Online Registration Now Open


15 Apr 19
by Nathon Jones

Joint winner of the Paula Herries Trophy in 2018

South West Scotland's biggest Highland dancing competition is now open for registrations and we're expecting another fantastic event at Minnigaff Playing Fields on Saturday 13th July 2019; showcasing, celebrating and championing a wonderful Scottish tradition.

If you missed it last year, you're in for an absolute treat of Scottish Highland dancing as competitors from all over the UK & Ireland flock to Minnigaff Playing Fields to compete a total of 12 different dances over 5 sections - Primary, Novice, Beginners, Intermediate & Premier - accompanied by Scottish Piper, former member of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, Gregor Norris and overseen by judges from the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing.

The competiton, featuring dancers aged 5-18+, starts at 10:30am in the dance marquee with the Primary, Novice and Beginners sections. There will be a pipe band performance by Rhins of Galloway Pipes & Drums over lunch from 12:30pm and then it's back to the competition with the Intermediate and Premier sections from 1:30pm.

Registration is available online, with secure payment facility, or you can download and print an application form which you can return, along with payment, to the address provided on the form.

Dance Competition Registration

In Other News


Busking fir the airts!

This Saturday 20th April, Trad Music Trust and friends will be busking from 11am - 4pm outside the former RBS building at 40 Victoria Street, Newton Stewart - the proposed new arts centre venue - to raise funds to support The Vault Arts Centre development and the work of the Trad Music Trust.

17 Apr 19
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Table Top Sale Raises £145.91

Last Sunday's table top sale at the McMillan Hall, whilst it wasn't particularly busy, raised £145.91 for The Vault Arts Centre fundraising campaign taking the overall total to £1,705.20. Huge thanks to everyone who took a table and to everyone who came along to support the event.

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Duathlon For The Airts

Just over a month to go until Festival Director Nathon Jones taks tae the hills on Sunday 12th May 2019 for the Galloway Hillbillies Kirroughtree Hillbilly Duathlon to raise funds for The Vault Arts Centre but he still needs your help to reach his fundraising target of £500.00.

5 Apr 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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