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15 November 2016

Heritage Helps Creativity in Inverness

‘From Heritage to Creativity’ event explores how communities around Scotland have turned their local history into drama, graphic arts and storytelling.

Two men and a woman all wearing re-enactment clothing

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and the Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS) are inviting history and heritage enthusiasts in the Highlands to join the first ever ‘From Heritage to Creativity’ workshop in Inverness this Saturday 19 November. Participants will have the chance to hear from community groups who have uncovered the history of their community, and have used it to create imaginative ways to tell it including plays, comic books and animations.

This event is open to everyone, and will particularly appeal to anyone keen to hear talks from and share ideas with designers, playwrights and storytellers.

Playwright May Sumbwanyambe, who will be leading a workshop on drama scripts at the event, said: “It's particularly exciting for me to be bringing my theatre expertise to a new audience in Inverness with a focus on broad storytelling. From my point of view it is vital that we continue to fund and support events like this that foster collaborations and communication between the various strands of literary arts.”

Anne Murray from Huntly Histories added, “I’m looking forward to the conference as it combines my two favourite things, heritage and creativity. The possibilities for communities to use these are endless!”

The event will be held at The Spectrum Centre, 1 Margaret Street in Inverness on Saturday 19 November, 10.30 - 4.30, and is facilitated by Scotland’s Urban Past (SUP) and Traditional Arts & Culture Scotland. SUP is a nationwide community engagement project led by Historic Environment Scotland and Heritage Lottery funded, providing training, support and resources to people of all ages to help them discover and share the fascinating stories of Scotland’s towns and cities.

Carol Stobie, Audience Development Officer with SUP, said, “I’m delighted to collaborate with TRACS and their creative networks on this event. Many history and heritage groups want to work towards more creative outcomes, from visual arts to performance, but they often need some support and inspiration to achieve that. We’re also aware of creative groups and individuals who want to incorporate history and heritage into their work. Here is a great place to start both.”

There is a £5 entry fee for this event, which includes a light lunch and refreshments throughout the day. 

These networking and training opportunities combine Historic Environment Scotland's Scotland's Urban Past project with the #DareToDream Storytelling Festival Campaign 2016.

Notes for editors:

  • For further information on Scotland’s Urban Past visit our website www.scotlandsurbanpast.org.uk 
  • The #DareToDream local storytelling festival campaign is part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival. 

About Historic Environment Scotland (HES)

Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016

2016 is the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design (IAD). Through a series of exciting events and activity, the year will showcase Scotland's position as an "innovation nation", its outstanding built heritage, and its thriving, internationally acclaimed creative industries sector. This is a Scottish Government initiative being led by VisitScotland and supported by a variety of partners.

Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016

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For further information, please contact:

Ali George
Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
Direct Line: 0131 668 8714
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