Arts lovers invited to venture further afield

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For those who don’t mind travelling to enjoy their fix of the arts, neighbouring Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival offers a diverse and exciting programme of performing arts.

Musical highlights of this year’s event, which runs until Sunday, include the Primrose Piano Quartet – who will prove they have more than a few strings to their bows – in Annan, Newton Stewart, Gatehouse and Dumfries; world-class Celtic rhythms by The Outside Track in Stranraer and Sanquhar; and musical siblings The Wrigley Sisters bring their lively music all the way from Orkney to Bladnoch.

There are also a number of ground-breaking theatrical performances, including an outdoor performance of Wee Betty by Catherine Major Theatre Company in Moffat and Dumfries. Dance takes the form of Tales from Mystic India with the Annapurna Dance Company; and Oceanallover will finish off the festival with a mesmerising open air performance of Sporopollen on Mill Road, Dumfries, on the banks of the River Nith.

All this, plus the Kirkcudbright Song Festival; a Burnsong Young Writers’ performance; the Big Lit festival in Gatehouse and a lively fringe presents something for everyone at the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival.

This year, the festival is offering half price concessions for the under 26s.

Tickets from the Midsteeple Box Office, Dumfries: telephone 01387 253383. Website: