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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.

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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August 2019

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

Dougie MacLean is Scotland’s pre-eminent singer-songwriter and a national musical treasure” (SingOut USA) who has developed a unique blend of lyrical, ‘roots based’ songwriting and instrumental composition. He is internationally renowned for his song ‘Caledonia’, music for ‘Last of the Mohicans’ and countless inspired performances. His songs have been covered by Paolo Nutini, Amy MacDonald, Ronan Keating, Mary Black, Frankie Miller, Cara Dillon, Kathy Mattea and many other top performers. He has received two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place…

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

This is a ground-breaking collaboration with Glasgow’s Optimo Music and Brazilian dance collective 7OITO. Join Scottish Dance Theatre for an immersive ceilidh experience, inspired by both the culture of Scotland and the street festivals of Brazil.  You are invited to participate in the dance – or just observe – you choose. All ages, genders and abilities welcome. Please let us know in advance if you have any accessibility needs. Full details of an associated workshop will be posted here when…

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September 2019

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4 September @ 7:30 pm | Universal Hall, Findhorn

The legendary, multi-award winning Old Blind Dogs bounded into their 25th anniversary year with a cracking new album Room with a View. With a line-up from the world of Scottish folk music that is approaching superstar status, the band creates a sound which stands at the forefront of the Scottish roots music revival.  ‘Room with a View… could well be a contender for Scottish album of the year.’  Folk World

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

Taking inspiration from their roots in the Irish and English traditions, Flook have an enviable trademark sound, weaving and spinning traditionally rooted tunes over precise acoustic grooves, with a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination.  Twenty-four years after their first gig together, Flook continue to inspire and enchant audiences of all ages. With their new album ‘Ancora’ out in 2019, it’s plain to see that Flook, with their roots firmly anchored in the tradition, are holding fast…

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

Making a hugely welcome return to the Universal Hall, Kakatsitsi have established themselves as one of the leading African drumming groups, renowned for the quality of their singing and their accessible, funky, danceable drumming grooves. For this performance they will be collaborating with Mbilou who is an Nganga – healer, musician and dancer from the Bwiti traditional religion of the forest regions of equatorial Africa, modern day Gabon. Bwiti is an ancient shamanic tradition, originally practised solely by the forest peoples of the central African rainforest. See our…

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21 September @ 8:00 pm | Universal Hall, Findhorn

Nominated ‘Musician of the Year’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018 – Martin is known as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world. Listed in Gibson Guitars’ Top 30 Acoustic Guitarists of all time, Martin is also acclaimed as a brilliant slide guitar player, and a fine banjo-picker to boot. His solo…

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28 September @ 7:30 pm | Universal Hall, Findhorn

Created and directed by Kally Lloyd-Jones, The Chosen is an intensely moving dance piece about dying and embracing the art of living. How do we choose to live in the face of the inevitable and how do we think about the final stage of our life cycle? The Chosen addresses our individual mortality from the shifting perspectives of ourselves and our loved ones. This is the world premiere tour from Scotland’s acclaimed Company Chordelia – the winner of Sunday Herald…

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29 September @ 2:30 pm | Universal Hall, Findhorn

Produced by Red Bridge Arts this is a theatre show for children aged 3-6 years featuring a storyline about well – a stick, just a stick. But for one, all alone, this stick has something special. And soon the two are the best of friends. They run, play, hide and rest…and stick together when things get tough. Beautifully crafted, making treasure from everyday objects, Stick by Me is a joyful show about friendship and play, and the importance of treasuring little things.…

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October 2019

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2 October @ 7:30 pm | Universal Hall, Findhorn

Liz Rothschild is a performer, celebrant and award-winning burial ground owner. In this one-woman show she shares her unique insights and experiences from life’s finishing line. Funny, wise and taboo busting; Outside The Box confronts the trickiest of subjects with grace and humour, using a weave of untold and surprising stories, a hint of history and some pithy commentary on the funeral industry (from one who knows!). “… empowers us, not in a wishy washy way, but with real concrete recipes…

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18 October @ 8:00 pm | Universal Hall, Findhorn

Based on the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries bring Celtic Dance music into the 21st century by incorporating many influences which take them from traditional jigs and reels through jazz, hip hop, reggae and more. From the moment they take to the stage, the mood is set for a no-nonsense feel-good atmosphere – each number sounding like an encore itself. They tease unlikely combinations from the familiarity of instruments such as fiddle and highland pipes – blending with techno…

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23 October @ 7:30 pm | Universal Hall, Findhorn

Hailing from British Columbia, The Dancers of Damelahamid are an Indigenous dance company. Their rich history of masked dance inspires a compelling performance, celebrating the diversity and history of the many beautiful Canadian Indigenous cultures. Through dramatic dance, captivating narrative, intricately carved masks, and elaborate regalia, the company transform time and space, bringing the ancient into a living tradition.

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November 2019

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1 November @ 8:00 pm | Universal Hall, Findhorn

Back on the road again with his new stand-up show Paddy Crazy Horse, Tommy Tiernan rants and raves, he dances and acts. He mixes a love of comic rebellion and a refusal to be conscripted into a rational view of the world with a deep love for talking and the poetry of everyday speech. Tommy Tiernan is the Star of Channel 4’s hit show Derry Girls and Live at the Apollo (BBC) writes a weekly newspaper column for the Sunday Independent and hosts his own…

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6 November @ 7:30 pm | Universal Hall, Findhorn

Created and performed by Katherina Radeva, this is a one-woman theatre show that tells the stories of Katherina’s childhood experiences, as a 7 year old in communist Bulgaria, of the fall of the Berlin Wall back in 1989.  This is a beautiful and captivating story of love, breaking free and Europe, made all the more relevant by the thirty year anniversary of the fall of the Wall and the continuing saga of Britain’s relationship to Europe. “Compelling... a captivating performer.”…

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9 November @ 2:00 pm | Universal Hall, Findhorn

Visible Fictions presents Slug - a comic clowning adventure with no words for all aged 7 and up. Slug is munching through your prize winning cabbages eating your roses and leaving slimy trails all over the lawn. Slug is taking over your thoughts and tormenting your dreams. Slug needs to be stopped. Slug doesn’t care! Join us for the battle of the century as gardener vs slimy foe fight to reclaim the garden. Devised and Directed by Dougie Irvine and…

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15 November @ 7:30 pm | Universal Hall, Findhorn

A co-production between Stellar Quines and Pearlfisher, Hope and Joy is a seriously funny play that explores love and loss in a changing environment. Hope’s labour is unusual and uneggspected. But nothing fazes Joy, the hospital cleaner who supports and befriends her. When Joy is sacked for letting human-bird hybrids escape out the window, Joy moves in with Hope and her swan-boy son Magnus. Their lives collide in chaos. Recommended age 12+

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