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Shell Fireworks Parade moves to Aden

Aden-een LogoThis year, the Shell Fireworks Parade is moving to Mintlaw to create a wild and wonderful walk through Aden Country Park. Following the success of the event in previous years, the event will be an enchanted night time walk with performers and creations bringing the woods to life with a fabulous fireworks display in the middle.

Aden-een Flyer Following on from Pandemonium (2009), Fantasmagoria (2010), Leviathan (2011), and Maelstrom (2012) Modo is working with school, youth and community groups to create Aden-een, the Shell Fireworks Parade 2013, a sensational celebration of talent, culture and community. The young participants are eagerly rehearsing and many are working right through the holidays to perfect their routines. 

Modo specialises in creating parades and community events with young people. Modo is working with groups from across the North East, to give new skills and experiences, and to work to create performances and props for the event.  Participation is free and open to all.

Shell UK have generously continued their support of the event and we hope to give the community a night to remember.  John Raine, Shell UK’s Communications and Social Performance Adviser, says "Shell are excited to be working with Theatre Modo on the fourth Shell Fireworks Parade, Aden-een.  The Shell Fireworks Parade continues to help address social issues and bring together the community in a high-profile celebration of art and local culture. The impact we have seen on the individual young people taking part has been staggering.” In addition we have received funding from ‘Be Part of the Picture’, a fund set up to celebrate all that is good in Aberdeenshire.

Chris White, Buchan Area Manager, Aberdeenshire Council adds ' Modo's work with all sections of the community in Buchan goes from strength to strength. Aden will present a great backdrop this year and thanks to Shell's continuing support it will, I'm sure, be a great night. Come early!'

Aden-eenKatie MacLean - CLD Team Leader (North) comments "Once again Theatre Modo, young folk and partners are whipping up a spooktacluar event at Aden for 2013.   Young people from towns and villages across north Aberdeenshire have been working hard to prepare a spectacular free event that will be enjoyed by thousands. As well as building on the existing artistic, circus and organisational skills of current young Modo enthusiasts, this event will also see many more new young people experience the excitement of taking part in a large scale community event for the first time.  Community Learning & Development colleagues in North Aberdeenshire are delighted that their long and fruitful relationship with Modo continues to bear inspirational and slightly scary fruit" .

Fireworks, Food and Music
This year, in addition to the atmospheric performances in the woods, there will be a dazzling display of fireworks at the Mansion House staged by Dragonfire Scotland.  The courtyard will be filled with music with appearances from the Keith & District Silver Band and Guarana Street Drummers and Drumstar Junior Band.  Spotty & Dotty will be there to paint the faces of the young audience and Friends of Aden will be selling glow sticks. Hot food will be on sale from several outlets and Symposium will also be open. 

Monster Making Workshops
Modo is working along with local artist Melissa Arcaro. Melissa is running free ‘Making Monsters’ Workshops in her new art gallery in Kirk Street on a Wednesday from 4.00pm – 6.00pm.  The workshops are free and open to all.

Holiday Programme
Modo is hosting holiday workshops for young people in Fraserburgh, Mintlaw and Peterhead. Skills will include puppeteering, juggling, and stilt walking. Details, venues and how to book places will be posted on  the Modo Scotland facebook page.

Call For Stewards
Modo is also looking for more stewards to volunteer for the event and a briefing will be held the week before.  Those who have volunteered in previous years have all enjoyed the experience.

Groups we are working with this year are: 
2nd Longside Scout Group, Barclay Park Youth Group, CircoModo Mintlaw, CircoModo Peterhead, Fraserburgh Junior Arts Society, Mintlaw Lets Make Music, Step Up Dance Group, Strichen Youth Group.  As well as groups and classess from Mintlaw, Peterhead and Fraserburgh Academies

Aden-een is a youth regeneration project led by Modo in partnership with Shell, Aden Country Park, Be Part of the Picture, Buchan Development Partnership, Community Planning Partnership and Aberdeenshire Council.

Friday 1st November 2013
Woods open 6.30-7.30pm & 8-9pm
Fireworks at 7.45pm
Free and unticketed
Food, music and more in the courtyard
Torches, donations, wellies and fancy dress encouraged!
Shuttle bus from Mintlaw Square and Academy Carpark. Leave plenty of time for parking.

If you have questions about the event or how to get involved contact Modo on 01779 483 14501779 483 145 , email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or message them on Modo Scotland Facebook. For more information about the event please visit the Aden-een Event Page or keep up-to-date on the Aden Country Park Facebook Page.