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Following the success of the Campsie Festivals Association's St Andrews Fest in November 2021, we're now in the planning stages for the LIVE Mayfest 2022 festival of arts. Programme and dates will be as shown below. Just click on the image for a full size image.  CFA would be delighted to welcome any volunteers who feel they can assist with the organisation of the events. Please note these will include a LIVE art exhibition over the period held in the Village Hall. We therefore cordially invite East Dunbartonshire artists to enter their art works in the Milton of Campsie Mayfest art exhibition and sales. Rules for exhibiting can be seen by clicking here.

Mayfest 22 poster

                                                                 *****Past Events*****

The Campsie Festivals association is proud to announce a
 live St Andrew's festival (with covid precautions) featuring free art and music events as detailed on this poster (click to enlarge). Something there for everyone!

ST A FEST 21 Poster

The St Andrew's Fest is a wonderful opportunity for all you artists in East Dunbartonshire who have been restricted for so long by Covid. You are cordially invited to submit paintings for live display and potential sale in Milton of Campsie Village Hall in accordance with the letter  below (just click for the enlarged version):-

St A Fest 21 Artist Ltr
STOP PRESS: Artists, please be aware there is a deadline of 16th Nov. for emailing number and size of paintings to Sieglinde. Also, it might not be possible to exhibit 10 pictures due to big demand, especially if they are large. Maximum for very large ones is 5.

Virtual Mayfest 2021

This Musical and Visual Arts event event will take place in the week commencing 24th May 2021under the auspices of The Campsie Festivals Association. Further and full information will follow soon. Meantime, if you are an artist local to East Dunbartonshire here is the letter advising the arrangements if you wish to participate.

CFA Logo
11 March 2021

Dear East Dunbartonshire Artists,

The Campsie Festival Association (formerly called Campsiefest
Organisation) is organising another virtual Mayfest in 2021, starting on the
24st of May. After the great success of last year’s virtual St.Andrew's Fest
(see www.camsiefest.org.uk, virtual festival), we will, again, include a
similar art exhibition online.

I hope that everyone's spirit is already lifted in the prospect of active social
life and life art exhibitions later this year. In the meantime, why not use the
opportunity to display your work online?

If you are interested, please email high quality gpeg images of your artwork
together with your name, title of picture, medium, approximate size and price
(if for sale, otherwise please state “not for sale”), as well as your contact
details to [email protected] It would also be nice if you did include a
short comment about yourself and your art.

This should be sent during the week commencing 26th April but no later than
30st of April 2021. No late submissions accepted, but earlier entries are very
much appreciated.

Maximal number of paintings is 10.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to send me (Sieglinde) an email
([email protected])

Looking forward to receiving many pictures.

Best wishes

Sieglinde Bucher (exhibition organizer)

CONTACT INFO [email protected] OR [email protected] .COM

Virtual St AndrewsFest 2020!
St A Fest 2020 poster

Campsie Virtual St. Andrew’s Fest!

Beating the Lockdown!!......Our local community comes together for you.

To overcome the Covid lock-down, which stops our annual festival in Milton of Campsie Village Hall, a virtual Campsie St. Andrew’s Fest of Music and Art is being held on the Campsie Fest Facebook and Twitter pages:
It’s all displayed from  30th November on websitewww.campsiefest.org.uk
 https://www.facebook.com/campsiefest/ and https://twitter.com/CampsieFest .

This ambitious local virtual festival includes:
a Real Scottish Ceilidh with 28 performers including instrumentalists, singers and a fantastic dancer, an Original Art Exhibition of 60 paintings by talented local artists,
a Photography Exhibition, & a Jazz & light Pop  show with four sets of performers. 
The many participants, include professionals, who give you a great time during this covid lockdown! The show is truly international - involving people who hail from India, Scotland, Hong Kong, England and Greece in organizing and performing in the shows.

St .Andrew’s Ceilidh
23 talented performers provide great celtic entertainment in this ‘real’ Scottish Ceilidh. All but three, are locals, with 11 from Milton of Campsie. 18 performances are spread over 80 minutes of viewing. These include remote collaborations between a guitarist in Paisley and a singer in Coatbridge, a pianist in Berlin and a cellist in Milngavie and a cellist and flautist two meters apart in a public park! But the surprise finale is a zoomed collaboration of 500 from 130 countries, with singers, dancers and instrumentalists of all kinds - in Auld Lang Syne (donated by the Nevis Ensemble)

Jazz ‘n’ Pop. This show kicks off with Chris Clark playing and singing from the Great American Song Book. Chris provides a lovely informal show and has performed in many well-known venues, including The Edinburgh Festival. He is followed by a couple of fun short numbers recorded in the Merchant City Festival by the well-known 1920’s Black Diamonds Havana Band – leader John Power. The session concludes with contributions from The Henry Ford Band and Willow Moon with a great Beetles song.

Original Art Exhibition
Eight talented local artists present a show of 60 paintings, with many for sale:  your chance to get a bargain Christmas present!

Photography Exhibition. This exhibition show-cases the best pictures created as a result of a series of on-line tutorials organised for Campsie Fest with a famous Greek photographer. Photographers from Milton of Campsie and others exhibit their fine pictures.

So you’re spoilt for choice – just sit back and enjoy!


Virtual Mayfest 2020!
This year the ever-popular Mayfest festival of music and art will be  going virtual in view of the coronavirus restrictions currently in force. This is not to be missed and features amongst other things a most impressive art display. Feast your eyes! Here's more information along with details how to access:
Virtual Campsie MAYFEST!
To overcome the Covid Lock-down, a Virtual Campsie MAYFEST of Music and Art will be held up to end
of May on the Campsie Fest Facebook and Twitter pages. See https://www.facebook.com/campsiefest/
and https://twitter.com/CampsieFest .
This ambitious wee local festival includes: A virtual Campsie Countryside Walk (plus a ‘capture this’
challenge!), virtual Art Exhibition, A virtual Children’s Art Workshop with professional artist Derek
Gray, Virtual Concerts of Jazz, Classical, previous footage of Campsie Ceilidh Band and Campsie
Scottish Folk Players and a virtual Young Performers’ Concert.
A video of Campsie countryside walks is posted from now, plus great scenes from previous
MAYFESTS. Each day images from different areas of the village will encourage people to walk here. A
‘capture this’ challenge is hosted, with people encouraged to submit their own photos of the
locality (send to: [email protected])
The virtual art exhibition will include images of artworks by local artists – hosted from 17th May for two
weeks. It will contain some information about the artists’ inspirations, materials etc.
A video of a children’s art workshop with Derek Gray will be posted next Monday - It’s a great new
video! Children will love it. Children are also asked to send in their own artwork which on 30th -31st will
be posted on the Facebook and Twitter.
Virtual concerts will revolve around the Allander Jazz Band, The Milngavie Chamber Strings, the
Campsie Ceilidh Band and Campsie Scottish Folk Players showing videos etc. from previous
A virtual young-performers concert will be on May 30th and 31st, involving previous performers. Local
groups and music schools are asked to get performers to send videos or images by the 29th May.
Performances e.g. music, dance, magic, comedy etc. Send to [email protected] Performances
will be shared on the Facebook and Twitter, forming a ‘virtual concert’ - showcasing young local talent.


****** Return of the Mayfest in 2019!*****


Campsie MAYFEST 2019 presented interesting and high quality art and music. This free event attracted record numbers of visitors who donated generously to the Village Hall Trust.
    Thanks to grants from Milton of Campsie Community Council, Milton of Casmpsie CooP and East Dunbartonshire Arts Council, most of the running expenses were covered.
The dedicated team of festival organisers and administrators are to be commended and thanked for their efforts.

    The Hall events started with a concert given by 15 young folk, supported by an audience of 60. The children’s performances included sax, guitar and clarsach, with Gaelic singing and both modern dance and traditional ballet dance acts. The classical chamber music concert by the Milngavie Quartet and friends and the ARCARA recorder group attracted large audiences as did the ever-popular Jazz afternoon, with The Black Diamonds Havana Band.

     In regard to the Art side of the festival, 54 exceptional art works from M of C Art Club members and other local artists, were superbly displayed and enjoyed by at least 300. 17% of the exhibition pictures were sold – a great result! Finally, with professional artist, Derek Gray as tutor, children at his art workshop produced some remarkable comic strips.    It was good to see our elected politicians giving support, with Cllr Gary Pews and MSP Stuart McDonald both attending events and Cllr Susan Murray, as always, being a great help.

Congratulations to Michael Boyle in being presented with the East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action Hero Award for his community festival organizing,
    In line with its enlightened policy, Milton of Campsie Village Hall (a Charitable Trust) again provided the Hall for free for this community event. It was therefore a great pleasure to present the Hall Trust with the grand total of 607 donated by visitors to help maintain the Hall.

      Overall this was the most successful MAYFEST to date. The next Hall event will be St Andrew’sFest 30th Nov - 1st Dec. including a ‘real’ family ceilidh and a Christmas orchestral concert with carols and children involved.