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Graham Main, Artistic Director of Electric Theatre Workshop & Big Burns Supper
Dumfries' attempts to become an "art town" have taken a big step forward.
In recent years the town's got a reputation for hosting a number of successful arts events such as the Big Burns Supper, which attracts thousands of people.
Dumfries has now been shortlisted for a Creative Place Award, worth 150 thousand pounds. The winner will be announced in January next year.Organisers say that if they won, it would help make Dumfries one of the main places for arts and festivals in Scotland.