HAAR Festival is back!

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The Angus town of Auchmithie is dusting off the silverware and welcoming visitors to the Heritage Arts Auchmithie Residents (HAAR) Festival on August 30 and 31.

Ten years ago a group of residents, interested in celebrating Auchmithie’s rich heritage and history while promoting the work of crafts and arts workers in the village, came together to create the festival.

Those first festivals included art exhibitions in people’s homes showcasing creative writing workshops, photography competitions, art workshops etc.

The HAAR committee has also been busy over the years collecting and developing a substantial archive of the area.

Going from strength to strength the archive is now in great demand as are the performances which include a one woman show about the early life of one of its famous citizens Annie Gilruth.

Unique storylines such as this, were developed to re-enact the lives and times of the community in the mid to late 19th century, and to highlight old fisher and landworker traditions and customs.

This year the Arts festival sees nineteen venues open and over fifty artists on show with a huge variety of work ranging from painting, pottery, jewellery, felt work, sugarcraft, and weaving.