Amidst the usual revelry and festivities that fill the days of December, you’ll find a few special, exciting and somewhat curious goings-on across the country where you can immerse yourself in the spirit of Homecoming Scotland for the final time this year.
From pop-up theatre to poetry and flaming sculptures to folk tales and song, ‘Tales of Home’ is a rich assortment of events exploring Scotland’s creative side and fascinating heritage where you can expect the unexpected! Here’s a peek at what’s on offer:
Homecoming: Station Stories by Sven Werner
Go on a journey with a magical twist at train stations across Scotland and lose yourself in miniature cinematic worlds. Simply slip on a set of headphones, peer into Victorian-inspired peepshow viewers and you’ll be transported away from the busy 21st century concourse. Speed through the countryside on a gramophone-powered train carriage and huddle in an atmospheric waiting-room looking out onto snowy winter scenes. It’s got to be experienced to be believed.
This free pop-up installation will be at Aberdeen Train Station on 3 – 6 December and at Edinburgh Waverley Station on 10 – 13 December.
The Home Strait
Ravish your senses with a series of high quality theatre, music and poetry performances held across Scotland which will explore a range of themes, including ideas of home, borders, exile and return. As part of the programme, surprising pop-up performances will take place at a range of locations across the country.
Hear from Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy at the Home for Christmas event, held 3 December in The Studio at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh. The renowned poet will perform new and familiar works with musician John Sampson and the poetry band Little Machine.
Join poets, writers, musicians and dancers as they explore notions of home at two unique events entitled ‘There’s no place like…’. See performances by artists including Martin MacInnes, Skye Reynolds and Skye Loneragan and Jenny Lindsay on 11 December at the Tolbooth in Stirling. The Byre Theatre will host Don Paterson, Stewart Home, Rupert Thomson and Rachel McCrum, with music from the Joy Dunlop band and visuals from Alan McCredie, in St Andrews on 14 December.
One of the highlights is set to be the revival of Return to the Voice. This critically acclaimed production by multi award-winning Polish theatre company Song of the Goat enjoyed sell-out success at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Ancient Gaelic and Scottish musical traditions will be brought to life through performances of working songs, laments of death and love, story-telling songs, psalms, wedding songs and songs of exile. Catch Return to the Voice at Glasgow’s Tramway on 15 December.
Ae Spark o’ Nature’s Fire
Let some heat, passion, poetry and song into a cold winter’s evening and head to Ae Spark o’ Nature’s Fire on 29 December in Alloway, Ayrshire. The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and Monument Gardens will be transformed into a world of beautiful fiery installations that form a glowing garden landscape. Flame lined paths, blazing copper flowers and scorching sculptural trees will combine to create an unforgettable trail of light. As you head around the garden, performances of music and poetry celebrating the words of The Bard will really fire your imagination.
As well as ‘Tales of Home’, don’t miss the many winter festival celebrations taking place across the country, and discover where the best Hogmanay parties are taking place – it’s only right to end the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014 with a bang!