Line-up for Mo­ray arts ex­trav­a­ganza re­vealed

Cul­ture: Find­horn Bay Fes­ti­val to in­clude pro­duc­tion of 15th Cen­tury poem

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL | NEWS - BY DAVID MACKAY

A world pre­miere stage pro­duc­tion of a 15th Cen­tury Scots poem will be one of the main at­trac­tions at a Mo­ray arts ex­trav­a­ganza.

A the­atri­cal ver­sion of The Buke of the Howlat, which was writ­ten in the late 1440s by Richard Holland, who was chap­lain to the Earl of Mo­ray, will be staged among the shrub­bery at Brodie Cas­tle for the Find­horn Bay Fes­ti­val.

The bi­en­nial six-day event fea­tur­ing theatre, mu­sic, dance and ex­hi­bi­tions will be­gin in Septem­ber and will take place in un­usual and scenic lo­ca­tions across the re­gion.

Yes­ter­day, or­gan­is­ers launched the pro­gramme for the ex­trav­a­ganza, which at­tracted about 7,500 vis­i­tors when it was last held two years ago.

Tourism bosses be­lieve the event has now be­come a “cor­ner­stone” of the re­gion’s cul­tural of­fer­ing.

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Kre­sanna Aigner said: “We’ve got a line-up of award-win­ning, renowned artists from across Scot­land and lo­cal artists from Mo­ray too. The pro­gramme aims to of­fer some­thing for all tastes and ages in lo­ca­tions around the stun­ning Find­horn Bay and Mo­ray coast­line.”

The Buke of the Howlat, which tells the story of a young owl who asks a pea­cock for help to be­come beau­ti­ful, has at­tracted fresh at­ten­tion since it was re­leased as a book two years ago.

Award-win­ning fid­dle mu­si­cian Dun­can Chisholm will open the fes­ti­val on Septem­ber 26 with a con­cert at St Lau­rence Church in For­res.

Folk singer Karine Pol­wart will per­form her only Scot­tish date dur­ing the event with other mu­si­cal at­trac­tions in­clud­ing Scot­tish Opera.

Guided walks will be run along the coast­line to spot some of the re­gion’s feath­ered res­i­dents.

Mean­while, Cul­ture Day in For­res will re­turn for the fifth year with ex­hi­bi­tions and per­for­mances across the town.

A new ad­di­tion to the line-up is a fo­cus on Mak­ing More of Mo­ray – which will cel­e­brate lo­cal pro­duce with pop-up cafes due to be serve del­i­ca­cies.

Paul Bush, Visit Scot­land’s di­rec­tor of events, said: “Find­horn Bay Fes­ti­val is a fan­tas­tic cel­e­bra­tion of Scot­land’s arts and cul­ture and re­gional her­itage, it has been great to see this event con­tinue to de­velop and grow.”

Lau­rie Piper, op­er­a­tions man­ager of Mo­ray Spey­side Tourism, said: “The fes­ti­val has es­tab­lished it­self as a cor­ner­stone of the re­gion’s cul­tural cal­en­dar.”

The fes­ti­val runs from Septem­ber 26 to Oc­to­ber 1.

The pro­gramme can be viewed on­line at www.find­horn­bayfes­ti­

“We’ve got a line-up of award-win­ning artists”

Pho­to­graph by Ja­son Hedges

BAY WATCH: Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Kre­sanna Aigner, back right, with some of the peo­ple who will be tak­ing part.

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