First Braemar arts festival hits the spot

BRAEMAR certainly lived up to its village motto Mak Siccar by Making very Sure that everyone who attended the first Creative Arts Festival, in whatever capacity, enjoyed themselves and left enriched by their experience. The festival was held over four days and during that time there were courses in fiddle, tin whistle, step dance, song, chanter, wood carving, willow weaving, quilting, pastels, screen printing, landscape painting, photography, creative writing, and story telling.

A delighted Richard Baker of Braemar Tourism Group said the standard of instruction for all these courses was “outstanding”.

In the evenings, for those who needed to unwind after taking part in the many courses on offer, there was entertainment.

On Wednesday the appropriately named Oscar winning film, The Artist was shown in the village hall.

Richard said: “Those who missed this film were deprived from seeing one of the most entertaining and cleverly crafted films I have seen in a long while.”

He also praised the success of a quiz night at the Moorfield Hotel hosted by Ian Hair, which “had everyone buzzing”.

Two musical highlights set the seal on the festival’s success and led to many people asking when they could book for next year.

Richard added: “On Friday evening the village hall was packed for the celebrated and extremely talented fiddler, Paul Anderson, his wife, singer Shona Donaldson and the traditional music group Lurach who performed some truly memorable tunes and songs. “

“All the events came to an end on Saturday evening at the Moorfield Hotel with a folk music extravaganza performed by all the artists, musicians and singers.

“What a perfect way to end an exciting and stimulating Festival!” he added.