Skudeneshavn and Portsoy join forces as North Sea Neighbours

 Date:13/05/2006 - 31/07/2006
 Type:Culture, Festival
 Location:Scotland, Portsoy

Starting with a traditional music concert on Friday 7th July, the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, now in its 13th year, takes on a new international flavour. Twinning with the Skude Festival in Skudeneshavn (Norway), the Portsoy Festival (on the Moray Firth between Buckie and Banff) will be exchanging performers and demonstrators to celebrate the close links between the two countries.

Already confirmed is the Norwegian Shanty group Slogmaakane, on their first trip to Scotland, who will perform at the Friday night concert and over the weekend to accompany maritime activities in and around the harbour.

The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival boasts the largest collection of traditional sailing boats in Scotland, a non-stop programme of music, song and dance and a fabulous Food Fair. This year there will be over 100 craft including the magnificent Reaper, the oldest existing example of a fifie herring drifter built in 1901. Expect a packed programme throughout the weekend of over forty craft demonstrations, 22 food exhibitors of gorgeous local produce at the food fair and many activities for children including a demonstration from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue – who hit the headlines recently with their efforts to save the Thames whale.

The Norwegian connection kicks off with an exhibition at Duff House in Banff by the world-renowned Scandinavian artist Roald Telness, on show from May 13th to June 18th. That will be followed by an exhibition of children’s art from Scotland and Norway, running from late June to the end of July.

More details can be found on: . Alternatively, you can call 01261 842894 for more information.


Image from Portsoy Traditional Boat Festival

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