CHRISTMAS ghost stories, bold new theatre, a film festival challenge and more is soon to take place as part of the Together Again festival.

The grassroots-led Together Again initiative is organised by the independent arts organisation DG Unlimited.

With more than £42,000 of funding from Dumfries & Galloway Council, it began in summer, and has already seen a host of activities take place in towns and villages across the region.

Running until next April, the initiative champions the vital role that creativity and culture plays in our lives, how it connects people, contributes to the region’s economy, and promotes community cohesion and individual wellbeing.

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This weekend sees the premiere of a new play called Gazing, written and produced by Carolyn Yates.

The play is a bold, funny and illuminating interweaving of musings, memories, poetry and provocations about how society views older women’s bodies.

The festival will feature plenty of other events and performances to attend, with activities suitable for families and people of all ages and tastes.

Stephen Lacey, who is the chair of DG Unlimited, said: “The Together Again Season continues to play an important part in slowly bringing our communities safely together as we emerge from the pandemic.

“Dumfries and Galloway has a brilliant cultural offer with exceptional talents

in all arts disciplines and

this is something that Together Again showcases and celebrates.”