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What's On in Dumfries and Galloway

Please find below information about what's on and events coming up in Dumfries and Galloway in south west Scotland ... click on a month to get started

March 2017

filmThroughout Marchrbc film theatreFilms at RBFCT in Dumfries
Films and Film Workshops at Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre, Dumfries >>

outdoorEvery day March 2017 Wild Swan Feeds
11am and 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
See wild whooper swans closer than anywhere in Britain from the Sir Peter Scott Observatory, with live commentary by the warden.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 27th February:

otherMonday 27th February Royal Scottish Geographical Society.  40 Shades of Green. The Rainforests of Britain and Ireland
7:30pm @ Gilchrist Room. Easterbrook Hall. Crichton Campus. DG1 4TA
Clifton Bain
40 Shades of Green: The Rainforests of Britain and Ireland All down the west coast of Britain and Ireland, ancient woodlands of oak, birch, ash and hazel form Europe's best examples of temperate rainforest. Under extreme Atlantic conditions where annual rainfall can be over four metres, these woods have formed incredible havens for wildlife, rich in mosses and lichens and supporting Tolkien-like stunted trees. This talk will explore some of the best remaining examples of these woods, explaining how human history has helped shape them and will look at the conservation challenges ahead.
Cost:  free to members, non members £10. Pay at the door.
For information on RSGS (Royal Scottish Geographical Society) contact:
Lord John Murray House, 15-19 North Port, PERTH, PH1 5LU
T: 01738 646145 (direct) or 01738 455050 (office)
W: rsgs.org or follow us on Facebook or Twitter  

musicThursday 2nd marchSiobhan Miller
7.30pm @ The Swallow Theatre, Ravenstone, Whithorn, DG8 8DR
Two-time winner of Scots Singer of the Year, Siobhan Miller is widely regarded as one of the foremost vocalists in Scotland. Her soulful and stirring renewal of traditional song effortlessly stills and silences all spaces, from the most vast concert halls to the bar sessions afterwards.
Siobhan releases her hotly-anticipated second solo album, Strata on 24 February 2017. The release will be previewed at a headline show at Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival, ahead of this UK tour where she will tour as a trio, with double bass and guitar/bouzouki.
Tickets cost £12 and can be booked online (no booking fee) at www.swallowtheatre.co.uk or telephone 01988 850368 (please leave a message).

otherFriday 3rd March Family Prize Bingo
Doors open 7:00 pm - Eyes down 7:30 pm @ Kirkton Hall, Village Green, Kirkton, Dumfries, DG1 1ST
All ages welcome.  Free "Irish Bingo" game for under 18's.  Free admission. 
Light refreshments and snacks.  Raffle. 

otherSaturday 4th March Charity Ball & Silent Auction
7.30pm @ Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries
Ceilidh & Waltz Music by Whirlyjig (2 course meal provided). In aid of a Medical Centre in India.
Tickets available £25 per person
For more details contact G.O. Glen Aros Overseas on 07731 766704.

otherSaturday 4th & Sunday 5th March Foundation Course in Dowsing
@ World Peace Sancturary, Allanton, Auldgirth DG2 0RY
Dowsing is a versatile skill that is innate in everyone, can be applied in all areas of human endeavour, and is a particularly useful tool for therapists and healers. The applications of dowsing are only limited by your imagination.
This 2-day workshop will train you in proper use of all the main dowsing tools, explore the main areas of dowsing interest,  and show you how you can apply dowsing to your everyday life.
Approved by the British Society of Dowsers. Residential options available Early Bird price £150 (full price £170)
Booking: http://westerngeomancy.org/product/foundation-course-allanton/

outdoorSunday 5th March In Focus
10am – 4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Try before you buy the latest binoculars and telescopes from the huge range available today. In Focus experts are on hand all day to give advice. WWT Caerlaverock benefits from every sale.
Free Event.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

craftSunday 5th March Learn to Needlefelt
@ Heathhall Bowling Club Hall, Dumfries
An introduction to needle felting - making a brooch,a landscape picture and a kindle cover/spec case/mobile phone cover using hand dyed fleece. You will go home with three items. The cost of £25 inc all material and equipment
Contact: solwaywoolscapes@gmail.com

Week Commencing Monday 6th March:

otherTuesday 7th - Thursday 9th March 3-day Residential Writing Course
@ Durhamhill. Kirkpatrick Durham, Castle Douglas, DG7 3HP
3-day residential writing course based at DurhamhilWhether starting out as a writer or seeking to enhance your skills, this is your opportunity to discover your writing potential at our 3-day residential course based at Durhamhill in the beautiful & tranquil Galloway countryside. The tutors are Margaret Elphinstone & Mary Smith, well-established, published writers with a wealth of teaching experience who will support & encourage you in developing your writing. Workshop topics include the creation of character & plot, the role of the narrative voice & writing from personal experience. There is ample opportunity to discuss your work with the tutors & fellow students.
Margaret Elphinstone, a historical novelist, had her first novel published in 1987. Her novel, 'The Sea Road’ is in 'The 100 Best Scottish Books of all Time' produced by 'List Magazine'. She also writes poetry & short stories & is an Emeritus Professor of Strathclyde University & was visiting Professor at central Michigan University in 1998 & 2001. She has taught creative writing to all levels of experience & has been a regular tutor on international Arvon courses.
Mary Smith is a writer, poet & journalist, her poems being widely published. A full collection, "Thousands Pass Here Every Day", was published in 2012. Her novel, "No More Mulberries", is set in Afghanistan where she worked for several years. "Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real Stories of Afghan Woman", a lively account of her time there, provides an insight into the lives of Afghan women. She was senior reporter on a local paper, & staff features writer with the award-winning magazine, 'Dumfries and Galloway Life'. She has an MLitt in Creative Writing & has taught the subject at Glasgow University.

Testimonials from past participants:-
• 'superb tuition, lovely group with widely divergent experience, beautiful and comfortable surroundings' Frances H.
•'a beautiful location, very welcoming hosts and just the right amount of challenge and reassurance' Cate M.
• 'valuable, intense, worthwhile' Ian B.
• 'neither intimidating nor too formal, instantly absorbing. Una C.
• 'we all came away better writers. Roger W.

Course fee £350, includes. 2/3 nights stay in the 4 star Coach House, or main house, & food. Participants welcome to arrive the preceding evening.
Non- residents fee £250

MORE INFO / TO BOOK:
www.durhamhillcourses.co.uk Tel. Juliet Caird - 07843 476867

otherSaturday 11th March Sponsored Head Shave
2pm @ The Black Bull 13 Station Rd Lockerbie DG11 2HA
Kate Hislop (Brain Injury Survivor) will go bald to help raise funds for Compass Brain Injury Specialists (Formerly Headway Dumfries)
Come along and give your support If would like to sponsor Kate and help raise vital funds for a worthy cause go to: www.cbisl.org and click on the donate button or you can sponsor Kate on the day or call Compass on 01387261166 to make a donation.

theatreSaturday 11th MarchOwdyado Theatre Presents A View From The Edge
7:30pm @ Glencairn Memorial Institute, Chapel Street, Moniaive DG3 4EJ
A View from the Edge is a slick and surprising show where the search for the truth provokes a mind-bending journey through the world of dreams, imagination and real life.
Private eye and troubled sleeper Charlie Daniels is hired by the seductive Elise Hillerman to investigate the disappearance of her husband – a prominent gallery owner. Meanwhile, writers Charlotte and Dan struggle to write the script of their new noir-inspired theatre show about an art forgery ring. As scenes spin, fragment and entangle with each other, one question arises: whose reality is real?
With its sharp wit, quick pace and a heavy dose of noir style; from the classic to the neo, A View from the Edge also takes influence from cult filmmakers Charlie Kaufman and David Lynch. A View from the Edge is a highly original show that will not only delight and intrigue but will keep you guessing until the end.
Pay attention now. Its about to get weird...
£8 per ticket

booksSaturday 11th marchWrite on with Des Dillon
@ The Swallow Theatre, Ravenstone, Whithorn, DG8 8DR
Using the expertise of internationally acclaimed award winning writer Des Dillon, this one day writing workshop will encourage the development of writing skills and various applications of the written word.
Des Dillon was born in Coatbridge and studied English Literature. He is an English teacher and was writer-in-Residence at Castlemilk 1998-2000. Poet, short story writer, novelist, dramatist, broadcaster, screen writer, scriptwriter for TV, stage and radio- Des has experience across a huge range of writing genres. He is published in USA, India, Russia, Sweden, in Catalan, French, and Spanish. His novel Me and Ma Gal was included on the list of The 100 Best Scottish Books of all time. Anthologised internationally. His latest award was The Lion and Unicorn prize for the best of Irish and British literature in the Russian language (2007).
The timetable for the day is anticipated to be as follows:-
10.00 - Coffee and tea on arrival for a 10.30 start
10.30 - “ Different pathways – different approaches. An introduction from Des on approaches to writing poetry, plays, prose.
11.15 - Exercises to stimulate ideas for individual writing of poetry/prose/drama/etc
12.30 - Lunch
1.15 - Time for delegates to work on their own projects, with occasional guidance from Des (tea and coffee available)
3.15 - Plenary session for feedback and discussion
4.00 - Finish
Supported by The Swallow Theatre Association and the Scottish Book Trust
Suitable for ages 16+
Tickets cost £15 and can be booked online (no booking fee) at www.swallowtheatre.co.uk or telephone 01988 850368 (please leave a message).

otherSunday 12th March Table Top Sale
11.00am until 2.00pm @ Johnstonebridge Community Centre DG11 1ES
£5.00 per 4ft x 2ft table
Limited tables so please book early.
Sellers must clear their space after use.
Tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks available.
Tel: 01576 470325 or admin@johnstonebridgecentretrust.co.uk

theatreSunday 12th MarchOwdyado Theatre Presents A View From The Edge
7.00pm for 7.30pm @ Colvend Public Hall, Colvend, Dalbeattie DG5 4QD
A View from the Edge is a slick and surprising show where the search for the truth provokes a mind-bending journey through the world of dreams, imagination and real life.
Private eye and troubled sleeper Charlie Daniels is hired by the seductive Elise Hillerman to investigate the disappearance of her husband – a prominent gallery owner. Meanwhile, writers Charlotte and Dan struggle to write the script of their new noir-inspired theatre show about an art forgery ring. As scenes spin, fragment and entangle with each other, one question arises: whose reality is real?
With its sharp wit, quick pace and a heavy dose of noir style; from the classic to the neo, A View from the Edge also takes influence from cult filmmakers Charlie Kaufman and David Lynch. A View from the Edge is a highly original show that will not only delight and intrigue but will keep you guessing until the end.
Pay attention now. Its about to get weird...
£10per ticket available from Colvend Shop or the Midsteeple, Dumfries 01387 253383

outdoorSunday 12th March Wildlife Photography Workshop
10am – 4pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
Wildlife photography workshop with Tom Langlands and Bob Fitzsimmons. Learn how to take fantastic photographs of the geese and swans present on the reserve. Suitable for beginners and more experienced photographers.
£75 per person. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 13th March:

theatreMonday 13th March Richard III
7.30pm @ The Swallow Theatre, Ravenstone, Whithorn, DG8 8DR
Pushing the boundaries of Shakespearean performance, Brite Theater have re-imagined Richard III as a one-woman show. The fourth wall has been utterly obliterated as you the audience take on the roles of all the other characters at Richard's party in this intimate, exciting and moving production. Let Richard entertain you! But will you survive?
Touring internationally and throughout the UK since May 2015, this electric and innovative adaptation of Shakespeare's classic has thrilled audiences and reviewers alike. From winning all three awards at Prague Fringe 2015 to selling out shows at Edinburgh Fringe, this 'immersive' and'captivating' performance just keeps on attracting attention and esteem. It's more than a one-person show, it's an opportunity for the audience to be part of Richard's court.
Adaptation by Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdottir and Emily Carding Direction by Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdottir Starring Emily Carding - A Brite Theater Production
Recommended Age: 12+
Tickets cost £15 and can be booked online (no booking fee) at www.swallowtheatre.co.uk or telephone 01988 850368 (please leave a message).

musicThursday 16th marchClaude Bourbon
7.30pm @ The Swallow Theatre, Ravenstone, Whithorn, DG8 8DR
Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian stylings into uncharted territories. Each year Bourbon plays more than 100 shows around the world.
Born in France in the early 60's, Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained. This finger picking guitarist has performed and studied all over the world; he has crafted an unbelievable fusion of classical and jazz, with ethereal Eastern influences, Spanish and Latin elements with strains of Western folk.
Tickets cost £12 and can be booked online (no booking fee) at www.swallowtheatre.co.uk or telephone 01988 850368 (please leave a message).

musicThursday 16th March Rab Noakes
7.30pm @ Catstrand, High Street, New Galloway, DG7 3RN
Celebrating his 70th birthday and his 50th year touring Scottish singer songwriter Rab Noakes launches his EP 'The Treatment Tapes' in January 2017.
Early in 2015 Rab Noakes was diagnosed with tonsillar cancer. From March to May that year the treatments took place, thirty early morning radiotherapy sessions and two chemotherapy overnights. It's rigorous stuff and rendered him inactive for a few months. He wasn't inactive for any longer than was necessary though and was soon back in action. The songs on this EP were written during the post-treatment period and were part of that process. They were recorded chronologically so their performances reflect that progress. There was one initial session in December 2015 followed by one in April 2016.
There's no self-pity though, here you'll find defiance, resilience, love, support and wit.
Tickets £12 Tel . 01644 420374 or www.catstrand.cloudvenue.co.uk

musicThursday 16th March JOHN LENEHAN & FRIENDS
7:30pm @ Crichton Church, Dumfries
An Absolute Classics Concert
Praised by the New York Times for his “great flair and virtuosity” and the London Times – “a masterly recital”, John Lenehan’s performances and recordings have been acclaimed throughout the world. As a soloist he has appeared with orchestras at home and abroad, most recently with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican and the RPO in the Royal Albert Hall. John Lenehan has collaborated with many leading instrumentalists and is recognised as an outstanding chamber musician. John Lenehan has made more than seventy CDs covering a huge range of music.
Kathryn Thomas (flute), Tim Lowe (cello), John Lenehan (piano)
Programme:
Hummel
Adagio, Variations and
Rondo on a Russian Theme, Op.78 (trio)
Hamilton Harty
In Ireland (flute and piano)
Goreki
Valentine piece for solo flute and little bell, op.70.
Martinu
Trio (1944) Poco Allegro, Adagio, Andante, Allegro
Villa Lobos
The Jet Whistle (flute and cello)
Tchaikovsky
Pezzo capriccioso and Nocturne (cello and piano)
Piazzolla (arr. Dmitriy Verelas)
Three pieces: Libertango, Ave Maria
Summer (from the 4 seasons of Buenos Aires) (trio)
Adults £12, Under 26s £0
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musicFriday 17th March JOHN LENEHAN & FRIENDS
7:30pm @ Annan Academy, Annan
An Absolute Classics Concert
Praised by the New York Times for his “great flair and virtuosity” and the London Times – “a masterly recital”, John Lenehan’s performances and recordings have been acclaimed throughout the world. As a soloist he has appeared with orchestras at home and abroad, most recently with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican and the RPO in the Royal Albert Hall. John Lenehan has collaborated with many leading instrumentalists and is recognised as an outstanding chamber musician. John Lenehan has made more than seventy CDs covering a huge range of music.
Kathryn Thomas (flute), Tim Lowe (cello), John Lenehan (piano)
Programme:
Hummel
Adagio, Variations and
Rondo on a Russian Theme, Op.78 (trio)
Hamilton Harty
In Ireland (flute and piano)
Goreki
Valentine piece for solo flute and little bell, op.70.
Martinu
Trio (1944) Poco Allegro, Adagio, Andante, Allegro
Villa Lobos
The Jet Whistle (flute and cello)
Tchaikovsky
Pezzo capriccioso and Nocturne (cello and piano)
Piazzolla (arr. Dmitriy Verelas)
Three pieces: Libertango, Ave Maria
Summer (from the 4 seasons of Buenos Aires) (trio)
Adults £12, Under 26s £0
Book now

musicSaturday 18th March JOHN LENEHAN & FRIENDS
7:30pm @ Broughton House, Kirkcudbright
An Absolute Classics Concert
Praised by the New York Times for his “great flair and virtuosity” and the London Times – “a masterly recital”, John Lenehan’s performances and recordings have been acclaimed throughout the world. As a soloist he has appeared with orchestras at home and abroad, most recently with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican and the RPO in the Royal Albert Hall. John Lenehan has collaborated with many leading instrumentalists and is recognised as an outstanding chamber musician. John Lenehan has made more than seventy CDs covering a huge range of music.
Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola), John Lenehan (piano)
Programme:
Hummel Sonata in Eb op. 5 no. 3:
Allegro Moderato, Adagio Cantabile, Rondo con moto
Kodaly, Adagio
Prokofiev arr. Vadim Borisovsky
Two pieces from “Romeo and Juliet”
Balcony Scene
Dance of the Knights
Rachmaninoff Sonata op. 19
Lento,
Allegro moderato,
Allegro scherzando,
Andante,
Allegro mosso
Adults £12, Under 26s £0
Book now

musicSunday 19th March JOHN LENEHAN & FRIENDS
3:30pm @ Buccleuch & Queensberry, Thornhill
An Absolute Classics Concert
Praised by the New York Times for his “great flair and virtuosity” and the London Times – “a masterly recital”, John Lenehan’s performances and recordings have been acclaimed throughout the world. As a soloist he has appeared with orchestras at home and abroad, most recently with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican and the RPO in the Royal Albert Hall. John Lenehan has collaborated with many leading instrumentalists and is recognised as an outstanding chamber musician. John Lenehan has made more than seventy CDs covering a huge range of music.
Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola), John Lenehan (piano)
Programme:
Hummel Sonata in Eb op. 5 no. 3:
Allegro Moderato, Adagio Cantabile, Rondo con moto
Kodaly, Adagio
Prokofiev arr. Vadim Borisovsky
Two pieces from “Romeo and Juliet”
Balcony Scene
Dance of the Knights
Rachmaninoff Sonata op. 19
Lento,
Allegro moderato,
Allegro scherzando,
Andante,
Allegro mosso
Adults £12, Under 26s £0
Book now

Week Commencing Monday 20th March:

theatreMonday 20th March Give Me Your Love
7.30pm @ The Swallow Theatre, Ravenstone, Whithorn, DG8 8DR
Seriously funny theatre specialists Jon Haynes and David Woods of Ridiculusmus present a funny, fragile and profound fable based on groundbreaking medical research and real-life war testimonies. Ex-soldier and budding rock star Zach has withdrawn into a cardboard box in a kitchen in West Wales. His friend Ieuan arrives offering recovery - in the form of a capsule containing 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine with which he claims to have successfully treated his own post-traumatic stress.
Parachuted into their recently fractured pasts, Zach and Ieuan swing between dreamboat heroism and woozy enlightenment via a head warping exchange on patriotism, conflict and supermarket shopping that will tickle, move and appal you in equal measure.
* The show deals with themes of mental illness and contains strong language.
* The show includes a stroboscope effect lasting approximately two minutes.
Recommended age : 14+
Tickets cost £12.50 and can be booked online (no booking fee) at www.swallowtheatre.co.uk or telephone 01988 850368 (please leave a message).

musicFriday 24th March5IVE
7.30pm @ The Easterbrook Hall, The Crichton, Bankend Road, Dumfries DG1 4TA
Five (formerly styled 5ive) formed a legion of female admirers after dominating the pop scene in the late nineties. The five lads - Richard 'Abs' Breen, Jason 'J' Brown, Ritchie Neville, Scott Robinson and Sean Conlon - were the five members picked from over 3,000 hopefuls at auditions in early 1997.
They went on to have ten top 10 hits in the UK and three number 1's, and enjoyed success worldwide until on 27 September 2001 Five disbanded.
Deciding to reform again for ITV's The Big Reunion in 2013. 5ive members Ritchie Neville, Scott Robinson and Sean Conlon are still going strong playing all their big bangers, so get yourself ready to "Keep on Movin". They will be making"Everybody Get Up" and join in with all the shenanigans whilst performing all of their top hits such as ..... "If Ya Gettin' Down", "We Will Rock YOU" and "Slam Dunk da Funk"
Book tickets for this event online using www.ticketweb.co.uk.
Tickets are also available from The Midsteeple Box Office or by calling 01387 253 383.

musicFriday 24th MarchSean TaylorSean Taylor
7.30pm @ The The Mill on The Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet.
Sean Taylor is a seasoned performer and recording artist of ten years standing, he has achieved a special maturity — stemming from experience, but also from the excitement in artistic freedom that experience can sometimes bring — with a new album ‘Flood & Burn’, being released February 2017.
Sean puts it like this: “I felt a freedom and confidence in writing the original songs, and in the making of this recording. And that’s exciting.” It sure comes across.
Recorded in Austin, Texas, by ace producer Mark Hallman, known for his work with Eliza Gilkyson and Tom Russell amongst others, Flood & Burn is big enough and confident enough to embrace a variety of genres, a range of feel and texture. And this is with such a rare ease, fluidity and mastery that it works completely towards being first and foremost, a great Sean Taylor album.
Sean bee played on BBC Radio 2 on three programmes; Bob Harris Sunday, The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe and Paul Jones Blues Show.
Tickets £10 - Tel. 01557 814099 or Book Online

Week Commencing Monday 27th March:

theatreMonday 27th March Faslane
7.30pm @ The Swallow Theatre, Ravenstone, Whithorn, DG8 8DR
Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde, or Faslane, situated 40 miles outside Glasgow, is home to the UK's nuclear missile program: Trident.
With her family having worked in Faslane all her life, and with friends protesting at the gates, Fringe First winner Jenna Watt explores what happens when the personal and political collide.
Drawing upon interviews with individuals at the front line of the nuclear debate, Jenna navigates her own journey through the politics, protests and peace camps in this multi award-winning show, direct from a hugely successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Presented by The Swallow Theatre Association.
Tickets cost £12.50 and can be booked online (no booking fee) at www.swallowtheatre.co.uk or telephone 01988 850368 (please leave a message).

otherMonday 27th March Looping the Planet by Pedal and Paddle
7:30pm @ Gilchrist Room. Easterbrook Hall. Crichton Campus  DG 1 4TA
Sarah Outen - Looping the Planet by Pedal and Paddle
Just home from a five-year 25,000-mile journey looping the planet by pedal and paddle, cycling across Europe, Asia, and North America, rowing and kayaking across the North Pacific and most of the North Atlantic, Sarah Outen is an incredible adventurer and an inspiration. Shes met with devastating catastrophe (losing her rowing boat Gulliver after a tropical storm in the Pacific and Happy Socks before a hurricane hit her on the Atlantic), motivated people she met to do amazing things, and encountered unbelievable beauty in the natural world. This is the story of her adventure and inner journey, and also a call to action, to redefine your own boundaries, to be courageous, and to dare to do.
Cost. Free to members. £10 non members. Pay at the door.
For information on RSGS (Royal Scottish Geographical Society) contact:
Lord John Murray House, 15-19 North Port, PERTH, PH1 5LU
T: 01738 646145 (direct) or 01738 455050 (office)
W: rsgs.org or follow us on Facebook or Twitter  

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April 2017

filmThroughout Aprilrbc film theatreFilms at RBFCT in Dumfries
Films and Film Workshops at Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre, Dumfries >>

outdoorEvery day April 2017 Wild Swan Feeds
11am and 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS
See wild whooper swans closer than anywhere in Britain from the Sir Peter Scott Observatory, with live commentary by the warden.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 3rd April:

familyMonday 3rd AprilOskar's Amazing Adventure
3.00pm @ The Swallow Theatre, Ravenstone, Whithorn, DG8 8DR
Oskar's Amazing Adventure is an original piece of theatre for young children and their families and features Theatre Fideri Fidera's characteristic mix of physical theatre, comedy, music, song and audience involvements throughout.
Oskar tells the tale of a little puppy who leaves his snowbound home in the mountains in search of a friendly animal to play with. But most of the animals outside are hibernating and the only ones Oskar meets are more interested in eating him than playing with him. But luck is on Oskar's side when running away from a hungry fox, he falls down a hole in the ground and lands on top of a young marmot asleep in its burrow. Despite this rude awakening, the marmot forgives Oskar, and with her amazing digging and whistling skills, helps the puppy evade the fox and reunite him with his family. But then Oskar has to learn the art of patience while he waits till spring for Marmot to wake up from her long winter's sleep and for them to play their favourite game together.
Theatre Fideri Fidera was set up in 2014 by Colin Granger and Marina Kobler, founding directors of the independent UK arts organisation Komedia, to produce and tour new children's theatre. Their aim is to approach each show as if it were the audiences' very first visit to the theatre and to ignite a deep-rooted passion for live-performance. Their principles are that children's theatre needs to be accessible, entertaining, engaging, inspirational and offer a shared experience for both children and their families.
* Supported by Dumfries and Galloway Arts Live
* Part of the Puppet Animation Scotland Festival
Suitable for 2-8 years
Adult : £5 / Child : £3 and can be booked online (no booking fee) at www.swallowtheatre.co.uk or telephone 01988 850368 (please leave a message).

Week Commencing Monday 10th April:

otherFriday 14th April Easter Event
7.30pm @ Locharbriggs community centre, Locharbriggs, Dumfries DG1 1UH
Including prizes for best ‘decorated Easter eggs ‘ & ‘Easter bonnets’
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Admission Adults £1.00 children 50p includes ‘Irish bingo ticket’ and half time refreshments
Bingo books 50p per 8 game book & ‘flyer’

Week Commencing Monday 17th April:

booksThursday 20th - Sunday 23rd April Big Lit - Literary Gatehouse of Fleet Dumfries and Galloway
Variuos venues throughout Gatehouse of Fleet.
A long weekend of book events in Gatehouse of Fleet, including author talks, stories and poetry from a host of authors.

otherSaturday 22nd April SHA UK's Longest Zipwire Charity Challenge
12:30pm @ Laggan Outdoor, Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2ES
Zip 820 metres along the UK’s longest zipwire and help raise funds for the Scottish Huntington's Association.
Do you have what it takes to conquer UK’s longest zipwire? Spanning 820 metres over beautiful Scottish scenery this is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry. There are two wires which means two people can go together!
Please note: The minimum age to take part in this event is 4. Maximum weight is 100kgs.
Once you have signed up to the event we send you a fundraising welcome pack which is filled with lots of hints and tips on how to raise your sponsorship.
£20 per ticket - tel: 01557 840217

Week Commencing Monday 24th April:

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May 2017

filmThroughout Mayrbc film theatreFilms at RBFCT in Dumfries
Films and Film Workshops at Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre, Dumfries >>

musicSaturday 6th Maycharity concert
7.30pm @ Thornhill Bowling Club, E Morton St, Thornhill DG3 5LZ
An evening with Marc James    
£10 a ticket  - money raised for heart/stroke

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June 2017

musicThursday 8th - Sunday 11th June Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival
Come to Kirkcudbright this June and join us at the 20th Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival. 
From the evening of Thursday 8th and through until late on Sunday 11th we will have 15 different bands playing at venues throughout the town, from large halls to cosy dining and jazz.  There are old favourites, bands returning by popular demand and acts coming to Kirkcudbright for the first time.  Celebrations will include the Jazz Parade finishing with a free concert, jazz church services on the Sunday morning and over 50 hours of live jazz to choose from to suit everyone's preferences. 
Make a date now for this June in Kirkcudbright!

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July 2017

musicFriday 7th - Sunday 9th July 2017 Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival
Throughout Newton Stewart & Minnigaff
3 day celebration of traditional Scottish and Irish music in the heart of Galloway featuring concerts, workshops, tune and song sessions, tune and song writing competitions, pipe band...a great weekend altogether! 
Tickets and information available at www.tradmusic.com

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November 2017

otherTuesday 14th - Thursday 16th November 3-day Residential Writing Course
@ Durhamhill. Kirkpatrick Durham, Castle Douglas, DG7 3HP
3-day residential writing course based at DurhamhilWhether starting out as a writer or seeking to enhance your skills, this is your opportunity to discover your writing potential at our 3-day residential course based at Durhamhill in the beautiful & tranquil Galloway countryside. The tutors are Margaret Elphinstone & Mary Smith, well-established, published writers with a wealth of teaching experience who will support & encourage you in developing your writing. Workshop topics include the creation of character & plot, the role of the narrative voice & writing from personal experience. There is ample opportunity to discuss your work with the tutors & fellow students.
Margaret Elphinstone, a historical novelist, had her first novel published in 1987. Her novel, 'The Sea Road’ is in 'The 100 Best Scottish Books of all Time' produced by 'List Magazine'. She also writes poetry & short stories & is an Emeritus Professor of Strathclyde University & was visiting Professor at central Michigan University in 1998 & 2001. She has taught creative writing to all levels of experience & has been a regular tutor on international Arvon courses.
Mary Smith is a writer, poet & journalist, her poems being widely published. A full collection, "Thousands Pass Here Every Day", was published in 2012. Her novel, "No More Mulberries", is set in Afghanistan where she worked for several years. "Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real Stories of Afghan Woman", a lively account of her time there, provides an insight into the lives of Afghan women. She was senior reporter on a local paper, & staff features writer with the award-winning magazine, 'Dumfries and Galloway Life'. She has an MLitt in Creative Writing & has taught the subject at Glasgow University.

Testimonials from past participants:-
• 'superb tuition, lovely group with widely divergent experience, beautiful and comfortable surroundings' Frances H.
•'a beautiful location, very welcoming hosts and just the right amount of challenge and reassurance' Cate M.
• 'valuable, intense, worthwhile' Ian B.
• 'neither intimidating nor too formal, instantly absorbing. Una C.
• 'we all came away better writers. Roger W.

Course fee £350, includes. 2/3 nights stay in the 4 star Coach House, or main house, & food. Participants welcome to arrive the preceding evening.
Non- residents fee £250

MORE INFO / TO BOOK:
www.durhamhillcourses.co.uk Tel. Juliet Caird - 07843 476867

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