‘The Gallovidian Gathering’ Call Out

Stories shape how we understand the world, and our place in it.  

We are looking for local musicians, theatre-makers, dancers, spoken word artists and comedians to present short performances for our exciting and new programme strand, ‘The Gallovidian Gathering’ as part of the next Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival, 20th – 29th May 2022.

As part of the 2022 programme, we will present two traditional Ceilidh evenings – with a twist. We will unite the local food and drinks industry, artists, audiences and communities to create a celebratory evening that will reconnect people and promote Dumfries & Galloway. The evenings will feature a themed food element, spoken word and storytelling, theatre, dance and a ceilidh band, curated by our Strategic & Creative Director. The event aims to strike moments of local connection, after such a long, hard period of isolation.

The Gallovidian Gathering will be presented twice across the region, during the festival on Saturday 21st of May and Saturday 28th of May.

We are looking for local artists/companies to make a creative performance response that is 5-20 minutes in length, to one of the following storytelling themes:

  • Folk stories and local legends
  • History and traditions
  • Home
  • The future of Dumfries & Galloway

This could be an already existing piece of work, or a new performance that fits with (but is not limited by) one of the themes. We will select four acts to perform at each event. We have left the call-out open to proposals of any kind of performing arts but envisage that we would like to fill the following roles:

  • Compere/Host: this could be a spoken word artist or comedian
  • Spoken-word: a reading by a poet or spoken word artists
  • Theatre: a short theatre performance or reading by a solo artist or theatre company
  • Dance: a short dance performance by a solo artist or dance company/collective
  • Musician/Band: a local musician, a ceilidh band or a band that can play ceilidh music to lead the Ceilidh dance segment and their own original music

We welcome proposals from any local performing artist who would like to be a part of this event, including young people as part of our Stage iT strand, with support from the Holywood Trust.

You can apply for a minimum of £500 and a maximum of £2,000 to make and present the two performances. If you would like some advice and/or guidance on fair pay and calculating your budgets please email director@dgartsfestival.org.uk, and our Director will be delighted to support.


To apply, please email info@dgartsfestival.org.uk by Monday 17th January, 9am with the following information:

  • A proposal of what you would like to create and present (one A4 page maximum), which must include:
    • What theme you have decided to respond to
    • If you have selected a particular role to fulfil as part of the event, please ensure it’s clear in your proposal
    • How much you are applying for and how you would spend the budget
    • Confirm your availability for the event dates: Saturday 21st May & Saturday 28th May 2022
  • An up-to-date copy of your CV OR a short biography about yourself and your interests
  • We request you fill in a voluntary Equality, Diversity & Inclusion form: https://forms.gle/MZK33p3VLqP38Md18

We welcome proposals in alternative formats such as BSL, Braille, sound or video recording or transcribed by phone. We have a budget for removing barriers you might face to submit a proposal. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this in more detail or submit your application by phone.

As a rural organisation working in an urban-centric performance sector, we recognise the urgent need to centre the work of marginalised artists as an essential act for achieving equality in society. Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival is especially welcoming of applicants who face marginalisation, including D/deaf and/or disabled people, LGBTQIA+ people, women, people of colour, working-class, and people from any related background or identity. If you feel you are often excluded from performance opportunities, we would like to hear from you and support you.

If you would like to discuss your proposal before you submit, please contact us and someone from our team will get back to you either by email or to arrange a meeting: info@dgartsfestival.org.uk.  

If you are a young person and require support with your application, please contact our Youth Development Officer, Liam Russell: stageit@dgartsfestival.org.uk.


All proposals received are entered into our admin system and circulated to a panel, comprising of D&G Arts Festival staff, a member of our Board and members of our Young Promoters Group. They will read the proposals before attending a panel meeting to discuss and make selections.

During the panel meeting, we will assess each application using the following criteria:

  • The artistic quality and creativity of the proposal
  • How the proposed performance will fit with the event proceedings
  • Is the budget realistic to deliver the proposal

We conduct our selection through a fair and open access application process that is in line with our equal opportunities policy. No decisions will be made before the application deadline.


Deadline:                          Monday 17th January 2022 at 9am

Selection Meeting:          w/c 17th January 2022

Decision Date:                 Friday 21st January 2022

Contact email:                 Suzie Thorpe at info@dgartsfestival.org.uk


The Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival in May is the largest rural performing arts festival in Scotland, bringing performance to people in some of the most remote areas of the UK.