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Findhorn, Moray IV36 3TZ United Kingdom
01309 691170 http://universalhall.co.uk.34spreview.com/events/

The Universal Hall was built as a labour of love by literally thousands of people (mostly volunteers visiting or living at the Findhorn Foundation Community) in the ten years from 1974 to 1984. Its basic shape is a pentagon and, at its heart, is an auditorium that will seat 280 people comfortably and up to 400 on a ‘get-well-aquainted’ basis. The Auditorium is primarily used for music, drama, dance and mixed media shows and makes a great conference venue.

Designed by British architect George Ripley, the building has a hand-carved stone exterior facing, a magnificent stained glass entrance, geodesic roof construction and five enormous wooden ring beams hold up the roof.

From the exterior you can get a good view of the glass roof lantern, again pentagonal in shape, giving the building a highly unusual outline. Located at the edge of a sand dune/wilderness area, the Universal Hall was built to be the theatre, conference centre and meeting point for the Findhorn Foundation and Community.

May 2019

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25 May @ 8:00 pm | Universal Hall, Findhorn

THIS HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED After sell out performances in Glasgow and Ayr, Leah MacRae comes to the Universal Hall. Join the star of BBC's River City, Gary Tank Commander and the huge hit stage comedy "Shades Of Maggie" as she delves into the hilarious pages of her Big, Fat, Fabulous Diary With stories including; Cleaning Cupboard First Winch, The Hold In Pants Naked Truffle Shuffle; some hysterical comedy songs and a belting ballad or two this show is one…

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26 May @ 8:00 pm | Universal Hall, Findhorn

Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life. Since last touring Scotland, Phill Jupitus has upped sticks and moved here. In this new show SASSY KNACK, Phill shares yarns and thoughts from his time North of Hadrian's Wall. Adult themes and situations but delivered childishly. Phill became a familiar…

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29 May @ 7:30 pm | Universal Hall, Findhorn

Following their debut release Cross the Line in 2016, Orcadian folk Quartet FARA are touring the UK to coincide with the October 2018 release of their second album, Times from Times Fall. Comprised entirely of self-penned songs and instrumental tracks, FARA will celebrate the community which inspired them to become musicians - an album rooted in the spirit of the Orkney Isles and its people. The songs incorporate words by Orcadian poets: George McKay Brown, Edwin Muir and Christina Costie,…

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June 2019

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5 June @ 7:30 pm | Universal Hall, Findhorn

With the release of the new album Rove, Nova Scotia's powerhouse Coig has cemented its status as one of today's most exciting new North American Celtic groups. With a combined total of over 30 group and solo awards and nominations, the four members of the band are already recognized as major stars of the Celtic world. Rove is the group's third album, after 2014's Five, and 2015 seasonal favourite Carols. Five, won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album…

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14 June @ 8:00 pm | Universal Hall, Findhorn

Led by jazz violin superstar Christian Garrick The Budapest Café Orchestra play traditional folk and gypsy flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia incorporating Klezmer, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czadas and beautiful ballads. With just four players, the BCO combines violin, guitar, accordion, double bass, saz and balalaika creating an aural alchemy normally characteristic of far bigger ensembles. Accordionist Eddie Hession is a supreme accordion champion of Great Britain and Christian Garrick is one of the world's most celebrated jazz…

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29 June @ 8:00 pm | Universal Hall, Findhorn

Moishes Bagel's music consists of driving klezmer grooves, rootsy Scottish folk and tango stylings, classical virtuosity and power, inspired Latin jazz flavours; all brilliantly complemented by a richly unique percussion sound that includes Indian tabla and Middle Eastern darabuka. Equally at home in concert halls, village halls and on festival stages - the Bagels have all the right ingredients to make an evening special. In the 15 years they have been together, the Bagels have developed an instant musical chemistry…

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July 2019

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19 July @ 8:00 pm | Universal Hall, Findhorn

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is back with its annual (and usually sold-out) concert. The Orchestra's superb principal Cellist Philip Higham is soloist in Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations - a work that tips its hat to the eighteenth century, but is utterly Romantic at heart. The opening of Mozart's 'Paris' Symphony is one of the grandest, most thrilling sounds, with Mozart making use of clarinets for the first time in a symphony. Conductor Philipp von Steinaecker continues the genial high spirits and…

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