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Festival organisation now a charity

14 Sep 18
Nathon Jones


Scottish Charity Regulator OSCR

On the 8th August 2018 we were delighted to receive news from the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) that our application for Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) status had been approved under the new name of the Trad Music Trust SC048610.

The organisation’s purposes are:

4.1. the advancement of education in traditional music, dance and language by encouraging, supporting, delivering, developing and promoting traditional music, dance and language learning and education through a range of workshops, talks, training days and other educational events and opportunities;

4.2. the provision of recreational facilities, or the organisation of recreational activities, with the object of improving the conditions of life for the persons for whom the facilities or activities are primarily intended;

4.3. the advancement of the arts, heritage and culture of Scotland and other Celtic nations;

Over the next few weeks we'll be posting details of how you can become a member and help support the work of the Trust.  We have ambitious plans for the future and we hope, with our new charity status confirmed, that we can secure funding to continue the tremendous work the organisation has carried out over the past 5 years in delivering outstanding traditional music projects in Wigtownshire, Dumfries & Galloway.

With your help and support, through a strong membership of traditional musicians, music lovers and those with a dedication to, and support for, projects in the Wigtownshire region of Dumfries & Galloway, the outstanding work of the Board of Trustees, our volunteers, friends and families, we hope to deliver a programme of regular traditional music, dance and language tuition for young and old in the Wigtownshire region as well as the continuation of the annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival which is now Internationally recognised as one of Scotland's leading traditional music, dance and language festivals.

Trad Music Trust on OSCR

Dumfries & Galloway Life Awards

With the closing date for nominations fast approaching on Monday, September 3, 2018 we hope you'll spare a couple of minutes of your time to nominate Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival for a Dumfries & Galloway Life Award this year.


28 Aug 18
Nathon Jones

What's on at the park in 2019?

Delighted to confirm that Little Penguin Paints will be joining us at Minnigaff Playing Fields next year for the second Scottish Highland Dancing competition event on Saturday 13th July 2019 from 10am.


12 Aug 18
Nathon Jones

Festival Gallery 2018 on Facebook

We've just uploaded some of the best pictures from this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival to the official festival Facebook page. Huge thanks to everyone who came and to David Moses Photographer for such outstanding photographs throughout the weekend.


26 Jul 18
Nathon Jones

Weekend Passes 2019 - On Sale Now!

Weekend passes for the 6th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival are on sale NOW and if you enter discount code SUPEREARLYBIRD19 at checkout you'll save 20% on the standard weekend pass price until January 2019!


24 Jul 18
Nathon Jones

Rhona & Nathon Jones @ Waterfront

Just a wee note to say that our Festival Director Nathon Jones will be performing with the fabulous Rhona Jones this weekend at the Waterfront Hotel & Bistro, Portpatrick, between 6:30pm-8:30pm on Saturday 28th July.


28 Jun 18
Billie Jones

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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