Scotland and the Arctic


Scotland and the Arctic Festival

Tuesday, 8th October, 2019 – Sunday, 20th October, 2019
Venues across Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland

This Festival is part of A Year of Conversation 2019

The history of Scotland’s relationship to the Arctic has been one of exploration and exploitation. The undoubted heroism of early Polar explorers, such as Dumfries-born Sir John Richardson, has to be seen alongside the remorseless work of the whalers from east coast ports like Dundee and Aberdeen. Nowadays, there are concerns of fresh exploitation of natural resources, of the effects of climate change which can be ‘read’ in the behaviours and feeding habits of the Arctic geese who land here each autumn, and of the impact of a global culture on fragile ecologies. The time has come for Scotland to re-evaluate its connections to and relationships with the Arctic.

For full information about the whole Festival and all venues please click here


The Arctic in Pain (Arkhticós Doloros)
with Jessie Kleemann

Friday, 18th October, 2019
8:00pm – 9:00pm (doors 7:30pm)

The Garden Room , Moat Brae, 101 George Street
Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway DG1 1EA

Tickets £6 BUY NOW

An evening of performance by Greenland Inuit poet and artist Jessie Kleemann, whose work explores the modern-day Inuit identity.  Performance followed by a sharing of poetry and conversation with poet and Year of Conversation 2019 Creative Director, Tom Pow.

Tales of the North
with storyteller Jean Edmiston

Saturday, 19th October, 2019
11am – 12pm (Doors open 10:30am)

The Garden Room , Moat Brae, 101 George Street
Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway DG1 1EA

Tickets £2.50 BUY NOW

Visit Moat Brae and let storyteller Jean Edmiston take you on a journey through the North of your imagination. Professional storyteller Jean Edmiston is a highly engaging weaver of tales with over 20 years’ experience.

Recommended for families and children 5+

The Far North in Story and Song

Saturday, 19th October, 2019
7:30pm to 10:00pm (Doors open 7:00pm)

The Garden Room , Moat Brae, 101 George Street
Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway DG1 1EA

Tickets £8 BUY NOW

An evening of stories from Canadians, Dawne McFarlane, Artistic Director of the Toronto Storytelling Festival, widely travelled performer and educator, who has made dance an essential part of her practice, and Louise Profeit-LeBlanc, an Aboriginal storyteller, writer, choreographer, and film script writer from the Northern Tutchone Nation, whose Athabaskan language is spoken in the north-eastern Yukon.

With whaling songs from the winner of the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Robyn Stapleton, now a singer with a growing international reputation as an interpreter of Scottish song.

Presented by A YEAR OF CONVERSATION 2019 and THE SCOTTISH INTERNATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL in association with Moat Brae National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling, Glasgow University School of Inter-Disciplinary Studies Dumfries, The Crichton Foundation, WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Scottish Natural Heritage, Robert Burns Film Theatre, The Stove Network, CAMPLE LINE and Highlight Arts.

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