A Moray arts festival will be marking the 2014 Year of Homecoming by celebrating the local roots of one of history’s most famous Scottish Kings.
Findhorn Bay Arts Festival has been named as one of the key events to receive national funding as part of the Homecoming Scotland 2014 programme for its plans for a modern celebration of both the myth and reality of Macbeth – Mormaer (Earl) of Moray and King of Alba.
This ambitious plan has been developed by Findhorn Bay Arts, a not for profit company newly launched this year. The event will feature a world premier of Macbeth: The Red King, a stunning 21st century site-specific promenade performance.
With a strong focus on local community involvement, the magic and mayhem of Shakespeare’s infamous ‘Scottish Play’ will be brought to life within the grounds of Moray’s magnificent Brodie Castle.
Cameron Taylor, co-author of On the Trail of the Real Macbeth is in no doubt about the importance of Moray as the home of Macbeth “Shakespeare’s Macbeth is one of the best known literary characters in the English language. When in Act III Banquo asks Macbeth how far it is to Forres, few of his audience know where Forres really is. Fewer still know that Macbeth was a real man, not the monster of Shakespeare’s imagination.”
Findhorn Bay Arts Festival will take place between 24 and 28 September 2014, in and around the coastal villages of Findhorn and Kinloss, and the historic market town of Forres. There will be something for everyone; theatre, dance, literature, music and comedy, as well as family and young person’s events, talks, tours, and a food and craft market all combining to create a vibrant and dynamic programme of events.
“Moray is the most amazing thriving cultural hub and raising awareness of this, and of our area’s outstanding natural beauty, is at the core of the Findhorn Bay Arts Festival,” said Kresanna Aigner, Director of Findhorn Bay Arts. “The real story of Macbeth is just as fascinating as the fictional character, and by bringing his story home we have a fantastic opportunity to place a spotlight on the vibrant creative community and rich cultural heritage that Moray has to offer.”
Prior to the inaugural festival in 2014, Findhorn Bay Arts will be launching a programme of arts projects in the April of this year, culminating in a Culture Day on 21 September 2013.
The organisation is working with the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to develop its plans. David Oxley, HIE Area Manager for Moray said: “We are delighted at Findhorn Bay Arts’ success in placing the festival on a national stage. We look forward to helping them explore their ideas to combine community cultural assets, the wide range of creative skills locally and a tie in with private businesses to creative innovative events which will attract locals and visitors alike.”
“HIE has provided invaluable support in helping Findhorn Bay Arts to reach our goals,” said Kresanna. “We will continue to work with HIE in developing our vision – and as we find ways to secure the additional funding required to realise the ambitions of Findhorn Bay Arts Festival 2014.”
Caroline Packman, Homecoming Scotland 2014 Director, said: “The Findhorn Bay Arts Festival 2014 is a strong addition to the Homecoming Scotland 2014 programme. The plans outlined for a site-specific, promenade performance of Macbeth the Red King at Brodie Castle as part of a wider programme present a very exciting, new event for Scotland.”