National Best Festival Finalists!


13 Jun 19
by Nathon Jones

E Awards Tonight!

We're off to Edinburgh tonight for the National E Awards Summer Party where the 2019 winners will be announced. The festival has been shortlisted as finalists in the Best Festival category alongside University of St Andrews, Renfrewshire Council, Party at the Palace and Edinburgh Corn Exchange.

We'll enjoy gin cocktails courtesy of Pickering's Gin, canapes and a cheese board, and a medley of entertainment during an informal networking event at the prestigious Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, where the 2019 winners will be announced.

It's an outstanding acheivement for Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival but it simply wouldn't be possible without the support of the fantastic team of volunteers who make sure the festival happens every year, the local communities of Newton Stewart & Minnigaff and all the local businesses who sponsor the event, our funders from Dumfries & Galloway Council, Kilgallioch Community Fund and The Holywood Trust and, especially, YOU; the wonderful musicians, festival goers, friends and family who attend every year and who are so supportive of everything Trad Music Trust are trying to acheive in Dumfries & Galloway.

It's a fabulous way to welcome in the 6th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival, which takes place over the 12th-14th July 2019, and we'll have everything crossed tonight for a success.

Wish us luck but, most of all, well done all of us!

E Awards

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7th annual music festival

The 7th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will now take place over the 9th-11th July 2021 following the Trust's decision to re-schedule this year's event due to Covid-19. We are in negotiation with the artists booked for this year and hope to secure them all for 2021, plus a few extra surprises, so we'll be back with another packed programme of traditional music and dance next year. We hope you'll join us.

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