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Events in Moray and Forres:- Findhorn Bay Festival returns

By Alistair Whitfield

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The programme has been published for the Findhorn Bay Festival which is returning after an enforced four-year absence.

Beginning on September 23, the festival boasts an eclectic and wide-ranging mix of Scottish art, theatre and live music, alongside family-friendly events and creative activities.

Kresanna Aigner, of Findhorn Bay Arts, said: "We are delighted the festival is back.

"We have over 100 events planned over the ten days and with something to suit all ages and tastes, we cannot wait to welcome you to the fourth Findhorn Bay Festival."

Heal and Harrow. Pic: Elly-Lucas
Heal and Harrow. Pic: Elly-Lucas

The music kicks off with Heal and Harrow at Kinloss Church Hall, a tribute to the 2500 women estimated to have been killed during the 16th and 17th Century Scottish witch trials.

The opening day will also see three of Scotland's finest folk musicians – Martin Simpson, Findlay Napier and Malcolm MacWatt – in one triple bill at the Universal Hall in Findhorn.

Other musical highlights are Dean Owens and The Sinners, as well as Scottish Ska band Bombskare, who will both be performing at the Forres Town Hall.

For the first time in 50 years a tall ship – The Lady of Avenel, a spectacular 102ft Brigantine square-rigged vessel – will arrive at Buckie harbour for the festival, bringing with it stories and music from Moray’s maritime heritage.

The festival will also host a wide range of family-friendly events including circus stalwarts PyroCeltica with Here be Dragons.

Here Be Dragons. Pic: Stevie Powers
Here Be Dragons. Pic: Stevie Powers

Meanwhile, Rowanbank with Forest Circus is a magical walk around Sanquhar Woods in Forres where you'll meet fantastical characters along with way.

Karen Dick from Creative Scotland said: "This year’s exciting programme offers unique and unexpected experiences. It also creates opportunities for Moray based artists to shine."

The Findhorn Bay Festival is taking place from Friday, September 23 to Sunday, October 2.

To view the whole programme, visit findhornbayfestival.com

Watch the trailer below.


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