Perth Festival of the Arts 17 – 26 May

Perth Festival of the Arts

Perth Festival of the Arts

The 2018 Perth Festival of the Arts brochure is out!


It’s designed by Flintriver and it’s stunning. The illustrations in the brochure are by Jill Calder.


The festival is packed full of art, music, comedy, literature, dance, opera, conversation …

There really is something for everyone of all ages and tastes.


Unfortunately I’m going to miss most of the Festival this year as I’ll be visiting my daughter in Vancouver.


But … I’ve had a good look through the brochure (beautifully illustrated … did I mention that?



And IF I was going to be here (or is it were going to be here?) here is my top 3 list of things I would book:

Val McDermid Interviewed by Fred MacAulay

Val McDermid Interviewed by Fred MacAula


  1. An Afternoon with Val McDermid interviewed by Fred MacAulay


Because I love Val’s books and I’ve heard her speak before and she’s very engaging. She works closely with Professor Sue Black  (Dame Sue Black, actually) from University of Dundee Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification. This is why the gory bits in Val’s books are so realistic and accurate.




2. Ruby Wax: Frazzled, A Guide to Mindfulness 


Ruby Wax: Frazzled, A Guide to Mindfulness at The Perth Festival of the Arts

Ruby Wax: Frazzled, A Guide to Mindfulness

Because I love Ruby Wax. I saw her at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and her show centred on her own mental health issues. The show was deeply moving and hilariously funny in turn. Ruby recently  graduated from Oxford University with a Masters in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy.



3. Perth Youth Orchestra



Why? Because it’s FREE. and because my daughter used to play in the Perth Youth Orchestra. And because the orchestra is fabulous.

… but what about Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra? Or Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro? Or the amazing Elephant Sessions, Siobhan Miller and Fara – Celtic music from award winning Scottish artists. Or Scottish Opera? Or The Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. Or … you’ll just have to see for yourself.



The main sponsors of the festival are The Gannochy Trust and Perth and Kinross Council, and its always a cultural feast.