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Almost 16 months after our last live event at LAC, the team are excited to announce a jam-packed Summer season of gigs, performances and workshops. Taking place outside in the idyllic arts centre garden, we will create a feel-good festival atmosphere with local acts performing every weekend under our new, specially commissioned stretch tent as part of our Summer Sessions. As well as this, we’re putting on a Summer of fun for families and young people, hosting free activities ranging from bread-making to bush craft. Finally, for the first time in over a year, we will welcome back some of Scotland’s top performers and theatre-makers for a series of incredible outdoor shows. Whilst LAC has been busier than ever over the last year, we can’t wait to throw open the doors and bring live performances back to Caithness.
Our exciting season of live performance and events will be led by our secret Summer Sessions. Showcasing an eclectic mix of local musicians, expect to enjoy intimate, acoustic sets from two bands every Friday & Saturday night throughout Summer. This line-up really is a celebration of Caithness talent, marking the return of live music events to the county.
Kicking off our family programme is artist Rudy Kanhye. He will be bringing the foodie fun with a week of workshops inspired by our favourite meals – look out for vegetable printing, plate drawing, storytelling and filmmaking. We’re also excited to be partnering with Thurso Grows; help tackle the climate crisis by building your very own worm composting bin! Inspired by our outdoor setting, our very own Helen Moore will be running a Forest School for teenagers and Messy Bushcraft sessions for younger ones. Continuing on the theme, CAIR Artist Joanne B Kaar invites kids to come and make paint brushes of all shapes and sizes from things we find in nature. Another of our CAIR Artists Kelly Munro, will be hosting an intensive Summer school exploring metalwork inspired Wick’s fishing Heritage. Finally, towards the end of the holidays, we’re looking forward to some chilled-out sessions with North Moon Yoga.
Many of our performances are fab for all the family, including a special taster performance from one of our commissioned artists Rosa Duncan. Rosa and her team will share a work-in-progress performance of Trivial Drinking, a new theatrical piece inspired all centred around a leaky tap! Julia McGhee, another artist we’ve been working over the last few months who has been delivering dance workshops in the community, brings us new performance What Moves You? with lots of fun activities to get involved in. A special for sequin and sparkle lovers, Unicorn Dance Party will get you moving and grooving, ready to release your inner unicorn!
We’re also incredibly excited to welcome All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre back to LAC. Some of you might remember their amazing aerial show at the Lyth Family Festival in 2019. Well they’re back with new piece The Swings, an interactive event for all the family set on a giant swing set! Finally, renowned choreographer Rob Heaslip brings his new show Strawboys to Caithness for a series of pop-up performances across the county. Keep your eyes peeled for the amazing straw costumes, stomping feet and shiny disco clothes – coming to a secret spot near you.
We really do think there’s something for everyone this Summer at LAC – whether you’ve a music fan who’s been missing gigs, or families looking for something different, we hope you’ll come and join us to celebrate the grand return of live events at LAC.
This has been made possible with funding from Creative Scotland’s Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development