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We had a fantastic time at 'Tide In, Tide Out' our online festival this year - huge thanks to everyone who came along and enjoyed our events, and to our funders - the Highland Council (Nairn Ward) and Creative Scotland. Now we are starting to plan - and fundraise- for 2021, and so it's heads down time for a bit!

 Why not complete our survey to let us know what type of event you'd like to attend next year - we really value your input, and it's  very short and sweet.

You could join our ever increasing Festival Friends - we'd love to welcome you to the festival family! We offer 'Early Bird' booking to those joining before December 31st. 

Or just join our mailing list and keep in touch with our activities.

And last but definitely not least, don't forget to visit our lovely 'Time and Tide' Open Exhibition - it runs until 26th October - catch it here or on Instagram:  nairn.festival

Stay safe everyone - 

The Festival Committee

Our online mini festival – ‘Tide In, Tide Out’, starts on Sat 12 September in earnest.  Our schools events which took place this week, have been a great success and we'd like to thank all the schools involved, and participating authors Helen Sedgwick and Kate Lieper. 

The weekend will feature talks by writers including award winning author and poet Gerda Stevenson (‘Quines’), and Inverness-shire based crime writer G. R. Halliday (‘Dark Waters’), poetry readings, an open art exhibition, music and art workshops, portrait sketching via Zoom, and virtual tours. Full programme here .

Other authors include Cynthia Rogerson (‘I Love You, Goodbye’) Victoria Whitworth (‘Swimming with Seals’), crime writer James Andrew (‘Murder in a Suitcase’), Gaelic author Iain Urchardan (‘Air An Oir’) sponsored by the Gaelic Books Council, and Nairn-based poet and author Kate Ashton (‘Who by Water’). Drumming expert Simon Greenhill of Daddy Funk Drums will present a masterclass performance on the history and progression of urban rhythm.

Enjoy a virtual behind-the-scenes look at work in progress at Nairn’s fine art bronze foundry, Black Isle Bronze, Nairn Museum's short film about Nairn poet Olive Fraser while Fèis Nairn will contribute a short film giving a taste of the talents of local Fèis musicians and artist Wiliam Mather gives us a tour of his studio.

We're also delighted to premiere musical director and musician Anna Merrouni's lockdown composition,  'Lockdown in Paris'- keep an eye on Facebook tomorrow morning!                                                    


The Festival also recently launched a new Friends scheme, which offers Early Bird booking for next year’s festival when the 2021 programme is confirmed.

The Festival is extremely grateful to the Highland Council and Creative Scotland for their support.

Click here for full programme and booking details.