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30 Jul 2018

Celebrating young people in the Highlands

Written by Jacky Brookes
Inverewe Garden
Inverewe Garden
LIVE! / BEÒ! Festival is a new, fun and participatory arts festival celebrating young people aged 0–26 living in the Highlands. It will take place across the Trust’s Highland properties this summer to mark Scotland’s Year of Young People.

We’re working closely with the Highland Youth Arts Hub (HYAH) to develop a wide range of events at Culloden, Brodie Castle, Inverewe, Hugh Miller’s Birthplace Cottage & Museum, Glenfinnan Monument and Glencoe NNR.

The Highland Youth Arts Hub was formed in 2014 under Time to Shine, Scotland’s first National Youth Arts Strategy. The aim of the HYAH is to create and facilitate opportunities for young people to participate in and progress through the arts and creative activities.

One of the key objectives of LIVE! / BEÒ! Festival is to empower young people to take the lead in event curation and in the co-ordination of engagement opportunities for their peers. This will help to showcase artistic work and creative talent from young people across the Highlands and Moray.

Katey Boal, Operations Manager at Brodie Castle, is the Trust’s co-ordinator for this project. She says: ‘The LIVE! / BEÒ! Festival 2018 will see six events delivered at National Trust for Scotland sites across the Highlands from Monday 13–Saturday 18 August 2018. Attendees can expect to see Trust treasures bought to life in a totally new way, with activities including Gaelic rap performances, storytelling workshops, new music from local talent, print-making sessions and cabaret events, all curated by young people for young people. New partnerships will be formed between us and HYAH members, leading to the opportunity for further collaboration in the future.’

Here are some of the key figures working on this project:

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