Across the Grain festival returned for a second year, in October 2019, with almost 100 events and performances.
Highlights included a partnership with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland which saw two leading dance experts hosting inter-generational workshops, culminating in a celebratory performance to a live soundtrack mixing Scottish Trad with electronic music.
Other participatory events included creating a brand-new festival ‘sound picture’ using local words and phrases, the return of last year’s popular Doric Call My Bluff, and in a partnership with the Elphinstone Institute we showcased “Aa Yap: Fa Eeses Doric Nooadays”, a world-first Pecha Kucha night adopting a fast-moving Japanese format where local speakers talked about their work and its links to local language and culture.
In Stonehaven, North East Noo showcased music from the folk tradition and worlds beyond, with performances from award-winning Aberdeenshire musician Iona Fyfe, alongside Hanka Wójciak & Paweł Harańczyk from Eastern Europe, and the world-music inspired Melting Pot Fusion Band.
As well as numerous music and singing workshops, there were opportunities to hear authors and specialist speakers, contributions from local musicians, storytellers, award-winning performers and composers and a range of fun challenges for all the family at Live Life Aberdeenshire museums and libraries.
The festival continues to be supported by local community groups, arts organisations, arts partners, academics and students who all come together around a shared love of the Doric culture and language, and the north east’s musical roots.
Our full programme of events from 2019 can be found in our Across the Grain 2019 Programme.