Newton Stewart Trad Music Festival given cash from arts funding

The Newton Stewart Traditional Music festival, The Whithorn Trust and Wigtown Book festival are all set to benefit from a share of £11,000 in regional art funding.

Competition was intense with over 30 applications being made to the fund which is jointly financed by Dumfries and Galloway Council and Creative Scotland through the Place Partnership.

The 19 allocations have been made on the recommendation of DG Unlimited.

Newton Stewart Traditional and Acoustic Music Festival will be given £2,500. Now in its second year, the event will provide a two-day celebration of traditional music in Newton Stewart and Minnigaff in July featuring workshops, concerts, ceilidh dancing, pipe band, tune and song-writing competitions and live music sessions.

The Whithorn Trust will receive £3,500 towards Dig TV – an archaeological film project for young people. The cash will go towards the provision of film workshops and training of a group of young reporters and filmmakers recruited through these workshops who will then work on a wider project to document an archaeological dig at an Iron Age loch village in Monreith and pilot a community television station on the internet run by young people.

The Stewartry Book Festival will also take £2,500 towards April’s Big Lit event in Gatehouse, while Wide Open, delivering a radio project called Sanctuary which is broadcast in the Galloway Forest Parkfor one night each year showcasing brand new music which is destroyed as soon as it has been played, will take £3,800 towards the project.

The Wigtown Festival Compan will be given a whopping£20,000 towards a Regional Literature Development and Young People’s Literature Project which will support the continuing development of a programme of literature activity across the region and a new programme for young people across the region.

Also set to benefit is The Environmental Art Festival Scotland, hoping build on the success of its 2013 event, and Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, which aims to support venues, promoters and artists across the region through a touring network and create more opportunities for people to experience top quality arts performances in their local community.