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  • A competitor in the open hammer event on the games field at the annual Atholl Gathering held at Blair Castle
    A competitor in the open hammer event at the annual Atholl Gathering held at Blair Castle
  • Piping and drumming Atholl Highlanders marching at the start of the Atholl Gathering held at Blair Castle
    Atholl Highlanders marching at the start of the Atholl Gathering held at Blair Castle
  • Purple and green light reflecting off tall trees at night time at the Enchanted Forest in Perthshire.
    Experience the other-worldly sights and sounds of the Enchanted Forest © Graham Smith
  • Bight blue Light shining through trees at night time during the Enchanted Forest in Perthshire.
    Discover a magical nocturnal world of dazzling colour and sound at the Enchanted Forest © Otto Koota
  • Drawings and paintings by local artists on display at the Perth Festival of the Arts
    Drawings and paintings by local artists on display in Perth

Perthshire plays host to a variety of arts and culture events. Whether it’s just for you or for the whole family, there are plenty of events held across Perthshire from live music and Highland games, to literary festivals and the spectacle of the Enchanted Forest.

Perthshire boasts a flourishing cultural and music scene which you can experience at a number of events and festivals. Attend the 11-day Perth Festival of Arts in May, a musical extravaganza which in recent years has featured performances from Jools Holland and Van Morrison. July sees the hottest acts around descend on T in the Park – a three-day outdoor music festival held annually in Kinross. Ever since its inception in 1994, it has boasted impressive line-ups which have featured Coldplay, Tom Jones and Kings of Leon.

Other musical highlights include Dougie McLean’s Perthshire Amber Festival held every autumn. Enjoy fantastic acoustic performances in a diverse range of venues across Perthshire including Blair Castle and the Scottish Crannog Centre.

Watch traditional Highland tests of strength and endurance such as the hammer throw and the tossing of the caber at one of the 14 Highland games held throughout the region during the summer months.

In October you can experience the outdoors as you never have before at the Enchanted Forest. Marvel as Faskally Wood near Pitlochry is transformed into a magical nocturnal wonderland with dazzling light and sound effects. 

January brings with it another superb event to the small town of Pitlochry, the Winter Words Festival. Nearly a decade old, this literary festival has grown over the year to become one of the highlights of Highland Perthshire’s cultural calendar. Enjoy ten days of poetry readings, talks, writing workshops, cookery demonstrations and more.

These are just some of the arts and culture events you can experience in Perthshire. Take a look through the listings below to discover more.

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  1. Alan Carr: Yap, Yap, Yap!

    Type

    Comedy Event

    Gradings

    Perth

    Alan Carr will be yapping his way around the UK & Ireland with his brand new stand up show Yap, Yap, Yap The BAFTA and British Comedy Award-winning comedian, author and chat show supremo returns to his stand up roots with his hilarious take on life.

    Dates

    1 Mar 2015
  2. Gradings

    Pitlochry

    A contemporary version of the Brothers Grimm's fairytale, choreographed by Liv Lorent.

    Dates

    27 Feb 2015 to 28 Feb 2015
  3. Jimmy Carr: Funny Business

    Type

    Comedy Event

    Gradings

    Perth

    Acerbic wit and dark, deadpan one-liners.

    Dates

    6 Mar 2015
  4. Gradings

    Perth

    The Scottish Snow White.

    Dates

    16 Apr 2015
  5. Jekyll And Hyde

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Perth

    A modern adaptation, from Jo Clifford, of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Gothic horror.

    Dates

    18 Feb 2015
  6. Modern Print Masters

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Aberfeldy

    The Watermill Gallery Modern Print Masters exhibition has a strong St Ives flavour, a good representation of work by Scottish artists as well as international artists.

    Dates

    25 Oct 2014 to 31 Jan 2015
  7. Gradings

    Perth

    ETO's production of Puccini's tragic love story.

    Dates

    21 May 2015
  8. And The Beat Goes On

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Perth

    A new play from Olivier Award-winning playwright Stef Smith about a Sonny and Cher tribute where everything is not quite as it seems.

    Dates

    2 Apr 2015
  9. Old is the New Young

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Perth

    New artworks.

    Dates

    1 Jan 2015
  10. Sleeping Beauty

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Perth

    Traditional family pantomime.

    Dates

    11 Dec 2014 to 26 Dec 2014
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