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  • 22 July 2014

    Wickerman’s Iconic 2014 Statue Unveiled

    WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE MAKING HERE: https://vimeo.com/101347716

    With only a few days to go until Scotland’s hottest summer party welcomes its first campers on site, the Wickerman Festival is delighted to reveal its iconic 2014 statue. For the first time the statue has been expertly hand sculpted in an gravity defying highland fling pose and is dressed in a striking kilt woven from willow.

    Created to celebrate the Festival’s partnership with Homecoming Scotland, Wickerman’s famous icon will add a uniquely Scottish touch to this year’s seasoned music event and act as a distinct marker for visitors.  Towering 40ft above the picturesque festival site, the Wickerman statue is as iconic as the event itself, and is spectacularly set alight every year in an unforgettable festival finale.

    Tickets for the Wickerman Festival are on sale now with acts such as Dizzee Rascal, Del Amitri, Shed 7, The Feeling, Alabama 3, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, The Zombies, British Sea Power, Big Country and Augustines lined up to play.

    Buy your tickets now via: http://wickerman.skiddletickets.com/

    Category: Music

  • 18 July 2014

    Becoming a Good Food Nation - give your views

     

    On 18 June 2014 Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead unveiled the next step of Scotland’s National Food and Drink Policy. Increasing access for everyone to good quality food to improve Scotland’s diet and food culture will be one of the top priorities of the ambitious next phase of the Scottish Government’s food and drink policy.
    Becoming a Good Food Nation seeks views on a number of proposed priority areas of work and recognises the need to move towards a healthier, resilient and sustainable food system.
    This discussion document is available on the Scottish Government website for consultation at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/publications/2014/06/1195, and we invite you to think about how you, your family or organisation will play a part. Views can be emailed to goodfoodnation@scotland.gsi.gov.uk by 17 October 2014.
    Please read our discussion paper and help us to identify the way forward for Scotland to become a Good Food Nation.

    On 18 June 2014 Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead unveiled the next step of Scotland’s National Food and Drink Policy. Increasing access for everyone to good quality food to improve Scotland’s diet and food culture will be one of the top priorities of the ambitious next phase of the Scottish Government’s food and drink policy.

    Becoming a Good Food Nation seeks views on a number of proposed priority areas of work and recognises the need to move towards a healthier, resilient and sustainable food system.

    This discussion document is available on the Scottish Government website for consultation at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/publications/2014/06/1195, and we invite you to think about how you, your family or organisation will play a part. Views can be emailed to goodfoodnation@scotland.gsi.gov.uk by 17 October 2014.
    Please read our discussion paper and help us to identify the way forward for Scotland to become a Good Food Nation.

    Category: Food and Drink News

  • 18 July 2014

    EXCITING PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED FOR SCOTLAND’S NEWEST ARTS FESTIVAL

     

    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 House
    of 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 Forres
    town centre come alive with buskers, drummers, walk about performers, dancers, story tellers, pipe
    band, 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 for
    the 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 to
    the energy and vision of the Findhorn Bay Festival, by offering support as part of the Homecoming
    celebrations. The festival is not only important in itself, and for what it offers to visitors and local
    audiences, 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.
    The National Trust for Scotland’s Alex Mackenzie-Copp, Property Manager at Brodie Castle said:
    “This is an exciting event for Moray and Brodie Castle is pleased to be playing its part.”
    The Festival, organised by Forres-based Findhorn Bay Arts, hopes to attract a wide audience from
    home and further afield. Festival Director, Kresanna Aigner, said: “The Festival will bring home many
    renowned artists whose lives and careers have been touched by Moray. It’s an eminent homecoming
    that includes one of Scotland’s most unique musical exports, Shooglenifty; renowned fidldlers Charlie
    McKerron, Douglas Lawrence and James Alexander; plus award-winning fine-artist and illustrator,
    Owen Normand. It’s a Festival with people and place at its heart, drawing inspiration from and
    celebrating the many traditions that still shape the lives of our coastal communities.”
    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 the
    audience 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 are
    available 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.

    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.

    Category: National Events

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