Have a Spring Fling at 40th annual fest
The Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival and Spring Fling have teamed up to promote the region as a centre of highquality contemporary arts.
They have joined forces to produce a fold-out map displaying locations for both cultural events which take place in May and June.
The map, which will also be available online, shows where people can find 94 studios as well as afternoon and evening sessions of award-winning live performances taking place at venues throughout the region.
It is part of a two- year joint marketing drive that involves visitor information, online and offline marketing, competitions, a promotional film and special offers. The initiative is supported by Dumfries and Galloway Council as part of its strategy to promote cultural tourism.
Ken Gouge, chairman of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, said: “With so much going on, Dumfries and Galloway is the cultural as well as the geographical gateway to Scotland. Spring Fling and the festival are natural partners, taking place at the same time, and creating a huge creative buzz across the region.”
During May and June, Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival and Spring Fling open studios will be offering around 200 opportunities to enjoy a huge variety visual art and craft plus high quality live performances.
From May 25 to 27, Spring Fling studio visitors will be able to meet professional artists and makers who create high quality ceramics, furniture, glassware, jewellery, painting, printmaking and textiles. There will also be more than 15 workshops and master- classes, evening events and public art.
The 40th annual Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival will offer 50 live performances over 10 days from May 24 to June 2 at theatres, village and town halls, arts centres and pubs – offering comedy, dance, theatre, music and spoken word.
Among the highlights will be Lucy Porter with her award-winning show Pass it On and folk legends Martin and Eliza Carthy.
The organisations are also running a competition for three couples to win an Arts Pass, worth £500 each with the package offering show tickets, spending money and much more.
■ Visit www.spring-fling.co.uk and www.dgartsfestival.org.uk
Artists Emma Visca, Christopher Taylor and Emily Cooper