Dumfries and Galloway is the stage for all the world

Orkestra del Sol
Orkestra del Sol

World music has always been a central feature to the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival and the Knockengorroch World Ceilidh.

And this year the region’s audiences can experience an even more diverse range of talented musicians from across the globe at venues from Lockerbie to Carsphairn.

The 2016 Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival takes place between 20 and 29 May and includes three unique live performance artists in its best programme to date.

The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band return to the festival in Wigtown on 26 May and Annan on 27 May, bringing a lively, loud and energetic show. Staying in the brass section, there is a chance to experience an explosive reinvention of global brass band music with the unique and quirky Orkestra del Sol who come to Dumfries on 28 May.

In stark contrast to these two noisy and brassy acts, the sacred sounds of the Tibetan temple will chime from Lockerbie Town Hall on 26 May when the Monks of Tashi Lhunpo offer a dramatic presentation of their unique sacred dances, music and prayers with colourful costumes and ceremonial masks.

Meanwhile, Knockengorroch is the place for the world’s best ceilidh, which takes place this year on the weekend of 26 and 29 May and once again hosts an exciting and eclectic array of international performers.

These include Black Uhuru from Jamaica, hailed as “the most dynamic and progressive reggae act of the 1970s and early ’80s”; 47Soul from Palestine, an electro-mijwez, shamstep, choubi band; and Syrian rapper/poet/writer Abu Hajar, who will also take part in a discussion of his work and the Syrian revolution with Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila al-Shami, authors of Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War.

These are just some of the world-class highlights coming to Dumfries and Galloway next month.