The 1st Findhorn Bay Arts Festival, kicking off in a week’s time, be a spectacular celebration of arts and culture taking place at the heart of Moray between 24-28 September, showcasing artists of national and international renown, many of whom are local to the Findhorn Bay areaor have close links to it.
Taking place as part of the Year of Homecoming 2014, the Festival welcomes home to Moray many celebrated musicians including Hopeman-raised Charlie McKerron, of Gaelic super-group Capercaillie,Garmouth-raised Calum Stewart, previously of award-winning band, Mànran (along with his musicalpartner Heikki Bourgault), plus Forres-raised Quee MacArthur and his band Shooglenifty, one of Scotland’s most unique musical exports.
One-time Findhorn girl Jess Abrams and Forres-based Andrea Turner will be enchanting listeners with a sizzling evening of traditional and contemporary Jazz, whilst spellbinding songstress and harpist Iona Leigh returns home to Moray to perform anintimate Sunday afternoon concert.
A number of visual artists hailing from Moray will be exhibiting their work as part of the Festival,including landscape painter Maggie New, one of Scotland’s most successful fine artists, Elizabeth Strath, award-winning landscape photographer Ian Cameron, plus sculptor, Mary Bourne, who will be exhibiting two perspex and stone sculptures, which were commissioned by the Royal Scottish Academy. Renowned artist and illustrator, Owen Normand, winner of the Young Artist Prize at the BP Portrait Awards 2013, will also return home to Forres from his current home in Berlin, where he worksas a figurative painter and illustrator.
Findhorn-based Michael and Maria Start, world famous Automata restorers who worked on Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning Hugo, will be taking center stage at the festival with full a programme of Automata events, including a Gothic Horror Night, Flying Starts Flea Circus and It’s Alive, a more highbrow event concentrating on the technical side of Automata. Maria said "We’re working flat out at the moment getting brand new exhibits ready for the Festival, so it’s great to take a break and get together with so many of the other artistes to feel the buzz of excitement in the run up to the event.
”Festival Director, Kresanna Aigner, said “This is a Festival with people and place at it’s heart, drawing inspiration from and celebrating the many traditions that still shape the lives of our coastal communities.”
With this ethos in mind, well-known Moray poet and storyteller, Margot Henderson, incollaboration with Findhorn Village Heritage, will be hosting “Time and Tide”, an interactive story walkaround Findhorn, discovering the history, myths and legends hidden away in the nooks and crannies of this beautiful seaside village.
Findhorn Bay Arts, the organisation behind the Festival, is committed to promoting creativity in Moray and this is demonstrated in the Festival’s involvement of young musicians and local bands, such as The Haar and Wasted Jazz, along with clubs and groups, such as DKM Martial Arts. The Festival’s unique production of Macbeth the Remix, a spectacular modern rework of Shakespeare’s Macbeth,also features a strong community involvement, including a choir of over 50 local singers, plus aparkourist troupe and drama students from Elgin, all supported by a strong cast of local professional actors. For more information about the Festival visit www.findhornbayartsfestival.com
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.