Kirkcudbright Festival of Light, October 5 to October 14
Running for 10 days from October 5 is Kirkcudbright Festival of Light, a celebration of the light that has inspired generations of artists inspired by the Dumfries and Galloway town, most notably EA Hornel, Jessie M King and Charles Oppenheimer.
Streets, buildings and even the beach huts at the town’s harbour will be lit up for the festival, which will also feature a series of light installations including an 18-foot-tall illuminated willow horse.
The festival will also mark the opening of new arts hub Kirkcudbright Galleries and the ten days and nights of the multi-arts programme will be bookended by recitals from internationally-acclaimed musicians Emma Morwood and Jonathan Fisher at the start and a concert by the Scottish Ensemble at the end.
The Kirkcudbright Galleries will provide a permanent home for the Kirkcudbright Collection, a “nationally significant” collection of more than 600 works of art and craft made in and inspired by the area.
The galleries will also be host to Illumphonium, an interactive, music-making installation and a display of a specially commissioned glass sculpture inspired by the area’s light and coastal heritage.
Community events include light displays in the town’s streets, windows and closes, craft workshops, an event to mark the Hindu festival of lights Diwali, a mobile planetarium, a lantern parade, fireworks and a fairy village created by local children.
Curator Sally Hobson, former head of creative learning for the Edinburgh International Festival, said: “We are building on the enormous creative tradition of Kirkcudbright with events that will bring Scottish-based performers with an international profile to the town.”