North Atlantic Fiddle Convention 2018

A unique festival of fiddle music and dance for all the family from 11–15 July 2018 in Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire.

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On 7th Jun 2018 we successfully raised £2,550 with 17 supporters in 49 days


The North Atlantic Fiddle Convention is a unique globe-trotting event for lovers of fiddle music and dance. It is an exhilarating festival, celebrating and showcasing the very best of fiddle and dance styles from around the North Atlantic seaboard, alongside an international symposium that attracts some of the world’s top minds working on related research.


From 11–15 July 2018, NAFCo will return home to the North-East of Scotland. Our aim is to bring a large and varied programme to venues and community spaces around Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, showcasing local, national and international artists representing music and dance traditions from Scotland to the Baltic, throughout Scandinavia and down the continent to Spain, from Ireland to Canada and the USA, as well as international traditions celebrated in the UK. The beauty of NAFCo is the variety and accessibility of the events— emerging performers will share the stage with internationally renowned artists; workshops will range from absolute beginner to advanced masterclasses; and there will be an extensive programme of free events for all ages. Expect ceilidhs and talks, film screenings and  sessions, club nights and pop-up gigs, busking trails and international concerts, an international youth fiddle camp, a family-friendly Festival Club, and so much more.

The line up will feature Scottish and international artists, including The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, Patsy Reid, Nic Gareiss, Brittany Haas, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Adam Sutherland, Anna Lindblad, Jyotsna Srikanth, The Rheingans Sisters, NORTH, Figelin, and many, many more.


Reviews from NAFCo 2010 in Aberdeen:

‘I can't recall ever enjoying myself so immensely at a conference or a festival. My only regret is that they haven't yet perfected human cloning, as I wanted to be several places at once.’ (American conference presenter)

‘As a local resident (Tarves) I am delighted that you have been able to attract such a body of talent to our home area. It feels a real privilege to have shared their enthusiasm in workshops and of course to applaud their public performances. I thank you all most sincerely.’ (Visitor from Aberdeenshire)

‘I have never been so near to heaven in my life.’ (Member of audience at Cowdray Hall)

‘A most enjoyable feast of international traditional music and dance. Some nationalities of which I have seen for the first time. I am delighted to have been a small tourist part of NAFCo and can only say congratulations to all involved in the organisation of the event.’ (Visitor to Aberdeen)

NAFCo is the only event in the world that combines a festival and conference dedicated to celebrating the fiddle and dance traditions of the countries surrounding the North Atlantic, providing a unique forum for artists, academics, audiences and learning musicians to share ideas, practices, research and cultural exchange. 

With pledges from you, we will raise funds to deliver another brilliant convention, and you get to be a part of the NAFCo family. With your support, no matter how big or small, Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire will be celebrating an event that helps put the region on the map as a cultural tourist destination, and brings a great five-day musical buzz to the North-East. 

Please take a look at the fantastic Rewards and consider how you can help us to make the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention a huge success! All our rewards are exclusive to Crowdfunder and are limited in availability. All funds raised will go directly to NAFCo 2018. 

With your support we can deliver:

  • Outreach to communities throughout Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
  • Increased youth programming, including performance opportunities, a youth fiddle camp lead by celebrated fiddler and composer Patsy Reid, as well as a mass-ensemble performance of a new commission at the NAFCo Gala concert.
  • Double the number of activities in Aberdeenshire from previous conventions.
  • An extended programme of more than 150 concerts, workshops, talks, film screenings, pop-up performances, sessions, family dances and so much more.
  • More of the very best local and international fiddle and dance talent, as well as a range of performance opportunities for emerging artists.
  • Affordable ticket prices for concerts, workshops and events, and an extensive programme of free activities.
    ... and much much more.


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How exactly does the crowdfunding work?

If you are new to Crowdfunder, here’s how it works. If you pledge money to us, and if enough of you do the same within the time limit, we will reach our target. At the end of our campaign your pledges will be debited from your account, we will receive the funds, NAFCo 2018 will be full speed ahead, and you get to collect your unique rewards. 

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In the very highly unlikely event NAFCo 2018 is cancelled, it is our duty to refund your pledge, meaning it's a risk-free win-win for you.

We are so excited about NAFCo 2018, and thank you for helping to bring it back to Aberdeen!
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