Glenesk launch for nationwide festival

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GLENESK Folk Museum in Tarfside is to be the setting for magical fairytales and folk legends when the Angus museum helps celebrate the inaugural and nationwide Festival of Museums.

This brand new festival for Scotland takes place from May 13 to 15 and all across the country over forty day and evening events for all ages are being staged to celebrate Scotland’s living culture.

From Dunbar to Helmsdale and Dumfries to Aberdeen, many of the workshops, talks, concerts and exhibitions are free.

And, there are more events being added to the programme every day.

On Saturday, May 14, the whole family will have the chance to revel in a world of fairies and goblins when the Glenesk Folk Museum hosts a storytelling music session that draws on the social and natural history of the area.

There will be the opportunity to gain inspiration by a stroll along the nature trail or perching on the Story Teller’s Chair!

Joanne Orr, chief executive of Museums Galleries Scotland, said: “The Festival of Museums weekend will offer something for all ages to enjoy.

“No matter what your interests - period fashion, science, food, Jacobean history or even neolithic art and history - there will be an event, day or night, taking place.

“Festival of Museums encourages museums and galleries across Scotland to work together, not only to celebrate Scotland’s living culture and history, but to demonstrate that these are amazing places to visit year-round.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to put May 13 to 15 in their diary, but also not to forget these un-missable attractions are always on our doorsteps.”

A spokesperson for Glenesk Folk Museum, added: “Over the weekend of 13-15 May and as part of Festival of Museums, in Dundee & Angus we look forward to offering locals and tourists alike the chance to enjoy great-value, day and evening cultural entertainment that promises to both delight and inspire young and old.”

Festival of Museums coincides with key cultural events on the European arts calendar, including Culture24’s Museums at Night (www.museumsatnight.org.uk).

Director of Culture24, Jane Finnis, added: “The Museums at Night weekend promises to be a fantastic cultural celebration as hundreds of museums and galleries across the UK open their doors for night events, all showcasing the nation’s fabulous variety of cultural works.”

Other museums and galleries across Dundee & Angus still have the chance to get involved.

They can find out how by visiting www.festivalofmuseums.com. Details of the full programme to date can also be found on this website.