What will your Encounter be?

Youngsters and carers gather to launch the Encounters festival programme at Bellshill Cultural Centre's Book Bug group.
Youngsters and carers gather to launch the Encounters festival programme at Bellshill Cultural Centre's Book Bug group.

This year’s Encounters cultural festival programme was launched at Bellshill Cultural Centre with a host of activities planned for next month.

Youngsters and carers at the Book Bug session gathered to promote a feast of events for all ages to be held throughout October.

Wednesday, October 1, sees the first event of the festival take place at the Cultural Centre as author Rosy Barnes leads a creative writing workshop from 1.30 to 3.30pm.

Then the next day there’s an adult all-abilities drama workshop from 7pm and on October 4 there’s a morning screen-printing workshop with artist Rosalind Lawless.

Other local highlights for the first week are —

October 2: Shang-a-Lang at Motherwell Theatre at 7.30pm.

October 3: Tony Jacobs at Motherwell Theatre at 7.30pm.

October 4: Tony Skelton – Bringing Truth to Fiction at Bellshill Cultural Centre at 2pm.

The Singing Kettle’s Fantastic Funfair at Motherwell Concert Hall at 2pm.

Des McLean’s A to Z of Scotland at Motherwell Theatre at 8pm.

October 5: The Singing Kettle’s Fantastic Funfair at Motherwell Concert Hall at noon and 3pm.

CultureNL manager Jillian Ferrie said: “Our Encounters festival continues to go from strength to strength.

“For 2014 we’ve put together another great programme of events and activities for all ages and interests.

“As well as a host of talks and author-led events for book lovers, there’s music, dance, drama, film, visual art and family events – what will your encounter be?”

The full programme can be found at www. northlanarkshire.gov.uk/Encounters, or pick up a brochure at a library.

The Encounters festival is supported by the National Lottery, through Creative Scotland.