Have a Spring Fling at 40th an­nual fest

The Galloway News - - ARTS FESTIVAL - SHARON LIPTROTT

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

Pic­ture: Colin Hat­ter­s­ley

Artists Emma Visca, Christophe­r Tay­lor and Emily Cooper

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