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Reflections on 2023

As 2023 comes to a close, we would like to pause and reflect on some of our highlights from the last year, which included:

Combine to Create – a collaborative programme of creative activities in Moray supported by Creative Scotland through the Culture Collective Fund.

Building on phase, phase two embedded and sustained new ways of working within and between creative practitioners and communities of identity and place through residencies.

The programme supported:

  • employment of 14 creative practitioners
  • 44 artist/creative practitioner gatherings, meet-ups and events
  • delivery of 288 workshops/community engagement events across Moray, including Lossiemouth, Buckie, Elgin, Forres and Findhorn
  • engagement with 1412 participants of all ages
  • participation in 50 local, regional and national third sector, cultural and education networking events
  • engagement with 46 community partners, education and third sector partners 

Findhorn Bay Arts provided marketing, communications and event management support for the Moray programme of Remembering Together, produced and created by artists Graeme Roger and Caroline Inckle with the Moray community to provide a space for collective reflection around the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Inspired by Destination Tweed’s ‘Connecting Threads’ project and building upon previous collaborations to bring Mark Zygadlo’s ‘WaterOrgan’ and Scotland the Big Picture’s ‘Riverwoods’ film to the Findhorn Bay Festival, the Findhorn, Nairn and Lossie Rivers Trust commissioned Findhorn Bay Arts to deliver a strand of cultural and creative engagement activities for the Findhorn Watershed Initiative, that saw:

  • 5 creative engagement and consultation events delivered
  • engagement from 200+ people of all ages

We look forward to 2024 to continuing to deliver transformative, experimental and regeneration projects that resonate locally and inspire nationally.

From January to March, keep an eye on our socials to keep you informed about a series of community engagement events planned as part of the Findhorn Watershed Initiative for the lower catchment of the River Findhorn.

Date for your Diaries

Running from Friday 20th – Sunday 29th of September, we look forward to the 5th Findhorn Bay Festival. Over 10 days, we promise you a spectacular celebration of arts and culture, radiating from the heart of Moray across the bay and spreading to towns, villages and community centres across the region.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude and thanks to all of our partners, stakeholders, volunteers, funders, the exceptional artists we work with and all of you that support us to Make Creative Things Happen in Moray and beyond.

So, from all at FBA Headquarters, thank you!

We wish you a Merry Christmas | Nollaig Chridheil | Blithe Yule 

and a Guid Hogmanay | Happy New Year | Bliadhna Mhath Ùr

Lang may yer lum reek!

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