Eddi Reader, Shooglenifty, Charlie McKerron and Neville Gabie are among the celebrated artists who make up the full programme for the first Findhorn Bay Arts Festival, which was launched yesterday.
Scotland’s newest arts festival will be a spectacular celebration of arts and culture taking place at the heart of Moray between 24 and 28 September 2014, showcasing artists of national and international renown.
The launch event, which was held at Brodie Castle and hosted by Nicky Marr of MarrKerr Communications, treated an array of guests to an enticing taste of what to expect, including a musical performance by Charlie McKerron of Capercaillie, exhibits from Michael and Maria Start of The Houseof Automota, who provided automata expertise on Scorsese’s film Hugo, plus a sequence from Macbeth the Remix, featuring Lady Macbeth and her troupe of parkourists.
This unique five-day bonanza will bring together artists from Moray, Scotland and beyond to entertain audiences with a vibrant and dynamic programme, including premiere performances and exhibitions,outdoor theatre and live music, fine-art and photography, talks, tours, tastings and lots of free activities which aim to make the Festival accessible to all. These include Culture Day, which will see Forrestown centre come alive with buskers, drummers, walk about performers, dancers, story tellers, pipeband, brass band, live music, alternative theatre and lots more.
As part of Homecoming Scotland 2014 the Festival will be bringing Macbeth home to Moray through Macbeth the Red King, a series of talks, tours and performances exploring both the real King and Shakespeare’s Macbeth. 16th Century Brodie Castle will provide the dramatic backdrop forthe Festival’s exclusive performance of Macbeth the Remix – Shakespeare’s classic tale of ambition and treachery, reworked into a unique one hour modern remix.
Guest speaker, David Taylor of Creative Scotland said: ““Creative Scotland is delighted to respond tothe energy and vision of the Findhorn Bay Festival, by offering support as part of the Homecomingcelebrations. The festival is not only important in itself, and for what it offers to visitors and localaudiences, but it also has potential as an ongoing focus for the artistic community in the area.”16th Century Brodie Castle is just one of a number of diverse and imaginative venues around the beautiful Findhorn Bay, which also include Forres’ historic Tolbooth, Logie Steading, Findhorn’s famous Universal Hall and the local streets, parks, woodlands, hills and sandy beaches that make the setting so special."
Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, Alasdair Allan said: “The Findhorn Bay Arts Festival is a welcomed celebration of the richness of arts and culture in the area. One of over 970 events in the Homecoming Scotland programme, the festival offers an exciting programme for theaudience and those taking part. It is also a great example of how Homecoming is not only about Scottish people welcoming others from around the world to celebrate their home country, but is also about Scots themselves, celebrating the rich culture, activities and opportunities within their own communities.”
The full Festival programme can be found online at www.findhornbayartsfestival.com and tickets areavailable now from Eden Court Box Office on 01463 234 234.
The Findhorn Bay Arts Festival is made possible with generous support from the following:Homecoming Scotland 2014, EventScotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Creative Scotland,Moray Towns Partnership, Moray Council, National Trust for Scotland and MarrKerr Communications.