Top names coming to Largo Arts Week

CRIME writers Val McDermid and Sir Ian Rankin are among the highlights as Largo Arts Week unveiled its programme for the summer festival in the coastal village of Lower Largo and surrounding communities.

The two Fife-born authors will each feature in “an audience with” sessions at the festival, which is being held from Saturday, July 16 – Sunday, July 24 – www.largoartsweek.com

The third annual Largo Arts Week will combine open artists’ studios, concerts, free gigs and talks, including appearances by folk music legend Rab Noakes, Americana R&B guitarist Brooks Williams, international sculptor David Mach, singer and broadcaster Richard Jobson and children’s illustrator Jill Calder.

A total of 66 artists – nearly double the number who participated in the festival’s inaugural year in 2019 – will be exhibiting in 36 homes and studios, which will be open to the public throughout the week. Lower Largo is famous as the birthplace of Alexander Selkirk, the man who inspired the story of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. 

  Val McDermid and Ian Rankin will take part in “an audience with” events in the village’s Crusoe Hotel, being interviewed by Skids frontman and broadcaster Richard Jobson, a fellow Fifer (pictured below).

   

 

The Crusoe Hotel will be the main ‘hub’ for the Festival with the Upper Largo Hotel and community café The Aurrie as other key venues.

Festival director Andrew Stenson said: “With the Robinson Crusoe connection, Lower Largo already has a great literary tradition, so we are delighted to welcome two famous Fifers and world-renowned novelists in Val and Ian to Largo Arts Week this year. “It’s also tremendous to see so many local artists participating.  We have a tremendous mix of local artistic talent and high-profile acts – and we’re hoping for a real carnival atmosphere in the villages throughout the week.”

Key highlights of the festival include:  

  • Scots folk music legend Rab Noakes, who is making his third appearance at the Arts Week, will join Georgia-born guitarist and Americana songwriter Brooks Williams in a gig at community venue, The Aurrie.

 

  • Internationally recognised opera singer, soprano Charlotte Whittle, will also give a recital at the community venue.

 

  • Award winning illustrator and calligrapher Jill Calder, whose work has featured in children’s picture books, huge hospital murals and global advertising campaigns, will be stage a Children’s Workshop at the Community Library.

 

  • Lower Largo’s harbour, next to its historic pier, will be the location for an open-air free concert for the community on Friday 22nd July, featuring a retro 80’s band.

 

  • Local bands Astral Suns, Longway, The Passing Stages and The Best Dressed Blues Band will be playing in a series of free gigs at the Upper Largo Hotel.

  Tickets for the concerts are expected to go on sale early in July with full details on the festival’s website, www.largoartsweek.com      

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