2020+1 Festival Programme

Virtual Anthology Celebration Event Scottish PEN

6 April 7pm

Declarations: on freedom for writers and readers

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New Declarations

Launches 6 April 2021

Artist-led online collective writing project. What does freedom mean, now? Devised for Arbroath 2020+1 by artist and writer Rebecca Sharp.

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A Kist of Scots Virtual Book Launch

9 April 6:30pm online

To mark the importance of the 701 anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, and whilst we cannot come together in person, join us for this Virtual literary event showcasing new literary works by writers across Angus and Scotland.  A pre recorded film introducing the ‘Kist of Scots’ with special readings from a selection of the anthology.

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The Great Tay Whale

Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th April 8pm

Beespooked Productions and Ghost Walks Old Shore Head Arbroath present four nights of exquisite storytelling on FACEBOOK LIVE

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Monumental Youth Future Relic

A short film by Mandy McIntosh Monumental Youth Future Relic is a short presentation video collage by Mandy McIntosh. Mandy was working as lead artist for Arbroath 2020 Pageant Procession and is now reworking it into Arbroath Town Pageant Trail. During winter and up to lockdown Mandy had been creating spectacular pageant puppets and costumes with community groups and schools. These will all feature next year as part of Arbroath Town Pageant Trail.

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2020+1 Festival Flags

2 July - 8 August 2021

Dundee Print Collective have been commissioned to design a series of festival flags to mark the anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath which will be installed and displayed on Arbroath High St transforming the town into a riot of colour.

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Pageant for Gallivants

2 July-8 August 2021

Outdoor arts and heritage trail 2020+1 artist Mandy McIntosh has reimagined and reformatted a people’s procession into an extraordinary multi-location public artwork. Arbroath will host these works and micro-events during July. Pageant for Gallivants is a dispersed, atomised public artwork weaving playful and engaging visual narratives directly into the shop windows and fabric of the town. The audience will become the player processing from point-to-point safely under their own steam, exploring outdoor installations, pop-up micro-events and geo-located audio.

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Clattering Cavalry

Horse artwork pattern by Arbroath High School Pupil

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The Making of a Pageant 1947-2005

1 July- 28 August 2021

A special Arbroath 2020+1 community heritage exhibition within the Brothock & Corsar Galleries, Arbroath Library. Exploring the town’s extraordinary tradition of Pageantry in the 20th Century.

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Blueprints for Arbroath

July- August

Blueprints for Arbroath is a multi location display of cyanotype textile art works by Jeni Reid that will be sited around Arbroath town in public spaces for July.

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ABRINCA

2 July- 8 August 2021

For the Pageant for Gallivants Town Trail, the Woolly Workers are creating a fantastic large-scale knitted outdoor public sculpture: Abrinca the Unicorn. Over the next few months this array of crochet and knitting will be fixed and arranged onto the willow-body of a magical unicorn, creating the most dazzling beast in Aberbrothock. Arbroath can rest assured no unicorns have been hurt in the process of creating this magical beast! All Arbroath can meet their very own Unicorn, Abrinca 

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Arbroath Women’s Heritage Trail

From Fishwives to Factory Girls is an audio trail and guided walk devised by Blythe Stockdale. The trail draws attention to the inspiring nature of women’s contributions to Arbroath and wider society through stories from voices often overlooked.

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Arbroath Embroidered Tapestry

July unveiling date TBC

The Arbroath Tapestry is an intricate embroidered three-panel tapestry created by Angus embroidery and textile artists to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath and the history and heritage of Arbroath Abbey.

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Harbour Histories

Illustration by Morag Smith Harbour Histories is a work undertaken in response to an Arbroath family archive of photographs which capture details of the working lives of Arbroath Fishers on the cusp of change in the sector. Working with Morag Smith, extended family, and other fishers,  the work teases out some of the underlying observations and impacts of being from a modern fishing family.

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Auchmithie Haar

Saturday 10 July times TBC

A very special live event for Arbroath2020+1. Auchmithie Haar group brings Auchmithie’s past vividly back to life through a live history performance taking place at Arbroath harbour fish sheds this July.

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Arbroath Murals Project

A public art movement in the town of Arbroath, working with locally based artists, working hard to brighten up parts of the town. Creating work about the town and its people.

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Ruffs Dogs in the Park

July Event TBC

Ruffs is a socially distanced medieval themed catwalk show for you and your dogs to strut your stuff in the park this July. Inspired by historic pageantry, dress your Furbulous dogs in medieval show-stopping coats. Taking part is absolutely FREE and your creation will feature on our dog wall of fame. We would love you to get involved in this furbulous project by creating a show-stopping dog coat.

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Whale Song

Sunday 8 August

A new collaborative performance of music for poetry inspired by Whale Song. For Arbroath2020+1 Lesley Harrison has devised a collaborative performance with viola-player Katherine Wren, and clarinettist Alex South.  

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The New Scriptorium

An ambitious new artist commission with Bobby Niven, for Arbroath Town. The New Scriptorium is an artist designed and built structure that will be sited on the Abbey grounds for one year.

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Guildry Bas Relief

The Bas Relief sited outside Arbroath Abbey tells the story of Arbroath and its people, from the construction of the world-famous Abbey to the Bell Rock Lighthouse, one of the Seven Wonders of the Industrial World. The sculpture presents a timeline spanning from early Pictish settlements to the modern day and depicts the industries which have shaped our town and our people, including fishing, agriculture, weaving and engineering.

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Over Lunan

9-19 September Tickets go on sale end June

Commissioned by Hospitalfield and Arbroath 2020+1, Over Lunan is an extraordinary sound and visual promenade performance in the dunes of Lunan Bay in Angus, Scotland.

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Arbroath Abbey Exhibition

A new exhibition opens at Arbroath Abbey visitor centre marking the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath.

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Morris Pert Recital

September date to follow

Recital of music for clarinet and piano/solo piano by award winning Arbroath born composer Morris Pert (1947-2010) whose double career as classical composer and session musician saw him recipient of Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal & several BBC commissions as well as renown in the jazz-rock field for work with Kate Bush, Mike Oldfield and Brand X.

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Arbroath Abbey Virtual Tour

As part of Angus Open Doors Days we welcome you to discover Arbroath Abbey through a unique guided digital tour. Learn about the building’s significance and meaning and hear stories of how the Abbey shaped the town through the voices of young people of Arbroath.

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St Vigeans New Stone

A newly designed and carved stone monument by master craftsman artistic stone carver David McGovern. As a recipient of the Angus Artists Fund 2020 David has created a new public artwork inspired by the collection of early medieval stone work at St Vigeans, Arbroath. The project is a contemporary carving following in the Pictish artistic tradition that ended 1000 years ago.

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