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Strengthening Scotland's creative industries
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop today set out her vision for the creative industries while visiting cultural and creative collaborations between Japan and Scotland.   Developed in partnership with industry representatives, the Scottish Government's Creative Industries Policy Statement has been published to establish priorities for growing the sector, which include: • developing and retaining skills, and attracting international talent • promoting Scotland’s strengths internationally, through overseas hubs and by working closely with Scottish Development International • developing business support and creative networks • promoting the value of design The plan comes on the back of new Scottish Government analysis which shows the creative industries support around £9 billion of activity within the wider Scottish economy, contributing £5.5 billion to Scotland’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  
THE STORYTELLING FESTIVAL Event in THURSO at the Park Hotel on Friday Oct 25th £8/£6 concs/family of four £20 or email: .   Tickets for Sat Oct 26th at Lyth Arts Centre £10/£6 .  
FRIDAY 11TH OCTOBER 6PM Timespan Helmsdale.   Timespan presents thulu thu thu, before the sun harms you from artist collective knowbotiq.  
Magi Sinclair Exhibition At The Thurso GalleryThumbnail for article : Magi Sinclair Exhibition At The Thurso Gallery
Caithness based artist Magi Sinclair is holding a solo exhibition for High Life Highland at the Thurso Gallery (situated within Thurso Library) from Saturday 12th October to Wednesday 6th November 2019.   The exhibition entitled ‘From the Causewaymire' comprises 40 pieces - drawings, etchings and paintings - where she has taken inspiration from places and landmarks along the road from Latheron to Thurso.  
Caithness Young Company Audition WorkshopsThumbnail for article : Caithness Young Company Audition Workshops
Caithness Young Company will be holding a workshop for anyone interested in going to Drama College, but doesn't know where to start.   This workshop will take you through the different types of auditions and the various drama courses available in Scotland.  
Public Open Evening Event, Talk & Demonstration - Meet the Artist, Denis MannThumbnail for article : Public Open Evening Event, Talk & Demonstration - Meet the Artist, Denis Mann
In Celebration of his solo exhibition "A life time of adventures in glass" North Lands Creative is delighted to welcome Denis Mann to the Quatre Bras Gallery on the evening of the 25th of September for a unique meet the artist talk and demonstration event.   "Denis is a highly regarded Caithness artist; his accomplished creative career has spanned 49 years.  
A Life Time of Adventures in Glass - solo exhibition by Denis MannThumbnail for article : A Life Time of Adventures in Glass - solo exhibition by Denis Mann
Currently on at North Lands Creative in Lybster, Caithness " A Life Time of Adventures in Glass" a solo exhibition by renowned Caithness artist and craftsman, Denis Mann.  This retrospective collection features highly regarded works spanning Denis' accomplished career.  
Council supports Eden Court Feasibility StudyThumbnail for article : Council supports Eden Court Feasibility Study
During today's meeting of the Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee Councillors has agreed to contribute £30,000 to continue a feasibility study into the expansion and redevelopment of Eden Court Theatre.   The £30,000, which will be coming from the Development and Infrastructure service budget, will be match-funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and carries on from earlier work funded by HIE and the Inverness Common Good Fund to support the future vision for the theatre.  
Harry Potter Wand WorkshopThumbnail for article : Harry Potter Wand Workshop
Come along and create your own wax finished Harry Potter Wand.   Messy Play Centre, Thurso.  
Glass Jewellery WorkshopThumbnail for article : Glass Jewellery Workshop
Come along and create a unique piece of jewellery.   Messy Nessy Play Centre, Thurso.  
The Anthology Of Scottish Folk TalesThumbnail for article : The Anthology Of Scottish Folk Tales
The History Press is to publish ‘The Anthology of Scottish Folk Tales', a collection of the magical, mythical, and mystical folklore woven into the Scottish landscape.   This enchanting collection of stories gathers together legends from across Scotland in one special volume.  
Make Your Own DreamcatchersThumbnail for article : Make Your Own Dreamcatchers
Create and customise your own dreamcatcher to help keep those nightmares away.   14th August 2019 - 630pm - 8.30pm.  
Theatre Licensing consultation
The Highland Council is considering whether to include theatres within its public entertainment licensing regime when the Theatres Act 1968 is no longer in force and seeks public and stakeholders opinion on this matter.   The Highland Licensing Committee met on 6 August 2019 and agreed to undertake a public consultation exercise.  
Glass Fusing WorkshopThumbnail for article : Glass Fusing Workshop
We provide all the equipment and instruction to help you create a unique piece of Art, fridge magnet or coaster.   At Messy Play Centre, Thurso.  
Wick Players Looking For Cast Of Aladdin for 2019Thumbnail for article : Wick Players Looking For Cast Of Aladdin for 2019
Wick Players are ready to start getting ready for the pantomime this year 2019.   If you have ever fancied treading the boards or being in the chorus or helping in other ways to being a production together why not go along on 20th August at 7.00pm to the Wick Players Clubrooms in Moray Street, Wick.  
Thurso Players Juniors Whoops! XXIIIThumbnail for article : Thurso Players Juniors Whoops! XXIII
Friday 26 and Saturday 27th 2019.   See poster for details..  
We're Kaitness Fowk For A' That By John Horne,
We're Kaitness Fowk For A' That By John Horne Written c.  1923 Is there a fyarter fae 'e north, Fa hides his birth an' a' that, An' blushes 'cause his faither's hoose Is thecked wi' straw an a' that? For a' that an a' that - Wir modest crofts an a' that E foosum trosk we pass him by - We're Kaitness fowk an a' that.  
The Aurora Borealis By W T Lyall
The Aurora Borealis By W T Lyall.   The magic in the northern sky A sight to catch the human eye Like dancing angels flickering by The Aurora Borealis.  
‘You do know the banjo is an African instrument, right?!': The black roots of country music
The Washington Post runs items on many issues including the arts and music.   An interesting podcast on the banjo and its black roots is making waves in the USA.  
Calling All Artists...Dunnet Bay Distillers to Launch an ‘Inspired By Gin' ExhibitionThumbnail for article : Calling All Artists...Dunnet Bay Distillers to Launch an ‘Inspired By Gin' Exhibition
The UK's most northerly mainland distillery, Dunnet Bay Distillers, is scouring the UK for exceptional artwork to feature in its debut exhibition, ‘Inspired by Gin'.   The distillery will play host to the exhibition from December 2019 - March 2020 at its new Visitor Centre, which is a VisitScotland 5 Star Visitor Attraction and a centre for food and drink, culture and heritage tourism.