Join us Online to Celebrate the Arts!

Join us online, on Facebook, from Thursday 21st to Saturday 30th May to mark what would have been our 49th Perth Festival of the Arts and celebrate the arts together.


Over the 10-day Festival period, we'll be sharing videos, recordings, music and news from some of our 2020 Festival Artists on our Facebook page.

During these difficult times when we are missing live performances, we'll keep connected together online, celebrating the talents of the artists due to appear at the Festival and learning more about them and their work. 

Each day, we'll share content relating to the artists that were due to perform that day. Facebook doesn't always share posts widely on newsfeeds, so do check in on our page each day for all our updates! Where possible, we'll share videos here on our website too.

Opening our celebrations...

Our 10-day celebration of the arts began with an incredible memorised performance of Beethoven's Eroica Symphony by the Aurora Orchestra who, along with Nicola Benedetti, were due to open our Festival this year. Visit our Aurora Event page for all the details or enjoy an excerpt below. 

Perthshire Photographic Society were due to host an exhibition of photographic prints at St John's Shopping Centre throughout the 10-day Festival. Instead of their planned exhibition, they have created a special Perth Festival of the Arts online gallery, where you can enjoy a varied and stylish showcase of their members' work. We're grateful to all their members for sharing their talents with us and creating this diverse exhibition. 

On Friday 23rd May, we shared two short interviews with longstanding Festival Director, musician and member of Perthshire Brass, Craig Dennis. Craig shares an insight into his favourite festival memories, the most interesting artists he's met and how he's spending his lockdown days.

As the day went on, we sharing all the episodes of Jools Holland #StayHome and #PlayBoogieWoogie piano series, his new piano masterclass, and into the evening, links to Later... with Jools Holland.

During the first weekend...

On Saturday 23rd morning from 11am, we shared music from Perthshire Brass and Denmark-based trumpeter Frances Lole. Frances and the brass band were due to perform at our longstanding 'Music on a Saturday Morning' series which showcases the talents of musicians from our area. Check out our Frances Lole page for some highlights.

On Saturday afternoon, we shared a fun Q&A with Scottish illustrator Jill Calder, who agreed to take part in our Quick-fire Ten Question round! In part 1, we learn about Jill's work as an illustrator and her creative process, and in part 2, we hear how she's spending her lockdown days. Visit our Jill Calder page for both videos.

On Sunday 24th morning 11am, we'll celebrate with our annual Festival Service online conducted by Revd John Murdoch at St John's Kirk of Perth. With readings and music, the service is always a wonderful highlight of Perth Festival. You can watch the service online here

On Sunday evening, you're for a treat with a glorious evening of music by award-winning choir Tenebrae, including their recording of Allegri's Misere mei, Deus, which has been viewed over 7 million times. We'll begin the night at 7pm and run through to 9pm with links to music, interviews and news posted regularly.

Into week two...

Into the second week, audiences can enjoy a serialised radio play of Murder She Didn’t Write, which was due to play live at the Festival, a dramatic performance by Dyad Productions, along with content from the award-winning Scottish play Thunderstruck, Scottish Opera, saxophonist Manu Brazo, The Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Children’s Classic Concerts.

More details (with timings) will follow each day. 

For the first time ever, the Festival’s renowned ArTay exhibition of contemporary Scottish art will be going online. Curated by Frames Gallery, the four-day exhibition will run on Frames Gallery website, opening 10am Thursday 28 May and closing at midnight on Sunday 31 May. The exhibition has already gained the support of 85 artists, making it one the largest online art exhibitions during these times. All works will be available for viewing and sale.

Join us to #CelebrateTheArts in May 2020