Creating New Stories for Findhorn

To be a person is to have a story to tell. – Isak Dinesen, author

Two major overlapping events happening in the heart of Moray in September will focus a spotlight on arts, culture, creativity and the emergence of an inspiring new story for humanity.

Songstress and harpist Iona Leigh is a local favourite

Songstress and harpist Iona Leigh is a local favourite

The Findhorn Bay Arts Festival between 24 and 28 September will be a five-day local celebration showcasing artists of national and international renown — and as part of Homecoming Scotland 2014 the festival will bring the story of Macbeth home to the province of Moray through a series of talks, tours and performances exploring both the life of the real King of Scotland and Shakespeare's dark and tortured character.

Macbeth the Remix is a unique one-hour modern interpretation of the classic Shakespearean tale of ambition and treachery, set against the backdrop of Brodie Castle. It'll deploy stunning video projections, fire sculptures, live action and music to dramatic effect, while benefitting from an enthusiastic community involvement ranging from pipers to martial artists. It'll be staged on three successive nights at Brodie between Friday 26 September and Sunday 28 September.

Sunset over Findhorn Bay through the lens of Ian Cameron

Sunset over Findhorn Bay through the lens of Ian Cameron

Festival director Kresanna Aigner says that Scotland's newest arts festival aims to attract a wide audience from the local environs and further afield, bringing home many renowned artists whose lives and careers have been touched by Moray, and in particular the Findhorn Bay area.

"It's a festival with people and place at its heart, drawing inspiration from and celebrating the many traditions that still shape the lives of our coastal communities."

Shifting to a more outward focus, New Story Summit: Inspiring Pathways for our Planetary Future, is a global gathering hosted by the Findhorn Foundation between 27 September and 3 October that aspires to weave together threads of possibility to create an inspiring new story for us all.

Within weeks of it being announced the Summit gathering was fully subscribed with more than 300 people — among them young visionary thinkers and indigenous elders — committing to be in the Moray area for this historic global gathering, while others around the world will be able to participate via Findhorn Live webstreaming or by joining a Summit Hub.

As well as the shared geographical links between the two events, Kresanna welcomes the chance to,

explore the incredible synchronicity and shared vision: one that imagines a new story globally and one that is imagining a new story locally.

Richard Olivier will explore the theme of courageous leadership

Richard Olivier will explore the theme of courageous leadership

New Story Summit co-focaliser Richard Olivier says: “As an organiser of the New Story Summit and long time contributor to Findhorn arts-based learning events, it is truly exciting to see the local arts scene really take off with this festival. I am delighted to be contributing to it as well, offering an evening on lessons in ethical leadership inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth. We hope this will form part of a fascinating debate about truth and fiction (contrasting it with the historical King Macbeth) and whose stories get heard in the world.”

Co-focaliser Yvonne Cuneo adds: "It is wonderfully synchronicitous that the Findhorn Bay Arts Festival, which celebrates local community culture and the natural beauty of the bay area, overlaps with New Story Summit. The summit will also celebrate the interconnectedness between people and nature and seek to harness the best of human potential to explore how we might combine ancient wisdom and new paradigms to create a coherent and inspiring new story for humanity."

Eddie Reader will perform in the Universal Hall

Eddie Reader will perform in the Universal Hall

The festival presents a number of events in and around The Park, popular venues including the Universal Hall, Blue Angel Café, Moray Art Centre and some of the artists' studios.
Bodysurf Scotland presents two exciting new dance movement productions in the Hall on Thursday 25 September, and a night later it is the turn of Eddie Reader, one of Scotland's finest and most enduring singer-songwriters, to perform songs in the Hall from her newly released solo album Vagabond.

Yvonne Cuneo and Kresanna Aigner at the Universal Hall

Yvonne Cuneo and Kresanna Aigner at the Universal Hall

On Saturday 27 September the Blue Angel Café will come alive after 10pm with the high-voltage sounds of a free live music session where participation is invited.

Kresanna says: “I look forward to continuing to develop links between the New Story Summit team and the Festival and hope we open up some new stories.”

Geoff Dalglish

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