Penicuik arts festival hits right notes

Penicuik folk singer Siobhan Miller
Penicuik folk singer Siobhan Miller

Award-winning folk singer Siobhan Miller will be performing at Penfest’s festival concert in Penicuik Town Hall on September 12.

Penicuik’s annual arts festival begins on Saturday, September 5 and promises nine days of arts, music, craft and song.

Organised by Penicuik Community Arts Association, highlights include the annual open arts exhibition in the West Street Arts Centre, culminating in the presentation of the Penicuik Turner Prize.

This year the prize will be judged by Damian Callan, an Edinburgh-based artist and popular teacher. The People’s Choice will be presented by Penicuik artist Ulla Hipkin.

The Castaways will be in concert (free event) at the arts centre on September 5 from 2pm-4pm. There will be an evening of poetry and classical music in Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin, on Friday, September 11. Tickets are on sale.

Siobhan will be leading a singing workshop for adults in the arts centre on September 12, while there will be a chance to sing along with Penicuik Folk Club at Shottstown Miners Club on Tuesday, September 8.

Other Penfest events include felting sessions, a percussion workshop for adults, exhibitions of contemporary embroidery and paintings of Penicuik, a creative listening, speaking and writing workshop, and a talk by Elizabeth Cumming on The Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland 1880-1920.

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