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Take home an original work of art – £10 per ticket

Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the festival period at Nairn Community & Arts Centre. Everyone who buys a ticket will win an artwork, and profits will pay for Creativity in Care workshops for dementia sufferers and their carers.


Care for Dementia CD art anonymous display
Anonymous display of CD case sized pieces of artwork donated by local and invited artists. The artwork will be displayed in the Music Room at Nairn Community & Arts Centre during the festival week.

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In celebration of our 15th anniversary we have teamed up with public arts producers Wildbird, to create Nairn Street Scene. For two nights only Nairn’s high street windows will be lit up with striking and colourful projections featuring local people – don’t miss it! Some High St shops will open late on Friday, so why not enjoy some evening browsing too.


Be in the picture!
The photography for the project will take place on Saturday 28th July at Nairn Community & Arts Centre from 10am-4pm and on Tuesday 14th August at Nairn Library, 10am-4pm.
Dress up, and/or bring props if you like, from musical instruments to pets.

Just come along!

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The photography for the project will take place on Saturday 28th July at Nairn Community and Arts Centre from 10am-4pm and on Tuesday 14th August at Nairn Library from 10am-4pm.

Just come along! Dress up, and/ or bring props if you like, from musical instruments to pets.


Nairn Street Scene - Wildbird
Time: Evening
1st floor windows, Nairn High St.
Thursday 13th and Friday 14th September

In celebration of our 15th anniversary we have teamed up with public arts producers Wildbird, to create Nairn Street Scene. For two nights only Nairn’s high street windows will be lit up with striking and colourful projections featuring local people – don’t miss it! Some High St shops will open late on Friday, so why not enjoy some evening browsing too.

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Join us in celebrating our 15th Anniversary in style – with entertainment from our Festival Choir, images from the full week’s events, canapés, ice-cream from James’s at the Putting Green and of course, a celebration cake from Ashers Bakery!


The choir will be lead by Jeni Herbert & Amy Gallagher from Mellow Yellow Creative Arts – for details of how to take part in the choir.


A fun way to finish off the festival week. Come and join us and let’s make it a night to remember.

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**This event is now SOLD OUT,  but there is a waiting list at Nairn Community Centre for any tickets that are returned - please visit or call 01667 453476

 

Everyone is tempted by glamour, the big, the brash and the beautiful. But Chris likes to champion the underdog and push back at familiarity breeding contempt so for him humble everyday creatures are just as alluring. He likes to ‘make something out of other people’s nothing’ when it comes to photography, he loves the challenge of fi nding beauty in ugly places. And when he does travel to some of the world’s wildlife hotspots he wants to see them in a new way, to put some art into his photos. But at the core of all his work is conservation so expect tales from the frontline and the full-frontal truth about how we get it wrong and get it right.


Funny, inspiring, irreverent and packed with information – it’s not a lecture, it’s a romp through the wild mind of Chris Packham.

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We are looking for teenagers who would like to fill a time slot to take part in our music and poetry event - please email Rosie Hart at rosiehart98@yahoo.co.uk

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**Tickets for this event can be reserved by calling Nairn Community and Arts Centre on 01667 453476**

 

Undercover Nairn writer Sam Derbyshire is the author of two successful novels, What Goes on Tour and the sequel Text Me No Lies. Referred to behind her back as the ‘Jilly Cooper of Nairn’, Sam aims to give her readers humorous contemporary reads that are fast-paced and fun, with characters that they can easily identify with.

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** ALTHOUGH THE ONLINE SYSTEM IS CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT, TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE - Please contact Nairn Community & Arts Centre - (01667 453476) to purchase your ticket.**

Fiona Hunter and Kathleen MacInnes – two of Scotland’s finest traditional singers, will revisit their exciting musical collaboration Crossing Points at the Festival this year. With songs echoing across landscapes
and centuries this will be an enchanting night of exchange and celebration between Gaelic and Scots, accompanied by multi-instrumentalists Mhairi Hall and Mike Vass.

“It was those two voices working in tandem… that served notice that they already have something special going on… a quality of vocal sound that made it exciting just to be in the same room.”
**** Rob Adams, The Herald

“inspired collaboration”
**** Jim Gilchrist, The Scotsman

Joint event with BLAS Festival

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Sealladh air Cèilidh còmhla ri Catrìona Lexy Chaimbeul

Air chuairt air feadh Alba sa Mhàirt 2018, thug Cèilidh iomradh air sgeulachdan traidiseanta, ceòl agus òrain ach ann an dreach tèatar cho-aimsireil, agus fhuair e lèirmheasan anabarrach math. Thigibh còmhla ri cosgrìobhaiche an dealbh-chluiche ionmholta seo, Catriona Lexy Chaimbeul, airson sealladh sònraichte fhaighinn air mar a chaidh an dealbh-chluich a leasachadh, a chur air dòigh agus mar a ghabh an luchd-èisteachd ris.

Cèilidh, a contemporary theatrical take on traditional storytelling, music and song, toured Scotland in March 2018 and received rave reviews. Join the co-writer of the play, Catriona Lexy Campbell, as she discusses
the development, performance and reception of one of the most engaging Gaelic theatre productions in recent years.

Sponsored by the Gaelic Books Council.

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** ALTHOUGH THE ONLINE SYSTEM IS CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT, TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE - Please contact Nairn Community & Arts Centre - (01667 453476) to purchase your ticket.**Ruairidh MacIlleathain: Còig Duilleagan na Seamraig

Bidh Ruairidh MacIlleathain, ùghdar An Creanaiche, ann an còmhradh mu dheidhinn nobhail ùr, Còig Duilleagan na Seamraig.
’S e nobhail phoilitigeach a th’ ann, de ghnè nach eil cumanta ann litreachas na Gàidhlig. Tha an stòiridh, a tha a’ gluasad eadar a’ Ghàidhealtachd, Èirinn, Lunnainn agus Paris, a’ gabhail a-steach thachartasan mòra o chionn ceud bliadhna.


Join Ruairidh MacLean, author of An Creanaiche, in conversation about his new novel, Còig Duilleagan na Seamraig (The Five Leaves of the Shamrock).
A political novel of a type which is rare in Scottish Gaelic, the narrative moves between the Highlands, Ireland, London and Paris, recalling major political and social upheavals in the British Isles a century ago.

Sponsored by the Gaelic Books Council.

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We are looking for CD case sized pieces of work, and will provide a 'kit' with card in a clear plastic case - the work will remain in the case for display.  If you need it to be sent by post, please provide us with your address details. 

Contact Gilyan Noble, email: gilyan@bluedeer.co.uk (07787 506310)
or Ellen Maxwell, email:  boathstables@hotmail.co.uk for a kit. 

Your finished art work should be dropped at Nairn Community & Arts Centre between 13th and 17th August (or if you need to post it, returned by 17th August in the SAE provided).  It will be displayed anonymously at the Nairn Community & Arts Centre from 10th - 16th September.  

Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the festival period for £10 each.  Everyone who buys a ticket will win an artwork.  Profits will pay for Creativity in Care workshops for those living with dementia and their carers/support workers.  

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Join Kirsten Matthews as she takes you on a whisky journey across the Highlands and Islands. Experience the peppery smoke of Talisker, the slowburning warmth of Clynelish, the pineapple freshness of Teaninich and the sweet, spicy richness of Glen Ord.
Discover new depths of flavour through the pairing of each whisky with locally-produced, hand-crafted chocolates. After the tasting move through to the bar, where live music from 9:30pm will round off the evening in style.

Tickets are available to purchase online and also at Nairn Community & Arts Centre on 01667 453476.  Over 18s only. 

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We hope that you are enjoying the festival so far.  Your help would be greatly appreciated if you could take a few minutes to answer a number of questions relating to the festival.  

Please download our 2018 Questionnaire HERE - once completed, either email it to enquiries@nairnfestival.co.uk or drop it into the Nairn Community & Arts Centre.

Or post it to:

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Our volunteer recruitment hour is on tomorrow (Tuesday 26th June) from 10am to 11am at Nairn Community & Arts Centre.  Please come along to our 'drop-in' session and enjoy a coffee, cake and a bit of festival chat - we would love to see you. 

If you cannot make it, but would still like to volunteer during the festival week - please email Elle Tyler at enquiries@nairnfestival.co.uk

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