Sculptor leads line-up of attractions at Aberdour Festival
Published 29 Jul 2011 09:30 0 Comments
WEST Fife fans of Scottish sculptor George Wyllie are in for a treat at the Aberdour Festival, which gets under way this weekend.
An three-day exhibition, 'Returning to the River', is being held in advance of the sculptor's 90th birthday later this year, and will be at the Boathouse at Silver Sands as part of the festival.
Mr Wyllie's public art is among the best-known in Scotland, and includes the running clock at Buchanan bus station in Glasgow and the giant safety pin in Townhead.
His past involvement with Aberdour includes a tribute to the Leith to Aberdour paddle steamer, and a sculpture, 'The Log of the Lord Aberdour', and its creation were captured in photographs by North Queensferry photographer Ken Reynolds.
The photographs and a selection of Mr Wyllie's work will be on show, as well as other work featuring the sculptor by other local artists, including Inverkeithing film-maker Murray Grigor.
'Returning to the River', which opens tomorrow at 6pm, is just one of many delights awaiting visitors to the 10-day festival, which this year celebrates the village's connections with ancient Egypt. The fun kicks off on Saturday with the festival parade, which is expected to feature 'mummies', belly dances and the legendary 'Princess Scota', and the Beach Day, sandcastle competition, regatta, raft race, family ceilidh and barbecue.
For the first time ever, there will be the HahahAberdour Festival, with comedian Fred MacAulay, stand-up comedy workshops, an open mic event and a 'Funny Girls' show.
Other highlights include the popular Donkey Brae Run, village market and fun day, the Aberdour Short Brilliant Original (ASBO) film awards, and 'A Village Affair', described as a "romp of humour, celebration... mischief and raging rock and roll".
Throughout the week there will be zumba workshops, a flower festival, a pet show, and plenty of music - ranging from 'Bands by the Sands' and a classical concert, to Stevie Agnew, The Johnstown Flood and a jazz 'Picnic at the Castle'.
Kids will be kept occupied with five-a-side football; a 'Backwoods Adventure' in Humbie Woods; puppet-making; arts and crafts workshops; Lego model rail and competition; outdoor activity day at Fordell Firs; and a 'Magic Party'.
The full programme is available online at www.aberdourfestival.org.