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Let's go fly a kite!

Hundreds of amateur and professional kiters are expected to attend Birdoswald Roman Fort this weekend for the Carlisle Kite Festival.

Husband and wife Peter and Sarah Bindon are on hand to teach the festival goers how to fly kites.

There is also a chance for you to design your own kite and then take it up to the skies in the surrounds of the Roman Fort.

The festival is on until Monday.

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Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival breaks box office records

The 2016 Dumfries and Galloway Arts festival is underway and is expected to attract record numbers. Ticket sales are up around 40% on last year, with another week's worth of performances still to come. People from across the region have the chance to experience everything from acoustic Scottish folk song to stand-up comedy shows. Lori Carnochan reports.

James Arthur to headline Dumfries Youth Beatz

The Youth Beatz launch for 2016 Credit: D&G Council

The 2012 winner of The X Factor, James Arthur, is set to headline this year's Youth Beatz concert in Dumfries.

The event has been running for the past seven years and attracts thousands of young people to the Dock Park in the town centre.

Also performing at the concert on 13th August will be dance and pop band Cascada.

“It’s always a pleasure playing to the Scottish crowds and I’ve been told the atmosphere at Youth Beatz is amazing. I can’t wait to come and experience it!”

– James Arthur

"It’s great that our Council is able to continue to support the flagship youth festival for our region. This year’s festival will run for 8 days and will be of the same high quality that the people of Dumfries and Galloway have come to expect and enjoy so much.

"The event has such a great impact on the local economy and the impact on the young people is massive. The acts are really impressive – now we just need to hope for the good weather.”

– Councillor Tom McAughtrie, Dumfries and Galloway Council

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Keswick Jazz Festival swings into 25th year

Trumpet player at Keswick Jazz Festival. Credit: Keswick Jazz Festival

The 25th Keswick Jazz Festival begins today, and will run until the end of the weekend.

The music festival will see top bands bringing the New Orleans sound to the Lake District.

You can see the full schedule here.

This 25th festival line-up is the most exciting ever. As well as many of the festival favourites there are many new faces of all ages, from near and far; exciting young musicians, seasoned professionals and international stars, all sharing the same stages.

There will be more women performing this year than ever before, a refreshing variety of styles of bands, and a number of interesting new musical combinations formed especially for the festival.

– Graham Hughes, Festival Manager

D&G summer festivals programme launched

A launch event for the festival programme. Credit: ITV Border

Dumfries and Galloway has officially launched it's summer festival programme.

The schedule gets underway with Spring Fling and the DG Arts Festival both taking place later this month.

The local council say that promoting the area's creative talent brings a significant boost to the wider local economy.

Spring Fling alone brings in around 13,000 people, 50 percent of those from outside the region.

That is good for promoting the arts in the region, but it is also fantastic for the local economy. Spring Fling alone brings in investment of around £1.5 million.

– Cllr Colin Smyth, Dumfries and Galloway Council
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