The first stART Festival took place in September 2003, led by Kirsty Duncan and Kirstie Bailey, two cultural coordinators for Perth and Kinross Council. At that point, if anybody wanted to try a new arts activity they had to travel to Perth or Dundee. Among the activities on offer were animation, stage fighting and the construction of a labyrinth in Alyth aimed primarily at young people.
The second stART Festival took place over a single weekend in March 2005 and opened its doors to people of all ages. Building on the success of 2003, there was also Capoiera, Pavement Art and a fire sculpture with procession in Larghan Park.
stART 2007 was the third stART Festival, and was bigger and
more successful than the previous festivals. It took place over a weekend in March, and
58 different workshops were on offer throughout the weekend. Just
over 1,000 people took part.
The fire sculpture from stART 2007 at the height of it's blaze!
You can see more pictures from the 2007 event here.
stART 2009 built once again on the success of previous festivals, and offered a wide range of participatory workshops which were enjoyed by all participants, as well as public events including a Festival Marketplace, a visit by the Travelling Gallery, and a march through Alyth with lanterns, ukuleles, skiffle band and the Beltane Drummers.
stART has also been active in between festivals. Members of the committee were invited to make and carry a banner in Edinburgh at the opening of the Scottish Parliament. stART also organised tree dressing for National Tree Dressing Day and has been active in supporting local community groups who wish to have the arts as part of their programme of events. And the spirit of the festival also feeds cultural activity in everyday life all year round.
The banners assembled in the Wellmeadow, Blairgowrie, before the start of the procession.
stART is a registered charity whose members fund-raised tirelessly to make this festival happen. The workshops were all heavily subsidized in order to make them accessible to all.
The next stART festival is scheduled to take place in 2011. If you would like to make a donation to the Strathmore Arts Festival, please contact Kirstie Bailey. It will significantly help us to fund stART 2011!
stART is supported by officers of Perth and Kinross Council, Cultural and Community Services, and is a Scottish Government Pathfinder Initiative.
Many thanks to our 2011 festival sponsors!