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 www.dumfriesandgalloway.co.uk Exhibitions
in galleries throughout Dumfries and Galloway.
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
Summer Festivities 2002 From Sunday 14 July a continuous
programme of events and entertainment in Kirkcudbright.
Full details on www.summerfestivities.com,
7 August to Thursday 11 August
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 www.summerfestivities.com,
or from local tourist information centres.
16 July - 29 August
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.
19 July - Saturday 20 July
Dundrennan by Kirkcudbright Wickerman Festival East
A two day music festival held on a 120 acre farmland
site in deepest Galloway. Full details from Tourist
Chapterhouse Theatre Company Twelth Night by William
Trigony House Hotel. 7.30pm. £10/£6. Full details 01848
24 July to 11 September
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.
Scotland Events Cutting Edge Theatre Company in Romeo
Set in 18th century Scotland Caerlaverock Castle by
Dumfries. Tickets from Caerlaverock Castle. This is
an outdoor performance, bring a rug, umbrella, and anti
3 - Sunday 4 August
(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. www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
8 August - Monday 12 August
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.border-gather.co.uk
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.
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
Friday 9 August Gus McIntyre, Community Centre,
01387 811994. Alan Thomson, DGAA. Gracefield Arts Centre,
Dumfries 01387 253383. Information Shop. Midsteeple,
Dumfries. 01387 247780
Saturday 10 August Annan TV, High Street Annan.
01461 204834. Alan Thomson, Hayknowes, Annan 01461 202215.
Friday 16 August Music Matters. Well Street, Moffat.
01683 221649. Information Shop. Midsteeple, Dumfries.
Saturday 17 August Langholm Festival Office 013873
80666. Angie Ball, 3 Ryehill Park, Eskdalemuir. 013873
Tickets from Angie Ball, 3 Ryehill Park. Eskdalemuir.
013873 73386 Bella Green, Tigh Sonaa, Eskdalemuir. 013873
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
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.
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
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
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
Saturday 17 August
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.
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.
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:
Studios & GalleriesTuesday
- Sunday 10.00am to 5.00pm. Admission free. Craft Shop
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
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.
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.
Historic Resources Centre Wednesday
to Saturday, and Bank Holidays. 11.00am - 4.00pm Bank
Street, 01461 201364.
August - 26 October
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.
Douglas Art Gallery Opening Hours: Mon - Sat. 11am
8 August - Monday 26 August Needlecraft
29 August - Saturday 14 September Stewartry Art
Society 33 Annual Exhibition
18 September - Saturday 28 September Bea Last
Saturday 5 October - Saturday 26 October Discovery
on the Move A touring exhibition from the National Museums
1 - Saturday 16 November Roseanne and Friends
Art Centre, and
of Fleet The Mill on the Fleet
3 - Saturday 31 August
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.
7 September - Sunday 29 September
Artists Exhibition Exhibition of contemporary paintings
in association with the High Street Gallery.
3 October - Saturday 26 October RSPB Galloway Wildlife
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.
27 July - Wednesday 28 August
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.
15 June - Saturday 31 August
Decorative Artists Exhibition
of Decorative and Applied Art by Kircudbright's artists,
including Jessie M King and Bill Johnston.
14 September - Saturday 2 November Auchencairn:
A History An exhibition about Auchencairn's history
in collaboration with the Auchencairn History Society.
Town Hall Gallery
July to 24 August
Arts Collective Summer Exhibition
Scott Hay Gallery Leading Lights An exhibition from
the Gracefield Galleries Permanent Collection. See ÔFestivalsÕ
24 August - Monday 2 September
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
6 July - Saturday 21 September
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
28 September - Saturday 26 October
Eskimo to Inuit A fascinating exhibition about contemporary
All Year. Monday - Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm Saturday
10.00am -1.00pm / 2.00pm- 5.00pm. Admission Free.
House by New Abbey Museum of Costume
13 July - Friday 30 August
Finery: Fancy Dress on the Screen An exhibition
of fancy dress outfits worn by the stars in film and
4 September - Monday 30 September
Small World A selection of 20th century embroidery
from the collections of the National Museums of Scotland.
3 October - Thursday 31 October
Nineties Collection A snap shot of contemporary
British Quiltmaking at the end of the of the 20th century.
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.
2002 provides events to suit all tastes - here is a
Music Live 2002 See ÔFestivalsÕ for
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: email@example.com
Douglas Trim the Velvet
Lochside Theatre 7.00 pm.
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.
Trim the Velvet
with the Annan Ex Service Club Pipe Band Main Square
2.00pm to 4.00pm.
Village Hall Tango Extravaganza
Workshop & Grand Tango Dance. See ÔDanceÕ for details.
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.
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
FOURTH ANNUALl BOOK TOWN FESTIVAL
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Festival Film Programme Film Club - £2 membership
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
Steven at Eleven High Street 2pm. Ken Steven reading
from his own work (available to non Workshop).
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
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
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
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.
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.
Ewart Shadow Puppet Workshop "Speak Up Spike"
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
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information Shop, Dumfries (in person or credit card
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
Classical,Folk and Traditional Music, Jazz and Pipe
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
Hairth of Knokrach See ÔFestivalsÕ for details.
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Country & Western Festival
See ÔFestivalsÕ for details.
& TRADITIONAL MUSIC
See ÔFestivalsÕ for details.
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
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.
the Opera See ÔGeneral EntertainmentÕ for details.
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
See ÔFestivalsÕ for details.
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: email@example.com
and John Douglas Music, Great King St, Dumfries.
Saturday 28 September
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
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
is also a feast of individual festivals. They are listed
under the following headings in alphabetical order.
Friday 20, Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
3 - Sunday 8 September
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.
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 www.moniaive.com
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.
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
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:
email@example.com Website: www.creetown-countrymusic-festival.com
FESTIVALS & TRADITIONAL MUSIC
6 September - Sunday 8 September
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Website:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com Free camping
Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities 2002 The Summer
Festivities start on 4 May and run till Monday 26 August.
Full details on www.summerfestivities.com
For GaelForce 2002 the first event is
16 August. Maggie's Tour of Old Kirkcudbright Selkirk
Arms. 7pm. Hear about the history, meet the ghosts!
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
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.
23 August. Primary Schools Five a Side. Maggie's
Tour of Old Kirkcudbright. Selkirk Arms. 7.00pm
24 August. Decorated Vehicle Parade and street entertainment.
Sunday 25 August. Vintage Car & Waiters Race.
From 12.00 noon, Harbour Square.
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!
& 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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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!!
www.happygang.co.uk Langholm Academy Hall, Thomas Telford
Road. 2.30pm. £3.
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.
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.
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: www.langholmfestival.co.uk
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Venue addresses
Buccleuch Hall/Buccleuch Square; Scott Hay Gallery/Reid
& Taylor, William Street ; St. Francis Church/Drove
Road; Masonic Club/Mary Street.
performances 7.30pm. Bookings Robert Burns Theatre,
Mill Road, Dumfries. Tel. 01387 264808 Dumfries A Celtic
Film Festival Robert Burns Film Centre
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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: email@example.com
or firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.sw-scotland-screen.com
ST NINIAN FESTIVAL
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: email@example.com
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.
7 September Workshop by Alan Tavener for local singers
Priory Church. 10.00am
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
4TH ANNUAL BOOKTOWN FESTIVAL See ÔLiteratureÕ for
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org There will also be
Ceilidhs in other locations.
Youth Enquiry Service are planning workshops in break
dancing for the Youth Festival. Full details from
YES, The Vennel, Dumfries. 01387 251322.
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
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: email@example.com
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.Knockengorroch.org.uk
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.
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: email@example.com
1-Sunday 3 November
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 www.moniaive.com
Moniaive Memorial Institute, Chapel Street, 11.00am
till late. Admission to workshop 50p Dance £2/£1. Contact
Jo Hodges 01848 20789
6, Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 September
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: email@example.com
14, Thursday 15, Friday 16 August
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.
22 July -Friday 2 August & Saturday 7 September
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: t.a.s.@ntlworld.com
the world is a stageÓ no more so than in Dumfries and
of the Opera See
ÔFestivalsÕ for details.
Saturday 24 August
Old Spice on the Road to Hell
See ÔFestivalsÕ for details.
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.
21 - Saturday 26 October
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.
1 & Saturday 2 November
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.
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 www.dgaa.net
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.
9 & Sunday 10 November
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.
Pilgrimage. A new play about Robert The Bruce. See
ÔFestivalsÕ for details.
and Galloway Tour
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 www.bamboogrovetheatre.co.uk/productions
2 October Scottish Premiere 7.30pm Moffat Old Well
Theatre, Old Well Road Moffat. £7/£5.
Swallow Theatre, Moss Park, Ravenstone, by Whithorn.
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.
Old Mill Theatre See ÔGeneral EntertainmentÕ for details.
Theatre Jubilee (World Premiere) See ÔFestivalsÕ