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A contribution to the Architecture Fringe IN REAL LIFE 2019

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Nach tig sibh suas a Thalla Obar Itheachain aig ceann a tuath Loch Nis airson oidhche de dh’ òraidean beaga, òrain, bàrdachd, sgeulachdan agus òrain a’ comharrachadh Cultar nam Bothan anns a’ Ghàidhealtachd. Ceòl a chumail ruinn leis a’ chòmhlan cèilidh ionadail.

Head up the hill above Loch Ness to Abriachan Village Hall for a night of music, poetry, stories and song in celebration of Bothy Culture. Hosted by the local community cèilidh band.

Line up:

  • Talk: 'Bothy Adventures' with Calum MacLean Calum is is a filmmaker and photographer and has made programmes for BBC Alba on his adventures wild swimming, as well as many other things!

  • Fiddle & Piano from Sally Simpson & Catriona Hawksworth - Sally and Catriona are two of Scotland's top young traditional musicians. They play together in a duo and in the vibrant six piece band Heisk!

  • Cèilidh dance from 9pm

  • Bring your own bothy songs and stories to share

The bothy has always been a site and source of conviviality, connection and creativity - the sharing of news, stories, music and song that is at the heart of the traditional cèilidh gathering. From the folklore of the shielings and shepherd’s huts of the past to the mountain bothies and revitalisation of hutting today, the symbol of the bothy embodies a world of meaning with potential to take on new significance and possibility.  What does ‘Bothy Culture’ mean to you?

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BYOB. Tea & homebaking / Thoiribh a-steach le botal. Tì & cèicean.
Parking available but limited / Pàirceadh ri làimh gun a bhith pailt. 

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  • Abriachan Forest Classroom, IV3 8LB (map)
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A contribution to the Architecture Fringe IN REAL LIFE 2019

Thigibh còmhla ruinn airson latha de dh’òraidean, bùthan-oibreach agus còmhraidhean a' sireadh freagairtean chruthachail gu Ceist an Fhearann air a' Ghàidhealtachd

Join us for day of short talks, workshops and discussion exploring a creative response to contemporary land debates in the Highlands

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Alasdair Stephen - architect & director of Dualchas & HebHomes
Max Wiszniewski- Revive: The coalition for grouse moor reform

Creative responses from:
Raghnaid Sandilands, writer, translator, cartographer - on how Gaelic place names invite us to rediscover and reimagine the landscape
Rachel Skene on art as a way of communicating ideas & how visual messaging can impact, engage, create a dialogue, provoke & inspire

Adam J Scarborough, social practice artist - on imagined futures in the context of contemporary land debates in the Highlands. Adam has worked for the Centre for Creative Activism in New York and will share key concepts and tools for creative cultural activism. 
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Hosted by writer & activist Mairi McFadyen

"We believe that the Land Question cannot be seen in isolation, but as part of a wider cultural movement. All politics on its own can do is react or cope with the current situation. Artists imagine new possibilities. 
Following on from last year's event, we ask: what is the role of the citizen artist in contemporary land debates here in the Highlands? From ownership to housing to food to climate change, what are the big questions we should be asking? What stories do we need to tell? What stories do we need to challenge? How do we connect, inspire and support each other? How do connect locally, nationally, globally?"

"Tha sinn a’ creidsinn nach fhaigh sibh fuasgladh air Ceist an Fhearainn as aonais an t-sluagh. Cha dèan poileataigs ach dèiligeadh ris an t-suidheachadh mar a dh’ èireas e. Tha an neach-ealain gar cur an cèill: cò sinne agus dè dh’fhaodamaid a dhèanamh? Is sinne a tha cruthachadh cothrom na Fèinne dhuinn fhèin, ann an gach seadh, le bhith a’ tuigsinn gu bheil pàirt riatanach againn fhèin ann a bhith a’ stiùireadh an suidheachadh: tron chultar is tron dualchas. Gabhamaid sealbh air sgeulachdan ar tìre is ar n-àiteachan a-rithist. Cuiridh sinn slighe air dòigh dhuinn fhèin airson an àm ri teachd. Dè na sgeulachdan a ghabhas ceasnachadh? Dè na sgeulachdan a dh’ fheumas sinn ìnnse dha càch a chèile? Ciamar a bhios sinn a’ ceangal, a’ brosnachadh agus a’ toirt taic dha chèile?"

This event will be followed by SAOGHAL NAM BOTHAN/BOTHY CULTURE CEILIDH in Abriachan Village Hall, a short distance from the Forest Classroom. If you are joining us for the evening ceilidh, food will be available in the hall from 6pm. Please email for more info. 

Ceilidh Tickets available here

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