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First events trailed for Findhorn Bay Festival

With over 100 shows planned over 10 days from 23 September to 2 October, here are ten shows to whet your appetite.

The events include opening night triple bill of folk troubadours Martin Simpson, Findlay Napier and Malcolm MacWatt, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Yoyo & The Little Auk, a new Scottish adventure commissioned for Scotland’s Year of Stories. 

Other acts confirmed include Rachel Newton and Lauren MacColl presenting Heal and Harrow, a humanising tribute to the 16th and 17th Century Scottish Witch Trials, and  singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Siobhan Wilson in a special double bill with award-winning Dean Owens and his band The Sinners.

Constellation Points will present Rocket Post, a joyful mix of songs, storytelling and exciting visuals for everyone aged six and over, while Magnetic North will bring to Moray Lost in Music, a gig-theatre show inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.

And for the first time in 50 years, a Tall Ship will drop anchor in the waters of Moray. The Lady of Avenel, a spectacular 102ft Brigantine square-rigged ship, will arrive at Buckie Harbour for the Festival, bringing the story of our local coastal and maritime heritage and culture through music and storytelling.

Set in unexpected spaces and scenic locations, the Festival will bring together a vibrant mix of outstanding Scottish art, theatre and performance, storytelling and live music, family-friendly events and a whole host of open, free and accessible creative activities and events.

The full programme will be announced and tickets go on sale on Friday 29 July 2022.

The 4th Findhorn Bay Festival is presented by Findhorn Bay Arts and supported by Scotland’s Year of StoriesCreative Scotland and the Berry Burn Community Fund. Festival sponsors include Associated SeafoodsBenromachFred. Olsen Renewables and R&R Urquhart.

Kresanna Aigner, CEO / Festival Director, Findhorn Bay Arts, said “We are thrilled to be back with our biennial Festival, the first in four years because of Covid, and we are very grateful for our funders, local partners and community for their encouragement and support in our return. With our funding now in place we are putting the finishing touches to our programme and look forward to announcing the full festival line up later in July. In the meantime we hope that these events provide a feel and flavor of the celebration to come.”

Berry Burn Community Fund said, “The Berry Burn Community Fund is delighted to support Findhorn Bay Arts with funding for their performing arts festival in 2022.  The £10,000.00 funding will go towards the cost of local venue hire in and around Forres and for the printing costs of programmes/ leaflets and posters. They have a wide variety of acts going out to various venues and locations incorporating village and town halls, community centres, art galleries, cafes, bars, parks, and a range of locations in and around the bay of Findhorn, allowing access to the performing arts in rural areas.  In turn this also supports local venues and organisations, generating an economic impact on the area.”

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