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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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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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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The Making of a Pageant 1947-2005

Online series of content

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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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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Blueprints for Arbroath

2 July- 8 August 2021

1 July- 8 August, Multilocation artwork 

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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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Clattering Cavalry

Friday 2 July- Sunday 8 August

Horse artwork pattern by Arbroath High School Pupil

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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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Sea Washed Light

3 July

Arbroath residents in the Fit O’ The Toon join your local artists in shining a bright light on the Toon. A creative collaborative project right up your street!

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Arbroath Women’s Heritage Trail

3 July at 11am

Specially narrated live heritage walks with Blythe Stockdale

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Ruffs Dogs in the Park

Ruffs is a socially distanced medieval themed fashion photo shoot. Inspired by historic pageantry, dress your Furbulous dogs in medieval show-stopping regal coats. To celebrate the 701st anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath there will be a socially distanced cultural community programme taking place during Summer 2021.

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Auchmithie Haar

Saturday 10 July two performances 1:30pm and 3:00pm

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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Angus Writers Circle Event

Thursday 29th July 2021, 7:00pm

A Kist of Scots

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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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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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