MiniFest in full swing

The MiniFest runs until October 17
The MiniFest runs until October 17

Banchory’s Woodend Barn is this week hosting the third MiniFest following the success of its Source Weekender.

It’s a festival for children and their friends and families, featuring a range of performances created especially for youngsters, interactive workshops and drop-in arts and craft sessions.

This year sees performances of Grass by Secondhand Dance – a show full of worms, slugs, snails and spontaneous outbreaks of ant dancing. Suitable for everyone aged four and over.

At the Barn visitors will find alien invaders with performances of Experts in Short Trousers from Cultured Mongrel Dance - suitable for everyone aged four and over.

The festival also features award-winning theatre company Frozen Charlotte with Paperbelle – a gentle playful exploration of colour, perfect for everyone aged two-five and their adults.

As well as a full programme at the Barn, the MiniFest, which runs until October 17, is on tour throughout Aberdeenshire with performances and workshops in Braemar, Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Laurencekirk, Inverurie.

The extension of the festival is thanks to generous funding from Youth Arts Collective North East and OpenBoxDesign, enabling all the MiniFest Out and About and MiniFest workshops at the Barn to be offered free to the public.

Lorraine Grant, Barn director, said: “We are really excited about being able to take MiniFest out and about across Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City this year, sharing some brilliant children’s theatre, dance and art workshops with local families.

“We’ve had a wonderful two years of presenting the festival at the Barn in Banchory, and its great to be able to bring these shows and activities to many more communities in the North-east, thanks to the support of our funders.”

The festival was developed by Woodend Barn and producers Heather Fulton and Jennifer Phillips, as a way to provide high-quality arts experiences for younger audiences.

Heather and Jennifer have been working with Woodend Barn as part of the Creative Scotland-funded Producers Project.

Children from the age of six months and above are welcome to the festival, which takes place both inside the Barn and in the outside green spaces.

Other venues include Victoria Hall in Braemar, Peterhead Community Theatre, Mearns Academy in Laurencekirk, Wyness Hall in Inverurie and and Dalrymple Hall in Fraserburgh.

The Barn recently hosted Source Weekender, which saw a host of global musicians take to the stage including Mobo Award Winners Sons of Kemet, Mercury Prize nominee Eska and folk musician Lizabett Russo.