Dumfries Market Festival Set For Comeback

Curtailed after only their first monthly event due to Covid-19 lockdown, The Guild (Dumfries) CIC is delighted to announce that applications are now open for Dumfries Market Festival to return in September.

The long-awaited monthly street market community event will be held in the heart of Dumfries town centre.  If you’re a maker, creative, designer, artist, food producer, street food vendor or indie business and keen to find new ways to get your products in front of new customers and gain exposure for your brand, be part of a community of makers and be involved in a social enterprise project, then apply today.

Director Leah Halliday says, “We are keen to collaborate with makers, designers, artists, food producers and creative indie business owners from across the region. This will be a super addition to the town centre, and we hope will show that Dumfries is open for business while promoting the “Shop Local” message.”

Relaunching on Saturday 12th September from 10am until 3pm, visitors will be able to enjoy a whole host of marvellous makers and so much more. The Guild strives to create an exciting, vibrant and experiential community festival and makers market, although safety of the public and their volunteers is paramount.

Monitoring guidance from Scottish Government Route Map concerning public events, The Guild are ensuring that physical distancing and hygiene measures are in place, as well as restricting numbers in confined spaces as per Phase 3 of lockdown easing.

Director Kirsten Scott added, “We would like to be able to add to the festival atmosphere by once again, encouraging musicians and local bands to perform at the Plainstanes while keeping audiences safely distanced. The performance element of our launch in March was so well received and we feel live music is something that many of us are missing at this time”.
Director Natalie Farrell also added, “We couldn’t do all of this without our amazing community of volunteers and we would ask that if anyone has some free time to help and skill share, with jobs such as building and dismantling stalls or event management and marketing, please get in touch.”

The deadline to take part in the relaunch in September is midnight on Wednesday 12th August.

Application criteria, terms and conditions and application forms can be found at https://www.theguilddumfries.org/pages/dumfries-market-festival

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