Dumfries and Galloway has a wonderful range of festivals and events, including the renowned Wickerman and Wigtown Book Town Festivals, the Spring Fling Open Artists' Studios Weekend held in May of each year, the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, the Scottish Rally, the Tour of Britain, many Common Ridings and Walking Festivals, the Lockerbie Jazz Festival, events seasons in Kirkcudbright and Moffat, and a wonderful array of smaller festivals held in our beautiful towns and villages.
There is also a wide variety of live music festivals, including the World Ceilidh, held near Carsphairn, the Eden Festival and Comlongon Rocks.
Our Council, with project partners, has recently finalised a new Major Festivals and Events Strategy for the region:
The Strategy will seek to support the development of a cluster of internationally significant festivals and events that can profile Dumfries and Galloway and bring benefits to the regional economy. The Strategy will be overseen by a new Major Events Executive for Dumfries and Galloway, which will be supported in their work by the Council's Principal Officer for Events.
Our Council has introduced a Fund to provide assistance to major events in Dumfries and Galloway. The Major Events Strategic Fund is open to events that meet the following criteria:
The fund has been introduced as a key component of the Regional Major Festivals and Events Strategy.
Events organisations will be directed to apply to this Fund, rather than their respective Area Committees, to enable the Council with project partners to take forward a coordinated programme of regional support and development, to grow the numbers of sustainable major events in Dumfries and Galloway.
The next round of the Fund will open in the Autumn of 2015. Full details will be posted here. There will be fairly frequent updates on the delivery of the Major Festivals and Events Strategy 2014-2017 here, so please do check this page from time to time.
Our Council has also prepared an Events Toolkit, which we hope will be a useful and practical guide to running festivals and events for the voluntary sector: