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An exciting line-up of events and activities for the Youth Beatz Fringe Festival has been announced and will be coming to a town or village near you!

The programme aims to promote opportunities for young people to come together and access free, fun and innovative activities, based around health and wellbeing, sport, music and much more. Reaching out to communities across the region, it sure to have something for everyone!

The Youth Beatz Fringe Festival kicks off with a Pop-Up Youth Village featuring at the annual Guid Nychburris Festival in Dumfries on Saturday the 15th of June.  The Pop-Up Youth Village will be in Queensberry Square with My Pod, games, festival make up, music and much more! In the evening, an Open Mic Live Music Evening will be held at the Oasis Youth Centre in Dumfries from 7:30-9.30pm and the winner will perform on the Youth Beatz Upload Stage at this year’s main event!

Saturday looks set to be a busy day right across the region, as the Ryan Centre in Stranraer is holding a Fun Day for all ages from 1-5pm! Activities include Soft Play (for under 7’s), Spin Class & Shokk Gym (10 years +), Nerf Wars, and a Splashdown with Swimming, Flumes and Inflatables!

On Sunday 16th June from 12-4pm the team will be at Market Hill in Castle Douglas along with My Pod, inflatables and youth activities.  Or if you are overin the East of the region, you will find us at Annan Swimming Pool where are offering free Fun Swim Sessions between 11am-12 noon, with this being followed up by a Roller Disco from 12-3pm.

New for 2019 is an event ran in partnership with the Theatre Royal, a performance of “Kinkens”, a production that explores mental health and wellbeing through stand up dance and theatre, this will take place at the Theatre Royal on Monday the 17th of June from 7-9pm.  Free tickets are available from Oasis Youth Centre, Theatre Royal or by email to

On Tuesday the 18th of June, an Open Mic, and Quiz and Curry Night will be held at A’ The Airts in Sanquhar, promising to be a fun night filled with a song, music, quizzes, and of course a lovely curry!

Year of Young People D&G Project Team Treasurer Hannah Birse said: “It is fantastic to see the highly successful Youth Beatz Fringe Festival expanding to all areas of Dumfries and Galloway. The Project Team are delighted that Youth Beatz is one of our region’s legacy plans from Year of Young People and it is great to continue to see the event going from strength to strength!”

Be sure to keep an eye out on the Youth Beatz Fringe Facebook page in order to keep up to date with all of our exciting events happening across Dumfries and Galloway to kick off Youth Beatz 2019!

All events are free to attend, and this has been secured through various sponsors and funders: Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Young People’s Champion Councillor Adam Wilson commented on the programme saying “There is a great variety of programmes and events happening within this year’s Youth Beatz Fringe Programme. Our Council is delighted to welcome and embrace the regional roll out of the Fringe Festival, and are proud to support the work of the Youth Work Service team, and all partners involved in the design and delivery of activities.”