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Glasgow International Art Festival & the year of fun

With over 200 artists exhibiting in around 75 venues across Glasgow for Glasgow International there was so much opportunity to get lost in art this April.

Those of you who follow my blog will know I’ve declared 2016 the year of fun and I certainly had fun going round the various exhibitions.

I loved all the textiles on show. From skateboarding clams to weaving and national identity it all made me smile.   

   
I surprised myself by enjoying The Circus Between Worlds which was a selection of performances pieces created by artists working in Glasgow and Newcastle . Normally I steer away from performance art but I was curious to see Helen Shaddock‘s piece.  Sometimes it’s good to things that scare you just a wee bit.  

   The festival certainly helped feed my imagiation.

  
    
Some exhibitions are on until 22nd May so there’s still some time to catch them.

Belladrum 2011

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I’m breaking away from my normal crafty posts to let you see some pics from my wee trip to a festival in the Highlands.

Tucked away on a country estate in Beauly, near Inverness is a festival called Belladrum. I went there about 5 years ago and had a great time so jumped at the chance of tickets this year.

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It was lovely to see how it’s grown but by keeping to a 14,000 crowd kept it more intimate and manageable than other festivals. It’s always been very family friendly although the local teenagers certainly enjoyed themselves – so pleased I wasn’t camping their party area as I am becoming an old fart and I don’t think they slept.

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This year we were also accompanied by my friend’s wee daughter which meant we didn’t just stick to the music. This actually increased my enjoyment as I explored other areas and gave me a different festival experience.

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So let’s see, along with the music (in tents, a potting shed, a boat & Italian sunken garden) they had a crafting areas for children, a cinema, relaxation area, prose & debating tents and an area with a car covered in moss and lots of pianos in a wooded area. Two couples got married over the weekend and I’m sure new relationships started too.

Musically I think my highlights were Roddy Hart, Raghu Dixit, The Phantom Band, Teddy Thompson and Vintage Trouble. Food-wise it was a big thumbs up to Stoats Porridge (the Cranachan with fresh raspberries, honey & toasted oats is amazing) and Isle of Arran beef.

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Here is a wee slideshow of my photos from the weekend which hopefully gives you a flavour of what you missed. Not many band pics as my camera doesn’t like to take them.

Ah well, back to reality.