Tryst Festival

Falkirk Tryst Festival

The Tryst Festival is an annual festival

featuring the best of the Arts in Falkirk.

Held annually in May, the Tryst Festival is a celebration of all aspects of the visual and performing Arts including music, theatre, dance, drama, magic, exhibitions, seminars, writing, events and family shows. Involving local, community and professional groups from across Falkirk District and Scotland it truly has 'something for everyone'.

The Tryst Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016. 

2019 is shaping up to be another amazing festival for all tastes.


More Tryst Festival news and updates can be found on our

Tryst Festival Facebook & FDACC Facebook


Tickets will be available from the Falkirk Community Trust Box Office and Host companies unless otherwise stated.

In person: Falkirk Stadium, 1st Floor, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Phone: 01324 506850 Mon-Fri 9am-6pm & Sat 9.45am-3pm



2019 Brochure will be available in March/April 2019.


Falkirk District Arts & Civic Council, Falkirk Community Trust, Falkirk Delivers, Falkirk Council, Falkirk Community Schools Charity, Howgate Shopping Centre Falkirk

2018 Tryst Festival Venues:

FTH Theatre, Falkirk; The Howgate, Trinity Church, St Francis Xavier Hall, Tolbooth Tavern, Callandar Arms

2019 Tryst Festival Events

10-19th May 2019

Larbert Amateur Operatic Society present Evita

Tue 7- Sat 11 May 2019, 7.30pm

Dobbie Hall

£12/£10 (Conc)


Evita charts the story of Eva Peron, wife of Argentine dictator Juan Peron, from her humble beginnings through to the extraordinary wealth, power and status which ultimately led her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people.

Featuring some of the best loved songs in musical theatre, including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars, Oh What A Circus, You Must Love Me, and Another Suitcase in Another Hall, this smash hit show will have audiences astounded!

Falkirk Folk Club presents Folk at the Tryst

Session Night

Thurs 9 May 2019, 8pm (doors 7.30pm)

Tolbooth Tavern (upstairs)

Free (donations welcome)

Come along to listen, join in and be part of the music. A great atmosphere and a fabulous way to welcome in this year's Tryst Festival.

The Big Band Theory

Fri 10 May 2019, 7.30pm

FTH Theatre

£10/Children free if accompanied by an adult

The Festival gets off to a swingin' start with Falkirk's own big band featuring a mix of swing and jazz from Glen Miller to Jools Holland. This will be an informal cabaret style evening with a bar available throughout and even room to dance.

Forth Valley Magic Circle presents

Tricks at the Tryst

Sat 11 May 2019, 7pm

FTH Studio

£8/ £6 concs/ Family Ticket £25 (2 adults, 2 children)


We welcome you to an evening of magic and wonder – showcasing some of the best magic in Central Scotland! With a variety of magic from stand-up to close-up, this is a fantastic family night. This annual cabaret style event is a great night out for anyone who loves magic and live entertainment! This year, we’re back in the Studio at Falkirk Town Hall - getting you even closer to the magic!

Project Theatre Inov8 Dance presents

Dancing on Broadway

Sat 11 May 2019, 7.30pm

FTH Theatre



Join Inov8 Dance youngsters as we relive some of the world’s greatest musicals through dance and more! You won’t be able to stop tapping your feet and singing along!  Suitable for all ages.

Falkirk Festival Chorus presents Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle

Sun 12 May 2019, 7pm

FTH Theatre

£15/ £12 concs/ £5 child


Petite Messe Solennelle is considered by the composer as one of his Péchés de vieillesse ("Sins of Old Age"), which unites a number of songs, and instrumental works written after his retiring from operatic writing. The Mass was originally composed for 12 voices with piano and harmonium accompaniment. The Farlkirk Festival Chorus is proud to present this initial version of Rossini’s. It is with great pleasure that we welcome back our founder and Musical Director Robert Tait, who will play the harmonium part, in a duet with our actual pianist Michał Gajzler. It is an exciting performance not to be missed.Soloists: Dana Tanase – Soprano;  Lynn Bellamy – Mezzo-soprano;  Sanggyoul Lee – Tenor; Lancelot Nomura – Bass;Piano: Michał Gajzler; Harmonium: Robert Tait;  Conductor: Razvan Luculescu

Falkirk and District Art Club

54th Exhibition and Sale

Monday 13 May till Saturday 18 May 2019, 11.00am - 4.00pm daily 

Community Hub, Howgate Shopping Centre, Falkirk

Entry is free

Come along to browse or buy our original affordable artwork.

Falkirk Folk Club presents Folk at the Tryst

Musical Memories, hosted by Alzheimer Scotland

Mon 13 May 2019, 11.30am-12.30pm (refreshments from 11am)

 St. Martha's Hall, St. Xavier's Church.

Suggested donation £1.

A fun, relaxed sing-along with music from Falkirk Folk Club this month. For people living with dementia and their carers. Please contact Justine Davidson on 01324 559480 or email if you'd like to attend.

Falkirk Floral Art Club: Artistic Expression

Mon 13 May 2019, Doors open 6.30pm, demonstration begins 7.30pm

FTH Theatre

£10 (includes refreshments)


Falkirk Floral Art Club is delighted to bring Alan Beatty from Northern Ireland to entertain us with his Irish humour while he creates his fresh flower designs depicting his ideas on ‘Artistic Expression’. There will be various stalls at the event. Tickets available from members or at the door.



Top of the Town Quiz

Mon 13 May 2019, 7.30pm

FTH Studio

Admission for spectators is free

(£10 entry per team. Please register your team at e-mail


A great evening for fans of facts and trivia. A fun and hotly contested competition helping raise money for charity. Teams of four members are welcome.

Falkirk Writers’ Circle present

Words and Music

Tue 14 May 2019, 7.30pm

FTH Studio

£6/ £5 concs


An enjoyable and entertaining evening of poetry, prose and sketches written and performed by members of Falkirk Writers’ Circle interspersed with live music.

Falkirk Blues Club

Thu 16 May 2019 

Falkirk Folk Club presents Folk at the Tryst

Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra

Thurs 16th May, 8pm (doors open 7.30pm)

Tolbooth Tavern (upstairs)

 £7. To reserve tickets, contact or contact 07517 787345

Jez Hellard is a singer of potent songs, fine guitarist and simply stunning harmonica player. His band, The Djukella Orchestra, play traditional and contemporary folk music, from jigs, reels and ballads to tango, rhumba and even reggae. Their virtuoso musicianship, captivating double-bass, witty political comment and deep repertoire of powerful songs never fails to turn heads

Sunny Stars

An Evening of Fairytales 

Wed 15 - Thu 16 May 2019, 7pm

FTH Theatre

£8 adult (£7 concession)


The talented children of Sunny Stars Drama are preparing to take audiences on a magical journey to the land of fairytales. The youngsters, all aged 4 - 12, will present the story of Alice in Wonderland, as well as a special take on the story of Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf - is he really big and bad or just misunderstood? Filled with fun, music and enthusiasm, the show is sure to be a treat for audience members young and old! Sunny Stars are delighted to have the opportunity to perform in the Tryst Festival once again.

Music from the Odenwald

Fri 17 May 2019, 7pm

Falkirk Trinity Church

Free (Donations welcome towards the Odenwald Association 50th Anniversary trip to the

Odenwald Region in August)


The Odenwald Association are pleased to present a concert by Spielmannszug FF. This

modern flute orchestra comes from Fränkisch-Crumbach, a small village in the Odenwald

in Germany. The Odenwald is the twinning region of Central Region and this year is the

50th Anniversary. The orchestra will play a variety of music.

Glenbervie at the Tryst

Sat 18 May 2019, 12.30pm

Falkirk Trinity Church

Free (donations to the Vine Trust for the Tanzania Orphanage Trip gratefully received).


Music from Glenbervie Folk Duo with Neil Clark on smallpipes, Highland bagpipes, whistles and vocals and Kathryn Grainger on clarinet, guitar and vocals. They play Scottish/Celtic trad and folk music and have performed throughout the UK and as far afield as the Falkland Islands!


Central Scotland Ballet School present “Pure Imagination”
Saturday 19 May 2019, 6pm

 FTH Theatre 



Following their sell-out performance in our 2018 Tryst Festival, around 100 of the littlest stars from Central Scotland Ballet School will take to the stage in a dazzling dance display. They will sparkle in ballet, tap, jazz and acrobatics routines inspired by the magic and wonder of childhood imagination.

Falkirk Folk Club presents Folk at the Tryst

CarronCast at the Cally: Folk, Roots & Beyond

Sun 19 May 2019, 3pm

Callander Arms (level access)

£7.50 To reserve tickets, contact or contact 07517787345

Falkirk’s fabulous folk collaboration bring you an uplifting afternoon of live music - Scots traditional, contemporary song and Americana, chorus, harmony and tunes to get your toes tapping!

Falkirk Tryst Orchestra

Sonic Scotland and Scandinavia

Sun 19 May 2019, 7pm

FTH Theatre

£10 adults / £8 concessions / £5 child / £25 family of 2 adults, 2 children


Performing once again under the leadership of Michael Graham, the Falkirk Tryst Orchestra will close the Tryst Festival with a selection of pieces connected by the North Sea.  Soloist Anna Michels will perform Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, followed by both well-known selections from established composers and new pieces from contemporary ones.


Anna is currently in her third year at Maastricht Conservatoire studying for a double Bachelor in Classical Piano and Music Theory, after having studied at the Junior Academy of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Professor Heather Slade-Lipkin and then continuing as her pupil when she moved to St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh in 2013. Her awards include the Directors Recital Prize at St Mary’s, the Region 1 Young Rotarian Musician of the Year and third place in the Rotary Great Britain and Ireland Competition Final.  Since moving to the Netherlands, Anna has won the Maastricht Concerto Competition playing Mozart Concerto No. 20. She also was awarded second prize at the Regional Final of Prinses Christina Concours and with her trio “Trio Santres” placed second in the Anton Garcia Abril International Chamber Music Competition in Spain. As a Falkirk lass Anna was honoured to be awarded the Falkirk & District Arts and Civic Council ‘Young Personality of the Year’ for 2017 and is delighted to be performing Grieg Piano Concerto with the Falkirk Tryst Orchestra in this concert.

Tryst Folk Finale with The Tonkerers

Sun 19th May 2019, 8pm

The Callander Arms (level access)


A great way to round off this year’s festival - country, pop, reggae and more. Come join us and party with Falkirk’s finest folk-rockers!

Falkirk Writers' Circle Tryst Seminar 

Sat 25th May, 10am - 4pm

Beancross Hotel, West Beancross Farm, Polmont
Cost £35.00

An opportunity to enter one or more of our 4 competitions prior to the Seminar
Competitions:  Short Story, Poetry, Article, Dorothy Whamond Trophy (synopsis of a novel)
Competition adjudicators will attend on the day to address the audience and present prizes


Tue 7- 11 May

Larbert Amateur Operatic Society: Evita,

Thu 9 May

Folk at the Tryst: Session Night 8pm

Fri 10 May

The Big Band Theory 7.30pm

Sat 11 May

  • Project Theatre Inov8 Dance 7.30pm
  • Forth Valley Magic Circle: Tricks at the Tryst 7pm 


Sun 12 May

Falkirk Festival Chorus: Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle 7pm

Mon 13 May

  • Floral Art: Artistic Expression 6.30pm
  • Folk at the Tryst: Musical Memories 11am
  • Top of the Town Quiz 7.30pm

Tue 14 May

Writer’s Circle: Words and Music 7.30pm

Wed 15 May

Sunny Stars: An evening of Fairy Tales 7pm

Thu 16 May

  • Sunny Stars: An evening of Fairy Tales 7pm
  • Falkirk Blues Club
  • Folk at the Tryst: Jez Hellard & the Djukella Orchestra 8pm

Fri 17 May

Odenwald Association: Music from the Odenwald 7pm

Sat 18 May

  • Glenbervie at the Tryst: Glenbervie Folk Duo  12.30pm
  • Central Scotland Ballet School: Wish Upon a Star 6pm


Sun 19 May

  • Folk at the Tryst: CarronCast- Folk, Roots & Beyond  3pm
  • Falkirk Tryst Orchestra:  Sonic Scotland and Scandinavia 7pm
  • Tryst Folk Finale with the Tonkerers 8pm


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