French flavour to Peebles Arts Festival

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Four artists from Peebles’ twin town of Hendaye in France are headlining this year’s Peebles Arts Festival, which opens on Friday, August 22 and runs till Sunday, August31.

This will be the Hendaye performers first visit to the Festival since 2011. They will be bringing traditional music, photography, and performance art to Peebles, converting Pennell’s Vennel, off the High Street, into a French quarter.

Continuing the French theme, Billy Kay will be delivering a lecture on claret and Scotland’s French connections.

This year’s Words programme brings in children’s and adults’ authors, poetry and discussion, and a new teenagers’ writing competition in partnership with the Eastgate Theatre.

Other highlights include James Lattin’s Museum of Imaginative Knowledge, a performance of Fawlty Towers in the Tontine Hotel dining room, complete with dinner, and Shakespeare at Traquair’s youth wing performing Shakespeare’s Canon at the Eastgate.

The art exhibition trail is bigger than ever, showcasing local artists’ work in shop windows across the town.

Walking tours of the town’s lost buildings, woollen mill, bridges, clock tower and river banks; craft, photography and fly-tying workshops; music from chamber to rock playing in the pubs, clubs and theatre, and the ever-popular Busking Saturday make this year’s festival broad, colourful and innovative for locals and visitors alike.

“We’re delighted to be welcoming back performers from Hendaye to this year’s festival which we hope will build on the success of last year’s event. Our main aims are to encourage local people to get involved in arts-related activities and to attract visitors to the town” said Festival Chair, Douglas Roberts.

For more details, visit www.peeblesartsfestival.org