Hot on the heels of a flying visit from writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce and packed audiences at the Spring Book Weekend comes a series of fabulous events in Scotland’s National Booktown as part of the regional arts festival and Spring Fling.
There’s music for a variety of tastes at the County Buildings with concerts that are guaranteed to get your feet tapping if not your whole body moving. Three days of fabulous music and entertainment strikes up on Wednesday 25th May with Jenn Butterworth and Laura-Beth Salter. Originally from the area Jenn studied music in Glasgow and is now a regular in the city’s acoustic folk scene where she teamed up with Laura-Beth. Together they create an enchanting sound. The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band playa very different kind of uplifting music that will get you on your feet with the infectious sounds of Bollywood. Their show also includes gravity defying feats by an amazing fakir. They’ll be at the Wigtown venue on Thursday 26th May. If a different style of dancing is more your thing then the following evening there’s a chance to try the ‘Strictly’ phenomenon with Cafe Largo. There will be demonstration dances and the chance to strut your stuff or just listen to the music if you prefer.
For those who prefer to sit still there’s a visit to the town from the Puppetsoup Theatre company with their production of ‘Land of the Dragon’. Magical creatures, spellbinding stories and mythical tales have helped to create a spellbinding piece of puppetry that will entertain both old and young alike. The show is being held on Friday 27th May at Wigtown Primary School.
For fans of visual art there’s a welcome return to the current artist in residence Gill White who will present the results of her work from last year’s Book Festival. Gill, a digital artist and writer, created an interactive experience last autumn in order to create and encourage storytelling in everyone. She’ll be County Buildings May 28-30.
Also on Saturday 28th May there will be the latest in a series of events arranged by Wigtown Festival Company but held in different places in the region. They will be joining forces with the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust to present an evening with author Edward Hollis who believes that every building has a story to tell and of course this is especially true of the venue - Moat Brae in Dumfries, the childhood inspiration for J M Barrie’s Peter Pan. Ed Hollis is a trained architect and deputy director of research at Edinburgh College of Art. He’ll be exploring the themes of his books The Memory Palace: A Book of Lost Interiors and The Secret Lives of Buildings with special reference to the venue itself. The evening begins at 7pm.
Further details and how to buy tickets for all events can be found at www.dgartsfestival.org.uk and www.wigtownbookfestival.com