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