We’ve enjoyed a great spring and summer season heading out to Lyth Arts Centre – the most northerly Arts Centre on the UK mainland. My post way back in February highlighted my pick of the programme for the months leading up to the end of June. During July and August, Lyth has hosted a summer exhibition titled ‘Mountains Underwater: Stroma’ which celebrates a secretive and uninhabited island off the Caithness coast. There’s still time to catch it until the 1st September!
Also worth a mention are the Thursday Lates programme that have been on offer – workshops or special events at the centre. I took part in an art synethesia workshop where we listened to some soundscapes and used what we heard as a basis for our artwork. It was a really interesting experiment to take part in and we were able to use different mediums for our artwork. Exceedingly popular was the pop up of Caithness Pizza (FB/Insta) – run by centre co-directors Tom and Charlotte. Every week was a sell out!
But now we’re heading into autumn, but that doesn’t mean that the LAC team are slowing down! The autumn programme dropped into local letterboxes at the beginning of August, and if you aren’t local, you can check out the event calendar here. There’s still an eclectic programme of music, film, theatre and much more planned, so here’s my Top 5 picks from the autumn programme!
- Poet of the Impossible – Monday 16th September | 8pm (6:30pm for food & ticket deal)
Lorenzo Novani visits Lyth with a crafted show weaving magic and words together. With performances already around various Fringe festivals, this is a highly anticipated show. You can also buy ‘ticket and meal’ deals for £20 per person which are catered by the Whaligoe Steps Cafe team (you can see when I was gifted tickets to a previous Greek food and ticket performance here).
2. Lizabett Russo – Friday 11th October | 8pm
Scotland-based singer-songwriter Lizabett Russo merges her native Romanian traditions with elements of contemporary jazz, avant garde folk and world music, a range of influence effortlessly spanned by her powerfully versatile voice. Lizabett will be accompanied by the award winning jazz guitarist Graeme Stephen.
Lizabett also sells her own unique merchandise – homemade soup and knitted bowties!
3. Last Breath – Saturday 9 November | 8pm
A diver is stranded on the bottom of the North Sea with only five minutes of oxygen and no chance of rescue for at least thirty minutes. This full length feature film is directed by Alex Parkinson and delivers emotional first hand accounts of a diving incident.
4. The Flames – Saturday 23 November | 8pm
The Flames is an innovative mix of film, music and performance presenting a fresh look at how we age. A company for people aged 50+, performances include film and specially composed music to explore stories about life after fifty, challenging our perceptions of ageing.
5. LAC Christmas Ceilidh – Saturday 14th December | 8pm
Fast becoming a tradition (we were there last year and hoping to join again this year!) is the Lyth Christmas Ceilidh. With an evening of dancing to music from local Addie Harper and his band, the ticket also includes a light finger buffet and mulled wine. Pull on some dancing shoes and we’ll see you there!
I can’t mention Christmas without mentioning other festive events happening at Lyth – firstly the Festive Makers Market (Fri 6 Dec, free entry) where you can stock up on Christmas gifts and goodies. You can also take the whole family to visit the winter exhibition (Mon 2 – Sun 8 December, 4-8pm) which will be an interactive light installation made in collaboration with artist Joanne B Kaar.
So, take a look at what’s coming up at Lyth over the autumn months, I’m sure you will find something that appeals!