Deadline: 24 August 2018

'To Absent Friends', a festival of storytelling and remembrance, returns this November - and the organisers are inviting community groups and small arts organisations to apply for a small grant to participate.

The festival, which started in 2014, gives people across Scotland the opportunity to remember loved ones who have died, through stories, celebrations and acts of reminiscence.

November has long been associated with remembrance of the dead, through traditions like Samhain and All Souls’ Day - 'To Absent Friends' is reviving those lost traditions and helping to create new ones.

In previous years, the festival has featured storytelling evenings, poetry nights, photography exhibitions, concerts, scrapbooking workshops, cafes of reminiscence, and hundreds of private acts of remembrance, but all ideas are welcome. The more creative, the better!

Organisations can apply for grants of up to £250 to hold an event as part of the festival. The festival is particularly keen to help small, local organisations to create public opportunities for storytelling and remembrance of people who have died.

Full details of how to apply are available on the To Absent Friends website.

To Absent Friends will take place across Scotland from 1 – 7 November 2018. For further information contact Robert Peacock on [email protected] or 0131 272 2735.

[Pictured: Tartan Harmony at the 2017 To Absent Friends festival]