The Menopause Festival celebrates different aspects of the menopause over 4 Saturday afternoons (10th & 24th March, 21st April & 12th May). The first afternoon on 10th March includes a talk by Dr Laura Jarvis of Tayside Menopause Clinic, a sing-along led by local composer & choir-director Debra Salem, and concludes with a Menopause Café for informal conversations. Join us, you won’t be disappointed!
Celebrate the first signs of summer with a wild mix of fire, drumming, and acrobatics on a scale not seen anywhere else in the world.
BELTANE FIRE FESTIVAL marks the changing seasons by bringing the ancient Celtic festival to a modern audience. For one special night, a huge cast of otherworldly creatures lead thousands of spectators on an unforgettable procession around Calton Hill. Through spectacular fiery displays and immersive storytelling, we show the May Queen transforming the Green Man from his wintry guise so they can rule together over the warmer months.
Perth Festival of the Arts is an annual 11 day May Festival, founded in 1972, and taking place in the City of Perth in Scotland. It is now in its 47th Year and is one of the oldest continuously running arts Festivals in Scotland. It started as an opera and classical music festival in the early ’70s and now covers all artforms. We hope that when the brochure hits the doormat or the twitter feed that there will be something in the programme for all the family. The bottom line for the Festival is top quality. We hope to bring to Perth shows that you may not see at other times of the year.
We like big names too. Here are a few who have performed at the Festival in recent years Bryn Terfel, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Nigel Kennedy, Joshua Bell, Alison Balsom, Barbara Bonney, Lesley Garrett, Van Morrison, Nicola Benedetti, Elaine Paige, Jools Holland, The Proclaimers, KT Tunstall, Justin Currie, The View, Marcus Brigstocke, Nina Conti, Teenage Fan Club, Dara O Briain, Russell Howard, Paul Merton, Julian Clary, Jack Bruce, The Magic Numbers, Calvin Harris, Admiral Fallow, Kassidy, Jack Bruce, Edwyn Collins, Sharleen Spiteri, Joan Armatrading, The Waterboys, The Stranglers, Don MacLean, Richard Hawley, Seth Lakeman, Bill Wyman, Courtney Pine, Mnozil Brass, Ukulele Orchestra, Ann Sofie Von Otter, John Williams, Treacherous Orchestra, Adam Holmes, Rachel Sermanni, Dougie MacLean, King Creosote, Scouting for Girls, Kassidy … and many more. The Festival stages full scale opera each year with wonderful productions by English Touring Opera who have come to the Festival each year since 2001.
The Festival is an independent registered charity and a very lean organisation so all the funds raised go to keeping ticket prices as low as possible. The aim is to put on a great Festival each year.
The Grimethorpe Colliery band was formed in 1917 as a leisure activity for the workmen at the colliery. International fame came to the band with the making of the 1995 film Brassed Off. Since the release of the film the band has toured extensively in Europe, including a film festival in Norway, the World Cup in Paris and the Eurovision Song Contest to an estimated television audience of 50 million!
The band was honoured to appoint Dr Robert Childs as Principal Conductor and Music Director in January 2014.
‘A thoroughly entertaining show and a must for all music enthusiasts!’ (The Guardian)
‘Sensational – performing your favourite classics in spectacular style!’ (The Times).
‘The Nutcracker and I’ by Alexandra Dariescu, is a new and innovative 50-minute live performance based on the magical Christmas story, for anyone who dares to dream with a pianist, ballerina and exquisite digial animations.
Alexandra inspires the audience by telling us her own story as Clara: from little girl to concert pianist and invites us to use our own imagination, to hope, work hard and never give up.
On stage will be a grand piano, played by Dariescu herself, and ballerina Désirée Ballantyne behind a see-through gauze screen. Projected onto the gauze and bringing the story to life are exquisite digital animations, all hand drawn and created in advance by Yeast Culture. They follow the music and engage live with the pianist and ballerina as they ‘dance’ across the screen. The audience will feel like they are actually in and a part of The Nutcracker story.
Tchaikovsky’s enchanting ballet music features throughout and includes favourites such as Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Arabian Dance, Chinese Dance, Pax de Deux, and the Flower Waltz, in 15 virtuosic arrangements by composers such as Mikhail Pletnev, Stepan Esipoff, Percy Grainger and three brand new adaptations by Gavin Sutherland.
Festival of Museums event Sunday 20th May
During this day-long event, members of the Scottish Ferret Club will introduce visitors to the playful ferret and their love of small dark spaces. There will be chance to meet ferrets of all shapes and sizes, and wonder as they race along pipes and squeeze through the tightest of spaces. You’ll discover ferrets in some very surprising places. There will be ferret talks and ferret stories, and opportunity to make you own ferret toy to hide beneath your jumper
Royal Northern Sinfonia with Lars Vogt
Please note 8pm start time
‘There is no better chamber orchestra in Britain’ The Guardian
Lars Vogt Music Director
Julian Rachlin Principal Guest Conductor
Thomas Zehetmair Conductor Laureate
Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra. Founded in 1958, RNS has built a world-wide reputation for the North East through the quality of its music-making and the immediacy of the connections the musicians make with audiences. The orchestra regularly flies the flag for the region at the Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms, this year performing Handel’s Water Music at The Stage @ the Dock in Hull – the first Prom performed outside of London since 1930. They appear frequently at venues and festivals in Europe, and recently toured to South America, China and South Korea.
We Will Remember Them
Elgar: They are at rest
Tavener: Song for Athene
Gurney: Since I Believe in God the Father Almighty
Judith Bingham: A Walk with Ivor Gurney
Howells: Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing
Holst: The Evening Watch
Parry: Songs of Farewell
The British seem to have an instinct for remembrance, deep in the collective psyche. It is in the
fabric of our towns and cities in the form of inscribed memorials, and just below the surface
there is a respect for sacrifice, particularly in active service. The minute’s silence, the sight of
falling poppies, crowds lining streets for a cortege, and of course the music of consolation
and respect which has a sound which so many recognise. From the first two notes of the Last
Post from a lone bugler to the emotive first chords of Elgar’s Nimrod, we have a culture of
commemoration in music and the choral tradition possesses an unmistakable role in giving
voice and words to these sentiments.
Tenebrae offers the finest pairing of poetry and music in a range of works, some already
treasured in the heart of the nation, with other masterpieces which might well join them.
WINNERS OF THE BBC SCOTS TRAD MUSIC AWARDS ‘ALBUM OF THE YEAR’ 2017
‘2017 has been a remarkable year for Elephant Sessions. The band who hail from the Highlands of Scotland and who met at the Newcastle University Folk degree have exploded onto the indie folk scene with unparalleled effect.
The release of their award winning album ‘All We Have is Now’ in June of this year, was followed by live appearances at some of Europe’s most notable festivals. Audiences crowd surfed their way through the summer and marquee floors broke under the weight of bouncing fans.
The Mercury nominated Alt J, along with BBC Radio 6 found themselves converted to the band’s unique brand of indie folk. Reviews from Rolling Stone Magazine sat alongside folk magazine coverage. Radio features accompanied documentaries and highlights shows on television stations.
‘Absolutely Superb…’ – Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6
Fara brings together four musicians at the forefront of today’s Scottish folk scene, Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price’s three fiddles and a piano, to produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their upbringing among the music of Orkney.
Having been friends since early childhood, the girls grew up under the musical guidance of Douglas Montgomery (The Chair, Saltfishforty) with the three East Mainlanders of the band in fiddle group Hadhirgaan at Kirkwall Grammar School, and Kristan, a West Mainlander, in Jenny Keldie’s Shoramere at Stromness Academy. The four girls then went on to study south, and hold degrees from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Strathclyde University, The Royal Northern College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music. They have all since established themselves in the Scottish music scene winning prizes along the way which include the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, The BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, The Deutsche Bank Award in Performance and Composition, and the Danny Kyle Award.
The idea for the band came after several appearances as “The Chairettes”, The Chair’s backing band. At one gig, the girls were asked to play a couple of sets on their own, and Bob Gibbon, The Chair’s Accordionist and Orkney Folk Festival director, suggested they form a new band. To the Chair’s disappointment they decided to loose the name, and Fara was born. Since then, the quartet has performed across the UK and Europe, including a special performance at the Royal Albert Hall for the Radio 2 Folk Awards, where they were also nominated in the Horizon category.
With vibrant arrangements full of rich harmonies, energetic fiddle playing and driving piano, Fara’s show is an exciting one. Performing a mixture of self-penned and traditional Orkney tunes as well as stunning vocals, the girls’ combined musical experiences and friendships produce a diverse, individual sound.
When clarinettist Emma Johnson won BBC Young Musician of the Year the musical world discovered an artist of unique charm, skill and charisma. Widely regarded as Britain’s favourite clarinettist, Johnson is still one of the most popular figures on the concert scene with an unparalleled ability to speak straight to an audience’s heart.
In Clarinet Goes to Town Emma Johnson traces the roots of traditional American jazz whilst paying tribute to some of the greatest clarinettists of all time – Sidney Bechet, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw – with the help of John Lenehan (piano) and Paul Clarvis (percussion).
Edgar Huggins, WWI veteran and the last surviving Durham Light Infantryman, speaks to his great nephew William from beyond the grave in a recorded interview. He talks about how he joined-up because he wants to work with horses, but finds himself on the front line. His account of Ypres and the Somme is honest and direct, but ultimately he holds his tongue. Why: For national security: To save his family the horror? This new play explores a soldier’s untold story, the guilt of the survivor and society’s need to create a hero.
“The script is a real strength… The best history lesson most of us never had… a performance of dignified timelessness and respect.” Wales Arts Review
This show is based on the play “Eric and Little Ern” and is performed by the same actors, Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens.
“Eric and Little Ern” was written and performed by Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens and first performed at The Edinburgh Fringe, to rave reviews and a sell out run.
The show then went on a hugely successful tour, which culminated in its first West End run at the Vaudeville Theatre, again to rave reviews and standing ovations.
It was nominated for an Olivier award in 2014.
Another tour and a Christmas run at the St James theatre, London followed.
The May Festival offers a unique place in Aberdeen’s Festival calendar. The Festival offers over 100 events for adults, families and schools’ and spans popular themes including literature, music, film, science, sport, tours and the environment. The University’s very own Discover theme gives audiences an insight into the cutting edge research going on at the University including topical debates, talks and workshops. This year’s programme will also feature our ‘Celebrate Youth’ programme which links to the Year of Young People and we have a vibrant, engaging and exciting suits of events for all ages and interests. Don’t miss our family fun programme which offers a number of drop in events for all the family to enjoy. The majority of the events are free. Tickets will be available from 18 April.
Crail Food Festival will return for an eighth year on Saturday 9 June for two days of full on food and drink and a line up chefs’ workshops, live music, local producers, demonstrations and hands-on activities. A refreshed format will see the festivities based across three venues this year; Seafood Spectacular at the iconic Crail Harbour, Cookery Theatre and ‘Crail Creole’ dinner in Crail Community Hall and, new for 2018, Beech Walk Park which will host a series of marquees, bar and live music.
Costs £6 for an adult (entry for children is free).
The day pass allows entry to all daytime venues and free parking. Visitors are advised to arrive early to avoid congestion. Saturday evening’s event will be ticketed separately.
It’s new; it’s exciting, its outdoors and it’s coming to Scotland in 2018! The all-new MCN Scottish Festival takes place at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh on 21st and 22nd July 2018.
The two day event will bring together the best of biking plus a whole host of live entertainment and tribute bands to rock you through the weekend. Backed by the world’s biggest weekly motorcycle newspaper, the MCN Scottish Festival invites motorcycle enthusiasts to: BRING YOUR EARPLUGS – See and hear some of motorcycling’s historic race bikes as they are fired up and brought to life around the famous Ingliston circuit Scotland’s oldest surviving racing circuit DROOL AT THE METAL – Display of Iconic race bikes and the most important and influential road bikes BAG A BARGAIN – The massive retail zone offers bargains on clothing and accessories alongside new and exclusive products.
CAMP FOR THE WEEKEND – make the most of tribute bands and party! Come for the day, or camp for the weekend, just make sure you are part of it. There will be something for everyone!
Live acts already confirmed include the infamous Purple Helmets and Stunt Bike hero Kevin Carmichael. Visit www.mcnscottishfestival.com for more information.
Under 12’s Go Free at this event and do not require a ticket
Single Day Adult Ticket: GBP 15.00
Weekend Camping Ticket: GBP 40.00
Category: Sports / Leisure
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Scotland’s leading developer of street arts, Surge, presents a line up of extraordinary and memorable street theatre acts, let loose on the public throughout the Merchant City Festival weekend, part of Festival 2018.
SURGE runs projects to develop street arts, physical theatre and circus in Scotland. We work with artists, performance companies and educators at all levels of experience.
This year’s annual SURGE festival brings new Scottish work and cutting edge international performances to the streets of Glasgow, including a band on bicycles, apocalyptic horsemen and a demonic puppet baby!