YES Arts Festival-goers enjoyed a final fling on Sunday night, when the Festival's musicians were joined by Riddell Fiddles step dancers for a lively session with a capacity audience at Kirkhope Hall in Ettrickbridge. This rounded off four very successful days encompassing 20 different performances of dance, drama, poetry and music which attracted around 900 people overall. The most popular event was the festival's major commission, Haining Dreaming, which sold more than 300 tickets for three promenade performances in front of the spectacular backdrop of the house and grounds.
Visual arts were on show from Monday 9th till Sunday 15th - with the WASPS studios and Andrew Elliot Mill, several popup exhibitions in Selkirk town centre, the ground floor of The Haining, and Kirkhope Hall in Ettrickbridge attracting several hundred more visitors throughout the week.
The results of the Festival's first Poetry Challenge were announced at Bowhill House on Thursday 12th September. The Critics' Prize was awarded to Gerda Stevenson for her poem Hame-Comin. The Voters Prize went to Aileen Ballantyne for Sons of Heroes, and Fiona Colton won the Local Prize for Ettrick Forest Elegy.