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New Arts Centre for Newton Stewart

The closure of Newton Stewart's RBS branch may have a silver lining for Wigtownshire traditional music lovers. Plans are progressing to transform this spacious building into the Vault Arts Centre. The Trad Music Trust charity, organisers of the Newton Stewart and Minnigaff Traditional Music and Dance Festival, plan to use it for music, dance, arts and language tuition, exhibitions and live performances. This substantial space will be a welcome cultural addition to the town, and the local community is firmly behind the moves.

Fundraising concerts have been held, as well as busking and a table sale to raise cash to set up the venture, and future plans are that the venue will also be available to other local organisations.

More information about the project as well as this year's festival can be found at tradmusic.com.