Across The Grain: Aabody Dance

We’re excited to be part of the Across the Grain cultural festival in Aberdeenshire. We’ve partnered with Live Life Aberdeenshire for Aabody Dance, an inter-generational celebration of dance.  

There will be week-long workshops in Banff, for all ages and abilities. This will culminate in a performance on Sun Oct 6 at Deveron Community Sports Centre. The piece will be paired with a live soundtrack combining contemporary Scottish music with acoustic instruments and digitally generated sounds. It’s going to be amazing … and it’s free! 

Check out the activities below:

To register your interest to take part in Aabody Dance please email:

RCS NE Junior Conservatoire

Round up of the end of term 2018/19 for North East Junior Conservatoire. The final topics were acting for camera, auditioning specifically for opportunities remotely, an area of study which is especially relevant for our North East students and stage combat with sword fighting – a particularly popular activity!

The weekend culminated with an evaluation and reflection session where the students shared their thoughts on the skills and knowledge they have gained over the last year, made possible by this satellite of Junior Conservatoire of Acting in Aberdeenshire. One student commented:

‘‘Having an opportunity like this up here, in this location, made learning about acting very accessible. Being at North East Junior Conservatoire helped me realise what I wanted to do. It was an opportunity I had to take and I have now accepted my unconditional offer to study Drama at university’’.

Further updates will be posted here.

RCS NE Arts Hub Community Activity

Over the last few months we have enjoyed a busy calendar of community events in the North East. Working in partnership with the Buchan Heritage Society, we held a Scots song masterclass with MG Alba Scots singer of the year and RCS graduate, Iona Fyfe. Also, as part of the Puppet Animation Festival 2019, we collaborated with Puppet Animation Scotland to host a free, intergenerational puppet making workshop at Macduff Arts Centre.

Our work with the northern coastal secondary schools continued and has included monthly drama and traditional music sessions, as well as free continuing professional development workshops for teachers and teaching artists in dance and composition. The local young people also had the opportunity to attend traditional music weekend events led by respected musicians Lauren MacColl and Charlie McKerron. This series ran alongside the North East Junior Conservatoire of Acting programme.

Further NE Arts Hub updates will be posted here.

Information Session

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Information Session

Date: Wednesday 20 February
Time: 5:50pm – 7:30pm
Location: Macduff Arts Centre

(All ages)

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland are hosting an information session for parents, teachers, advisers and prospective students on 20 February at Macduff Arts Centre.

Come and join us for an informal conversation about studying a creative course at a Conservatoire. The session will provide information relating to the courses we offer, entry requirements, the application and audition/interview process, as well as taking a brief look at Pre HE study options to help prepare young people for undergraduate study in their chosen field.

Book your free place by emailing

School's Video Project Round 2 - We Have A Winner!

In our last round of the School’s Video Project we have loved watching all the submissions come in. Every one of them was hugely enjoyable and inspiring to watch and being tasked with selecting one winner has been a very difficult task indeed. With no further ado, we are pleased to announce the winners Ross and Jordan from Fraserburgh Academy. They made a film about Doric words and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Well done! We look forward to seeing your submissions later in the year when new projects will be announced. In the meantime, we’re happy for schools and young people to continue using the resource at any time and hope you find it fun and useful.

Creative Careers Interview Sessions: Dance Teacher Stephen Summers

In the final of our Creative Careers Interview Sessions we talk with dance teacher Stephen Summers who is based in Fraserburgh and runs the 6.1.0 Dance Academy. He chats about his career, offers advice for those interested in dance to the importance of being passionate to top tips for auditions.

Music by: ‘Elektra’ by Cucina Povera

We hope you’ve enjoyed this series of interviews and remember to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @RCSNEArtsHub

Everyone at the North East Arts Hub send you all best wishes for over the holidays 🌟

Creative Careers Interview Session: Music Specialist Nikkie Davidson

As we near the end of our first round of Creative Careers Interviews, this week we talk with freelance music specialist Nikkie Davidson.

Nikkie talks about skills that are important in pursuing a career in music. She also discusses the importance of music tuition and community projects in widening accessibility, helping build confidence, self esteem and the positive impact learning music can have on wellbeing.

Some of Nikkie’s top tips in pursuing a career in the arts is to immerse yourself in as many creative environments as possible and being opened minded about learning new skills.

Music by: ‘Elektra’ by Cucina Povera

Coming Up Next: Interview with Dancer and Dance Teacher, Stephen Summers

Remember to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @RCSNEArtsHub

Creative Conversation with Michael Lee Richardson

Internationally-respected writer and youth worker, Michael Lee Richardson, will be leading an illustrated talk, Q&A and a practical workshop at the Macduff Arts Centre.

Michael is a writer and youth worker based in Glasgow who is currently working on a comic book script, a children’s drama and their first Young Adult novel. In 2015, they received the Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award (Children’s and Young Adult)

This event is open to the public (16+ years) and FREE.

Venue: Macduff Arts Centre
Date: Wednesday 19 Dec 2018
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

To book your space, click here. Deadline for booking is Monday 17 Dec.

Creative Careers Interview Session: Production Designer Dave Arrowsmith

In this Creative Careers Interview Session, we talk with Dave Arrowsmith, a Production Designer in TV & Film who is based in Aberdeenshire.

With a career spanning over 20 years he has worked on productions across the globe from The Musketeers, Monarch of the Glen to Dr Who and nominated for both BAFTAand RTS awards. We asked Dave if he could talk to us about how he entered into this line of work and give advice for those interested in production.

You can view Dave’s impressive showreel here.

Coming Up Next: Interview with Music Specialist Nikkie Davidson

If you would like to see us asking specific questions to those involved in the Performing and Production Arts in Aberdeenshire, let us know who you would like to see along with your questions either via email or Twitter. We can’t promise it will happen but we’ll try our best! #AskNEArtsHub

Creative Careers Interview Session: Folk Singer Iona Fyfe

In the second of our Creative Careers Interview Sessions, we talk with Iona Fyfe, a folk singer from Aberdeenshire. Currently on tour across the UK and recently nominated for Scots Singer of the Year for The Scots Trad Music Awards we asked Iona if she could give us some advice for those about to embark on their musical journey.

You can follow Iona on Facebook

Coming Up Next: Interview with Production Designer Dave Arrowsmith

If you would like to see us asking specific questions to those involved in the Performing and Production Arts in Aberdeenshire, let us know who you would like to see along with your questions either via email or Twitter. We can’t promise it will happen but we’ll try our best! #AskNEArtsHub