Angus Arts to stage fund-raising ceilidh

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Angus Arts is hosting a fabulous fund-raising ceilidh at the Stracathro Hall, Inchbare on Friday, August 19 from 7.30 pm.

The event includes a pot luck picnic and music from some of Angus’ finest young musicians, The Barrack Brothers with Skirdechal.

Local charity Angus Arts was set up eleven years ago to provide arts opportunities of all kinds for everyone.

They are well-known for hosting theatre, dance and music events while offering inspiring workshops in a wide variety of the arts.

Since 2003 Angus Arts has provided a much loved Easter puppet festival as part of Scotland’s Puppet Animation Festival.

Run by local artists, performers, participants and audience, Angus Arts is also known for its exciting participatory theatre events including last year’s Down The Rabbit Hole and this year’s Curious Collectors, both at The Glenesk Retreat.

Angus Arts also extends its workshops and activities to schools and other groups in Angus and beyond.

Butterfly Moon, a project exploring theatre arts with people of all ages with learning disabilities, is proving to be hugely popular.

This autumn alone Angus Arts is planning, on Friday, August 26, a concert of 18th century music at The Burn, Glenesk and at the Stracathro Hall on Tuesday, September 6 at 7.30 pm, an award winning performance of Moliere’s hilarious Tartuffe from the highly acclaimed Northumberland Theatre Company.

On Saturday, September 10, Angus Arts is helping to bring to The Glenesk Folk Museum, Britain’s first ever puppet show touring in a caravan, together with a simple Victorian toy making workshop.

“We have no permanent funding and depend on different sources such as ticket sales and grants so a fund raising event is vitally important for keeping the charity going,” said Bonnie Aspinwall, who has recently joined the committee.

“At the fund-raiser on August 19 we’ll be having some great music from Skirdechal, a fantastic young group created by Angus Council Youth Music Initiative and from The Barrack Brothers, Ewan and Kerr Barrack who between them play a large number of instruments.

“We’re inviting everyone to bring food and drink to share in a pot luck picnic to start the evening and there will be some brilliant dance music from Kerr and Ewan. We hope lots of people will come to help keep Angus Arts on the road.”

The event welcomes all ages. With many of the musicians about to depart to university and college it is also a celebration and farewell to all the young people in the area who are going onto a new life in the autumn.

The potluck picnic party and ceilidh starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets can be bought by phoning 01356 648 669, 670 304 or emailing angus.arts@btinternet.com