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Hielan' Ways Symposium: Perceptions of Exploration

Fri 14 - Sat 15 Nov, Tomintoul

A walking and talking event  bringing together mountaineers, artists, anthropologists, cartographers and other disciplines. With the ancient drovers routes in the remote area between the Aberdeenshire farmland and the Cairngorm Mountains, commonly known as the Hielan' Ways as a background, the event will explore the human, cultural and environmental heritage of lesser known regions from near and far.

The symposium will mark the end of the Hielan' Ways project, which saw artist Simone Kenyon collaborate with celebrated fiddle player Paul Anderson, poet Alec Finlay, Aberdeenshire artist Gill Russell and historian Ron Brander.

Over two days we will celebrate the many facets of the project bringing together walkers and artists of all genres to consider the many perceptions of exploration with keynote speakers mountaineer Doug Scott and artist Richard Long. They will be joined by paraplegic adventurer and athlete Karen Darke, Gavin Pretor-Pinney from the Cloud Appreciation Society, Steve Brown, Forester and Vanessa Collingridge, TV presenter and researcher in the history of cartography and exploration.

Ceilidh: Jonny Hardie & Band. Food by Rhynie Woman: Cooking the Landscape.

Organised by The Walking Institute, the event will bring together people from arts and outdoor communities as well as academia and tourism, investigating the many ways of exploring known and unknown lands.

Day One - 14 November
Walking symposium walks hosted by the artists and speakers around Scalan seminary SOLD OUT
registration 9am at Richmond Arms Hotel, Tomintoul - NOTE CHANGE OF TIME AND VENUE. 
Concert and Ceilidh 
premiere of Paul Anderson's Hielan' Symphony - the outcome of a series of solitary walks within the Hielan' Ways circuit. The day will end with a Ceilidh with Jonny Hardie from the band Old Blind Dogs.
7 pm, Richmond Memorial Hall, tickets still available

Day Two - 15 November
Symposium Day chaired by Anthrologist Prof. Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen
registration 9.30 am, Richmond Memorial Hall
Hielan' Fringe with Jake Williams and Friends 
Richmond Arms Hotel from 7.30 pm. Bring your instruments.

2 Day pass all events: NOW SOLD OUT
Saturday Seminar
Day only: £40
Concert with Paul Anderson and Ceilidh with Jonny Hardie (Fri 7pm): £10/concession £7
Combined Concert, Ceilidh (Friday 14th) and Seminar Day (Sat 15th): £47
Bed at Smugglers Hostel, Tomintoul, £15 per night. 

We tried to keep the ticket price as low as possible. Sorry we can not reimburse tickets, once sold.

To book click here

Information on accommodation and travel. Facebook event page. For more information contact or 01466 794494 

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