The Herald on Sunday - - THE WEEK -


FROM a stand­ing start in the early 1970s, when it was a cel­e­bra­tion of opera and clas­si­cal mu­sic, Perth Fes­ti­val of the Arts has ex­panded to cover all art forms. In the past it has at­tracted artists of the cal­i­bre of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Ni­cola Benedetti, Calvin Har­ris and Van Mor­ri­son. This year’s fes­ti­val runs from May 16 to 25; the pro­gramme in­cludes English Tour­ing Opera with Verdi’s Mac­beth; Fair­port Con­ven­tion; The Six­teen; Rainer Her­sch’s Vic­tor Borge; Jools Hol­land and his Rhythm & Blues Orches­tra; and the Rus­sian Phil­har­monic (of Novosi­birsk).

Aberdeen’s many fes­ti­vals in 2019 in­clude the jazz fes­ti­val (March 21-31); the May Fes­ti­val – 120 events across lit­er­a­ture, film, mu­sic, science, vis­ual arts and sport, (May 24-26); TechFest: the an­nual STEM – science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and maths (Au­gust 24-Sept 21); and True North, the fast-grow­ing mu­sic fes­ti­val (Septem­ber).

Dundee’s fes­ti­vals in­clude Dundee Women’s Fes­ti­val (March 2-16); Sum­mer Streets Fes­ti­val (June 19-21); Dundee Flower and Food Fes­ti­val (Septem­ber 6-8); Ok­to­ber­fest (end of Septem­ber); Dundee Whisky Fes­ti­val (Oc­to­ber 12); Fes­ti­val of the Fu­ture (Oc­to­ber 16-20); and the NEoN Dig­i­tal Arts Fes­ti­val (Novem­ber


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