Alyth Cre­ates three-day festival is this week­end

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The first ever Alyth Cre­ates festival takes place this week­end and or­gan­is­ers hope that the three-day cel­e­bra­tion of art, music, her­itage and the out­doors could bring as many as 3000 peo­ple to the town... writes Clare Damodaran.

En­com­pass­ing 16 venues, the festival prom­ises to show­case the best in cre­ative life in Alyth, with work­shops, ex­hi­bi­tions, demon­stra­tions and music on of­fer across the week­end.

Artist Lesley Gar­side is one of the or­gan­is­ers of the event and is look­ing for­ward to a busy week­end.

She said: “The festival orig­i­nally came about through a few lo­cal artists seek­ing to re­place the now dis­banded An­gus Open Studios event that they par­tic­i­pated in with a much wider range of ac­tiv­i­ties in a smaller lo­ca­tion.

“The idea was men­tioned to the Alyth Arts and Crafts Guild who thought it was just what Alyth needed to bring peo­ple into the town and see all it has to of­fer.

“From there, lo­cal busi­nesses be­came in­volved and other projects such as the Cat­eran’s Com­mon Wealth ini­tia­tive linked up to make this the event it has be­come - a show­case for the town’s di­verse and flour­ish­ing cre­ative life.”

Alyth Town Hall will host a three-day long artists and mak­ers fair fea­tur­ing work by a number of lo­cal artists such as Jilly Hen­der­son, Vicky Hep­burn and Ker­stin Robb.

There will also be a number of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties in and around the town such as her­itage walks and talks, bike rides, a climb­ing wall, and archery.

A cash prize of £100 will be up for grabs in a wild boar trea­sure trail.

Other high­lights in­clude a concert by Perthshire Brass and highly ac­claimed duo McKay and Stout, as well as ex­hi­bi­tions by tal­ented lo­cal artists in both the Los­set Inn and the Alyth Ho­tel.

There will be a range of work­shops on every­thing from jewellery mak­ing to wil­low weav­ing and wood work­ing and spoon-carv­ing to ce­ram­ics.

Alyth Film Club will pre­sent a screen­ing of the award-win­ning 1969 clas­sic film The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, based on the novel by Muriel Spark, and the town’s Clas­sic Restora­tions will show off a se­lec­tion of their re­stored cars, in­clud­ing mod­els by Jan­guar, Bent­ley and Rolls Royce.

Lesley added: “We think there is some­thing for ev­ery­one.

“The concert mu­si­cians are world class and the her­itage talk and walk will be of in­ter­est to many. The work­shops and demos are aimed at all lev­els and cover a va­ri­ety of in­ter­est­ing sub­jects.

“And there should be around 17 well-es­tab­lished artists and mak­ers in the town hall - in­clud­ing Suzanne Scott who cu­rated the Oor Wil­lie bucket trail in Dundee.”

For the full pro­gramme of events, visit www.alythart­sand­crafts­

We think there is some­thing of in­ter­est for ev­ery­one in Alyth this week­end

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