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YES Festival making plans for September 2015

Reception, Poetry challenge prizewinners & anthology launch, Bowhill House. Liz Lochhead and Gerda Stevenson at Flodden Anthology prizegiving, Bowhill Theatre 12 September 2013.

Reception, Poetry challenge prizewinners & anthology launch, Bowhill House. Liz Lochhead and Gerda Stevenson at Flodden Anthology prizegiving, Bowhill Theatre 12 September 2013.

Selkirk’s YES Festival of contemporary arts is gathering ideas and support for next year’s event, following the success of the debut last September.

The biannual YES festival, which stands for Yarrow, Ettrick and Selkirk, lit up the Royal Burgh with a four-day programme of live performances, visual art and the spoken word, including the memorable community dance, Haining Dreaming, lunchtime plays at The County and many poetry awards, such as the critics’ prize, presented by Scotland’s makar Liz Lochhead to Borders actress Gerda Stevenson for her poem, Hame-comin.

Now the YES Arts Festival is looking for new members and event ideas, and anyone wishing to help with next years festivities is welcome to attend the AGM on Thursday (March 27) at 7pm in the Studio on The Green.

The evening will feature a review with a slideshow of the highlights, and a look ahead to the festival in September 2015.

Organiser Judy Steel told The Wee Paper: “The AGM welcomes anyone who enjoyed last year’s festival and would like to help with next year’s in any way.”

Festival organisers are again hoping to support smaller-scale events and exhibitions within the town and in rural locations, promote active participation by all ages living locally, and commission new artworks.

Members will be asked to pay £5, entitling them to early information and booking, and invitations to private views.

 

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