Festival aims to spark artistic skills in young people

A wide range of Moray artists and artisans are set to lead workshops at a free arts festival aimed at young people.

Knockando Woolmill will be hosting the first ever festival for young people of secondary school age and above, providing an opportunity for them to explore their creativity – while gaining hands-on experience through expert tuition in traditional skills.

Workshops on everything from hand spinning and weaving to leather crafting and greenwood working will be available alongside performing arts and drumming sessions. The Elgin Youth Development Group’s smoothie bikes will also be in attendance, which combine fun exercise with a healthy drink as a result for hard work.

A spokesman for the festival on Saturday, May 30 said: “The aim is to inspire a new generation of artists and crafters in the Moray area.

“By enabling free access to craft professionals the hope is that young people will explore their creativity in a safe and supported environment, whilst enjoying a day out, and trying something new with their friends.

“This initial event is the start of an initiative to develop a programme of workshops and activities for young people at the Woolmill.

“The aim is to create a permanent creative space which can support young people to gain life-long skills and experiences for their future working lives.”

The festival will run from 12noon until 4pm and will include drop in workshops and taster sessions beginning at 12.30. Full details can be obtained from the Knockando Woolmill website.