A village of culture and heritage at the heart of the Semple Heritage Trail
March 8th - 24th
The Friendly Festival
Sat 19th October
Outdoor performance, live music and spectacular costume
In 1984, two Clydesdale horses jumped the gate of their field and charged down to the beach at Billia Croo on Orkney. Standing up on their hind hooves they danced in the low mid-summer sun. Using this striking image as inspiration, the rituals of horse, land and sea inspire the visual poetry of Sea Hames, its choreography responding to the power and permanence of Scotland's natural heritage and folkloric identity.
Sea Hames is a celebration of Orkney's Festival of the House, ancient traditions of ploughing contests and arcane rural ritual. This innovative multi-disciplinary performance fuses eclectic sonic composition, compelling performance and intricate costume to explore the mythology and iconography of the equine traditions of Scotland. Nominated for a Critics Award For Theatre In Scotland 2018: Best Music and Sound.
Supported by Creative Scotland Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance.
“Instantly exhilarating, like a sudden magical visitation from a fantastical world” ★★★★★ The Herald
“A strange but inviting and beautiful event” ★★★★ The Times
“Mesmerising and atmospheric” ★★★★ Edinburgh Guide
“Rousing, sweeping and elegiac” Tempohouse
Sun 20th October
Hamish Napier & Adam Sutherland - Nae Plans
A spontaneous format of a gig - Nae Plans - sees Hamish Napier (piano, flute, whistle, vocals) and Adam Sutherland (fiddle) wing it in Lochwinnoch! Hamish and Adam fuse their own written vocals and music with their own wonderful stories. Hugely engaging and a wonderful experience.
More details HERE
Sunday 20th October | 7.30pm (doors open 7pm) | McKillop Institute, Lochwinnoch | £8 / £5
Suitable for all ages
Tickets: Available locally in Lochwinnoch or online HERE
Travelling DAY OF ACCESS Alex Finlay
Visiting as part of the Lochwinnoch Fetival
Sat 9th November McKillop Institute
10am - 4pm FREE. All welcome!
Travelling Gallery is a campaign bus touring Day of Access across Scotland; presenting information and artworks and allowing a space for contemplation and discussion. READ MORE INFO
Alec Finlay, himself a disabled artist and poet, is taking on the role of activist to work with a diverse audience to overcome limitations on access to wild nature, which can be physically and emotionally hostile to the disabled. Day of Access promotes inclusion and the intention is for it to become an annual event, by popular demand, making a positive use of existing hill tracks.
But yes, the right to be ill somewhere else. It’s nothing new. It’s part of the right to roam in my view. Usually, the ill have to be creative and make those lost horizons appear in some alchemical event at home. But you
know what? Every now and then I’m awed by a simple lift up a simple hill by someone who cares.
Chris Dooks, Day of Access participant
Pre-Christmas Craft Fair
LOCHWINNOCH ARTS FESTIVAL OUTREACH
Free tea and coffee
Photographic exhibition starts 27th Feb in Library
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS, ALL THE PERFORMERS & ALL THE PEOPLE WHO CAME TO WATCH AND ENJOY THE 2019 FESTIVAL!
Sponsors & Supporters
Outi Smith's Jazz Choir come & try from the 2019 festival