Charabanc rolls across the region

The Shire Charabanc will be touring Wigtownshire this weekend – full of artists, poets and storytellers eager to meet the public.

The event is a centerpiece of Wigtownshire’s Environmental Art Festival Scotland (EAFS) Satellite Weekend which runs from September 14 to 16.

It will see a bus travel across the area making stops at Whithorn, Glenluce, Sandhead, Stranraer, Newton Stewart and Wigtown on Sunday. At each stop, the artists will meet members of the community and visitors and share information about the arts in Wigtownshire and have some fun.

Among those aboard the Shire Charabanc will be a photographer who will take pictures of the people and the places it encounters and one of the artists will create a wall hanging called “Memory of Wigtownshire People”.

Other events and activities include the Wigtownshire Shindig, the annual Whithorn Lecture, and Dancing in the Sand. The weekend has been co-ordinated by the Wigtownshire Arts Hub.

The EAFS Satellite Weekends have been funded by Fresh Start for the Arts.

Kathleen O’Neill, Fresh Start for the Arts project manager, said: “The Wigtownshire Satellite Weekend is going to be lots of fun – there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

“It’s great that we have been able to give people the chance to organise their own locally-based arts activities and to be part of EAFS.

“There’s a huge amount of talent in Wigtownshire and we really want to give creative people the chance to flourish – and make sure that local families can enjoy what they have to offer.”

EAFS ran from August 30 to September 2 and took place at four different locations across Dumfries and Galloway.

The Satellite Weekends have meant that further festival activities are taking place throughout September.

Leah Black, EAFS co-producer, said: “The enthusiasm for taking part in the Satellite Weekends has been amazing and we are really looking forward to the one in Wigtownshire.

“The variety of ideas that people have come up with for arts activities related to the environment has been incredibly impressive, and we’re grateful to Fresh Start for the Arts for making the weekends possible.”

Events

The Wigtownshire Shindig. There will be great stuff going on at the Whithorn Story Centre between 11am and 4pm on September 14. The birdhouse trail will see Bruce Street decorated with a collection of specially designed and decorated birdhouses.

The times and locations for visits by the Shire Charabanc are: Whithorn 10am; Glenluce Abbey 11am; Sandhead noon; Stranraer, Agnew Park, 1pm; Newton Stewart, Riverside car park, 2.30pm; Wigtown 3.30pm.

The Whithorn Lecture is at Whithorn Primary School at 6pm on the 14th. The speaker is Dr David Griffith who will discuss “Early Medieval Whithorn: The Irish Sea Context”.

Dancing in the Sand takes place on the 16th at Sandhead Beach, Stoneykirk, from noon until 6pm. Go along and help make a big picture on the shoreline and enjoy some dancing too.

For further information see www.environmentalartfestivalscotland.com/