Communities step up for Streets of Dumfries

Orkestra del Sol at Streets of Dumfries, part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival

Streets of Dumfries, the new big opener for Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival on Saturday 21 May, is attracting a wave of energy from communities in and around Dumfries.

Bringing real zing to Streets of Dumfries will be dance show IGNITE, presented by award-winning Scottish dance company Smallpetitklein.  The work centres on a unique movement style that is highly physical, powerful and individual.  In 2010, together with YDance, Smallpetitklein was awarded funding from Creative Scotland and National Lottery’s Inspiring Communities Fund to develop IGNITE: a national programme of dance workshops and projects designed to spark interest in dance for boys and young men.

Meantime, taking up a rather death-defying challenge above the ground will be none other than Alison Bell, of Challenge Alison in DG Life magazine.  Alison will be training with aethAERIALarts, a Dumfries and Galloway-based arts collective run by Cate Ross Aerial Trapeze.  St Joseph's College and Dumfries Academy have also signed up for a day of FREE workshops, with other local schools about to join in.

If stilt walking and carnival costumes float your boat, look out for Theatre Modo workshops which will be happening in advance of the big day on the 21st.  Theatre Modo are a Glasgow-based company specialising in the spectacular – they offer circus skills workshops and vibrant extravaganzas in public spaces. 

Streets of Dumfries offers an early summer afternoon of free family entertainment on Saturday 21 May.  Join the crowds on the High Street from 1pm to follow a Big Band Street Carnival on its way down to Dock Park beside the River Nith, with street dancers from IGNITE, stilt walkers from Theatre Modo, scary aerial trapeze from aethAERIALarts and all the brass, drums and atmosphere of carnival.

For brochure and ticket information, please visit the website at www.dgartsfest.com.

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