It started as quiet rumblings and grew into exciting, creative and innovative talks. Now after a successful Yes campaign launch on the 25th of May, plans are afoot in the Scottish Borders to create a festival throughout these historic towns.
Being a qualified actor and a self confessed bohemian the Yes campaign forced me to stop talking about our ideas and start implementing them.
We are lining up musicians local to the Scottish Borders who support an independent Scotland. All styles of music and sounds will ring out from the town of Kelso. My team and I of creatively minded “thesps” decided to aim for the stars, not only are we planning on holding a festival of music but we’re planning galleries where paintings, sculptures and the likes will be displayed with the theme of “what Scottish independence means to them?.”
Plays are being written and devised to be staged in other towns such as Jedburgh with the theme of independence at the heart of it all, independence in our mind set, in our own lives and independence in the country we live in.
This promises to be a creative festival that will help engage and raise awareness to what Independence could mean to us. As we finalise details and dates we look forward to entertaining audiences and letting them know what independence really could do for them.
The first event is on 12th July, a poetry night at the Ace centre in Kelso (tickets available at the door) and this is followed on the 14th July, with a display of sculptures and paintings with the theme of independence at The Wee gallery Kelso.
There will be more updates from me on the festival during and after - we look forward to seeing you here!