Midfest gets underway

String quartet at Rosslyn Chapel
String quartet at Rosslyn Chapel

Midfest is back for its third year on Friday with over a week of music, poetry, arts, crafts and heritage celebrations across Midlothian.

Unexpected Art is on offer at Dalkeith Arts Centre from September 7-11 in the form of a pop-up exhibition showcasing Midlothian’s alternative and modern art.

The Paintings of Penicuik is on at the Town Hall from 10am until 2pm on Saturday. Also on Saturday, the Arts Centre in Penicuik is the venue for a concert by local group the Castaways, who are celebrating 20 years together.

Author Elizabeth Cumming will talk about the Arts and Crafts Movement from the 1890s to 1920s at a lecture in Penicuik Arts Centre on September 10 at 7.30pm. Tickets, £5,can be bought from the centre, at www.penicuikarts.org, or on 01968 675661.

If music is more your thing, then you can enjoy the rhythms of a “Junk Samba Band” in a fun workshop in Penicuik Arts Centre on Sunday afternoon, or join Siobhan Miller for a singing workshop in the same venue on September 12 from 2 to 4pm. She also joins classical guitarist Phillip Thorne and other local talent for the PenFest Festival Concert at Penicuik Town Hall at 7.30pm the same day. The atmospheric Rosslyn Chapel is the venue on September 11 for an evening of poetry and music by candlelight, featuring the Miguda Quartet. Tickets, £8, from Penicuik Arts Centre or www.penicuikarts.org.

Full Midfest programme available from local council offices and libraries, or at www.midlothian.gov.uk/midfest.