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Article published 12/06/2019

The Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival which took place for ten days over the end of May, has successfully attracted new and diverse audiences who enjoyed 50 events across 34 venues region-wide.

This year was the 40th Anniversary of the Arts Festival and was launched by Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs who attended the Opening Night Civic Reception and public performance of Morna Young’s Lost at Sea at Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries.



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This was an absolutely fantastic 40th Anniversary programme which attracted local communities and visitors alike to go and see a show. This year we saw many new faces from our local communities and a diverse audience enjoying the events which were region-wide. We’re proud to be Scotland’s largest rural performing arts festival and look forward to continuing to work closely with local venues and promoters to ensure the best quality events can be accessed across the region’s towns and villages

Ken Gouge, Chair of D&G Arts Festival

D&G Arts Festival will return to stages across the region 22–31 May 2020. The year-round programme of events, Arts Live, powered by Dumfries & Galloway is available at