Happy New Year!


5 Jan 19
by Nathon Jones

Scottish dancers at the 2018 festival

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone who visits the website, the wonderful audiences at the events we host and the sponsors and funders who so generously support what we do, a fantastic and happy new year.

2018 was an outstanding year for the organisation. We hosted the 5th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival in July to our largest audiences yet, welcomed 38 young dancers to a brand new Scottish Highland dancing competition - which we're delighted to be running again in 2019 - and we gained charitable status under our new organisation title, Trad Music Trust.

We're looking forward to another fantastic year and we can't wait to tell you about the exciting projects we have lined up so please stay tuned for that.

For now, we hope you've got the Christmas tree down and are well and truly recovered from any New Year over-indulgences!  We look forward to seeing you in 2019.

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Fantastic line-up for Girvan 2019

Girvan’s guest list for 2019 is very typical of ‘Girvan’ and promises lots of great musical experiences from people firmly rooted in the tradition. It's a terrific festival, now into it's 44th year which is an outstanding achievement, and a line-up this year that has something for everyone.

18 Jan 19
Nathon Jones

Festival story reaches Daily Record

Delighted to discover that the wonderful Galloway News article this week about the festival's continued economic benefit in the region was featured on the Daily Record website. The festival had an economic impact of £130,320 in 2018 and is gearing up for it's 6th annual event this coming July.

18 Jan 19
Billie Jones

Survey deadline extended!

We've extended the deadline for the Newton Stewart Arts Centre Community Survey to 31st January 2019 giving you more time to have your say on the delivery of new music tuition, arts and cultural events/activities and the development of a new arts centre in Newton Stewart.

15 Jan 19
Billie Jones

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6th annual music festival

The 6th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will take place over 12th-14th July 2019 and, after another outstanding programme of events in 2018 which saw us hosting Scottish Highland Dancing competitions and, as ever, some of the biggest names in traditional music, it looks set to be another packed programme and is really living up to it's reputation as one of the best rural arts festivals in Dumfries & Galloway.

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