The highlight of the year for lovers of the arts locally kicks off on Saturday with dozens of shows, displays and talks over two weeks.
The Tryst Festival starts on Saturday with a parade featuring some of the groups and organisations involved.
Organised by Falkirk Arts and Civic Council, the Tryst Festival is the biggest celebration of the arts in the area, with events in dance, floral art, classical music and drama.
On Saturday, the festival will be officially opened with a parade through Falkirk town centre from 2 p.m.
The following day Central Scotland School of Ballet hold a choreography competition at Grangemouth Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
At 7 p.m. in Falkirk Town Hall, Falkirk Festival Chorus’s annual Festival Concert with Scottish Concert Orchestra leader Ben Buurman will go ahead. The soloists are tenor Alistair Digges and baritone Graeme Danby and the conductor is Robert Tait. The two works on the programme are Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, an operatic and colourful work, and American Morten Lauridsen’s atmospheric and beautiful piece, Lux aeterna. Mr Tait will give a talk prior to the concert from 6 p.m. for anyone keen to learn more.
On Monday Falkirk Floral Arts Club will welcome Diane Fair. The following day Falkirk Writers Circle will bring prose with music at the FTH and on May 23 at the Park Hotel, the group will hold a full day seminar with four guest speakers.
From May 12-16 at the Dobbie Hall in Larbert, Larbert Operatic Society will perform ‘Footloose’. The cult 1980s dance film will be brought to life by the talented drama group.
On Thursday, May 14 Creative Schools at FTH will see skilled school pupils from across the district perform. On May 14 and 21 and 22 at the Tolbooth Tavern Falkirk Folk Club bring a varied musical bill in informal surroundings and on May 23 at FTH, the group will stage a showcase with some of the most acclaimed performers from the folk scene.
On Friday, May 15 Sweet Harmony Barbershop Chorus will entertain at FTH. The a capella group have been delighting audiences with their harmonising and promise a great show with music, surprises and laughter.
The following evening, Forth Valley Magic Circle will wow the audience with stage, table and close up tricks and Monday, May 18 the young performers from Project Theatre will stage ‘Alice in Wonderland’ at FTH.
The annual Top of the Town quiz will be held in the FTH studio on May 20, with the town’s brainiest battling it out to be crowned winner.
On May 21-22 children’s drama group Sunny Stars will provide ‘An Evening of Fairy Tales’ and on May 22 Forth Bridges Accordion Band will entertain with traditional Scottish accordion music as well as some favourites.
On May 23 at FTH Bowhouse Theatre present ‘Murder, Mayhem and Madness; with three Sherlock Holmes stories coming to life by the talented amateur group.
On Sunday, May 24 the annual Spring Concert from Falkirk Tryst Orchestra will close the festival. The concert will play classical and light music based around the famous Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor with Peter Alexander the talented soloist.
Details on ticket prices and availability can be found at www.trystfestival.org or by calling the Steeple Box Office on (01324) 506850.