Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival unveils 2022 program
Scotland’s largest rural performing arts festival returns in 2022 with a world-class program combining theatre, music, dance, comedy and spoken word. The Festival will once again bring together artists and the public, in and around venues in the region and online from May 20 to 29, 2022.
A 10-day celebration of local and national artists who sit at the heart of the Dumfries and Galloway art scene, the Festival once again offers a packed program of incredible works from every corner of this vibrant region.
Building on the pride instilled in our region since our 2021 festival, the 2022 program explores changes in our new world, climate change and local regeneration, new voices and diverse stories that resonate with local people. From hilarious comedy exploring the life of a disabled person in a post-apocalyptic world to a celebration of queer Scottish folk music; from breathtaking aerial theater to family dinosaur adventures; and ceilidh celebrations from local artists, food and music to dance the night away, there’s something for everyone in May.
This year’s program encompasses the best of Scottish performing arts and culture with a focus on bringing audiences and artists back together in person, sharing their love for the performing arts and connect with their community. The festival will highlight the best the region has to offer, celebrating local cuisine and stunning surroundings alongside the curated programme, and further explaining why Dumfries and Galloway is such a popular destination for tourism and the arts throughout year round, especially during festival season.
Melanie Purdie, Strategic and Creative Director of the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, said: “We look forward to inspiring and engaging audiences, artists, venues and communities across the region this year – by providing escape through a dynamic and diverse program of top-notch performances. We are proud to celebrate and promote local artists, and welcome back national businesses, returning to theaters, outdoor venues and online screens in May. »
The 43rd Festival will open with the music of Bogha-Frois, who brings Scottish-based queer folk musicians to perform and collaborate together, in the beautiful Theater Royal. On the last day of the festival, Oi Musica will present The Tubes – a brand new street music group – before joining D&G Dance for the culmination of D&G Dance Dare, a challenge to get the whole region dancing, before the closing of the Festival with Egg, the powerful aerial circus performance of acclaimed circus theater company Paper Doll Militia – the final leg of their long-awaited nationwide tour.
Throughout the festival, the biggest names in comedy will visit Dumfries and Galloway, including Britain’s Got Talent winner and Edinburgh Fringe favorite Lost Voice Guy with his show Cerebral LOL-SY, and award-winning comedy duo Your Dad’s Mum with their Partridge cabaret play. To display.
The theater will see award-winning Scottish company Vanishing Point perform The Metamorphosis: Unplugged; a brand new partnership with Glasgow’s acclaimed A Play, A Pie and a Pint Oran Mor, who are bringing their delightful lunchtime theatrical offering to the area with The Infernal Serpent, a modern take on an age-old story that examines how and why we protest; and Tickbox, a solo play in Scottish English and Urdu that interweaves the journeys of two Scottish Pakistani women united by blood, passion and determination. For young audiences, Starcatchers and Andy Cannon present the family adventure Spike! A dinosaur adventure, a magical story about passing time told through theater and dance.
In film, Sanctuary Queer Arts, Scotland’s newest arts organization for LGBTQIA+ artists, presents THREADS, a new film from Sanctuary’s First National Queer Young Company – a group of 10 LGBTQIA+ artists aged 18-25 – celebrating a year of creativity and queer friendliness.
In music, The Galloway Agreement & Tom Pow present The Village and the Road, an evening of music and words; established local musicians will come together for A LIFE IN MUSIC with world-class local artists including renowned classical musician Alex Mcquiston and Scottish soprano Claudia Wood; and Sounds of Stage iT will celebrate the musical acumen and creativity of young people across the region.
New for 2022, the festival presents Gatherings – The Gallovidian Gathering and The Doonhamers Gathering – brand new ceilidh parties which will bring together local performers for an evening of music, storytelling, theater and dancing, with local food and drink proposed. With cabaret seating, a host will lead the audience through an evening of fantastic performances, a light bite of Scottish food, followed by a chance to dance the night away with the Whirlygig Ceilidh Band. These meetings offer a new evening to share with friends and family and to fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the festival.
In 2021, the 42nd edition of the festival saw the introduction of the D&G Arts Festival in Hame, bringing artists directly to online audiences, in response to the challenges of the pandemic. The platform will continue this year to bring more accessibility to the festival program and will run alongside in-person events so that we continue to celebrate and share with audiences who cannot attend in person.
The online performance will include Sunday’s Child present Afloat, an online play set during the climate apocalypse in Dublin; Townsend Theater Productions’ Farewell Leicester Square, a one-man show that tells the story of Britain’s first black bus driver, Joe Clough; film Skookum Jim and The American Dream from Chrys Salt Productions and; Thin h/as h/air, a solo exploration by Pauline Torzuoli, member of the Scottish Dance Theater company, who presents her incredible choreography.
Relaunched in October 2021, Support for Ambition, the initiative that enables local venues and artists to present performance events in the region, will see artists present performances as part of the Festival. Among our winners, D&G Dance presents Something Smashing, a chance for dancers and musicians to improvise together, experiment and play in each other’s art forms; Cultural Connections presents Lady Nairne – Scotland’s Secret Songstress, with music and narration to tell the story of Lady Nairne, a prolific but anonymous composter; beloved community choir Cairn Chorus presents Sing for Trees, their spring concert, and Tales from the Drove Roads will see a respected folklorist share stories after a three-course meal.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday 16 March at 10am – for the full program visit dgartsfestival.org.uk.