Festival Information

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How to find us

 

We have five venues this year – the Girvan Community Garden in Knockcushan Street; the entrance faces the harbour just across from the lifeboat station. The Wee School Art Space is around the corner on Henrietta St, and the South Parish Church is further along the same street, at the corner of Stair Park. 

The Library is in Montgomery Street, next to the North Parish dChurch, though vehicle access is from Trowier Road. The McKechnie Institute is in Dalrymple Street in the town centre.

The Girvan Community Garden

The Girvan Community Garden

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Most of the events at the festival will all take place in The Dome, at the Girvan Community Garden. The Garden provides an outdoor space for the community, which creates volunteering opportunities for everyone, to engage in horticultural sessions and community events throughout the year.
It provides a positive, safe and welcoming environment that helps people to improve their health and well-being, broaden their knowledge of gardening and help create a vibrant, inclusive and multi-generational community.

The Dome is a relatively recent addition to the Garden, and we are delighted to be able to have our performances there.

Hot food and refreshments will be available to purchase throughout the day, and the Garden is a lovely place to sit and reflect in between sessions.

The Box Office is also located in the Garden.

Girvan Library

Girvan Library is hosting more events for the Girvan Arts Festival this year, with two workshops where children can be creative in a fun filled environment. 

We’re also delighted that the the Library will be hosting the Girvan Arts Festival film, Cinema Paradiso.

The Library’s staff, and its chief Librarian, Claire McCormick, are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the Library on behalf of the Festival.

Wee School Art Space

The Wee School Art Space is a recent addition to Girvan’s cultural scene. Run by David and Ingrid Powell of the CRAG community art group, it hosts art events throughout the year and is a hub for arts related projects in Girvan and the surrounding areas.

South Parish Church

The South Parish Church sits on Stair Park, with views across the Irish Sea to the emerald isle on a clear day. It is the ideal venue to showcase the talents the Newmilns & Galston Brass Band.

McKechnie Institute

Girvan’s cultural hub, featuring a permanent display of artefacts highlighting the town’s heritage, the McKechnie Institute also hosts a regular programme of changing exhibitions, events and activities. 

It will also host Douglas Maxwell’s Playwrighting Masterclass at this year’s festival.

The McKechnie is worth a visit in its own right, to see Glimpse of Girvan through times past, from the Geology, fossils of the area, and the history of Ailsa Craig and its granite, to Maritime history and model ships, a Victorian lounge and bedroom, and Bronze Age Cinerary Urns dating 2100-1500 BC.

Always at the heart of the Girvan, the McKechnie Institute opened to the public in 1889 thanks to the benevolence of local businessmen, Thomas and Robert McKechnie. Built in the Scottish Baronial style with some Renaissance detailing, its architects McKissack & Rowan of Glasgow, also designed Girvan’s North Parish Church. The ground floor originally contained a library, reading room and ladies room, with a billiards room and a Librarian’s house on the first floor. During WW1 the McKechnie was the registration centre for the area.