Exotic birds set to migrate to Braemar...

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Braemar residents are expecting an influx of unusual feathered friends set to descend on Royal Deeside just in time for the Arts Festival.

Deeside’s newest winged residents will include flamingos, parrots and French hens, to name but a few of the exotic varieties. These bright birds will join breeds more common to the UK, such as pheasants, pigeons, oyster catchers and owls, all of which will swoop into the Shire for the2014 creative event.

Following on its prestigious win of the Voluntary Arts Epic Award for Scotland lastyear, the festival, now in its third year, continues to grow.

The knitted birds form partof the Festival Fringe for all to enjoy.

This year there will be drop-in demonstrations, trails, competitions, live music in the street, entertainment every evening and an impressive Art and Craft Market in St Margaret’s on October 25.

The Festival boasts 22 professional tutors, offering more than 50 classes over a five day period from Wednesday October 22 to Sunday October 26.

The music section includes lessons in ukulele, mandolin, guitar, fiddle, drums, chanter, singing and dancing.

In the visual arts there will be workshops in water colours, pastels, oils, ceramics, landscape photography, wild life photography, paper folding, needle felting, quilting and mosaics.

Creative writing, poetry and drama are taken care of in the literature sections, making the Braemar Creative Arts Festival one of the most all- encompassing arts festivals in Scotland.

Spaces still exist in some of the classes. For more information or to book places, visit www.braemarcreativearts.co.uk, or call 013397 41225.