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

At the edge of a sand dune/wilderness area, the hall was built to be a theatre and meeting point for the Findhorn Foundation and Community.

 

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.

April 2020

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5 April @ 2:30 pm | Universal Hall, Findhorn

Grinter is a giant. She lives happily alone in her huge cold house, surrounded by her huge snowy gardens, enclosed by her high, frost-covered walls. She shuts out the world, because long ago, the world shut her out, and so she hides, safe and quiet in her peaceful, icy home. Outside her garden’s towering walls, the world has been changing. There is very little green left. One day, the children – tired of playing on hard roads and grey rooftops…

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8 April @ 7:30 pm | Universal Hall, Findhorn

"Brian O' hEadhra- and Fiona Mackenzie are acclaimed singers/songwriters who draw upon their traditional Gaelic roots as well as from other musical genres including Nordic, Eastern European and Americana. Their live set features soaring harmonies and exquisite arrangements of ancient and new material whilst their stunning debut album TÌR was nominated for album of the year at the International Folk Music Awards 2018. - 'Two of the finest voices in Gaelic singing today. '-Celtic Music Radio"     Tickets are…

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19 April @ 2:30 pm | Universal Hall, Findhorn

Welcome to Dame Gothel’s garden where you can let your hair down with Rapunzel. Narrated by a wonderful frog, this adaptation has all the elements of the traditional tale… the witch, the beautiful girl locked in a tall tower and, of course, the handsome prince who attempts to save Rapunzel… With specially recorded music, beautifully made rod puppets, and Steve Smart’s masterly puppetry skills, this is a show that will be enjoyed by adults and children alike. Established in 1987,…

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May 2020

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3 May @ 1:00 pm | Universal Hall, Findhorn

"Inspired by the Greek legend of Icarus, this is the story of a girl who doesn't fit in, a girl who's learning to fly. Washed up on a tiny island, she studies the birds and begins to work out her escape. With unfolding wings, she soars up up and away . Learning to Fly is about the power of imagination and the sheer determination that lets you fly when forces all around want to pull you down. The award-winning-Barrowland Ballet-use…

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

"When Colorado band-Thunder and Rain-toured the UK in 2019 with their brand of Americana music, it sparked a huge amount of interest from a music-loving public keen to encounter something special. Big crowds turned out to catch the band that Maverick magazine had described as 'like-The Stray Birds, with a bigger sound. ' When the reviews came in, they were filled with similar praise.- 'Recalling the early days of 10,000 Maniacs ' -Folk Radio UK"     Tickets are also…

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

"With the rhythms of Americana combined with catchy pop hooks, Madison Violet have been captivating audiences for two decades. A longstanding, deep-rooted history is what ties the duo's harmonies so tight, and lies at the core of their unparalleled musical connection. They have achieved an impressive list of accolades including a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Vocal Group Album and their songs have featured in MOJO's Top 10 playlist, as well as CBC Radio 2's Top 20 'Heartaching harmonies…

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

Antigone, Interrupted-re-imagines a classic story for a contemporary world through the body and the voice of a single performer. In his first creation as Artistic Director of Scottish Dance Theatre, choreographer Joan Clevillé (Plan B-for Utopia,-The North) uses his distinctive mixture of dance, theatre and storytelling to present an intimate solo work created with acclaimed performer Solene Weinachter.     Tickets are also available in the Phoenix Stores (you need to go in person) usually two or three weeks before…

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June 2020

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

"Hailing from the Highlands of Scotland, Elephant Sessions exploded onto the indie folk scene to unparalleled effect with their last album 'All We Have Is Now. ' The band have since gone on to be finalists as Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 awards and are already winners of the 2018 Scots Trad Live Act of the Year. A truly great band to see live in an intimate venue like the Universal Hall. ""Elephant Sessions are using their instruments…

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

Soprano Mhairi Lawson joins the Dunedin Consort for an intimate programme of music from the composer Henry Purcell. With his flair for drama and extraordinary gift for bringing words to life, Purcell poured many of his most creative ideas into his songs — each of them miniature masterpieces. They are paired here with some of his most exquisite and intricately wrought instrumental works, shining examples of Baroque music at its most eloquent.     Tickets are also available in the…

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

"This year the wonderful Scottish Chamber Orchestra are sending their Wind Soloists for a variation on their usual concert. The perfect accompaniment to a summer's evening, the internationally renowned SCO Wind Soloists serve up a memorable musical feast. There's something for everyone in this entertaining programme, which is guaranteed to bring a breath of fresh air to the Universal Hall. Full details of the programme are now posted below 'You'd be hard-put finding better wind ensemble playing. '-The Guardian Full…

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

"A ceilidh through Scotland's past – and present. This legendary piece of Scottish theatre tells the story of the exploitation of Scottish lands, waters and people over the centuries. From the highland clearances to the oil boom, this is the universal tale of how the greed of a few blights the lives of many. Add a generous dose of Scottish rebellion and irreverence. Throw in some live music and a riotous ceilidh – you've got yourself a rollicking great night…

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

"A ceilidh through Scotland's past – and present. This legendary piece of Scottish theatre tells the story of the exploitation of Scottish lands, waters and people over the centuries. From the highland clearances to the oil boom, this is the universal tale of how the greed of a few blights the lives of many. Add a generous dose of Scottish rebellion and irreverence. Throw in some live music and a riotous ceilidh – you've got yourself a rollicking great night…

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July 2020

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

"Phil + Aly, two of Scotland's most acclaimed traditional musicians have been delighting audiences across Scotland with their masterful, versatile and amusing performances and leading us in the dance on BBC's live Hogmanay show for over two decades. Oct 2013 saw the legendary folk duo receive the The Sunday Mail's-'Lifetime Achievement '-Award in the-Great Scot-category. ' simply the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear '-Glasgow Herald"     Tickets are also available in the Phoenix Stores (you…

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