Street entertainment coming to Rothesay this autumn

The Bute Community Band in open-air action at the Montague Street gardens in Rothesay on August 16, 2015.
The Bute Community Band in open-air action at the Montague Street gardens in Rothesay on August 16, 2015.

To coincide with the closure of the Wemyss Bay pier and the redirecting of the Rothesay ferry to Gourock, Visit Bute and Argyll and Bute Council have formed a new marketing partnership which will see a winter programme of street entertainment in Rothesay.

The new programme will be coordinated by Simon Kay, one of the organisers of ButeFest in July, and will feature a weekly range of buskers, street theatre, street artists, bands, acrobats, storytellers etc who will take advantage of the newly developed performance space opposite Fraser Gillies’ shop on Montague Street.

It is hoped that the project will also tie in with existing island events and act as a showcase for some of the island’s existing performers.

Dressing Room proprietor and Visit Bute member Sophie Reid said: “I see it as a way of extending the tourist season right through the autumn and towards Christmas. Butefest has demonstrated that the arts are great for Bute businesses, and this project will open Rothesay up to a whole new market – people from Gourock, who may never have visited our island before, but now will be able to make a day of it.

“We have some amazing pubs and restaurants, great local shopping opportunities and now some brilliant performers to keep visitors entertained as well. Rothesay really is the perfect family day out.”

The Rothesay Arts Programme, which is being run through Simon Kay’s own company, Concentric Event Design Ltd, will take shape from October and will run through to Christmas.

Any groups, organisations or individual performers or artists wishing to be part of this programme should contact Simon at concentriceventdesign@gmail.com or on 07879 677537.