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