Free tickets at arts fest

Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival is encouraging a new generation of culture lovers with a range of innovative programming and offers at this year’s festival.

More into football than theatre? Try On Our Way To Lisbon (or The Italian Job), at Lockerbie Little Theatre on May 29, a spectacular two-man drama in which Pat Abernethy and Dave Marsden play everything from the players to the commentators and managers. One theatre-goer said: “I have never been to a play before but that was the best night of my life.”

Bringing opera to a whole new audience, Opera Rox will fuse contemporary songs with an operatic voice, offering a whole new dimension to the music. Taking place at the Vintage Lounge in Dumfries on May 31, this is sure to be a packed event.

The festival is also releasing 200 half price tickets for people aged 25 or under. The tickets will be announced on the Facebook events page “Arts Festival Under 25s Sale – 200 Half Price Tickets” on May 6 and will be available from the Midsteeple on May 7. They are strictly limited for each show and available on first come, first served basis.

But there are other free events that all can take advantage of, including Liminal, an exciting new piece featuring the work of new media artists Helson and Jackets taking place on Cardoness Beach near Gatehouse of Fleet on May 18. You can also enjoy John Hudson’s book launch at Kings Book Shop on May 28 for free, and a series of other shows from as little as £3.