Boats sail from Ferrytoon to Wigtown as part of book festival

A flotilla of boats will set sail from Creetown tomorrow (Saturday) bound for Wigtown .

Trading Journeys – a celebration of Wigtown’s historical importance as a trading centre, will feature three unusual journeys to Wigtown by horse, bicycle and boat and will have a cargo which will feature in a centrepiece in Wigtown.

Leaving around 9am tomorrow from Balmaclellan, Uula Jero will be peddling his bicycle-powered furnace to Wigtown, picking up cyclists on the way through Galloway Forest Park. At 12.30pm, a flotilla of small boats will launch from Creetown harbour by the A75. The Creetown flags will be raised and new Ferry Bell rung. These boats will be travelling with charcoal and are expected at high tide (2pm) in Wigtown harbour.

A parade begins at 4pm in Wigtown with a procession around the town centre including horses and carts, boats, flags, drumming and the travelling foundry. A surprise performance closes Trading Journeys 2014 around 7pm.

Trading Journeys has been commissioned by Wigtown Book Festival and is produced by The Stove Network, an arts collective based in Dumfries.

It is one of three events taking place this weekend as part of a precursor to the Environmental Arts Festival Scotland 2015 (EAFS), which will also see Sanctuary, a 24-hour radio broadcast deep in the heart of the Galloway Forest Park.

This event will see music files playedout across the Dark Outside FM channel between 12pm tomorrow and 12pm Sunday before being destroyed as soon as they finish, which will be accompanied by a handful of light installations including Robbie Coleman’s dramatic 100ft neon light sculpture called Enclosure

And finally, Zero Footprint showcases a book of photos taken over five years by Morag Paterson and Ted Leeming from exactly the same spot just outside their Glenkens home. It will be launched at 4.30pm on Sunday in the County Buildings, Wigtown.

The mini EAFS, and the main festival, are a collaboration between three of Dumfries and Galloway’s leading arts organisations, The Stove Network, Wide Open and Spring Fling.