Cultural Spirit © Houssain Belabbes

Cultural Spirit © Houssain Belabbes


Confluence - A Moroccan Residency

On 7 February 2019, the latest Confluence photographic exhibition launched at CatStrand, New Galloway, Scotland. CatStrand is an arts centre, live music venue and cinema in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway.

Bringing together work created by 4 Confluence photographers: Houssain Belabbes, Ian Biggar, Ruari Barber Fleming and Laura Hudson Mackay, the exhibition looks back on the Confluence artistic residency which took place in October 2018 in Morocco.

The residency saw three young Scottish apprentice storytellers visit Morocco to attend workshops and masterclasses to learn the art and craft of storytelling from Master Storytellers from Morocco, Norway and Scotland.

Guests attending the launch evening at CatStrand were entertained with Moroccan music and live storytelling performances by Celtic Storyteller, Anne Errington. Anne told a selection of tales from the Confluence Book ‘Celtic and Arabian Visions and Stories’. Excitingly, Moroccan Storyteller, Mehdi El Ghaly was also able to join us (via Video) and entertained the audience by telling the tale of ‘The Three Brothers and the Three Chests’.

The photography exhibition is on display at CatStrand until 31 March 2019.