Lochwinnoch Arts Festival showcases area’s artistic talent

Thursday 19th January, 2023

Lochwinnoch Arts Festival is getting ready to host another series of fantastic events in 2023.

We spoke with with committee member Morag Thow about the festival and its varied and inclusive programme for all ages.

“There’s huge artistic talent within our community and the festival showcases this and ties the local villages together in a cultural way,” says Morag.

“The festival has been running for 21 years now. It originally started as a small, one-day book festival but has grown arms and legs to become a multiple week programme.

“We’re spreading things out across the year and we’ll also have a mini festival across 17-19 March.

“We try and bring quality art, music and performance into the village that are reasonably priced, so people can engage with the arts.”

Here are some of the upcoming events at Lochwinnoch Arts Festival:

Lochwinnoch Films 4U – Angels Share whisky tasting and film night
Friday 20 January

Christine Bovill – Tonight, You Belong to Me
Saturday 18 February

Alan Bissett – Moira in Lockdown
Friday 17 March

Craft Fair
Saturday 18 March

Sinead Aitken Ensemble
Saturday 18 March

Jamie Macdonald Comedy
Sunday 19 March

Ali Affleck
Friday 31 March

Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton Trio
Friday 9 June

Morag added: “We’ve had a great gig in the village every month since last May with Scotland on Tour, including top jazz, folk and contemporary acts.

“We try to involve local people, acts and musicians where we can and get as much of the community as involved as possible.

“The festival is committee-run and we love putting these events together – we get to hear great live music and performances and it gives people a platform to perform.”

Find out more about the festival and get tickets for upcoming events at the links below.