New Perthshire festival provides a platform for creatives, pushes region’s contemporary arts

21st March 2017

A new arts festival coming to Perthshire this month will showcase the area’s creative talent in the world of contemporary arts.

Platform, the Festival of Perthshire Creativity, will take place at numerous venues across the whole of Perth and Kinross from March 25th to April 1st.

In its inaugural year, the festival will host over 30 events in venues across Perth and Kinross including exhibitions, design, photography, artists talks, gigs, special installations, drama and film.

Venues include the historic Innerpeffray Library – Scotland’s first lending library; the Fair Maid’s House; the Cateran Trail; and Perth Museum & Art Gallery, which is due to be refurbished from 2018 – 2021 as part of an ambitious city cultural development.

Highlights include a special installation, the Story Tree (a huge split level willow and paper sculpture at AK Bell Library); the UK premiere of a short art film by Perthshire-born artist Susan Mowatt; a live drama at Breadalbane Library: plus live music, several workshops and talks by artists and creatives.

Opening on Saturday 25th March and continuing throughout the week, Perthshire Open Studios will be celebrating 10th anniversary with a celebratory exhibition and Perthshire Visual Arts Forum are showcasing their work.

Platform is being run by Perthshire Creates, a network of contemporary creative activities, and Culture Perth & Kinross, which works to support the development and delivery of cultural services across Perth and Kinross.

Through a week of events, programming and celebration, Platform will encourage established and emerging artists in Perthshire to push their creative boundaries and explore the contemporary cultural identity of the region.

Helen Smout, chief executive of Culture Perth and Kinross, said: “It seemed fitting that we’re looking forward to how Platform will raise awareness of artists in the region, and also push these artists creatively. Culture Perth and Kinross is proud to be part of the first annual Platform, which we see growing and being an innovative, must-do event on Perthshire’s cultural calendar.”

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