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Peebles Arts Festival launched

Peebles Arts Festival launch
Peebles Arts Festival will take place from 23rd August until 1st September Credit: ITV News Border

The 30th Peebles Arts Festival has been launched.

The Festival brings together local organisations and individuals that act, sing, play, paint, write, weave, dance, juggle, recite and even march

This year additions include a new Literary and Photography programmes, Film Sundays at the Eastgate and new venues like the Courthouse Restaurant outdoor music stage. The festival runs from 23rd August until 1st September.

Cash windfall for Dumfries and Galloway arts

A new £400,000 arts partnership for Dumfries and Galloway is being launched today.

The Scottish Government Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop MSP, is attending the launch, where she will also be unveiling the new Environmental Art Festival Scotland.

The new Place Partnership between Creative Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council involves £400,000 of funding for art project which they hope will bring long-term benefits to the region and create lasting relationships.

Kirkcudbright arts festival

The Kirkcudbright Arts and Crafts Trail has been described by organisers as a success.

The town in Dumfries and Galloway played host to more than 200 different artists over the past four days.

Studios and hidden gardens were opened up to the public and more than 4000 people visited the town to try new skills, see the art-works and watch demonstrations.

Colin Saul is one of the organisers he explained what could be seen and what the secret is behind the festival's success.

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Kendal arts funding

£120,000 investment into Cumbrian cultural projects has been made available by Cumbria county council and £18,000 is being given to the Brewery Arts Centre.

The grant has been given to the Brewery Art Centre to help make its youth arts programme more sustainable.

Across Cumbria, various arts related projects will receive a slice of the £120,000 funding as part of the Cultural Commissioning Framework.

The projects were selected based on the contribution they each make to encouraging people to gain new skills and knowledge as well as increasing confidence and self esteem through culture and arts based activities.

Local MP Tim Farron said:

"This is fantastic news! The Brewery plays such a huge role in our community and I’m glad that this is being recognised by the Council. The Brewery runs a great range of courses and groups which really appeal to young people. I hope that this money will allow more and more young people to take advantage of the great opportunities available to them!”

– Tim Farron MP

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