15. Penfest 2022 – including the Roxburgh Quartet!


Penfest runs from Saturday 21st May – Sunday 29th May 2022 to coincide with, and collaborate with, the popular Hunter & Lass week.


(all events at West Street Arts Centre, Penicuik, except the plant sale which is part of Penicuik in the Park)

Throughout May: “Inspiring Penicuik” – an exhibition from the PCAA Art Group and friends in the café-gallery and in Room 1 upstairs. Free.

– Throughout May: an exhibition of the PCAA Community Postcard Competition entries. Currently in Room 2 upstairs. Free.

– Saturday 21st May 3pm: Artists “Show and Tell” – come and meet the “Inspiring Penicuik” exhibition artists and hear about their work. Free – just turn up! Refreshments will be available.

– Sunday 22nd May 3pm: Roxburgh Quartet. This popular ensemble make a return visit to Penicuik. We anticipate a full house, so buy your tickets early! Tickets £15 available now from the PCAA website shop (https://www.penicuikarts.org/shop/) and from West Street cafe-gallery. Refreshments will be available.

– Tuesday 25th May 7:30pm: Talk and demonstration “Paint like Renoir” by Damian Callan. Tickets £5 – available now from the PCAA website shop (https://www.penicuikarts.org/shop/) and from West Street cafe-gallery. Refreshments will be available.

– Saturday 28th May: PCAA Plant stall at “Penicuik in the Park” from 1pm. We need your plant donations! Please let us know if you can offer anything (email penicuikarts.org@gmail.com) and bring your contributions along on the day from 10:30am onwards. Many thanks!

– Sunday 29th May 3pm. PCAA members-only social gathering. Free. Refreshments, blether, optional quiz and games, & view the exhibitions. Please email to let us know you’re coming so we can estimate catering needs.

After Penfest – Friday 10th June 7:30pm

Once Penfest is over, we’ll be looking forward to a concert from vocalist and singing teacher Kirsty Law. Kirsty is leading our singing workshop series. As a finale she will perform a concert for us, hopefully with a bit of support from the singing workshop participants! We’ve had a lot of interest in this series of six workshops and we’re already halfway through. There are still a few spaces available, and it’s OK to join in at this stage, so do get in touch if you’re interested. £5 a session, free if you have low income.

Concerts we’ve enjoyed recently

The Castaways raised £300 for the Arts Centre Building fund in March, entertaining us with a wonderful afternoon of uplifting song.

In early May, Saanjh enchanted us with extraordinarily beautiful music – blending Indian and Western influences with virtuoso improvisation, narrative and song.