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Council support for festivals and events

We are keen to support festivals and events across Dumfries and Galloway. Major festivals and events create business, sporting, cultural and community benefits and events of all kinds provide opportunities for communities and interest groups to come together.

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 Electric Fields.

Major Festival and Events Strategy

Our Council, with project partners, currently has a proactive, successful Major Festivals and Events Strategy, 2014-2017. The Strategy is the only one of its kind in Scotland.

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.

Major Events Strategic Fund

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:

  • attract in the region of 1,000 or more unique visitors
  • operate on a net budget that exceeds £30,000
  • are marketing to a quantifiable target of out of region visitors
  • can demonstrate a good return on public sector investment

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.

Events Toolkit

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:

Related Information

Contact Details


Principal Officer - Events

Municipal Chambers
Buccleuch Street

Tel: 01387 245935
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Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street

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