Scotland’s largest rural performing arts festival has launched its most ambitious festival to date.


The 2017 Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival takes place between 26 May and 4 June and the new programme was launched tonight at a special event at Loch Arthur, Beeswing. The brochure is available to pick up from outlets and venues across Dumfries and Galloway. All tickets are available from the Midsteeple Box Office from 15 March.


The festival kicks off on the evening of 26 May with Karine Polwart’s Wind Resistance at the Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries. The show will herald 10 days of international award-winning theatre; musicianship from around the world, ranging from classical to rock; comedians and street performers and the very best of Dumfries and Galloway’s talented performing artists.


Festival highlights include the Scottish Ensemble returning to the region with another of their popular residencies; the Daleian Singers Male Voice Choir with Stranraer’s award-winning Scots trad singer Robyn Stapleton in Dumfries and Newton Stewart; classical concerts by the Universities of Scotland Symphony Orchestra in Lockerbie and the amazing Tinderbox Orchestra in Dumfries. Scottish Opera also make a welcome comeback to the festival with their popular pop-up roadshow to Port Logan and Threave.


The amazing Blazin’ Fiddles will give two of their high-octane, energy-fuelled concerts in Newton Stewart and Dumfries. Special guests will be Robyn Stapleton and Claire Hastings and Bellevue Rendezvous. Mairi Campbell will bring her critically-acclaimed one-woman theatre show, Pulse, to New Galloway; Canadian singer-songwriter Lizanne Knott performs in Annan; the Alex Yellowlees Band will give a concert in Colvend; and the talented young voices of Elia Davidson and Kate Kyle can be heard in Dumfries.

Adding to this year’s many festival must-sees is an hilarious evening with acclaimed Scottish stand-up comedian Mark Nelson performing alongside Ireland’s comedy superstar Micky Bartlett in Annan and Stranraer. Award-winning female comedian street artist and writer Ruth E Cockburn will lead a workshop and comedy show for young people in Dumfries.


Innovative theatre comes in the form of circus artist and theatrical performer Phil Hardie’s Welcome My Son in Dumfries; sheer brilliance with Paines Plough’s Every Brilliant Thing in Wigtown; and a special ticket offer for Emily Carding’s Richard III: A One Woman Show and Alan Bisset’s hilarious Moira Monologues, both in New Galloway, Dumfries and Sanquhar.


A first for the festival this year is an inspirational story of a Shetland crofter who, at the age of 61, found herself cast adrift in the North Sea. Her tale is told through an incredible experience of sight and sound on Sandyhills beach, Dalbeattie.


These are just a few of the many world-class performances destined for venues across the region during this year’s Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival.


Tickets and a full programme from