Aberdeenshire Celebrates to shine spotlight on area

18/10/2012,  TSPL, Scotsman Publications,  Scotsman, Knitting photocall, The Lighthouse, Glasgow,. Reinventing Scotland's Woollen Traditions. Academics from the University of Glasgow brought knitting professionals, experts and enthusiastic amateurs from across Scotland together today for a public study day at the Lighthouse in Glasgow. In recent years the art of knitting has enjoyed a widespread revival in popularity, with a new generation of knitters rejuvenating one of Scotland's most recognisable and internationally renowned crafts.Close up of hands knitting.   Picture Ian Rutherford
18/10/2012, TSPL, Scotsman Publications, Scotsman, Knitting photocall, The Lighthouse, Glasgow,. Reinventing Scotland's Woollen Traditions. Academics from the University of Glasgow brought knitting professionals, experts and enthusiastic amateurs from across Scotland together today for a public study day at the Lighthouse in Glasgow. In recent years the art of knitting has enjoyed a widespread revival in popularity, with a new generation of knitters rejuvenating one of Scotland's most recognisable and internationally renowned crafts.Close up of hands knitting. Picture Ian Rutherford

A new festival aimed at celebrating arts and crafts in Aberdeenshire will take place this week.

Running from February 14 to 20, Aberdeenshire Celebrates will shine a spotlight on the varied amateur arts and crafts scene of the area, from drama and dance groups to visual art.

Run by Voluntary Arts Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council, the week-long festival offers residents the chance to get involved in a range of activities, with special events and classes such as Morris dancing, book binding and wood engraving available.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “There is such a vibrant arts and crafts scene in Aberdeenshire and I am delighted to see these groups being celebrated in this way.

“It is a great opportunity to highlight what they do and for people to try something new in 2013.”

Vice-chair of the committee, Councillor Ron McKail, added: “With events taking place across the whole of Aberdeenshire, there really is something for everyone to try over the course of the next week.

“This is a wonderful platform for arts and crafts groups to showcase the range of talent which exists in the area, and for more people to get involved.”

Voluntary Arts Scotland director, Jemma Neville, said: “From Morris dancing to wood-engraving and heritage, the people that make up the eclectic mix of voluntary arts and crafts groups from across Aberdeenshire are demonstrating their passion for taking part in something creative and sharing skills with others.

“Voluntary Arts Scotland is proud to have helped support these groups.”

Aberdeenshire Celebrates is a partnership between Voluntary Arts Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council, and is funded through Aberdeenshire Council’s Cultural Commissions programme.

A full list of events can be found at www.aberdeenshirecelebrates.org.uk