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Travellers’ traditions celebrated

An all-day event celebrating the oral and cultural traditions of Scottish travellers will take place in Aberdeen later this week.

Organised by the University of Aberdeen's Elphinstone Institute, 'A Boorach an' a Barrie Nicht', takes place at Marsichal College on Friday, March 30.

Daytime events, from 9.30am to 4.30pm, will include talks, workshops and demonstrations from Scottish experts, including renowned storytellers Stanley Robertson, Sheila Stewart and Jess Smith. These will be followed by a 'Barrie Nicht' of traditional music, song and story-telling from 7pm to 10pm.

"Travelling people have made and continue to make a very important contribution to Scottish culture and tradition," said Dr Ian Russell, Director of the Elphinstone Institute.

"However, all too often the perception of Travellers by mainstream Scottish society is a negative one. By highlighting the richness of their cultural traditions we hope to re-educate a new generation and challenge the kind of damaging stereotype that does a great disservice to Travellers across Scotland."

Registration for the day event is free but must be booked in advance. Meanwhile, tickets for A Barrie Nicht are available by contacting the Elphinstone Institute on (01224) 272996 or by emailing Further information is available at

Scottish Travellers number between 3,000 and 14,000 out of a total population of 5.1million. The vagueness surrounding their numbers is indicative of the fact that many Travellers choose to conceal their background when faced with official surveys and investigations, such as the 10-yearly census.

Dr Ian Russell, Director of the Elphinstone Institute, is available for interview. Please contact him direct on (01224) 272386.


Notes to Editors

Issued by the Communications Team, Office of External Affairs, University of Aberdeen, King's College, Aberdeen. Tel: (01224) 272014.

Issued on: Wednesday 28th of March 2007

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