Over 300 young musicians from across the Highlands have been busy rehearsing for their unique showcase Concerts Festival which will feature the eight diverse groups working under the umbrella of Highland Young Musicians. Held in the Osprey Arena at MacDonald Aviemore Resort on Saturday 19 November, the first of the day's concerts (at 3pm) will feature Highland Youth Wind Band; Còisir G (Gaelic choir) Highland Youth Big Band and Highland Pulse (drumming group inspired by Top Secret, Swiss drum corps).
As the Royal National Mòd reaches its final day of competitions in the Western Isles, it has been announced that Inverness will host the Mòd in 2020. Scotland's biggest Gaelic cultural festival will return to the capital of the Highlands for the first time since 2014.
Council issues Halloween appeal to drivers. The Highlands biggest theatrical experience and fancy dress event of the year, the Inverness Common Good Fund sponsored Halloween Show will be staged on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October on Ness Islands.
The High Life Highland Leadership Programme currently has around 1400 young people across the Highlands aged between 12-25 years registered. Last week 8 young leaders from across the Highlands were put through their paces by tutor, Active Schools Co-Ordinator Danny Steele.
Iain MacFarlane - Gallop to Callop Concert on the 5th December at the Pulteney Centre. Gallop to Callop is the debut solo album from West Highland fiddler and ‘Blazin' Fiddles' founding member, Iain Macfarlane.
RSPB Scotland Deadline: 24 October 2016 at 09:00 The Flow Country is a rolling expanse of blanket bog in the far north of Scotland, of importance for the biodiversity it supports and of huge value as a carbon store. The Flows to the Future Project is a five year project that is restoring large areas of blanket bog that are currently afforested and also raising awareness and understanding of this special landscape.
North Lands Creative Glass are interested in hearing from arts and business professionals with skills and experience that reflect the interests of the organisation to join our existing board team. You will be committed to the principles of good governance and will be enthusiastic about our key aims.
Caithness artist Elaine Rapson-Grant has a display of her latest artwork coming soon at The Cafe Gallery, Caithness Horizons. Admission is free but you could treat yourself to a cuppa and cake whilst you visit the exhibition.
NorthalndsCreative Glass currently has an exhibition in running in Edinburgh so if you happen to be around Infirmary Street take look. Finishes 29th October 2016..
Debbie Lee An exhibition of textile art celebrating the special landscape along the north coast route from John O‘Groats to Ullapool ‘Throughout Scotland there are sign posts to direct travellers, ‘tourists', off the main route and onto an ‘Alternative Tourist Route'. The sign at John O’ Groats directing people to Ullapool using the north coast is both inspiring and to me amusing.
A showcasing of Caithness craft through the work of Andrew Bunn, Alice Calder, Lindsey Gallacher, Ian Giles, Jenny Mackenzie Ross, Kelly Munro, Patricia Niemann and Joanne B Kaar. You will be able to view beautifully crafted jewellery, worked Caithness stone and beach finds, ceramic sculptures, pottery and porcelain, glass, wooden and woven objects, finding pieces you might be familiar with as well as being surprised by unusual, more daring works.
Finally, if you are interested to learn the basics of Sashiko stitching technique, traditional Japanese hand embroidery, you can join us at the St Fergus Gallery on Saturday 8th October 10.30-12.30, workshop with Ella Lawrence. £10 per person, hand stitching, kit supplied.
A touring exhibition of monochromatic works by Jana Emburey, Beth Legg and Karlyn Sutherland. 1st October – 12th November 2016, St Fergus Gallery, Wick.
Visit a delightful exhibition "A Little Bit of Summer", Photos of Isauld and Sandside by Caithness based photographer Pat Kieran. 1st - 31st October 2016, St Fergus Foyer Gallery (Wick Library's opening times.) St Fergus Gallery Opening Times Tues 12pm-6pm Wed 10am-1pm Thur 10am-5pm Fri 2pm-8pm Sat 10am-1pm.
*** Note this event takes place in Tempest Cafe Thurso ***South African born singer songwriter Tim De Graaw began his career as a blues guitarist while harbouring a passion for songwriting. After leaving high school in England, he was accepted into the world renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston and after graduating, he seized an opportunity to move to Los Angeles to work as a professional musician.
*** Note this event is in Thurso High School ***Donizetti's sunny comedy takes to the road, touring 17 smaller venues around Scotland. Dynamic young British director Oliver Platt and designer Oliver Townsend (Rodelinda 2013) take their inspiration from the world of P.G.
South African born singer songwriter Tim De Graaw began his career as a blues guitarist while harbouring a passion for songwriting. After leaving high school in England, he was accepted into the world renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston and after graduating, he seized an opportunity to move to Los Angeles to work as a professional musician.
As part of The Portskerra Storytelling International Festival, local storyteller Alexandria Patience presents "Stories from here and there" - a mix of traditional Scottish stories given an extra twist with live original music by Donald McNeill. They are joined by Mexican storyteller Ruben Corbett who has performed at some of the most prestigious arts festivals across Latin America as well as Europe and brings us some storytelling warmth (narrated in English) all the way from Mexico to Lyth Arts Centre.
A good chance for families and their youngsters to spend Saturday afternoon sharing the fun of hearing live music indoors and, if it's not too cold, running around in a safe outdoor space. Birlinn Jiarg was founded by multi-instrumentalist Beccy Hurst and performs the traditional Manx music she grew up with plus new compositions.
Mill Theatre, Thurso Wednesday 21st - Saturday 24th 2016 Act I Zombie Prom opens at Enrico Fermi High School. The students go through their daily routine ("Enrico Fermi High") and the audience meets Jonny, a rebel who spells his name without the traditional 'H.' We also meet the good-girl heroine, Toffee, and Miss Strict, the principal of Enrico Fermi High School.