NEW FESTIVAL CELEBRATING CREATIVE YOUNG PEOPLE HITS THE HIGHLANDS THIS SUMMER

A new fun, participatory arts festival celebrating young people aged 8-26 living in the Highlands will take place across six National Trust Scotland sites this summer, to mark Scotland’s Year of Young People.

Led by Highland Youth Arts Hub, the LIVE! / BEÒ! Festival will launch on Monday 13th August at Brodie Castle, Moray and is followed by a week of activities taking place at Glencoe, Glenfinnan, Inverewe Gardens, Hugh Miller’s Cottage and will culminate on Saturday 18th August at Culloden Battlefield, Inverness. Attendees can expect to see National Trust Scotland treasures brought to life in a totally new way with activities including music, storytelling, dance, visual art and contemporary Gaelic arts, all curated by young people for young people.

The festival is being led by seven young people from the Highlands who have embarked on exciting training programme in the lead up to the event. Miranda Strachan from Alness who is heading up events at Hugh Miller’s Birthplace Cottage and Museum says ‘I’ve really enjoyed getting to meet people in my area doing all sorts of creative and interesting things. I’m looking forward to seeing all the talent of local young people shine through at the festival, and hope that it might even help people discover a new passion.’

LIVE! / BEÒ! Festival is supported by the Year of Young People 2018 Event Fund, managed by EventScotland, part of the VisitScotland Events Directorate. EventScotland is working with the events and festivals sector to develop an exciting portfolio of Year of Young People 2018 publicā€facing events which provide opportunities for young people to express themselves through a wide range of activity.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “We are delighted to be supporting LIVE! / BEÒ! Festival as part of the Year of Young People 2018. It is fantastic to see young people getting hands on experience designing and delivering events for their peers and local communities. It is a great opportunity for them to showcase their own unique skills and talents at some of National Trust Scotland’s most iconic sites, further reinforcing Scotland as the perfect stage for events.”

Admission is free to anyone with a Highlands postcode. Terms and conditions apply. Full details of the event can be found at www.hyah.org

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