In keeping with the theme of storytelling and remembrance, the launch for this year's festival will take place at the Living Memory Association's Reminiscence Room in Ocean Terminal, a treasure trove of photos and memorabilia from bygone days, collected to keep memories and stories alive.
Hear more about the festival, including contributions from participants, browse the memorabilia, and share your own stories over light refreshments. There will also be chance to browse our exhibition which opens the same day at the St Columba's Hospice pop-up shop a few doors down.
The launch is free and open to anyone, but seating is also limited. Anyone with mobility or accessibility difficulties, please email email@example.com to reserve a suitable space.
Thursday 1 November 2018, 3pm - 5pm
The Living Memory Association Reminiscence Room, First Floor, Ocean Terminal (next to Debenham's), Ocean Drive, Edinburgh, EH6 6JJ
Cranhill Development Trust would like to invite the community to join them for a walk of remembrance to celebrate the end of their Good Grief Festival - Celebrating Life and Death.
People will meet at the Edinburgh Road entrance to Cranhill Park on Friday 5 October at 4.45pm, walking with candlelit lanterns and tributes to honour and remember absent loved ones, towards the Cranhill Community Garden (a short walk away), laying tributes within a special installation in the gardens and enjoying a pot luck community meal together afterwards inside the Cranhill Development Trust.
Then to celebrate during To Absent Friends festival itself, the tributes will be taken down for a ceremonial burning, followed by another community meal.
This events are free and suitable for all ages. This is a family friendly event with activities provided. All faiths welcome.Friday 5 October 2018, 4.45pm & Friday 2 November, 5pm
Spynie Kirk, by Elgin, will be open from 11.30am - 2.30pm on Thursday 25 October as a quiet space, with an opportunity for simple acts of remembrance. (While this is alongside a monthly community soup & sweet lunch in Spynie Hall, the Kirk is open separately for anyone to drop in.)
For directions to the church, see http://www.duffusparish.co.uk/churches/spynie.html
Thursday 25 October 2018, 11.30am - 2.30pm
Spynie Kirk, by Elgin, IV30 8XJ
Wardie Parish Church are holding a workshop for people to make memory boxes, some of which they hope people will allow to be displayed in the church during To Absent Friends Week, when the church will be open 1 - 4 November.
The workshop is open to anyone, but numbers are restricted to 12. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
Friday 26 October 2018, 10.30am - 12.30pm
Wardie Church New Hall, Primrose Bank Rd, Edinburgh, EH5 3JE
North Edinburgh Arts together with other organisations in Muirhouse are organising a full programme of events for To Absent Friends. It starts with the traditional All Souls' Service at the Old Kirk and Muirhouse Parish Church, continues with the Inheritance Tracks Exhibition featuring musical dedications to those who have died, and ends with a psychic night.
For more details see their Facebook page
Sunday 28 October - Wednesday 7 November 2018
North Edinburgh Arts, 15A Pennywell Road, Edinburgh, EH4 4TZ (and other nearby venues)