It was Burns week and we had a Barn full of people enjoying our annual Burns ceilidh with the band Hehir, Jones and MacCallum. Great to see so many small children joining in with the dancing too. We raised over £400 on raffle tickets for our Arts Education programme during the night, which was a great little bonus on top of the sold out event. Thank you!
During the week we had a group of international musicians and students from Paris floating around the Barn, all busy rehearsing and getting ready for their ‘curious’ performance with Patricia Alessandrini and Red Note Ensemble on Thursday. The performance, a collaboration between the Barn, sound, NEAT and Buchanan Bistro, included ‘circuit bending’ and the use of household utensils such as egg slicers. Curious about these unusual musical performances? Clare Hammond is up next, with her contemporary works for piano and film on the 2nd of March.
Here is a little promo video our digi man Graeme Macdonald made for last week’s performance:
The Barn’s Learning and engagement officer Linzy McAvoy organised the professional training day ‘Early Years Dance and Movement’ in Aberdeen for Nursery Teachers and Dance Tutors, in partnership with Scottish Dance Theatre and Citymoves, giving them plenty of new ideas for their work with young children.
Saturday was booked for a wedding. The happy couple made the Barn look pretty with fresh wild flowers and paper lanterns.
Local artist Fenneke Wolter-Sinke kicked off her block of ‘Creative Sketchbook’ workshops, where people are encouraged to explore ideas and make their own personal sketchbooks from old books, paintings, collages and more, using different techniques.
This week we also publicly launched our community consultation for our plans for a larger Foyer, additional retail spaces and a better layout throughout the building. Plans can be viewed in the current Barn foyer, as well as through our online survey. We welcome your thoughts! If you would like to leave your feedback about our plans, please fill out the questionnaire.
Hopefully we’ll have much more dedicated retail space for local designers and makers in the future. For now, you can come shopping near our Box Office!