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Lyth Arts Centre announces summer season in the heart of Wick – live music, workshops and performances all at Rosebank Playing Fields


By David G Scott

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Rosebank Playing Fields will host a summer season of music and special performances. Picture: DGS
Rosebank Playing Fields will host a summer season of music and special performances. Picture: DGS

Following a successful spring season, Lyth Arts Centre (LAC) is set to announce a new programme of events throughout July and August in the heart of Wick.

Taking place at the Rosebank Playing Fields in the heart of Wick, the festivities will include live music, workshops and performances for families and young people and a series of events showcasing the Unexpected Garden – LAC’s travelling community growing space.

Electronic trad duo from Skye, Valtos.
Electronic trad duo from Skye, Valtos.

Highlights to look forward to include performances from some of Scotland’s most renowned musicians like Mary Ann Kennedy, Alistair McCulloch and Ewan MacPherson. Playing alongside these stalwarts of trad and folk are upcoming musicians from the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail and vibrant newcomers like Heisk, Eriska, Eabhal and electronic trad duo from Skye, Valtos. Local acts like The Yips and Open Plan will also be playing at the pop-up venue.

Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre bring its hilarious 'Stories Just In Case'.
Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre bring its hilarious 'Stories Just In Case'.

For families, Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre bring its ‘Stories Just In Case’ in August, followed by specially commissioned storytelling and drama workshops from Glasgow based Eco-Drama. There’s also music workshops for all ages, including ‘drumfun’ and chances to learn from the artists and performers who are taking to the stage. The Caithness Young Creatives, a creative club for young people, have planned a series of free events and workshops for teenagers and young people from storytelling to song-writing and filmmaking to photography.

Imogen Stirling. Picture: Mihaela Bodlovic
Imogen Stirling. Picture: Mihaela Bodlovic

Finally, the site will host the Caithness Unexpected Garden – a travelling community growing and performance space that is part of the nationwide Dandelion project. Recently in John O’Groats, the innovative garden on the back of a lorry, will be at the Rosebank for the duration hosting workshops, talks and even a ‘pick your own picnic’.

Unexpected Garden.
Unexpected Garden.

LAC director Charlotte Mountford said: "We’re so excited to be collaborating with Wick Youth Club to bring a summer of activities and fun to all of the Caithness community.

"The Rosebank Playing Fields is a beautiful site in the heart of Wick, accessible to many on foot or public transport and it’s a great opportunity for LAC to try something new. I think it will really be something different and hope everyone will come down to have a look and support."

To find out more visit www.lytharts.org.uk

All events will be free, but some do require pre-booking. The LAC summer programme is funded by the Creative Scotland Open Fund and the Recovery Fund for Organisations, and Dandelion.


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