… to Peebles Arts Festival 2016 and Beyond

2016 is set to be a year of change and opportunity for Peebles Arts Festival.   After 33 years working to achieve its stated aim “to advance the education of the public in the arts and crafts in Peebles and .. in particular to encourage the development of artistic activity including drama, dance, music, visual art, exhibitions, crafts, film, history and literature” the Festival committee has been considering how the festival can best reflect the vibrant creative community in Peebles.

Simultaneously, the Eastgate Theatre has been considering how best to capitalise on the success of the many projects and events initiated as part of Peebles Creative Place 2014.

The first step in meeting both aspirations has led to a decision to transfer the management of Peebles Arts Festival from the current volunteer committee to a creative partnership headed by  the Eastgate Theatre.   This has been agreed.by both parties, with the approval of many of the individuals and organisations who have been involved in festival events over recent years.

The next step will be for artists, makers, organisations, companies and individuals with an interest in celebrating the creativity of Peebles to take part in further discussions that will help shape the future of the festival.   The Eastgate will be taking a lead in planning, co-ordinating and promoting the festival as a whole; and individuals and organisations who would like to play a part in assembling a programme are invited to join in this process. Anyone who would like put forward ideas or proposals should contact the Eastgate Theatre by emailing boxoffice@eastgatearts.com.

Douglas Roberts, Chair of the Peebles Arts Festival Committee said:

“The creative arts community now thriving in Peebles is the very outcome that was imagined by the committee that first set up the Peebles Arts Festival in 1982. These aims have now been achieved; today multiple organisations fulfil the vision that the Festival committee set out in its original constitution. Every one of these activities has its expression in the cultural life of Peebles today, from the busy galleries and theatre companies to the regular the drama, dance and music groups.  The Eastgate with its programme of performances, participation, and regular festivals of film, literature, visual arts, and children’s activities is now a year-round hub for creativity in the town. In the light of this the Peebles Arts Festival committee has concluded that 2016 is the time change the way festival is organised and run.”

Caroline Adam, General Manager of the Eastgate Theatre added:

“The shared experience of devising and delivering the many projects and events that made up Peebles Creative Place 2014 was a major achievement for Peebles.  Creative partnerships were formed that can be nurtured later this year in late August or early September.”

The Peebles Arts Festival has a proud 33-year history of organising an annual festival celebrating the cultural life of Peebles. It was closely involved in the Under One Roof campaign which led to the opening of the Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre and it seems fitting and appropriate that the Arts Festival now moves under that roof to support and promote the creative community that is growing in Peebles.