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Alex Flett; the Kirkcudbright Festivals.
In 1998, together with Eunice Flett, John Hudson, and Ann Darling, a Kirkcudbright Arts Festival was set up which saw a series of exhibitions, theatre, music and dance brought into Kirkcudbright.
In 2004, Alex and Eunice Flett brought in Emeritus Professor Richard Demarco as Honorary Chair and persuaded sculptor and Duncan of Jordanstone academic Arthur Watson to join the Committee. The Festival name was changed to The New Kirkcudbright International Arts Festival.
Left: The 1998 Kirkcudbright Arts Festival poster.
Participants were. Street performance, Ian Cameron. Childrenís entertainment, Aiken Drum. Dance, Compagnie Yvette Bozsik. Installation sculpture, Kevin Dagg. Music, B. Bailey & I. Kennaway, A. MacMillan & W. Stewart, RSAMD & R.Clarke. Readings, Carol Langille, Shore Poets, Kenneth Steven, Solway Festival Poet. Theatre, Theatre Dredo, Caveat Theatre, John Bett, Jacek Zawadzki, Angela Pleasence. Seminar/Debate, Ed Meneeley, Terry Frost, Lys Hansen, Prof Brian Allison, Dr. S. Newton. Exhibitions, S. Beaty & J. Halliday, Lys Hansen and Ray Masters, Meg Walker & Ann Darling, Alex Flett.
Left: The 2004 Festival poster and flier.
Below: reverse of 2004 Festival poster and flier.
The lectures, supported by the Moore Foundation.
Documentation from 2004.
Below, left to right. Nontobeko Ntombela creating the advertising for Noah Howard. Egyptian artist Mohammed Rotail (The Alexandria Library).
Musicians Nadia Ramadan (Egypt) and Eunhee Lee (South Korea) with composer Michael Garrett in the Kirkcudbright Parish Church venue. Three concerts were played to over 1500 people including 800 school children.
Far right: Petra Pennington, printed cloth, section of an Installation in the windows of the Belfry Cafe. Arthur Watson, Portable Studio.
Left to Right: Nada & Eunhee playing for Dumfries and Galloway Schools. Yasmin Flett, Belfry Cafe. Kemal Tufan, U Boat.
The composer Michael Garrett created a new arrangement of Mendelssohnís Hebridean Overture (Fingals cave) especially for the Festival.
Below: Left to Right, Meg Walker (USA) Installation at Broughton House. Jan Jordaan (South Africa) Limited edition print. Kevin Dagg (Scotland), Installation at Greyfriars Church. Kemal Tufan (Turkey) building the U Boat, and exhibition Installation of U Boat on the Cochran Hall stage
Above: Installation shots of the exhibition in the Cochran hall including the building of the screens. In 2004 and through the Dumfries and Galloway Council, a full set of exhibition ready screens was designed and built by local Joiner, Andy Campbell. Andy is a legend in the town of Kirkcudbright as a man who puts time and energy into anything which helps the community.
Above left : Jazz saxophonist Noah Howard with classical pianist Eunhee Lee, jazz pianist Bobby Few and artist Nonto Ntombela.
Above centre: Hanging piece by Kirkcudbright based painter Linda Mallet.
Above right: Festival information sheet on the painter Julie Houston.
Below, left to right: Wendy Bibby, digital print. Kemal Tufan, carrying the U Boat to the Cochran Hall. Terry Newman, drawing.
Far right: Nonto Ntombela, limited edition silkscreen print.