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Young People's Choices Voting Open

12 Dec 17
Nathon Jones


Paula Herries School of Highland Dancing

Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival has been shortlisted by the Year of Young People Project Team in voting for a Young People's Choices award. Voting opened on Monday 11th December and closes on Monday 18th December at 5pm. We need your support!

What is it?

Young People’s Choices (YPC) is a fund that a number of organisations and groups across D&G have submitted bids to over the last few months. These projects have been shortlisted by the Year of Young People Project Team and Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival has been selected as one of the West locality projects.

YPC is a participatory budgeting exercise with young people able to cast up to three votes in both the small (£500-£1000) and large (£1001-£5000) grant categories. Each category is split into East and West localities and to ensure an even distribution, £25,000 will be allocated to either side of the region.

Who can vote and how?

Young people aged 12 (or in S1) – 25 are able to vote through the Young Scot website. To be able to vote, young people will need their Young Scot card number, if this has been lost they are able to message the Year of Young People 2018 D&G Facebook page to receive a temporary number. Young people can vote on a PC, mobile or tablet and as the vote will be open 24/7, they are able to vote at home too.

Every secondary school in the region has been approached by Youth Services and it’s encouraged that Schools, Community Organisations and Youth Groups promote the vote as much as possible to ensure that young people have the opportunity to influence what FREE activities and projects exist in their own communities.

What is the project?

As many of you will already know, we have delivered free traditional music workshops to under 25's every year of the festival with some of the best known names in traditional music, award nominated and award winning musicians, tutoring in Wigtownshire as part of the festival programme.  We are seeking funding support to allow us to continue that in 2018.

We are also introducing a programme of official Scottish Highland Dancing competitions next year which, if we're successful with Young People's Choices, will be free to enter for anyone under 25.

When is the vote?

The vote went live at 12 noon on Monday 11th December and will finish at 5pm on Monday, December 18th.

How to Vote?

Click the button below to cast your vote.  You will need your Young Scot card/registration number or, if you have lost that, you can message the Year of Young People 2018 D&G Facebook page  to receive a temporary number.

When are the results?

The results will be announced on 12th January 2018 at the Year of Young People launch event in Annan.

Vote Today!

Play For The Festival @ Craft Hotel

We're back on the road again this evening, Saturday 7th April, this time at Craft Hotel, Wigtown, from 8:30pm for more tunes and songs from the festival committee, family and friends to raise funds for this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival.


7 Apr 18
Nathon Jones

Play For The Festival @ Bruce Hotel

Join the festival trustees and friends for an afternoon of music on Sunday 1st April 2018 from 2:30pm at the Bruce Hotel, Newton Stewart, and please bring your instruments and voices! There'll also be promotional discount codes available for tickets for this year's festival so don't miss it!


29 Mar 18
Nathon Jones

General tickets on sale now!

Delighted to announce that general tickets are now on sale for each of the individual concert events featuring Andy Irvine, Old Blind Dogs, Tim Edey, LAS, Hannah Rarity, Clive Carroll, Kim Carnie, Aaron & Nathon Jones. You'll save up to £12.50 per person if you buy a weekend pass though!


23 Mar 18
Nathon Jones

Festival Line-up Launch

You are cordially invited to Creebridge House Hotel, Minnigaff, on Friday 16th March 2018 from 6pm to hear the confirmed line-up for this year's festival and to reflect on 5 fantastic years so far via photos, film, live music and unique special offer ticket discounts for this year's event.


14 Mar 18
Nathon Jones

Need accommodation?

We have an option, this year, to utilise Minnigaff Youth Hostel which has 26 beds available in 3 rooms - 1 four-bedded, 1 six-bedded and 2 eight-bedded - with 2 showers and 4 toilets. There's ample parking too should you have a motorhome or caravan and are looking for safe overnight parking.


9 Mar 18
Nathon Jones

5th Anniversary Year Celebrations!

2018 sees the 5th anniversary of Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival and we're pulling out all the stops to deliver another outstanding event in Wigtownshire. This year sees us host officially registered Scottish Highland Dancing competitions and, as ever, some of the biggest names in traditional music who will be performing over the 3 days. We have the bubbly on ice and can't wait to see you all again in Galloway. The tunes last year were just mighty!

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