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Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival line-up unveiled

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Image caption The Scottish Ensemble will perform music by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli will be among the headliners at the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival.

A total of 82 acts will perform at 42 venues across the south-west over 10 days at the end of May.

The event, which is in its 36th year, will also feature performances by the award-winning folk singer Bella Hardy and Scotland's Makar Liz Lochhead.

The programme was launched at Loch Arthur, Beeswing, on Wednesday.

Organisers have pledged to showcase world-class music, theatre, comedy and literature in towns, villages and remote rural areas across the region.

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Image caption Bella Hardy is the BBC Radio Folk Awards Singer of the Year 2014

Festival chairman Ken Gouge said: "The range and quality of acts in this year's programme is truly wonderful."

He added: "This year demonstrates that we are continuing to build on the strong reputation of the 36 years of the festival's existence."

The Scottish Ensemble will launch the festival with a classical performance at Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries on May 22.

Other highlights include:

  • MacMath: The Silent Page. Some of the region's top folk musicians will perform forgotten songs collected by William McMath at the Ryan Centre in Stranraer.
  • Scottish stand-up comedian Des Clarke.
  • Dick Gaughan, a folk music guitarist, singer, songwriter, composer and record producer.
  • Sunny Ormonde, who plays Lilian Bellamy in BBC Radio 4's The Archers.
  • Reduced Shakespeare company: The Complete History of Comedy.
  • Dogstar Theatre: The Tailor of Inverness.
  • Edinburgh-based hip-hop band Stanley Odd.
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Image caption Local folk musicians will breathe new life into The MacMath Collection
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Image caption Edinburgh-based hip-hop band Stanley Odd will perform at the festival
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Image caption Hardeep Singh Kohli is one of the comedians in the line-up

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