Capturing the culture and traditions of Angus

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THE HISTORY, traditions and culture of Angus are an important part of Angus Heritage Week, which starts today (Friday), and runs until next Friday, September 14.

Amongst a host of events celebrating the history of the county will be a day exploring some of the Picts’ most important sites and guided tours of the historic kirkyards at Arbroath Abbey and Monikie.

More recent history will be covered at Montrose Air Station’s ‘Spitfires Over Angus’ exhibition, which opens today (Friday), while the role a very large dog played in the history of wartime Montrose will be covered during ‘The Bamse Trail’ on Sunday - and dogs are very welcome!

The traditional music of Angus will play a starring role in the Kirriemuir Festival of Music and Song, while there will be fantastic displays of traditional dancing at the Royal Burgh of Forfar Highland Dancing Championship on Sunday.

Or how about experiencing the sound of genuine Renaissance music in the medieval setting of Arbroath Abbey tomorrow (Saturday)?

Culture comes under the spotlight, too, with Arbroath Art Society’s exhibition at the town’s library, a photographic exhibition by local students at Arbroath Abbey and viewings of artworks at Kinblethmont Gallery, near Arbroath, and The Meffan in Forfar.

In addition, there will be a Craft Shack event at Arbroath’s Old Ladyloan School tomorrow (Saturday) which will also include an opportunity to visit the old school, which is now home to several arts and crafts studios.

These are only a few of the more than 40 events taking place across Angus during the first Angus Heritage Week.

To encourage as many people as possible from across Angus and further afield to attend and find out more about the rich heritage of the county, top photographer Niall Benvie on Friday helped the Angus Heritage team launch a fabulous free booklet – The Angus Heritage Week Passport.

Available from leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries and tourist attractions across Angus, the Angus Heritage Week Passport features facts, quizzes and special offers, such as reduced entry to Glamis Castle of £5 per person and free entry to Glen Esk Folk Museum (Angus Heritage Week Passport must be shown).

There are several competitions in the passport, including Glamis Castle’s Photography Competition, which encourages visitors between September 7 and 14 to take photographs of the castle and surrounds.

At least four of the best photos will be chosen for the 2013 Glamis Castle calendar and the overall winner will receive either a family ticket to the always popular and very scary Hallowe’en at Glamis event or two tickets to a Christmas Carol Concert in the castle.

To find out more about Angus Heritage Week, pick up a copy of the festival programme from leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries and tourist attractions across Angus, Dundee, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and Fife (or download from www.angusheritage.com) or visit www.angusheritage.com, ‘like’ the Angus Heritage Facebook page or follow on Twitter.