The first Hame festival ran in July 2022 at the University of Aberdeen. The festival shone a spotlight on our home, the North-East of Scotland, highlighting and celebrating our people and cultural expressions old and new. Through the creative contributions of festival performers, Hame offered audiences a fascinating and grounded story of the region that touches on the important themes of identity and belonging. A varied and stimulating programme of music, song, dance, slam poetry, and storytelling performances, audio-visual exhibitions, displays, public talks, local writing events, and guided walks, gave audiences an insight into the incredible cultural diversity of this area and what it means to those deeply connected to it. The festival was programmed by Elphinstone Institute in partnership with local groups and performers.