Indian flavour added to Traquair festival

From left: Ranji Sivapatham, Gabriela Albornoz and Priya Shrikumar, dancers from Dance Ihayami, Scotland's Indian Dance Company, helped launch the Beyond Borders International Festival Programme. The Beyond Borders International Festival will be taking place on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August 2017, at Traquair House.
From left: Ranji Sivapatham, Gabriela Albornoz and Priya Shrikumar, dancers from Dance Ihayami, Scotland's Indian Dance Company, helped launch the Beyond Borders International Festival Programme. The Beyond Borders International Festival will be taking place on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August 2017, at Traquair House.

This weekend’s Beyond Borders International Festival of Literature and Thought has added a new walled garden programme to the event.

The festival – held at Traquair House on August 26 and 27 – features a host of local and international artists, writers, journalists, politicians, and diplomats for a weekend of panel debates and discussions, poetry readings, music, art, film, walks, and cycle rides.

Events in the walled garden offers a showcase of visual and performing art, music and craft from the local area and around the world, as well as offering space for smaller tête-á-tête style sessions with a range of speakers from the festival’s main stage.

The programme includes musical performances from award winning Scottish singer Barbara Dickson, Scottish-based singer Heidi Talbot, and Palestinian singer Reem Kelani; classical and contemporary Indian dance from Dance Ihayami; an exhibition in response to the legacy of the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947.

There will also be theatre perfomances of Eurohouse and Palmyra, performed by Bert and Nasi.

A number of interactive workshops will also take place throughout the weekend, and the walled garden also plays host to a yoga and meditation yurt, where visitors can drop in to meditation and yoga sessions with Raj Rai or listen to a talk on the benefits on Ayurveda’s contribution to health and well-being with Ajanta Kaza.

Journalist Kate Adie described her experience of the event as “like a rather wonderful party, but you are talking about serious matters, interesting matters”.

For the full programme, visit www.beyondbordersscotland.com, or call 0131 557 7775.