All set for Penicuik Arts Festival

Glynis Louden and Reagan Wood (5)

Glynis Louden and Reagan Wood (5)

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This year’s Penicuik and District Arts Festival opens on Saturday.

Events taking place in the town centre precinct and Penicuik Town Hall from 11am to 12.30pm include drumming by Cornbank Primary pupils with the Borders-based TRASHARTS and street theatre from the local Dance Pointe Academy.

The festival, which runs until September 11, will be opened by Andrew Crummy, the co-ordinator of the 3 Harbours Arts Festival.

He will also be invited to award the annual Penicuik Turner Prize at a ceremony in the Penicuik Arts Centre, West Street, at 1pm.

The nine-day “Coming Together” of the arts involves more than 20 venues in Penicuik, Roslin, Carlops and West Linton. There will be workshops, performances, and Open House trails.

On Saturday, other events include a TRASH drumming workshop in Penicuik South Church Hall, and storytelling and songs from the nomadic yurt at the Craigiebield House Hotel. There will be an evening concert featuring Blind Lemon and Ian Pettigrew at The Roadhouse, John Street, Penicuik, from 8pm. Penicuik House will be the venue for a craft fair and demonstrations on Sunday from 11am to 4pm.

Other Sunday attractions include singing, circus stories and capers at the yurt. Rosslyn Chapel will host ‘The Hammer and the Fire’, poetry and music, from 7.30pm.

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