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1st till 9th September


Planning for PENFEST 2018 is now well under way. We will keep you updated on any events as they are confirmed. In the meantime please check out the events below.

If you, or an organisation you are associated with, want to participate in any way please contact Jackie at

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This year we are delighted that Sandy Wood (left in photograph) has agreed to judge our annual Penicuik Turener Prize Competition

Sandy joined the Royal Scottish Academy in 2003 after graduating from Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen.  In 2013 he became Collections Curator; responsible for the management, care of, and access to the academy’s nationally significant collections.  He has published various catalogues relating to the academy’s collections including Order and Chaos, Edinburgh: RSA, 2008, Material Rites, Edinburgh: ECA, 2011, and, James Miller (1897-1987): A Traveler’s Eye, Edinburgh: RSA, 2013.  He has also curated numerous exhibitions of academy works, including ‘James Cumming RSA (1922-1991): Symbols of the Mind’, 2015, and, ‘Un:Realised: Architectural Imagination from the RSA collections’, 2016.  Most recently he co-curated the major exhibition ‘Ages of Wonder: Scotland’s Art 1540 to Now’, critically received as ‘A landmark exhibition’ (The Herald) and ‘One of the most significant assemblies of Scottish art in the world’ (Scottish Art News).

We thought that this wide experience of all genres of art made him very suitble to judge the very varied entries to out competition

Entries for the Open Exhibition and Turner Prize 2018 will be accepted at 4 West Street on Thursday the 30th August between 2.00pm and 4.00pm and again from 7.00pm till 9.00pm.

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Other Roads is one of the finest contemporary folk bands to emerge in recent years. Based in Edinburgh they regularly tour in Europe, New Zealand and now you can see them perform in Penicuik.

Pete Abbott, David Walmisley and Gregor Borland draw upon their diverse background in Scotland, England and Africa to create an exciting and original sound. These talented multi-instrumentalists incorporate guitar, bouzouki, fiddle, mandolin and harmonica with some extremely fine harmony singing. They perform a mix of traditional, contemporary and original compositions ranging from lilting ballads to foot-stomping traditional fiddle tunes and choruses. With expert musicianship, enthusiasm and humour their concerts are highly memorable occasions.

The  group will be ably supported by Ukes Of Hazard and Sophie McDonald

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The first concert of the festival is by Curmudgeon Folk Band.

For more info click here