The Edinburgh Harp Festival will take place this year from April 4th - 9th. Its theme is "homecoming", and as such focuses on Scottish harpers. Many of them travel far and wide, but for this week in Edinburgh, they'll be back home. There is also a special focus on dance.
The festival's trademark courses are as wide-ranging as ever; the Annual General Meeting of the Clarsach Society will take place, and there will even be a chance to take Traditional Music exams. There will also be a large harp exhibition, where you can find our Welsh partners, Telynau Vining.
The Edinburgh Festival is one of the longest-running, and most inclusive harp festivals in existence. Professionals, amateurs and students alike will all feel at home here, both because the festival explores all types of harp music, and because it always - homecoming theme, or not - joyously celebrates its own roots in Scottish traditional music. There is deliberately never any element of competition; every night, there are sessions where everyone can come and join in; and there is no separation of professional and amateur, or us and them.
Some images of last year's festival, by by kind permission of their fabulous photographer, Lieve Boussauw. If you're interested in contacting Lieve directly, you can do so at email@example.com.