“A warm welcome to the 11th 3 Harbours Arts Festival, East Lothian’s much loved and most diverse arts festival. I remember heading back early from my remote Scottish Sutherland’s holiday especially to go to the 3 Harbours Festival. I had heard so much about it. Little did I realise then that I would be a part of it, or even become it’s Chairman! Such has been its effect on me! This is a festival as diverse as the ever present sea, with craft, fine art, exhibitions in people’s homes, sculpture, and events. There will be music; traditional, classical and contemporary, as well as seafood festivals and street food vendors of all kinds, just to scratch the surface. It’s all here! When you need a break from all that, you can wiggle your toes in the sand of our beautiful beaches.

This year we coincide with the unique Cockenzie & Port Seton Children’s Gala, part of which traditionally takes place out at sea. The Seton Queen, her escort and court sail out from Cockenzie harbour in fishing boats pursued by pirates, then they all return to Port Seton harbour. The Prestonpans Gala Day takes place in the middle of June confirming that this is a special time of year for our communities. It’s time to discover, or rediscover why it is so loved by so many. We welcome you to The 3 Harbours Arts Festival 2016!”

Carl John Barber, Chair