2018 programme

The NAFCo 2018 programme will be our most ambitious yet for Aberdeen, including more than 150 events, featuring over 75 artists representing a variety of fiddle traditions from Scotland to the Baltic, throughout Scandinavia and down the continent to Spain, from Ireland to Canada and USA, as well as a few surprises as well.

The beauty of NAFCo is the variety and accessibility of the events -  emerging performers will share the stage, and equal billing, with internationally renowned artists; workshops will range from absolute beginner to multi-generational ensembles to masterclasses; and free performances will include ‘Random Acts of Violins’ in public spaces, acoustic recitals, and lunchtime concerts.
We will also offer a huge range of workshops (instrumental and dance), including an array of fiddling styles and techniques, together with demonstrations and performances on related instruments including the cello, hardingfele (Norway), and nickleharpen (Sweden). Workshops will be appropriately challenging for all levels of players/dancers, while ‘In Conversation’ events will appeal to those who prefer to listen. There will also be film screenings, a photographic exhibition of fieldwork research, sessions, dances and so much more.

The Lemon Tree will once again be our Festival Hub and family friendly Festival Club, with events taking place around Aberdeen City Centre.  We are also doubling our programming around Aberdeenshire – with concerts and workshops reaching from Arbuthnott to Braemar to Banff & MacDuff!

We can’t wait to share the exciting programme with you!

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