Arts festival reaches its climax

Dance Ihayami will be performing at Penfest
Dance Ihayami will be performing at Penfest

The annual Penicuik Arts Festival reaches its climax this weekend.

On Saturday, the Festival Concert will be held in Penicuik Town Hall from 7pm. There are three acts on the bill. The first is Sangstream which is a community choir, established for 20 years.

The second act is Dance Ihayami, a classical Indian Dance Group. They will be performing excerpts from their new show “Silent Spaces” as well as performing some classical Indian Dances.

The third and headline act is the Corrina Hewat Band. This consists of Pathhead-based Corrina, Kate Young, Heather Downie and Signy Jakobsdottir. They will have two harps, one fiddle, one percussionist and four voices. This is their debut public performance. All four are well-respected musicians and it will be exciting to hear this new collaboration. They draw on many influences including folk and jazz to give folk music with attitude.

Tickets are priced £12 (£10 for PCAA/PFC members) and are available from 4 West Street, Penicuik, or on-line at

The closing of the annual art exhibition and presentation of the Penicuik Turner Prize and the People’s Choice Prize will take place in Penicuik Arts Centre, West Street, on Sunday from 2pm-4pm.

This year the judge for the Penicuik Turner Prize is Aine Divine RSW. Aine is a Roslin-based artist and teacher. She is best known for her sensitive water colour portraits although she also produces beautiful still lifes and landscapes in oil. Entry is free.

Jan Usher, curator with National Library of Scotland, will give an illustrated talk on the ‘Treasures of South Asia’ in Penicuik Arts Centre tonight (Thursday) at 7.30pm. Entry is by donation.

An evening of poetry and music returns to Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin, tomorrow (Friday) at 7.30pm. Poet Henry Marsh is the inspiration behind this popular Penfest event. This year’s concert is dedicated to the memory of Henry’s wife Jackie. Proceeds from the concert will be divided between Penicuik Community Arts Association and Marie Curie Nursing Home. Rosslyn Chapel will donate the cost of chapel hire to Marie Curie Nursing Home.

On Saturday and Sunday, from 11am-4pm, there will be free entry to four studios all within walking distance of each other in Penicuik town centre. These include the Weaving Studio, 5b West Street; the Glass Studio, 15 the Square; the Painting Studio, 20A John Street; and Valleyfield House,17 High Street.