Woodend Barn are the nineteenth recipients of Hands Up for Trad’s Business Limelight Award. The “Limelight’s” are a monthly initiative (launched in October 2012) that recognises the outstanding contributions made by businesses and organisations who contribute, shape and influence the arts and cultural sector in Scotland today. Woodend Barn are a multi-arts venue covering music, dance, film, theatre and more.
We asked Lorraine Grant of Woodend Barn the following questions.
What is your principle company activity?
Providing a multi-arts venue for the North East of Scotland. Our programming covers music, dance, film, theatre, screenings and workshops for all ages.
We support the creation of new work in Scotland and explore the relationships between culture, sustainability and communities.
When and where did the company first start trading?
Woodend Arts was formed in Banchory in 1994, following a successful community play in the area in July 1992.
What made you want to work in Scottish culture?
We have a strong commitment to celebrating cultural traditions, often with performers and artists who deliver a contemporary take on Scotland’s culture and places.
Can you tell us of any particular company highlights?
Main highlights from the last 12 months include performances by Julie Fowlis, Rachael Sermanni, The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, Patsy Reid, The Jeremiahs, Alasdair Roberts & Ross Whyte, Manran and Fred Morrison.
What are your company’s plans for the future?
We aim to continue providing new approaches to old traditions – nurturing local talent and attracting National and International performers and artists.
With a special focus on sustainability, the Barn seeks to programme with a focus on Eco-Arts and develop our role as a learning resource for the community.
How will you celebrate receiving Hands Up for Trad’s Business Limelight award?
By toasting Hands Up for Trad at our 21st Birthday Dinner on 21 February in the company of Dame Evelyn Glennie!
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