Summer Exhibition Scott Hay Gallery Leading Lights An exhibition from the Gracefield Galleries Permanent Collection. See ÔFestivalsÕ for details.

Saturday 24 August - Monday 2 September


Masonic Hall Moniaive & District Arts Association Art Show Annual art show with approximately 100 exhibits ranging from paintings to ceramics. Amateur and professional. All exhibits for sale. Masonic Hall, High St. Open daily 10.00am-5.00pm. Sundays 12.00pm - 3pm. Monday 2nd Sept 10.00am - 3.00pm. Admission by donation at the door. Further information from Melville Brotherston 01848 200673.


Stranraer Museum

Saturday 6 July - Saturday 21 September

Top Secret Dumfries and Galloway was a long way from the battlefields of World War II but it played a major role in the war effort. The Mulbery Harbour was tested on the coast, and the Dam Busters practised over the Wigtownshire moors. Find out more about this secret history at this fascinating exhibition.

Saturday 28 September - Saturday 26 October

From Eskimo to Inuit A fascinating exhibition about contemporary Inuit life

Stranraer Museum.Open All Year. Monday - Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm Saturday 10.00am -1.00pm / 2.00pm- 5.00pm. Admission Free.

Shambellie House by New Abbey Museum of Costume

Saturday 13 July - Friday 30 August

Fantastic Finery: Fancy Dress on the Screen An exhibition of fancy dress outfits worn by the stars in film and television.

Wednesday 4 September - Monday 30 September

A Small World A selection of 20th century embroidery from the collections of the National Museums of Scotland.

Thursday 3 October - Thursday 31 October

The Nineties Collection A snap shot of contemporary British Quiltmaking at the end of the of the 20th century.

Shambellie House. Open all week. 11am-5pm. £2.50/£1.50 The Museum is 7 miles south of Dumfries on the A 710 Solway Coast Road. Tel. 01387 850375.




GaelForce 2002 provides events to suit all tastes - here is a full selection.

More Music Live 2002 See ÔFestivalsÕ for details. Saturday

17 August

Hoddom A Grand Medieval Banquet with Music from the Galloway Consort. 4 course medieval meal with entertainment. Welcome from your host 'The Court Jester' Licensed bar open until midnight. Hoddom Castle. The Coach House. 7.30pm. £8 (Children 12 and under £5) from Hodden Castle Caravan Site, Hoddom nr Lockerbie. DG11 1BE. Tel: 01461 500831. E-mail:

Friday 23 August

Castle Douglas Trim the Velvet Lochside Theatre 7.00 pm.

Saturday 24 August

Annan High Jinks Scottish Street Market & Family Fun Day Music all day. Buskers. Pipers and Street Theatre. With Reiver a traditional eclectic folk rock outfit will play all afternoon. Town Centre. 9 am - 5 pm.

Sunday 25 August

Wigtown Trim the Velvet with the Annan Ex Service Club Pipe Band Main Square 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

Saturday 31 August

Eskdalemuir Village Hall Tango Extravaganza Workshop & Grand Tango Dance. See ÔDanceÕ for details.





There is a strong literary tradition in Dumfries and Galloway. Robert Burns and J.M. Barrie lived and worked here, and many contemporary writers have made their home here. The following events give a taste of our literary life as do the fine selection of poetry and prose by women writers on the poetry section of this website.


MacDiarmid Literary Lunch See ÔFestivalsÕ for details.

Lockerbie Artisforme Festival Saturday 21 September Lockerbie Writers Group Birthday Bash 12.00. 'High Noon' Opening Ceremony of Lockerbie Writers Group Birthday Bash by Russell Brown MP. With finger Buffet & Wine. Art Display of Paintings, Poetry & Photographs. Introduction of "Sole Souls" Writing from Dumfries & Galloway. 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Little Theatre Performance Workshop. Library: Words with Art Workshop Children's Story Telling. 7.00pm - 9.30pm. Little Theatre Insiders and Outsiders Perform. 10.00pm till midnight! Crown Hotel. Writers Free for All. Full information from Artisforme. Eric Davidson,38 Broomhouse Road, Lockerbie. 077 152 74875. Tickets available from the above & the Library & Cumberland Building Society. All events £2


26, 27, 28 and 30 September

A celebration of the written word and Scotland's national Book Town Guest authors Alastair Reid and Mairi Hedderwick.will over the weekend be acting as hosts and will be introducing events.

Thursday 26 September

Ag An Saile (By the Sea) In the first open studio event at 11 High Street, American born artist Hope London Morris (also director of Castlefield Gallery in Manchester) uses photographs and drawings to respond to the power and beauty of the Galloway coast. Exhibition opening Thursday 27th: 6-8pm. Friday 27th and Saturday 28th: 10am-6pm, Sunday 29th: 10am-4pm. Christian Aid Scotland - Libraries and Literacy Exhibition Wigtown Church Hall (small hall) Exhibition highlights vital work of literary projects amongst poor communities around the world. Thursday to Monday - all day

Friday 27 September Book Town Writing Workshops at Eleven High Street £15 (£12 concession) Workshop Package to include: 1pm to 3pm. Writing Poetry - Janet Paisley or Writing Short Stories - Anne Donovan 4pm to 5.30pm. Nuts and Bolts Question & Answer Session Janet Paisley, Anne Donovan, Kirsty White

Poetry and Music at Bladnoch Distillery 7.30pm - Tickets £8 (if not part of Workshop Package) Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, Sheena Wellington. Janet Paisley is an award-winning poet, author, playwright and scriptwriter for radio, television and film. Anne Donovan is the Winner of the 1997 Macallan/Scotland on Sunday short story competition and a Canongate Prizewinner in 2000. Kirsty White lives in Moffat and is well known for her writing workshops for children.

Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow. In 1999 she published her latest collection The World's Wife with Picador. Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland and now lives in Manchester. She has written poetry for children and adults and her novel Trumpet won the Guardian Fiction Prize and a SAC Book Award.

Sheena Wellington is one of ScotlandÕs finest traditional singers. She broadcasts frequently and is in demand as a lecturer, writer and consultant in traditional music of which she is a passionate advocate.

Magi Gibson at ReadingLasses Bookshop-CafŽ - 4.30pm Magi Gibson is an award winning poet whose work has been widely published in anthologies and literary magazines.

Saturday, 28 September

Festival Film Programme Film Club - £2 membership

Haiku Workshop at Eleven High Street 10am to 12 noon - with Christian McEwen. Create poems inspired by images on postcards and writing "Lunes" (a three line American Haiku), acrostics or other kinds of verse. This Workshop is for children and adults. Christian McEwen grew up in the Scottish Borders and now works in the USA.

William Dalrymple in the Festival Marquee 11am. William Dalrymple was born in Scotland and brought up on the shores of the Firth of Forth. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Asiatic Society, and wrote and presented the television series Stones of the Raj and Indian Journeys.

Kenneth Steven at Eleven High Street 1pm. Getting Poetry Published (inc in Workshop package). Kenneth Steven is a poet, novelist and childrenÕs author and finds his inspiration in landscape, wilderness and the people of the land.

PEN - Writers in Prison Event in the Festival Marquee 1pm. Celebrating the work of writers currently and formerly imprisoned for their work. Chaired by Robin Lloyd Jones.

Kenneth Steven at Eleven High Street 2pm. Ken Steven reading from his own work (available to non Workshop).

Professor Ted Cowan and Lizanne Henderson - "The Fairy Faith in Scotland" Festival Marquee 3pm - Tickets £4 "There is, arguably, as much evidence for the activities of the fairiesÉas there is for the existence of either the Picts, the Britons, the Angles or the Scots." Ted Cowan, Professor of Scottish History at the University of Glasgow, and Lizanne Henderson of Strathclyde University examine the evidence of the witchcraft trials and other sources.

Pete McCarthy at The Bookshop 3.30pm Paraig McNeil at Byre Books 5pm Wearing ancient Highland dress, Paraig tells stories of ancient Celtic heroes, clan legends, Jacobites, punctured by verse, song, proverb riddle and rhyme.

Trim The Velvet Irish Dancers with The Wherries - Sponsored by GaelForce. Bladnoch Distillery 7.30pm - Tickets £4. This is the first visit of The Wherries to this area - they have had 3 major tours this year, appeared on TV and to date have produced 5 albums and 3 videos. Tickets from Betty McGowan 01988 403224 & Machars Action 01988 402633

Pete McCarthy in the Festival Marquee - 8pm. Reads from his latest bestseller:- The Road to McCarthy Comedian Pete McCarthy is the wanderlusting television and radio presenter - Travelog, Tickets £8.

For Younger Festival Goers & their Parents Blue Boat Puppet Theatre Wigtown Primary School 11am to 12 noon. Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Blue Boat presents Jules VerneÕs classic in a performance for children and families, featuring puppets, music, magic, dinosaurs and erupting volcanoes.

Franzeska Ewart Shadow Puppet Workshop "Speak Up Spike"

Julia Donaldson Book Launch "Go Bananas" Wigtown Primary School 2pm to 4pm Franzeska Ewart was born in Galloway and often sets her books there. She is a teacher in Glasgow and uses shadow theatre to help all ages write and interpret the written word. Julia Donaldson lives in Glasgow and is author of over 40 books and plays for children.

Sunday, 29 September

Festival Marquee 11am Book Launches - Saltire Society and Langford Press. Football Anthology Event with Des Dillon and Alan Spence - Sponsored by Freight Design Festival Marquee 1pm - Tickets £2 The Hope That Kills Us is a new anthology of Scottish football fiction. Alan Spence is an award winning poet, playwright and novelist. Des Dillon is a local writer and is well known to the Book Town Festival. Martin Goodman at The Bookshop 2.30pm. "Such narrow, narrow confines we live in. Every so often, one of us primates escapes these dimensions, as Martin J Goodman did. All we can do is rattle the bars and look after him as he runs into the hills. We wait for his letters home." - The Los Angeles Times

Elaine C Smith and Tim Prager - Festival Marquee 3.30 pm - Tickets £8. Elaine talks about her new book, ElaineÕs World and together with Scriptwriter Tim Prager, answers questions from the audience about filming 2000 Acres of Sky in Galloway.

Unit 3 Poetry Group - launch of CD Festival Marquee 6pm. William McGonagall Anniversary Play with John Sheddon. Festival Marquee 7.30pm - Tickets £5 Today is the 100th anniversary of the death of William McGonagall, Poet and Tragedian, also known as the worst poet of all time. Festival Marquee. 8.30pm. Closing Reception The Book Town Festival Club Marquee, which will be licensed, offers a central space for refreshments, rest or just hanging about, from 10am on Saturday and Sunday. Information and Tickets. Stalls containing new books by all our visiting writers. Exhibitions and displays by literature and the arts organisations. Tickets can be purchased from: Book Town Office, 26 South Main Street, Wigtown, DG8 9EH Tel: 01988 402036 Email: Information Shop, Dumfries (in person or credit card by telephone)


Sunday 25 August

Port William Poetry at Peters You are invited to join Liz Niven and Maureen Sangster in the beautiful and romantic garden of Myrton House, Monreith House, Monreith Estate, Port Logan for an afternoon of poetry and a glass of wine to celebrate the Female Muse. Liz Niven is a poet and writer based in Dumfries. She was Writer-in- Residence for Dumfries and Galloway Arts Association. She is widely- published poet in Scots and English. Her most recent anthology is 'Stravaigin' published by Canongate. Maureen Sangster is a poet and hospital worker who lives in Kirkcaldy. She is a former Writer-in Residence for Dumfries and Galloway Health Care Trust. Lunch available at golf club or cafŽ see diary. Tickets £5 (includes glass of wine) at the venue. Reading will take place indoors if wet, but bring an umbrella! Venue provided by kind permission of Peter Christie Esq.





Includes Classical,Folk and Traditional Music, Jazz and Pipe Music


Saturday 28 September


Dumfries Town Band The Dumfries Town Band in Concert With a programme of Scottish, modern and traditional brass, with guest artists. An enjoyable evening for young and old. 7.30pm Noblehill Community Centre, Annan Road, Dumfries. £3/under 16's £1.50 from Mid Steeple Dumfries. 01387 247780 and Band Members.


Hairth of Knokrach See ÔFestivalsÕ for details.

Saturday 28 September

Dumfries Harpers Delight A workshop for Clarsaich Players A one day workshop organised by the Clarsach Society offers players of all standards a great day's playing with tuition from distinguished harpists, Wendy Stewart and Charlotte Petersen. There will be a beginners class with harps provided, and a class for those with playing experience. Cumberland Street Day Centre, Dumfries. 10.00am - 4.00pm. £20 (£15 for 16 and under) from Joan Bailey. Tel: 01387 740412 E-mail:

Saturday 12 October


Harps & Voices A Jubilee Celebration in Words & Music. Presented by the Dumfries Branch of the Clarsach Society, this Jubilee concert with a royal theme will feature celebratory clarsach music from Harps Accord, and close harmony songs with a regal flavour from the acclaimed Glasgow group, Muldoon's Picnic, making a welcome return to the region. The Brigend Theatre, Market Square. 7.30pm £5 from Midsteeple Dumfries. Tel: 01387 247780 or Joan Bailey, Tel: 01387 740412. E-mail


Creetown Country & Western Festival See ÔFestivalsÕ for details.


Portpatrick Festival

Galloway Folk Festival See ÔFestivalsÕ for details.

Friday 6 September

Gretna Colcannon in Concert The Richard Greenhow Centre Australia's best comes to Gretna! This Celtic style 5 piece utilises rich harmonies and dynamic arrangements to draw out strengths of the traditional and contemporary material of their extensive repertoire. In 2001 they were awarded two firsts in the National Folk Awards of Australia. Not to be missed. 8pm £5 and concessions. From the Richard Greenham Centre. Tel: 01461 338 295 and Mid Steeple, Dumfries. Tel: 01387 247780

Friday 21 September


Annan Rotary Club present A Fiddlers Concert With the Border Strathspey & Reel Society and Guest Artists Selgovian Singers and Valerie Blake. Annan Academy. 7.30 pm. £5/£4 (OAP's) Accompanied children under 16 free). Tickets from Rotary Club Members. J.R. Kirkwood, High St Annan and Annandale Observer Office.

Saturday 28 September


From the Opera See ÔGeneral EntertainmentÕ for details.

Saturday 26 October

Annan Michael Mara in Concert Dundee's answer to Randy Newman, and a great success at the Portpatrick 2000 Folk Festival, He has an astonishing talent for lyrics and his tunes walk a razor's edge of wit. Jazz influences and hints of sophisticated rock and ragtime blues sit happily with traditional folk from this poet in blue suede shoes. Observations on Scottish life past and present are delivered in a distinctive woodbine ravaged voice. 8pm. Victoria Hall. £5 (concessions) from Annan TV High Street. Tel: 01461 204834 and Mid Steeple Dumfries. Tel: 01387 247780


Friday 23 August


Terry Lightfoot Jazz See ÔFestivalsÕ for details.

Saturday 7 September


Dumfries Jazz Club present Jazz From Auld Reekie with the Dave Keir Hot Four playing Twenties Hot Jazz of King Oliver, Jellyroll Morton, Cladys "Jabbo" Smith, Duke Ellington and many more. Supported by Dumfries and Galloway's very own Riverside playing a mix of standards and New Orleans Jazz. 8.00pm to 12 Midnight. Birkhill Hotel, St Mary's Street, Dumfries. Tickets. £5 from the Birkhill Hotel. Tel: 01387 253418 E-mail: and John Douglas Music, Great King St, Dumfries.

Saturday 28 September


From the Opera R 3 Tenors. Three Tenors in Concert. Declan McCusker, John Carlo Bellotti and Robert W. Crowe are R3 Tenors - and very good ones at that, all hailing from Scottish Opera. They bring an evening of popular arias and light classics to much loved challenging operatic pieces, both traditional and modern, together with songs from the shows and Scottish songs. Theatre Royal. 7.45pm. £9.50/£7.50 from Midsteeple, Dumfries. Tel: 01387 247780


Saturday 5 October

Stranraer GaelForce Wind A fund raising concert by the Lochryan Pipe Band from Stranraer which showcases the young members of the band playing traditional and contemporary music as a band, along with other instruments and musicians, including Stranraer Youth Brass Band. Listen and enjoy the great tunes including Scotland the Brave, Bonnie Gallowa, Amazing Grace and Highland Cathedral. 7.30pm Ryan Centre. £4/£3 from Dunns, Hanover St, Stranraer, from band members, or at the venue on the night of the performance. Also see Langholm & Eskdale Festival , St Ninian Festival for other musical events


GaelForce is also a feast of individual festivals. They are listed under the following headings in alphabetical order.


Friday 20, Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September

Forest of Ae, by Dumfries. Hairth of Knokrach Friendly outdoor greenfield Celtic roots music festival with unrivalled atmosphere on a beautiful site. The programme features some of the best Celtic musicians around plus newer performers. Already booked: Michael McGoldrick Band, Peatbog Faeries, La Boum, Headmix Collective, Celtica. There will be varied workshops and demonstrations, children's activities, stalls, Dance Tent, open mike sessions, fire performances, food, bar and camping. The Forest of Ae is off the A 701 Dumfries to Moffat road, and the M74. Opens 4.00pm on Friday 20, Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September. Tickets £35 adult, £15 concessions. Further information and tickets from Festival Office, Goduha, Knockengorroch, Carsphairn, Castle Douglas, DG7 3TJ. Tel/Fax: 01644 460662 Email: Website:


Tuesday 3 - Sunday 8 September

Moniaive Masonic Hall Comic Festival An exhibition of original comic artwork and panels from the 'The Worlds Largest Comic' produced in 2001 for Childline Charity. First time in Scotland. Also range of comics from round the world. Masonic Hall 10.30 am to 4.00pm daily. £1, children free.

Comic Festival Weekend Everywhere in Moniaive. Original Comic Artwork, The Worlds Biggest Comic, guest writers and artists, workshops and panels for all ages in writing, drawing and publishing, signings, sketches and stalls. Fancy Dress Competition. Raffles and competitions for children. Fun for all the family. £1 Adult, Children Free. Saturday 7 to Sunday 8 September. 10.30am - 6.00pm. For full programme and list of guests see


Creetown Creetown Country Weekend Scotland's No 1 Country Music Festival Creetown the Scottish Village that once a year goes out West and hosts the biggest and best Country and Western Music. 20 top bands in 4 venues, all fully covered, licensed and with proper dance floors. Children very welcome. Programme includes a real country wedding, and a shootout, with a real ole Street Fair on the Saturday with the main street completely filled with stalls, line dancers and the living legends of the West.

Friday 20 September The Big Tepee: The Diesel Cowboys, Smoky Mountain Boys. Ponderosa: Broadcaster. Canadian Suite. Dawson City: John C. King and Stateline. Waverly Hall: Real Deal. Ronnie J Morson.

Saturday 21 September

THE BIG STREET FAIR. 12.00 TO 4.00PM Welcome Parade led by Dixie Jazz Band The Big Wedding. Vic and Veronica tie the knot in Kirkmabreck Parish Church The Big Tepee: Edward Warwick Line Dance Demo. Texas Gun. High Voltage. Nadine Somers & Corn Exchange. Ponderosa: Fools Gold and Brushwood. Dawson City: Arizona Flame. Jolene & Barry. Waverly Hall: Billy Davis and Sunset.

Sunday 22 September Dawson City: The Fever. The Big Tepee: Wanted. Edward Warwick Line Dance Demo. Sarah Jory & her band. John Permenter & Dez Walters Band. Texas Gun & Trilogy. Booking form and full information from The Jessie James Booking Agency. Tel: 01671 820281 E-mail: Website:


Friday 6 September - Sunday 8 September

Portpatrick Portpatrick Folk Festival The Folk Festival takes over the village. There are events in the village hall, in the pubs, on the streets, the Dorn Rock, and perhaps even in, or on the sea. There are also special events for young people. It is a great atmosphere and a beautiful setting where you can experience the best of folk and traditional music from Scotland, Ireland and around the world. Full details from Portpatrick Events Office, 43 Main Street, Portpatrick. Tel: 01776 810717 E-mail: Website: Highlights include:

Friday 6 September David Holt in Concert with Stranraer Folk Club Village Hall. 8.00pm. £3

Saturday 7 September On the streets:- South West Samba Drummers Ben Edom in Concert Ben is one of Scotland's great acoustic guitarists whose CD Spinthrift has been sweeping the Folk world. Waterfront Hotel. 5.00pm £2. The GaelForce 2002 Concert Emily Smith, from Thornhill, Dumfries, this year's "Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year" opens the GaelForce concert with her beautiful singing voice, piano and accordion playing. Then from "Down Under" all the way to Portpatrick, Colcannon Australia's most popular award winning Celtic Band will give you great music and make sure the seagulls have plenty to scream about. Then, Òthe best Folk Band in ScotlandÓ, (The Scotsman) Deaf Shepherd will keep your toes tapping. Village Hall. 8.00pm. £8.

Sunday 8 September On the streets. African Drummers and the Black Sheep Morris Dancers By popular request this colourful group is returning to Portpatrick this year. Join in the fun, see if you can out dance them!

Sunday 8 September Young People's Workshops Supported by Dumfries and Galloway Youth Festival. Throughout the Festival there will be continuous workshops for the young people. Please contact Jean Ross. 01776 810717 for an Information Pack and Booking Form. Crocketford Galloway Folk Festival This well established Folk Festival provides three days of good music, children's workshops, and singarounds.

Friday 13 September Singaround. Featuring Bob & Gill Berry, Kieran Means & Sara Gray, Ben Sands and Rosemary Woods. Galloway Arms Hotel. 9.00pm till late!. £4/£2.

Saturday 14 September

11.30am Banjo workshop with Sara Gray. 1.00pm Children's Workshop and Concert featuring Cookie Jar and Bob & Gill Berry. Village Hall. £2/£1. 2.00pm Singing Competition Function Rooms. Galloway Arms. Free Admission. Saturday Night Concert Village Hall. Doors open 7.30pm. £7/£5 Sara Gray & Kieran Means. Ben Sands & Rosemary Woods. Fon A Bhord.

Sunday 15 September

11.00am Drum Workshops with John Gladwyn. £2/£1. 2.00pm Group Competition. Village Hall. Great Final GaelForce 2002 Concert. To send you off in the right mood. Dalbeattie Folk Club-Bob & Gill Berry-Sara Gray & Kieran Means-Rosemary Woods-Ben Sands. Village Hall. Doors open 5.45pm. £7/£5 Special weekend tickets £15/£12. Further information from Phyllis Martin, 39 Craigmath, Dalbeattie. DG5 4 EB. Tel: 01556 612306 or 01556 502917. E-mail: Free camping available.


Kirkcudbright Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities 2002 The Summer Festivities start on 4 May and run till Monday 26 August. Full details on For GaelForce 2002 the first event is

Friday 16 August. Maggie's Tour of Old Kirkcudbright Selkirk Arms. 7pm. Hear about the history, meet the ghosts!

Saturday 17 - Sunday 18 August. Galloway Country Fair

Wednesday 17 August. Times Past Glimpses of Old Kirkcudbright, through the Stewartry Museum Archive. Tolbooth Arts Centre. 7.30 pm

Thursday 22 August. Scottish Night 7.00pm Harbour Square. With Maurice Halliday, Trim the Velvet in their version of River Dance, Kirkcudbright Pipe Band, Stewartry Area Wind Band, Kay Alexander Highland Dancers, Scottish Country dancers, and the giant Tug of War.

Friday 23 August. Primary Schools Five a Side. Maggie's Tour of Old Kirkcudbright. Selkirk Arms. 7.00pm

Saturday 24 August. Decorated Vehicle Parade and street entertainment.

Sunday 25 August. Vintage Car & Waiters Race. From 12.00 noon, Harbour Square.

Monday 26 August. The Grand Finale. The Kirkcudbright Tattoo, St Cuthbert St. 7.30pm to 9.00pm. A multi-cultural programme of music song and dance by over 200 performers, ending with fireworks and a torchlight parade. A great way to end the August Bank Holiday!

LANGHOLM & ESKDALE FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND ARTS An eclectic Festival covering all aspects of Music, Drama and Dance organised in and around Langholm in August each year. This year will see the seventh in a series of highly successful Festivals which have met with much public acclaim.

Friday 16 August An Evening With Alan Price Alan Price brings his piano full of memories, songs and stories of a musical life to Langholm. He takes his audience on a anecdotal trek across the British Rock and Roll & Blues Landscape from the late 1950's to the present day, taking in the Animals, the Alan Price Set, Georgie Fame, Bob Dylan, the famous films, and the West End musicals. Elected to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and awarded the Gold Badge of Merit by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Alan Price is truly a living legend. Buccleuch Hall. 8.00pm. £10

Saturday 17 August OFFICIAL OPENING Seamus Heaney opens GaelForce 2002 and the Langholm & Eskdale Festival. Parish Church 11.30pm. MacDiarmid Literary Lunch and Lecture, The Shinin' Streams, A Salute to MacDiarmid by Seamus Heaney. 1.00pm. Buccleuch Hall. £20 Young Langholm Youth 2000 See ÔYouth FestivalÕ for details

Saturday 17 August Tango Extravaganza Tango Tasters. So that you will be able to take the floor with elan at Tango Extravaganza on 31 August at Eskdalemuir Village Hall here is a opportunity under the expert instruction of Francis Bertram and Jeannie X to learn the steps, or brush up your steps. Scott Hay Gallery 2.30pm £4. (book early numbers limited) Festival Dance With The Black Rose Ceilidh Band Alasdair MacCuish and the Black Rose Ceilidh Band were formed in the early 1990's and have long been recognised as the 'leading lights' of the dance band world. In a live situation this fabulous band will have you up and dancing as you have never danced before. Buccleuch Hall.8.00pm. £5 including a light supper.

Sunday 18 August Youth 2000 10.00am- 5.00pm Newton Grange Silver Band A lovely sound and great brass tunes. Parish Church. 2.30pm. £4. Blazin Fiddles Take a bunch of the hottest young contemporary fiddlers from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and you have Blazin Fiddles. You saw them on TV at Hogmanay. They are a hundred times better live on stage! Buccleuch Hall. 8.00pm. £8.00

Monday 19 August Edinburgh Quartet We welcome back to Langholm the Edinburgh Quartet who will play Haydn Op.33 No. 3 in C major 'The Bird' - Beethoven Op 18 No 4 in C minor and Schubert Quartet in A minor. St Francis R.C. Church. £8 including wine.

Tuesday 20 August Rowan Tree Theatre Company Roots & Shoots John Nichol and Hilary Bell bring to light the unique Border character roughly hewn from Reivers and Covenanters, then refined, or so they claim, in the Age of Enlightenment. Drawing on the rich heritage of Border writers like Scott and Hogg they give a perceptive, often humourous slant, on what it is that makes a Borderer. Lesser Buccleuch Hall. 7.30pm £5 including wine.

Wednesday 21 August Classical Strings An evening in the company of Annie Mawson, international singer and harpist... 'To play the harp is unusual, to play with skill and style is rarer still,add to it beauty,charm and wit,and you have something and someone, really special...' C& W Herald. St Francis R.C. Church, 7.30pm £4 including wine. Thursday 22 August Art Lecture Day This session with Ian McLachlan Scott BA will include a demonstration using acrylics outside (weather permitting). This will be followed by a short hands-on taster workshop designed to encourage a positive approach to working in plein air directly from the subject. Bring your own materials please. After lunch there will be a illustrated talk from 1.00pm -3.00pm : "A Landscape Journey". Kiln Green and Lesser Buccleuch Hall 10.00am. £4. Phantom & The Opera Songs from your favourite musicals, including Chicago, West Side Story, Phantom, and many more. Performed by a professional cast of singers and musicians, and starring Maria Kesselman who played Christine opposite Michael Crawford in the London production of The Phantom of the Opera. Plus songs from Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, and many more operatic gems. Buccleuch Hall 7.30pm £8.00

Friday 23 August Terry Lightfoot and his Jazzmen To celebrate the Louis Armstrong Centennial, Terry Lightfoot and his Band present a tribute to the life of Louis entitled "The Special Magic of Louis Armstrong". This concert is a must for all lovers of great Jazz and the late great Louis Armstrong. Buccleuch Hall. 9.00pm £10.

Saturday 24 August Compact Theatre Company Old Spice on the Road to Hell The cast of Three Steps to Heaven return in a brand new show. This is the story of the one and only 'old boys' band, Old Spice who go on 'The Road to Hell'. You will be in for a night to remember with CompactÕs unique mix of of music, comedy, and theatre, plus over twenty classic live rock and chart songs, some of them in Compact's famous a capella style. So find the 'Old Spice' and take the 'Old Dear' out for a night she will never forget! Buccleuch Hall. 7.30pm £8.00.

The BIG Music FREE-FREE-FREE-FREE Live music from 1.00pm onwards in three local hotels with a huge range of talented musicians and singers. Folk at the Buck. Accordian & Fiddle at the Crown. Jazz at the Eskdale. Young Langholm ChildrenÕs Events Storytelling Yurt A welcome return of the lovely Yurt and the special story telling skills of the people who bring it to us. See poster for details of times. Fun With Clay A chance for children to come and work with real clay to produce a plaque, a decorated coil pot, or a clay creature. The work will be taken away and fired and the children will be able to reclaim it two weeks after the workshop. Clay is messy, old clothes or an apron essential! Langholm Community Centre. Free. (see poster for times) Booking essential as numbers are limited.

Sunday 25 August Gilbert & Sullivan Scratch Performance As the fitting finale to the 2002 Festival we are delighted to present Langholm's very own musical society who are presenting a day of participation in rehearsing some of the timeless G&S classics. In the evening a 'scratch performance' will be presented to the public. Here is your big chance to be a star of G&S!. Come along at 2.00pm and submit to the rigorous, but very enjoyable tutelage of Anne Halliday. If you only want to listen join the singers at 7.30pm for a rousing end to the Langholm & Eskdale Music and Arts Festival 2002, and put next years dates in your diary! Buccleuch Hall. 2.00pm & 7.30pm. Afternoon participants £5. Concert £4

The Happy Gang Singalong Show ÒYo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Fun!Ó The UKÕs funkiest childrenÕs stage and screen stars are BACK! Join The Happy Gang for a seafaring singalong and adventure with a splash of kiddie favourites and a ÔSploosh!Õ of new shanties. ItÕs a fin packed voyage guaranteed to enthrall shipmates from 2-8 years... and their CaptainsÕ too! Loads of songs, characters, puppets and above all, Joining In! The Fun Starts Hear!! Langholm Academy Hall, Thomas Telford Road. 2.30pm. £3.

Festival Club Enjoy good entertainment and good company from Monday to Thursday at the new Festival Club in the Masonic Social Club. The full programme is still to be finalised and full details will be available on posters. Events already booked are: Monday: Alan Reid & Rob van Sante musicians extraordinary with a programme that ranges from their own compositions to Battlefield Band favourites. Festival Quiz Night Wednesday: A Different Way Home by Jimmy Chinn with Jenny Pike and Bob McLure. A moving play about a family living in the north of England.


Leading Lights An exhibition from the Gracefield Galleries Permanent Collection including some specially commissioned millennium works and other recent acquisitions from established artists. With landscape paintings by Jim Macaulay and Archie Sutter Watt to drawings from Jan Hogarth and Hideo Furuta this varied display aims to showcase the work of some of the 'leading lights' in Dumfries & Galloway contemporary art. Scott Hay Gallery. Friday 16 -Sunday 25 August. Free. Open daily 10.00am-4.00pm.

Eskdale Arts Collective. Summer Exhibition. A selection of quality art and craft from artists living in and around Eskdale, including ceramics, sculpture, watercolours, hand crafted furniture, Celtic ink paintings and jewellery. Town Hall Gallery, Market Place, Langholm. 8 July to 24 August. Open weekdays 1.30pm - 4.30pm and Saturdays 10.00am - 1.00pm. Tickets for all Festival events are available from Langholm Festival Office. Town Hall Gallery, 013873 80666 FROM 8 JULY and for Tango Workshops contact Angie Ball. 3 Ryehill Park, Eskdalemuir. 013873 73212. Booking Office Open Monday-Friday 1.30pm - 4.00pm Saturday 10am -1pm. Festival Website: E-mail: Venue addresses Buccleuch Hall/Buccleuch Square; Scott Hay Gallery/Reid & Taylor, William Street ; St. Francis Church/Drove Road; Masonic Club/Mary Street.


All performances 7.30pm. Bookings Robert Burns Theatre, Mill Road, Dumfries. Tel. 01387 264808 Dumfries A Celtic Film Festival Robert Burns Film Centre

Thursday 5 - Saturday 7 September Strictly Sinatra Directed by Peter Capaldi Starring: Ian Hart, Kelly MacDonald and Brian Cox. A film about Glasgow's seedy underworld, and Toni, the nightclub singer who dreams of fame and fortune while earning a meagre living as a Frank Sinatra sound-alike. Shown with Peter Capaldi's Oscar-winning short film, 'Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life', and introduced by Jonny Murray from the Crichton University Campus. Cert 15, 97 mins, 2000

Tuesday 10 September Disco Pigs Directed by Kirsten Sheridan Starring: Elaine Cassidy, Cillian Murphy, Brian O'Byrne. Two babies are born in the same hospital on the same day, and as they grow up next door to each other, become the best of friends. But as they hit adolescence, their perfect friendship runs into problems. A film adapted from a stageplay, with a script based on the pair's secret language, this is an unusual and magical Irish film. Introduced by Cally Phillips, screenwriter and dramatist-in-residence for DGAA. Cert 14, 93 mins.

Thursday 19 September Galloway Video Challenge screenings Come and see a selection of short films made in 24 hours by the competitors of Galloway Video Challenge 2002. There's a rich diversity of film making talent to watch, and some sparkling originality. If you're interested in short film making or just want to see what goes into making a five minute film in 24 hours, come along.

Tuesday 24 September Ferry up the Amazon Directed by Alex McCall, documentary. On 2 September 2001, a boat left Glasgow with a Scottish film film crew to cross the Atlantic Ocean and to journey up the Amazon to Iquitos in Peru. This was a charitable mission to one of the poorest parts of South America to supply the local people with their own river transport. An amazing documentary that combines a travel programme, adventure story and a mission of hope for the future.

Tuesday 1 October The Wicker Man Subject to confirmation. Directed by Robin Hardy Starring: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Ingrid Pitt, Britt Ekland. The cult classic horror film, filmed on location in Dumfries & Galloway, about a policeman investigating the disappearance of a young girl on the island of Summerisle. It will be introduced by Valentina Bold from the Crichton University Campus.

Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 October Wild about Harry Directed by Declan Lowney Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Amanda Donohoe, James Nesbitt. Harry is a daytime TV celebrity with a risque cookery programme that attracts cult status. After being attacked and waking up from a coma, he has lost all his adult memory from the age of 18, giving his long-suffering wife the opportunity to retrain him to be a better husband. A witty black comedy from Ireland. Cert 15, 91 mins

Thursday 24 October Transition Directed by Andy Mackinnon, documentary. Shot over five years, Transition observes the changing landscape of Scotland at the end of the last millennium, with a soundtrack by Donald Shaw of Capercaillie. 75 mins

Please check Burns Centre brochure for final details, as the programme may change. Belle Doyle, Film Officer, South West Scotland Screen Commission Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries DG1 1JQ Tel/Fax: 01387 263666 Mobile: 07702 663297 E-mail: or Website:


Friday 6 September - Sunday 15 September Centred on the annual Whithorn Lecture on St Ninian's Day, the festival includes art exhibitions, concerts, drama. Tours of the area and events for young people. The performers include local people, national and international performers. This year funded by the Youth Executive there will be classes for young people in Art, Drama and Music from 22 July to 2 August. Full information and tickets from The Whithorn Visitors Centre, 45-47 George St, Whithorn.DG8 8NS. Tel: 01988 500508. Email:

Friday 6 September Concert by Canty ÔHildegard and the Queen of HeavenÕ. A celebration of the music and poetry of Hildegard of Bingen, and other medieval composers, in praise of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Canty is part of the distinguished Scottish Choral group Cappella Nova. Priory Church. 7.30pm. Tickets £5/£3.

Saturday 7 September Workshop by Alan Tavener for local singers Priory Church. 10.00am

Harp Workshop with Bill Taylor Church of St Martin and St Ninian 10.30am Play presented by the young people who took part in the Summer Workshops

Last Pilgrimage. By Jenny Parker. Continuing the tradition of presenting plays that tell the story of Whithorn's long and diverse history we are pleased to present another world premiere. The plays tells what happens when Robert the Bruce, King of Scots, the victor of Bannockburn and the Wars of Independence, seeking to heal his body and soul, and confront some of his old enemies for the last time, visits Whithorn in 1329. Whithorn Priory 3.00pm. Tickets £3/£2.

Concert by Canty 'Sacred Music from the time of Robert the Bruce, including plainchant for easter and rare Scottish polyphony from St Andrews Music Book. Priory Church 4.30pm. Tickets £3/£2. Combined ticket for Last Pilgrimage and Concert by Canty £5/£3. To be followed by the opening of the Art Exhibitions in the Whithorn Centre.

Sunday 8 September Concert by Hector Scot and colleagues Programme to include a new piece for solo violin by distinguished Scottish composer Eddie McGuire. 3pm Village Hall, Main Street, Isle of Whithorn. Tickets £3/£2. Last Pilgrimage Whithorn Priory 5.00pm Tickets £3/£2.

Saturday 14 September Concert by Cliona Doris the distinguished Irish Harpist Priory Church.3.00pm Tickets £5/£3. The Whithorn Lecture Dr Keith Stringer will speak on The Reformed Church in Galloway and Cumbria: Connections, Continuities and Contrasts (1100 - 1300) Priory Church. 7.45pm. Admission free.

Sunday 15 September Whithorn Writers Whithorn Library 3.00pm. Admission free. Worship with music and drama, led by 'Keltic Faith' Priory Church. 7 pm. Admission free. Concessions for festival tickets apply only for students, children and unemployed.



Presented by the Dumfries and Galloway Youth Strategy Executive Group. A series of events by and for young people across Dumfries and Galloway. Funded by the Youth Executive.

Dumfries and Galloway Arts Association More Music Live 2002 ThereÕs dancing on the menu at Wigtown, Eaglesfield and Kirkbean Primary Schools! Building on the success and popularity of the Traditional Dance workshops held at the schools in Spring 2002, each school is scheduled to have a refresher workshop followed by a Ceilidh to show off their new-found skills. The workshops and Ceilidhs are supported by GaelForce and GaelForce Youth Festival and will be open to the public. The refresher sessions and Ceilidhs happen at the end of September and beginning of October. For details of dates and venues, please telephone Dumfries & Galloway Arts Association on 01387 253383 or e-mail There will also be Ceilidhs in other locations.

Dumfries Youth Enquiry Service are planning workshops in break dancing for the Youth Festival. Full details from YES, The Vennel, Dumfries. 01387 251322.

Thursday 5 September - Thursday 10 October Upper Nithsdale Events Group Traditional Music Workshops and Concerts. Following the success of the Traditional Music Workshops and Concerts in GaelForce 2000 and 2001 this year the work has been extended to include a event in Wanlockhead, and concerts in Kirkconnel and Sanquhar. The project will again be under the direction of Bert Lowe and will involve Pipe and Silver Bands, local country dance groups and the children of Sanquhar and Kirkconnel Primary Schools.

Thursday 5 September - Workshop -Sanquhar Town Hall 5.00pm- 6.00pm Tuesday 12 September - Workshop - Miners Memorial Centre - Kirkconnel 5.00pm - 6.00pm Sunday 29 September - Pipe Band Concert- outside the Museum of Leadmining, Wanlockhead, from 1.00pm Thursday 3 October - Concert - Miners Memorial Centre - Kirkconnel -7.30pm Thursday 10 October - Concert - Sanquhar Town Hall -7.30pm - £3 Concessions £2 from Upper Nithsdale Events Office, 32-34 High Street, Sanquhar.DG4 6BL. 01659 50191. Friday 13, Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 September Crocketford Galloway Folk Festival There will be a series of workshops for children in primary and secondary schools and workshops during the Galloway Folk Festival including 1 pm Village Hall. Children's Workshop and Concert featuring Cookie Jar and Bob & Gill Berry. £2/£1. Further information from Phyllis Martin, 39 Craigmath, Dalbeattie. DG5 4EB. Tel: 01556 612306 or 01556 502917. E-mail:

Friday 20, Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September Forest of Ae, by Dumfries Hairth of Knokrach Friendly outdoor greenfield Celtic roots music festival with unrivalled atmosphere on a beautiful site. The programme features some of the best Celtic musicians around plus newer performers. Already booked: Michael McGoldrick Band, Peatbog Faeries, La Boum, Headmix Collective, Celtica. There will be varied workshops and demonstrations, children's activities, stalls, Dance Tent, open mike sessions, fire performances, food, bar and camping. The aim of Hairth of Knokrach is to involve young people at every stage of the planning and realisation of the festival. By giving them responsibility for various aspects of the work they will be empowered and will begin to understand some of the reasons for conservation and the rural environment. They will also have responsibility for programming the Dance Tent which will be presenting an almost non stop programme of dance for young people. The Forest of Ae is off the A 701 Dumfries to Moffat road, and the M74. Opens 4.00pm on

Friday 20 September, Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September. Tickets £35 adult £15 concessions. Further information and tickets from Festival Office, Goduha, Knockengorroch, Carsphairn, Castle Douglas, DG7 3TJ. Tel/Fax: 01644 460662 E-mail: Website

Saturday 21 September

Castle Douglas A Celtic Night The Stewartry Area Wind Band GaelForce 2002 Celtic Music Night. With the Kirkcudbright Pipe Band. A evening of traditional and modern Celtic music. A fund raising concert to raise funds for the Wind Band's visit to Germany. 7.00pm Castle Douglas High School. £5/£3 from Castle Douglas High School. 01556 502821. SCUS Kirkcudbright. 01557 331346, B Smart, Castle Douglas 01556 502103. Thursday 26, Friday 27 and 28 September Moffat Moffat Youth Theatre World Premiere Jubilee By Ericka Hulle. This new play takes its inspiration from the Queen's Jubilee Speech '...we are defined by the ways in which we react to change.' The play examines the major changes which have taken place during the Queen's lifetime, and celebrates the courage and resilience of ordinary British people. The cast are a unique combination of professional actors and inexperienced children and young people. The play has grown out of work done in a series of interactive workshops . 7.00pm The Studio Theatre. £4/£2 from the Chambers Gallery, High Street, Moffat. 01683 221200. Full details about workshops from Erika Hull, The Studio Theatre, Dundanion Road, Moffat.

Monday 14 - Friday 18 October Gatehouse of Fleet Lantern Workshops Lesley Downie an extremely skilled lantern maker, who was responsible for the Lanterns in the Burns 200 Procession in Dumfries, will lead these innovative and exciting workshops. She will encourage participants to explore original and interesting ideas in the making of eye catching lanterns. The workshops will lead to a lantern procession and ceilidh on the Friday evening. Community Centre, Dromore Road, Gatehouse. 10.00am-12.00 noon. 2.00pm - 4.00pm. £2 per session. Pay at the workshop, or book in advance from The Potting Shed, 4 High Street, Gatehouse. Further information from Jeremy Carlisle. Tel: 01557 814647. E-mail:

Friday 1-Sunday 3 November

St John's Town of Dalry Glenkens Community Arts Trust Jo Miller Schools' Workshops and Ceilidh Weekend. Jo Miller, a native of Dalry, returns to her roots for a weekend of traditional Scottish music. With students from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and local musicians she will provide chances for young people (and others) to learn songs and try instruments. Through workshop, concert and ceilidh there will be plenty of opportunity to become better acquainted with traditional Scottish Music. Full information from Glenkens Community & Arts Trust. High Street, NewGalloway. 01644 420374. E-mail

Saturday 17 August

Langholm Langholm Festival Young Langholm Youth 2000 Langholm's very own youth theatre presents a weekend of Drama Workshops for young people from P5 to S3 culminating in a street theatre performance on Sunday 2pm - 5pm. See local press for details. Saturday 24 August Young Langholm Storytelling Yurt A welcome return of the lovely Yurt and the special story telling skills of the people who bring it to us. See poster for details of times. Fun With Clay A chance for children to come and work with real clay to produce a plaque, a decorated coil pot, or a clay creature. The work will be taken away and fired and the children will be able to reclaim it two weeks after the workshop. Clay is messy, old clothes or an apron essential! Langholm Community Centre. Free. (see poster for times) Booking essential as numbers are limited.

Saturday 26 October

Moniaive Carnival of Light Family day with workshops in Lantern, puppet and flag making. Plus dance classes. Come along and join in the fun culminating in a procession through Moniaive with samba band, giant puppets, dance routine and lighted lanterns ending back at the Memorial Hall for a family Halloween dance with full bar and refreshments. For full programme see Moniaive Memorial Institute, Chapel Street, 11.00am till late. Admission to workshop 50p Dance £2/£1. Contact Jo Hodges 01848 20789

Friday 6, Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 September

Portpatrick Portpatrick Folk Festival There will be a series of workshops in folk music and dance for young people over the three days of the Festival. A special information pack, sponsored by the Youth Executive is available from Portpatrick Events Office, 45 Main Street, Portpatrick. Tel/Fax: 01776 810717 E-mail:

Wednesday 14, Thursday 15, Friday 16 August

Stranraer Have a Go with GaelForce A series of workshops for young people. Wednesday 14 August. Drumming Workshops. 2.00pm- 4.00pm. Another chance for young people to have a go at drumming and other percussion workshops. Thursday 15 August. 2 pm - 4 pm and 6 pm - 8 pm. Graffiti Art session in the park. The art will be created on boards, which on completion will be displayed in the Youth CafŽ. Friday 16 August. 2 pm - 4 pm. Break Dance Workshop. Have you ever wanted to try this athletic style of dance, well now you can with an instructor to teach all the best moves. Youth CafŽ. Agnew Park. All workshops are free.

Monday 22 July -Friday 2 August & Saturday 7 September

Whithorn St Ninian Festival The St Ninian Festival is mounting a series of workshops for young people in Art, Drama and Music which will lead to a performance of a play that they will produce during the Festival on Saturday 7 September. Full information and tickets from The Whithorn Visitors Centre, 45-47 George St, Whithorn, DG8 8NS. Tel: 01988 500508. E-mail: Ticket prices to follow Friday 11 - Friday 18 October TAS Arts Week A special event for young people of secondary school age and upwards. Workshops in Drama, Dance and Art. Moffat. Well Road Centre. For full information and booking form contact Nickie & Vahid Fox-Mehrabi, TAS Co-ordinators. Tel: 01387 811544. Mobile 07973 554 553 E-mail:




ÒAll the world is a stageÓ no more so than in Dumfries and Galloway.

Thursday 22 August


Phantom of the Opera See ÔFestivalsÕ for details.

Saturday 24 August


Old Spice on the Road to Hell See ÔFestivalsÕ for details.

Saturday 31 August


Guild of Players Theatre Royal GaelForce Season Rowantree Theatre Wandering Willie's Tale An adaptation of a supernatural short story from Scott's novel Red Gauntlet. Wandering Willie is an 18th century blind fiddler who wanders into the 21st century, and to his delight finds that the fiddle and pipe music of Scotland is still glorious. 7.30pm £6/£4.

Monday 21 - Saturday 26 October

Guild of Players in Johnnie Jouk the Gibbet T.M. Watson A hilarious comedy set in Glasgow 1605. The women, from the Provost's wife tae the servin' lass fall for the eponymous hero's charms. They supply him with copious amounts of food and wine as he lies in the Tolbooth waiting to be hangit. But he isna ca'd Johnnie Jouk the Gibbet for nuthin!... 7.30pm. £8.50 members £4. Concessions for students & unemployed £3. Monday only School children £3 & pensioners £2.

Friday 1 & Saturday 2 November

TAG The Good Woman of Setzuan Bertolt Brecht An entertaining and thought provoking classic of the 20th century. Using live music and song, fast paced ensemble playing and bold performance style, TAG's production focuses on the contradictions and pressures of Shen Te, the good hearted and penniless prostitute, of 'being good' and still managing to survive. An opportunity to see a masterpiece of 20th century theatre. 7.30pm £8 & £6.

Saturday 2 November

Various Venues J. M. Barrie Celebration It is one hundred years since the first production of BarrieÕs comedy ÒThe Admirable CrichtonÓ, and to mark the anniversary, DGAA hosts a day that includes an open lecture on the life and theatrical career of Barrie by Professor Jack of Edinburgh University, and a youth production of a 21C version of the play, re-titled ÒDown the LineÓ. The new version has been created by Cally Philips, currently DGAA Dramatist in Residence, and will be presented in the Minerva Hall of Dumfries Academy, which has strong associations with Barrie. The story of castaways has a resonance in the television age, where groups and individuals have faced isolation under the scrutiny of a TV camera, and the new play provides as much food for thought as BarrieÕs original J. M. Barrie had relatives in Dumfries, and spent part of his youth in the town, attending Dumfries Academy; during that time, he went to the Theatre Royal, and was enchanted by the magical world he saw there. This early involvement with theatre - he watched productions from the wing of the stage - led to his extensive, and very successful career as a playwright of many popular West End successes. Perhaps unjustly neglected as one of ScotlandÕs dramatists, Barrie has created mysterious, and magical worlds in works such as ÒMary RoseÓ, and of course ÒPeter PanÓ, and the cycle of anniversaries starting with Ò The Admirable CrichtonÓ offer an opportunity to celebrate BarrieÕs distinctive achievements. For information, or to make a booking, phone DGAA - 01387 253383 0r visit

Sunday 3 November

Hail Caledonia A brand new production reflecting the glory days of the famous Five Past Eight Show in the heyday of Scottish Variety. Dumfries favourite Johnny Beattie heads the show, with international singing duo Joe Gordon and Sally Logan, and premier folk singer Alastair McDonald. 7.30pm £12.

Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 November

Theatre Royal Rowantree Theatre War and Glaur John Nicol A special production sponsored by the Crichton Trust to celebrate Remembrance weekend. The production is built round the work of John Buchan, Robert Service, and others, interwoven with songs by Harry Lauder, and voices and music from the 1914-18 war. Not forgetting the adventures of Private MacFee and his colleagues with their 'secret weapon' which looks remarkably like a haggis! 7.30pm £8 from Mid Steeple, Dumfries.Tel: 01387 247780 Tickets for all Guild of Players GaelForce Season from the Mid Steeple, Dumfries. Tel: 01387 247780 or from the Theatre Royal, Shakespeare Street, from 30 minutes before the performance.

Saturday 7 September


Last Pilgrimage. A new play about Robert The Bruce. See ÔFestivalsÕ for details.


Dumfries and Galloway Tour

Bamboo Grove Theatre Company Love is an Urban Myth A new play by Cally Philips, Dramatist in Residence, Dumfries and Galloway Arts Association., "Forget the hearts and flowers... But don't forget the chocolates" A fast-paced, compelling love story played against the background of imprisonment, and the nuclear threat. Full details

Wednesday 2 October Scottish Premiere 7.30pm Moffat Old Well Theatre, Old Well Road Moffat. £7/£5.

Thursday 3 October 7.30pm Swallow Theatre, Moss Park, Ravenstone, by Whithorn. £6.

Saturday 5 October & Sunday 6 October 7.30pm Brigend Theatre, Market Square, Maxwelltown, Dumfries. £7/£5. Postal Bookings for The Old Well Theatre and Brigend Theatre with cheque made payable to Bamboo Grove Theatre Company to BGTC, Crogo Mains, Corsock, Castle Douglas. DG7 3DR; or by phone/text reservation on 0781 051 4622 Postal Bookings for Swallow Theatre with cheque made payable to Swallow Theatre to Swallow Theatre, Moss Park, Ravenstone, Whithorn, DG8 8DR.

Friday 25 October


GaelForce Concert Old Mill Theatre See ÔGeneral EntertainmentÕ for details.

Youth Theatre Jubilee (World Premiere) See ÔFestivalsÕ for details.



Arts and entertainment continue all the year round in Dumfries and Galloway.

We hope you will enjoy GaelForce 2002. Watch the Press for details of GaelForce 2003.

Useful address for further information on GaelForce events and other events in Dumfries and Galloway.

Dumfries and Galloway Tourist Board 64 Whitesands, Dumfries. DG1 2RS. Tel 01387 253862. Fax 01387 245555. E-mail Website

Dumfries & Galloway Council Community Resources Arts Team Arts, Crafts, and Touring Exhibition and Arts Development Officers.

Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, DG1 1NW 01387 262084 Fax 01387 255173

Communications Unit Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries DG1 2DE 01387 260331, Fax 01387 260333/4. Dumfries and Galloway Arts Association. Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries DG1 1JQ. 01387 253383. Fax 01387 253303. Website


Further information can be obtained about GaelForce 2002 from

Ruari McNeill, GaelForce Co-ordinator, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Communications Unit, Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries DG1 2DD. 01387 260335. Mobile 07803 268859 e-mail

GaelForce 2002 is a public/private partnership supported by Dumfries and Galloway Council, Dumfries and Galloway Tourist Board, and Stena Line.