The Festival - General Information
The Yellow’s on the Broom
Team are the organisers of a two-day festival of music, art and
craft-forms held annually since 2000 on the May Day Holiday weekend in a
barn on a working farm near Inverbervie. International and Scottish
performers present a locally-unparalleled variety of music genres and in
the periods before and after the event offer tuition workshops and
performances in schools and other venues.
The next event is on May
2nd. & 3rd. 2009.
festival started in 2000 and has run at the same venue at Sillyflatt
Farm, Inverbervie, for the last eight years. There is always an an
eclectic and wide range of musical genres on offer with the emphasis on
quality and unusual acts that represent an international culture.
festivals over the last eight years have included African World Music,
Liberian Bassa Beat, Cuban/Chilean Salsa/Merengue, UK and American Jazz,
Nu-Folk, Traditional Folk, Cajun/Zydeco, Bluegrass, Rythm&Blues,
Pop-Rock, Classical Harp, Didgeridoo&Djembe, Taiko Drumming, African
Drumming, Techno, Scottish Electro-Folk and Scottish Cabaret Folk.
year there are international artistes from Stavanger, Norway, and Berlin
and Heidelberg, Germany offering the finest in Texas Country/Rockabilly,
Celtic Overtoned Opera and Blues who will be tayloring their shows for
the festival’s appreciative audience.
musical mix on offer always has a range of moods and influences to
entice, to animate and to offer something for everyone. The range of
ages and nationalities attending brings people together and ensures an
enjoyable Spring evening at a superb rural venue celebrating the arrival
The principle of the
festival - and the reason it came into existence - is to promote an
awareness of international community and expression of ideas by offering
music, dance and theatricality of quality and inspiration.
In 20098 the event will be in
its tenth year and the intention is to focus the existing support by
promoting the hinterland area known as "The Mearns" to a wider catchment.
This will be conducted via the existing media contacts and website and
especially through the extension of promotional opportunities via a
professionally-made feature film. A pilot film of the 2006 event has
been completed and is available on DVD; a film of the 2007 event is work
in progress. The intention is to seek support from businesses and
interested parties which have already, or will in future, directly or
indirectly benefit from the festival and those which have the potential
to be enhanced or promoted by this event.
The event is financed from
income from ticket sales - any surplus is carried over to the following
year’s event. The dedication of the teams of volunteers and the
generosity of the farm owner, in providing the venue and other
facilities, have ensured that each year this self -financing festival
continues. Occasional financial assistance via the Aberdeenshire Arts
Development Officer has been gratefully received from Kincardine &
Deeside Arts Forum and Kincardine and Mearns Local Community Planning
The festival organisers have
so far promoted exchanges between SW Germany and NE Scotland with
like-minded organisations and have now arranged for performers and an
artist from the Stavanger catchment of Norway to visit, with the
assistance of the Norwegian Consulate General and the Norwegian Consul
The team interacts directly
with around thirty voluntary helpers, stewards, drivers, catering and
stall holders and indirectly with many more in Aberdeenshire and abroad.
Since 2006 we have worked in partnership with Benholm Mill Project, The
Kirk of Benholm and Lathallan School on workshop hosting and a film
premier evening. In 2005 we co-ordinated with Aberdeenshire Education &
Leisure Department on organizing tuition workshops.
The style of the festival is
deliberately aimed to appeal to all ages from 8 to 80 years with, for
example, children’s features early in the evening and peripheral fringe
performances in primary schools. Since 2005 tuition and skills workshops
are also a feature. Voluntary help with the two-week preparation of the
venue includes all ages and capabilities enjoying the benefit of
experiencing and promoting international friendship.