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Across the world, people have stretched string-like fibers across a sound box and plucked sounds with their fingers or produced it with bows. From cellos to ouds, koras to harps, burus to hurdy gurdys to pipa, quanun to double bass. Most of these derive from ancient instruments, require years of dedicated training to bring out the full range of their sounds, and produce sophisticated music played by highly skilled musicians.

Come explore the dramatically different aural soundscapes created by stringed instruments from across the world, played by virtuosi from home and abroad. Be prepared to open your ears, drop your preconceptions and discover new and ancient heartwarming resonances.

Events will be added to this schedule as they are confirmed.

International Marketplace

6:00pm –11:00pm

Shop the world this weekend! Our International Marketplace features fab finds from all corners of the globe.

Shopping

World Café

6:00pm –11:00pm

What are you in the mood for today? Our newly renovated World Café, in the former location of the Lakeside Terrace Tent, features a host of the best cuisine from around the world at affordable prices.

Food

The Listening Trees

6:00pm – 9:30pm

Catch a relaxing time under the Zone 5 trees listening to the way that music can tell stories!

Family

Music

Maryem Hassan Tollar

7:00pm

Maryem Hassan Tollar's favourite classic pop tunes, with ancient string accompaniment. Kate Bush on qanun, Joni Mitchell on tambura and Prince on violin - as if it t'were ever so.

Music

Aesthetec Studio: Sing & Paint

7:00pm – 9:30pm

Sing & Paint is an interactive installation where audiences paint their own vocal chords!

Family

Music

Visual Arts

Tio Chorinho

8:00pm – 9:00pm

Old world mandolins transposed to the new world, played brazilian style - with all the verve, colour and sexiness that that conjours up.

Music

iNSiDEaMiND

9:00pm – 9:30pm

Having shared the stage or collaborated with artists such as Kid Koala, RJD2 and DJ Food among others, iNSiDEaMiND's sound is often described as "listening to a movie."

Film

Music

Masters of Mali Featuring Sidi Touré

9:30pm –10:30pm

Masters of Mali deliver ancient African string airs as if they were written today, speaking to generations of tomorrow. Featuring Sidi Touré.

Music

iNSiDEaMiND

10:30pm –11:00pm

Having shared the stage or collaborated with artists such as Kid Koala, RJD2 and DJ Food among others, iNSiDEaMiND's sound is often described as "listening to a movie."

Film

Music

International Marketplace

12:00pm –11:00pm

Shop the world this weekend! Our International Marketplace features fab finds from all corners of the globe.

Shopping

World Café

12:00pm –11:00pm

What are you in the mood for today? Our newly renovated World Café, in the former location of the Lakeside Terrace Tent, features a host of the best cuisine from around the world at affordable prices.

Food

Royal Conservatory of Music presents Young Artists Performance Academy

1:00pm – 6:00pm

Don't miss an afternoon of outstanding virtuosic performances by brilliant young musicians, ages 9-18, of the Royal Conservatory’s Young Artists Performance Academy.

Music

Flames Across the Border Featuring Mike Ford

1:00pm

An interactive breakneck tour through the history of the 1812 war and its historical implications told with brilliant guitar playing and song by Mike Ford. Suitable for families and children, eight and up.

Music

Theatre

Family

Dare to Create: Strings and Things

1:00pm – 7:00pm

Make an instrument and decorate it to the hilt. There will be specially announced times when the creators of the instruments can join together on the Redpath Stage and play along to a classic rock or violin track! Play loud, play proud!

Family

Learning

Music

The Listening Trees

1:00pm – 9:30pm

Catch a relaxing time under the Zone 5 trees listening to the way that music can tell stories!

Family

Music

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