Festival Events 2018

Good Grief: Celebrations of Living and Dying

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 community bonfire, 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
Cranhill Development Trust, 109 Bellrock Street, Glasgow, G33 3HE

DRYve for Life, Love & Absent Friends

An evening of celebration, remembering and sharing. There will be live music, poetry, stories. Anyone wishing to contribute whether performing, requesting a special song, sharing photo or short film clips can do so by contacting Claire on 0774 3816540 or email justbeeproductions@gmail.com.

This is an opportunity to socialise, normalise and be united in grief, through celebration of our absent friends. Refreshments will also be provided.

Thursday 1 November 2018, 6pm - 8.30pm
Steeple Church, Nethergate, Dundee

Vox Coelestis: To Absent Friends

Ex-Kings Singer and Conductor of Tenebrae, Nigel Short, leads choir Vox Coelestis in a programme of music which evokes memories of absent friends. Some pieces have been chosen by the choir's singers, but audience members have the unique chance to choose and dedicate a piece of choral music which tells the story of an absent friend.

Click here to choose a piece, or have the name of your loved one included in the printed programme.

Proceeds from the concert support the work of St Columba’s Hospice in Edinburgh which, through expert palliative care, gives people at the end of their lives the dignity and environment they both desire and deserve.

Saturday 3 November 2018, 7pm
Canongate Kirk, Canongate, Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Singers: Agnus Dei

Samuel Barber’s beautiful Adagio for Strings has long had an association with contemplation and comfort in a time of grief. It has been played at many funerals and memorial occasions over the 80 years since its composition, including those of Roosevelt, Kennedy, Einstein, Princess Grace, Princess Diana and the victims of 9/11.

The Edinburgh Singers are holding a public concert featuring Barber’s exquisite choral version of this piece, to the words of the Agnus Dei.

It will be set among a selection of other a cappella choral music which traces the journey from grief to consolation:

  • Barber - Agnus Dei (Adagio)
  • Tavener - Funeral Ikos
  • Tippet - Five Spirituals
  • Tavener - Mother of God, here I stand
  • Durufle - Quatre Motets
  • Schnittke - O Master of all Living Things

There will be a complimentary wine reception during the interval.

Tickets (£12/£10, kids under 12 free) are available from The Queen's Hall: http://www.thequeenshall.net/whats-on/agnus-dei or 0131 668 2019, or on the door.

Saturday 3 November 2018, 7.30pm
St Mary’s Cathedral, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh

To Absent Friends Community Ceilidh & Reminiscence Cafe

Join Willowbrae Free The Change group for a family friendly evening of music, dancing, reflection, tea, coffee, cake and chat to celebrate and reminisce about the people we love who have died.

Take your pick from dancing in the main hall, sitting in the Café of Reminiscence and sharing a story or memory of a loved one, or taking a look at or adding a memory or tribute to the To Absent Friends wall.

If you'd like to bring cake, fruit or biscuits to share that would be lovely, but not essential! Tea, coffee and juice will be provided.


Sunday 4 November, 6.15pm - 7.30pm
Willowbrae Parish Church Centre, 1a Willowbrae Rd, Edinburgh, EH8 7EJ

FREE and open to all

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