Fundraising event presents films and stories from Arran to Asia

The Arran Mountain Festival committee and volunteers pictured last year.

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Organisers of the popular Arran Mountain Festival, which is held each May, have already begun preparations for their 2019 festival with a summer fundraising event featuring an internationally renowned artist and speaker, and a series of three critically acclaimed films.

Taking place on Wednesday August 15 at 7pm in the Corrie Village Hall the theme will be Mountain Life, Work and Play; Films and stories from Arran to Asia.

Following on from his exhibition of works at Arran Active during this year’s mountain festival, local artist Gordon Davidson will join the group again, this time as guest speaker. Gordon’s work has taken him all over the globe, from Arran to the Amazon and beyond to Nepal. His paintings have been exhibited in international embassies and attracted the attention of the King of Thailand. Gordon’s most recent project has seen him making his annual return to Kathmandu in Nepal where over the last eight years he has developed close links with an orphanage which operates a sustainable arts project. With such a wealth of experience, Gordon has amassed a huge amount of adventures and experiences which he will be sharing with the audience.

In a jam-packed evening, a trio of short films will also be screened, naturally all with a mountain theme. Organisers of the Kendal Mountain Festival – the UK’s premier outdoor adventure festival – lend their support this year by providing two films from their award winning 2017 line up;

Where the Wild Things Play: Women in the outdoor adventure industry. This short film shines the spotlight on female adrenaline seekers to find out some of the answers.

Adaptation Bangladesh: Located in the Indian subcontinent, in the shadow of the Himalayas, most of Bangladesh is covered by the Bengal Delta, the largest Delta on Earth. Most of this rich fertile flatland is less than 12m above sea level. This film explores the response of the eighth most populous country in the world to the threat of global climate change.

The third short film Black Rock comes from the School of Performance and Cultural Industries of Leeds University. This performance project film explores the relationship between humans and mountains. The desire for risk and adventure, the physical and psychological boundaries to scaling new physical and intellectual heights.

The combination of the guest speaker and the diversity of the films within the theme of the evening should cater for all tastes and provide a unique evening’s entertainment.

Throughout the evening there will also be sweet and savoury home baking on offer in return for donations to the fundraiser. There will be a raffle and tea and coffee will be available for refreshment, for those that prefer something a little stronger, Bring Your Own Bottle is welcome.

Tickets cost £6 for adults, £4 for children under 16 years old, and all money raised will go towards next year’s festival which takes place next year from May 17 to May 20.

Further information can be found at Arran Mountain Festival on Facebook and at


The Arran Mountain Festival committee and volunteers pictured last year. No_B27AMF01