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Traditional Workshops Recieves Funding

EMS LogoBuchan Development Partnership (BDP) has worked in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council Museum Service to successfully applied for £2500 funding support through the Enterprise Music Scotland (EMS) Traditional Arts Small Grants Fund for the delivery of a series of workshops celebrating the culture and heritage of the Buchan area, through traditional Scottish dance, music, poetry, history and storytelling.

Creative Scotland LogoOver a two week period children from local Primary schools throughout the area will be provided with the opportunity to participate and engage in with their local heritage and culture. Workshops will be delivered at the Aberdeenshire Farming Museum within Aden Country Park in Mintlaw where up to 40 children per day will visit the museum, and take part in workshops in traditional dancing, storytelling and rural living history.

Workshops are to be led by enthusiastic and experienced artists/tutors from the local area and by the end of the two weeks of workshops; we aim to have worked with around 300+ children from Primary schools from across the local Buchan area.

Pupils will explore the strong oral traditions of the North East of Scotland – in particular the Doric language unique to this part of the country.  Working with storytellers and local historians they will discover the real life-blood of the agricultural communities – the secrets of the Horseman’s Word, the hidden meanings of the Bothy Ballads, and the importance of stories to bind families and communities together. They will also join in with dancing workshops – keeping traditional Scottish Country dancing alive, relevant and (most importantly) fun.

For further information about the Enterprise Music Scotland (EMS) Traditional Arts Small Grants Fund please visit the website on: http://www.enterprisemusicscotland.com