Arts Festival

A village of culture and heritage at the
heart of the Semple Heritage Trail

Site currently being updated with  2017 info. Please do not take the info as accurate at this stage


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Jazz, Opera, Instrumental, Big Band and much, much more.... 

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Paintings, photographs and the creations of local artists for viewing. Most works also available to purchase.

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Poetry, story & novel readings and discussions by local & national authors.

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Knitting and felting, handbags, jewellery, pottery, art, cards ...and lots more. All lovingly created by local craftspeople.

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Musical Workshops lead by some wonderful musicians!

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A Buddy Good Laugh!
comes to the Lochwinnoch Arts Festival

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Ballroom, Lindy Hopping .... and occasional unscripted rug cutting!

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Drama from the Calder!

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A variety of poetry writing for children & 'Crafty Kids' creativity!

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Come & Try

Try your hand at a variety of new and exciting skills with expert tuition!

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Local History

Local history & Culture

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Pre-Festival events

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SVH_logo.jpgSecond-hand books available in The McKillop Hall throughout the festival 
in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice.


On 3rd June 2016, 242nd anniversary of the birth of Robert Tannahill, Read Raw Ltd, were delighted to announce a major new poetry prize for 2017. Read Raw Tannahill poetry Competition has a prize fund of £2,700 with a first prize in the main competition of £1,500, second £400 and third of £100 with two commended prizes of £50. In the Scots Language competition first prize is £500 and second £100. Judge is Sally Evans, editor of Poetry Scotland, and winners will be announce on 16th March 2017 as part of the Lochwinnoch Arts Festival.

Robert Tannahill had strong family connections with Lochwinnoch and The Arts Festival provides an ideal event to celebrate his life and the winners of the competition. Entries opened on 1st August 2016 and close on 7th January 2017.

More information can be found at readrawltd.co.uk/tannahillpp.html


Submitting painting & photographic works to Art Exhibition: Submitting artists can download a Form and submission rules. Forms to be submitted by 28th Feb 2017.