Moray’s first Heritage and Culture Symposium will take place in Elgin next week.
The free event, held on 15 November aims to build connections between artists and the heritage sector to further develop Moray’s business and economic landscape.
Delegates at the event, which is being funded by the Discover Moray’s Great Places Partnership, will be invited to take part in interactive workshops throughout the day, as well as hearing from experts in their field.
A number of artists who have delivered outstanding heritage and arts projects will be sharing their stories and encouraging attendees to work together and explore opportunities to use creativity to enhance Moray’s rich cultural heritage.
The symposium, which has been curated and produced by Findhorn Bay Arts on behalf of the Discover Moray’s Great Places project, will take place at the Alexander Graham Bell Centre, Moray College UHI, Elgin between 10am and 4pm on Friday 15 November.
The six round table workshop sessions will bring together artists, those who are passionate about heritage and those working in the heritage sector to encourage cross-learning and provide networking opportunities.
Kresanna Aigner, Creative Director at Findhorn Bay Arts, said: “We were delighted to be invited by Discover Moray’s Great Places to submit a proposal to deliver activities as part of the project, and we believe the symposium is the perfect first event.
“With the aim of bringing the heritage sector to life, we will be organising a series of events on behalf of the project over the coming months including workshops in the community, creating a digital animation with young people, and winter tales and tunes sessions in the new year.
“This symposium is the first stage of this programme of activity and with presentations and group sessions with renowned artists, it is the perfect place to connect and inspire the heritage and culture sectors in Moray.”
Jim Royan, Chair of Discover Moray’s Great Places, added: “This symposium will add the final piece to this programme and reminds us of the potential that Moray has as a quality destination and the significant opportunities that would be on offer through a Tourism Business Improvement organisation”.
Speaking on behalf of Moray Economic Partnership, Rhona Gunn, Moray Council’s Director of Economic Development and Infrastructure said: “Moray is host to a number of talented artists and creative forces and events like this, which aim to bring organisations and individuals from different sectors together to benefit the overall business community in the region, are incredibly important.
“Not only do these events allow businesses to learn from each other, it also provides networking opportunities to foster new relationships and we look forward to seeing the impact of the Heritage and Culture Symposium.”