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Across the Grain

Across the Grain festival returns for a second year with almost 100 events and performances.

Highlights include a partnership with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland which will see two leading dance experts hosting inter-generational workshops, culminating in a celebratory performance to a live soundtrack mixing Scottish Trad with electronic music.

Other participatory events include creating a brand-new festival ‘sound picture’ using local words and phrases, the return of last year’s popular Doric Call My Bluff, and in a partnership with the Elphinstone Institute we have “Aa Yap: Fa Eeses Doric Nooadays”, a world-first Pecha Kucha night adopting a fast-moving Japanese format where local speakers will talk about their work and its links to local language and culture.

In Stonehaven, North East Noo will showcase music from the folk tradition and worlds beyond, with performances from award-winning Aberdeenshire musician Iona Fyfe, alongside Susanna Jara and Pawel Haranczyk from Eastern Europe, and Asian artists.

As well as numerous music and singing workshops, there are opportunities to hear authors and specialist speakers, contributions from local musicians, storytellers, award-winning performers and composers and a range of fun challenges for all the family at Live Life Aberdeenshire museums and libraries.

The festival is supported by local community groups, arts organisations, arts partners, academics and students who have all come together around a shared love of the Doric culture and language, and the north east’s musical roots.

Our full programme of events can be found in our Across the Grain 2019 Programme.

Booking tickets and registering for events

To register for our free or pay at the door events please use the link below:

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The following events can be booked online using the link below or alternatively you can book and pay in person at any of our libraries

Philosophy Café - 2nd Oct, 7.00 - 8.30pm, Acorn Centre, Inveurie

Poetry Evening - 3rd Oct, 7.00 – 8.30pm, Mearns Community Library, Laurencekirk

Singing with Iona - 4th Oct, 1.30 – 2.30pm, Stonehaven Town Hall

Northeast Noo - 4th Oct, 7.30 – 9.30pm, Stonehaven Town Hall

Break-Oot! - 4th Oct, 3.30 – 4.30pm, Aberdeenshire Farming Museum

A Barrel of Laughs – 5th Oct, 11.45am – 1.45pm, Macduff Arts Centre

Frights, Fights and Jacobites - 5th Oct & 19th Oct, 7.00 – 9.00pm, Aberdeenshire Farming Museum

Doricula - 11th Oct, 7.00pm, Aden Country Park Courtyard

Storytime for Adults - 11th Oct, 7.00 – 9.00pm, Stonehaven Library

Big Fat Electric Ceilidh - 12th Oct, 7.00 – 9.00pm – Inverurie Town Hall

The Mentalist Magic Show - 18th October, 7.00 – 9.00pm, Aboyne Theatre

The Shelter - 26th October, 7.30 – 8.30pm, Peterhead Theatre

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