Programme Launched for Findhorn Bay Festival

July 14, 2016 | News

The second Findhorn Bay Festival was launched today by Festival Director, Kresanna Aigner. From Wednesday 21 – Monday 26 September, Morayshire will play host to a range of arts and culture events
showcasing artists of local, national and international renown during Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

The biennial Findhorn Bay Festival is a spectacular six-day celebration taking place in the heart of Moray and includes a vibrant mix of theatre, music, dance and visual art as well as FREE events including the popular annual community event Culture Day Forres.

The Festival will open with a stunning concert from award-winning Gaelic singer, Julie Fowlis, who will perform in the historic St Laurence Church in Forres. She will be joined by Moray flautist and Uilleann piper and composer Calum Stewart and the Nairn Gaelic Choir. The Festival will close on a magnificent high with
Scottish Opera’s new production of Donizetti’s sunny comic opera The Elixir of Love.

Music has a strong role in the Festival with sets from Randolph’s Leap and James Yorkston with special guest hobo-chic, singer songwriter, multiinstrumentalist and gramophone impresario Duke Special. Traditional folk
legends, Old Blind Dogs and global brass band, Orkestra del Sol are set to delight festival goers and, straight from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Mairi Campbell’s Pulse is definitely on track to heal some cultural wounds.

Described as ‘Hayseed Dixie on speed with a serious chunk of Funk’, you can enjoy an evening of bluegrass-funk interpretations with Scotland’s finest acoustic mash-ups band The Banjo Lounge 4. An all female line up adds to the programme in Wine, Women and Song starring the fabulous Bevvy Sisters supported by Andrea Turner and Too Many Kooks.

For the whole six days, the Festival will have live music sessions for everyone to enjoy. Findhorn Bay Festival also welcomes its first ever young musician in residence- local musician Michiel Turner will be making guest appearances at a number of events including ‘A Chance for Young Talent to Shine’ and at many
impromptu gigs. He’s been described by BBC Radio Scotland as “The future John Martyn.” – not a bad accolade for a 19 year old.

Best known for his celebrated street pianos work, Play Me, I’m Yours, UK artist, Luke Jerram, makes his Scottish debut with Glass Microbiology, a sculptural installation within the library at Brodie Castle. From New York’s Metropolitan Museum to The Museum of Glass in Shanghai, his glass sculptures have
appeared in museums and galleries around the world.

Moray is home to a wealth of artists, from musicians, film-makers, dancers and performers to photographers, comedians, novelists, storytellers and poets. The Festival will be complemented by some of these artists, including Highland dance companies, Plan B who will choreograph a piece alongside Duke Special and an opportunity to see Dudendance Theatre’s new installation performance The Lady Vanishes. Moray based Wildbird will work with local people to create short films and portraits that bring a glorious vibrancy to the ordinary (and extraordinary) acts of everyday life within their communities resulting in work that will be part Warhol … part Banksy.

The theatre programme includes the award-winning writer, actor and mountaineer John Burns. George Mallory comes back to life by Burns in his stunning one-man performance Mallory: Beyond Everest. Vision Mechanics’ highly acclaimed Drift will be in situ on the golden sand dunes of Findhorn Beach.

For children, the wonderful Indigo Moon Theatre retells the story of Jungle Book through puppetry and shadow theatre. Festival goers young and old will also enjoy some comic encounters with the tumbling, stumbling silent clown Mr H. And get your dancing shoes on and pa de bas along to the Festival Family
Ceilidh with music provided by local octet, The Boatshed Ceilidh Band.

Scotland’s leading developer of street art and physical theatre, Conflux, has joined forces with young people from across Moray to daze and delight festival goers with a cornucopia of fantastical street theatre performances. Set loose in the heart of Moray, local recruits will beguile its audience with a whirlwind of
eccentric walkabout performances.

In celebration of Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the Festival will host a programme of architecture, design and innovation-led events, exhibitions, talks and tours all set in unexpected spaces and scenic locations. It will showcase a series of exhibitions, installations and tours spotlighting Moray’s
important contribution to the country’s built environment. There will be a special focus upon green innovation taking place at Brodie Castle with a number of events highlighting ground-breaking conservation and environmental projects and celebrating our built environment through a number of lighting events and installations including a first for Scotland – Guerrilla Lighting events and tours in Forres and Findhorn.

Other exhibitions include 2020VISION – the most ambitious photography based conservation initiative ever staged in the United Kingdom and Ian Cameron’s Transient Light – recently voted as “Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year.” Artist, Lisa Shaw, explores the interplay between art, nature & technology. She is part of the Biomatrix Water team who are creating a Biosculpture on the pond in Brodie Castle and for this installation Shaw will use this as her inspiration to create a series of paintings.

Culture Day Forres returns for a fourth year – a fun, free family day out, jam-packed with exciting exhibitions and performances and lots of have-a-go activities. The day will see the streets, parks, shops and public buildings of Forres come alive with a carnivalesque explosion of art, music, film and dance, talks and tours and much, much more.

Festival Director, Kresanna Aigner said: “The Findhorn Bay area of Moray provides an inspiring backdrop of beautiful pine woodlands, miles of sandy beaches and historic coastal villages, and is home to many talented artists. In 2016 we celebrate our Creative Place win and will showcase artists of national and international renown all set in unexpected spaces and scenic locations. The perfect combination for a Festival in Scotland!”

Full programme details and ticket sales available from the festival website

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Findhorn Bay Festival 2016 Programme Launched by Kresanna Aigner. Credit: Paul Campbell