Big year for di­rec­tor Dani

Arts fes­ti­val’s 40th an­niver­sary

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - THE TICKET -

Stu­art McFar­lane

The Dum­fries and Gal­loway Arts Fes­ti­val has ap­pointed a new di­rec­tor ahead of its 40th an­niver­sary event next year.

The fes­ti­val - which is the largest ru­ral per­form­ing arts gath­er­ing of its kind in Scot­land - has named Dani Rae as the main cu­ra­tor for the big event and was given the role based on her 15 years of ex­pe­ri­ence across the cre­ative in­dus­tries.

Her most re­cent po­si­tion was as head of par­tic­i­pant ser­vices at the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val Fringe, lead­ing the team re­spon­si­ble for sup­port­ing all venues, com­pa­nies and the arts in­dus­try.

Dani, who orig­i­nally hails from Kirk­patrick Flem­ing, at­tended An­nan Academy be­fore head­ing off to Glas­gow and then Ed­in­burgh and has since gone on to work with lead­ing arts agen­cies, fes­ti­vals, the­atre and dance com­pa­nies from across the globe.

She will join the team based at the Grace­field next month in time for the launch of the Arts Live Au­tumn/Winter pro­gramme and ready for the build-up to the fes­ti­val in May.

Dani said: “I’m de­lighted to join the bril­liant team at Dum­fries and Gal­loway Arts Fes­ti­val at such an ex­cit­ing time. I look for­ward to work­ing with artists lo­cally and fur­ther afield to cre­ate a 40th an­niver­sary pro­gramme to re­mem­ber.

“The sea­sonal pro­grammes for Arts Live con­tinue to grow and I’m ex­cited to work with our lo­cal pro­mot­ers to de­liver year-round, qual­ity per­form­ing arts events to some of our most re­mote com­mu­ni­ties in Scot­land.”

Ken Gouge, chair­man of Dum­fries and Gal­loway Arts Fes­ti­val, said: “We’re de­lighted to have Dani join our ded­i­cated team as she is an ex­pe­ri­enced pro­ducer who has worked with some of the UK’s lead­ing arts agen­cies and com­pa­nies.

“Her time spent in Ber­lin and work­ing on the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val Fringe gives her an in­ter­na­tional pro­file rooted in Scot­land and it’s ob­vi­ous through her work she is pas­sion­ate about projects that ex­cite and en­gage au­di­ences.”

De­lighted Dani Rae is new di­rec­tor of arts fes­ti­val

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