To Absent Friends – a new festival of storytelling and remembrance

Categories: Community Engagement.

Everyone has a story to tell of someone who has died and who they miss – a grandparent who had a fascinating life; a friend with a unique sense of humour; a child who loved to dance.

To Absent Friends aims to provide people across Scotland with an excuse to remember, to tell stories, to celebrate and to reminisce about people we love who have died.

The festival is being held for the first time from 1 to 7 November 2014, with events taking place across Scotland – in public spaces, over social media, among friends, families and communities, and in people’s minds and hearts.

A new website has been launched, where visitors can:

  • write on the wall of remembrance
  • share a story of someone they miss
  • offer to host a photo exhibition
  • sign up to receive a resource pack
  • submit details of an events on the Festival Blog.

The website also features inspiration and practical resources, as well as a new film which demonstrates the motivation for founding the new festival.

A small grants fund has been set up to support Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief members to participate in To Absent Friends. They are particularly keen to support small organisations to undertake local activities that provide public opportunities for storytelling and/or remembrance of people who have died. The maximum sum available through the small grants programme is £250 and the deadline for receipt of completed applications is Friday 19 September 2014.

Find out more about the fesitval and get involved via the To Absent Friends website, and keep up-to-date on Twitter @2AbsentFriends

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