It was a full house at Timespan last night with more than 60 people turning up to see the 1947 film, Silver Darlings, an adaptation of Neil Gunn’s acclaimed novel, The Silver Darlings. We were delighted be able to read out a special introduction to the film written by Diarmid Gunn, Neil Gunn’s nephew and an…

No celebration is complete without good food and during the Translocation Festival there will be ample opportunity to sample fresh local produce and enjoy the cooking skills of Helmsdale’s community. On a number of nights throughout the festival Timespan’s Fundraising Committee will be hosting High Teas at Timespan. A High Tea is a traditional meal,…

Throughout the Translocation Festival there are lots of opportunities for you to participate and learn new skills in arts and crafts, writing and music. All workshops are free and are open to all ages and abilities. Arts and Crafts Translocation Bunting Workshops Sunday 4 August, 14:00-16:00; Monday 5 August, 10:00-12:00 & 14:00-16:00; Tuesday 6 August, 14:00-16:00; Saturday 17…

During the Translocation Festival there will be lots of opportunities to take part in events which will allow you to witness the beauty of the Sutherland environment. Why not take a bus tour up the Strath of Kildonan or to one of the abandoned townships and learn about what live was like for the people…

UK launch of two new books from Cape Breton University Press Friday 9 August, 19:00, Timespan Price: free Come to Timespan for the UK launch of two new books about the Highland Clearances from Cape Breton University Press, Canada. The evening will include talks by both authors about their work, a short Q&A session, music from…

The Translocation Festival offers a variety of different events across the arts, from film screenings, theatre and dancing, to artist-led events and art workshops for everyone to get involved in.   Film Screening: Silver Darlings Monday 5 August, 19:30, Timespan Price: £2.50 (includes a free drink) Enjoy a screening of the 1947 film version of…

During the Translocation Festival there will be a multitude of musical events to enjoy, from the traditional to the more contemporary, as well as opportunities for budding musicians of all ages to get involved.   Transatlantic Sessions Saturday 3 August, 19:30, Timespan Price: £3 A traditional ceilidh for all the family, with music and dancing…

The two-week Translocation Festival is part of the Kildonan Clearances Bicentenary, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the removal of the many tenants who lived in the Strath of Kildonan. As such, there are a number of special commemorative events taking place during the festival.   Bicentenary Service Sunday 4 August, 11:00, Bunillidh Church A special…

The Translocation Festival is just over two weeks away, the programme has been launched and the musicians and artists are booked so here at Timespan we are turning our attention to giving the Festival that real “festival feel”. Luckily, we have had some fantastic help.  Christine Cowie has made lengths of tartan bunting which will really help…

Learable Township Tour Tuesday 6 August, 10:00 to 13:00, meet at Timespan Visit the Clearance Township of Learable and enjoy a guided walk around the   crofting township. Cost: £2.50     Helmsdale to Bettyhill Wednesday 7 August, 10:30 to 16:00, meet at Timespan Enjoy a guided bus tour up the Strath of Kildonan to…

Translocation Evening Talks Over the course of the Translocation Festival Timespan will be hosting a series of talks from experts on a range of topics relating to the heritage and culture of Helmsdale and the surrounding area.   Dr Elizabeth Ritchie “The Two Cuthbert Grants: Fighting and Fur-trading in the Canadian North West” Wednesday 7…

Anthony Schrag “Transmigration and Public Art: What’s it all about, eh? Tuesday 6 August, 12 noon     While in Helmsdale as artist-in-residence at Timespan earlier this year, Anthony explored the Bicentenary of the Kildonan Riots through a number of events and interventions in and around Helmsdale. In a humorous and lively way his work questioned…

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