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Findhorn Bay Festival

The second Findhorn Bay Festival was a spectacular six-day celebration of arts and culture that took place at the heart of Moray showcasing artists of national and international renown.  The Festival drew to a close on Monday September 26 with many shows selling out over the six-day showcase.

Two years since the Festival launched in 2014, this year’s event exceeded all expectations and targets with audience attendances across ticketed and free events estimated to be in the region of 13,659.  As well as seeing an increase in numbers of visitors coming from further afield across Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, international visitor numbers increased as well with people travelling from Italy, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, the Netherlands, USA and Australia.

This unique event brought together artists from Moray and beyond to entertain audiences with performances staged in unexpected spaces and scenic locations, highlighting the remarkable architecture and natural landscapes that surround the Findhorn Bay area.  There was a vibrant mix of theatre and performance, exhibitions and live music, fine-art and photography, talks, tours and lots of free activities, including Culture Day, which makes the festival accessible to all.

Many of the concerts sold out including Julie Fowlis, Orkestra del Sol, The Lady Vanishes, Glitter & Sparkle Ball, Mallory: Beyond Everest, Forres on Foot, James Yorkston, Randolph’s Leap and Duke Special, Secret Studio Tours and Culture Day Forres alone attracted attendances in the region of 3,500 on the day.

2016 was Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and the Festival hosted exhibitions, talks and tours spotlighting Moray’s important contribution to the country’s built environment including Guerrilla Lighting in Forres, Findhorn and Kinloss.  There was a special focus upon green innovation, with events showcasing ground-breaking conservation and environmental projects at Brodie Castle.

The third biennial Findhorn Bay Festival will return in 2018 the last long weekend in September,
Wednesday 26 to Sunday 30.

Findhorn Bay Festival 2016 Evaluation Report

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