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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.”

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