@TradFestival 2017


Now acknowledged as a significant cultural event, of note, in Wigtownshire and the subsequent positive economic impact it was having in the region, funding was secured from D&G Council's Major Events Strategic Fund, Big Lottery's Awards For All and The Galloway Association of Glasgow along with continued and new local and national sponsorship; 2017 delivered 5 concerts, 7 music workshops, 1 language workshop, tune and song sessions, film making and photography workshops and mentoring.

What We Did In 2017 2017 Since 2014
No. of Concerts 5 16
No. of Workshops 10 29
Organisation Spend in Wigtownshire £10,826.28 * £21,744.93
Organisation Spend in Dumfries & Galloway £20,276.86 * £35,941.99
Organisation Spend in Scotland £23,206.86 * £42,831.99

* Total amount spent by Newton Stewart Traditional Music Festival Association to deliver the festival over the 7th, 8th & 9th July 2017.

Jarlath Henderson, Innes Watson, Hamish Napier, Duncan Lyle & Andrea Gobbi, Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton, BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017, Charlie Stewart with Becky Hill, Emily Smith & Jamie McClennan, Cillian Doheny & Cillian King, Failte, Darcy Da Silva, Ollie Rigg, Paula Herries School of Highland Dancing, Rhins of Galloway Pipes & Drums.

Making it possible

That the festival has managed to have such a significant social, cultural and economic impact in region, despite it's limited resources, is down to the incredible work of the board of Trustees who continue to offer their time on an entirely voluntary basis to help deliver what is now recognised as one of the region's major annual events.

Sponsorship support from:
  • Baillie Gifford Logo
  • Belhaven Brewery Logo
  • Merrick Real Estate
  • Creebridge House Hotel

6th annual music festival

The 6th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will take place over 12th-14th July 2019 and, after another outstanding programme of events in 2018 which saw us hosting Scottish Highland Dancing competitions and, as ever, some of the biggest names in traditional music, it looks set to be another packed programme and is really living up to it's reputation as one of the best rural arts festivals in Dumfries & Galloway.

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