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Echo in the Dark

We invite you to come to Hospitalfield this September to tune into the more-than-human rhythms and frequencies of bats and dance together at dusk amongst the sounds and movements of Hanna Tuulikki's Echo in the Dark. 

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Echo in the Dark

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7:30pm ‐ 10:00pm
Westway, Arbroath, DD11 2NH
Hospitalfield Event by Hospitalfield


A love letter to dance music, this newly commissioned art work is a series of ‘silent’ bat raves taking place at Hospitalfield on the 8th, 9th and 10th September 2022. This work has been inspired by and drawn from the bat sounds collected by communities in Arbroath and Angus for the Echo Location Library in 2021-22 with support from Tayside Bat Group.

Echo in the Dark is a major new collaborative music and performance project by artist, musician and vocalist Hanna Tuulikki that explores the interconnections of raving and bat echolocating as a model for ecological coexistence. To compose the music, Tuulikki has worked collaboratively with artist and music producer Tommy Perman.

In the Echo in the Dark 'silent raves' Tuulikki and Perman will DJ their new set of dance music tracks, inspired by and featuring bat echo-location sounds collected with communities in Arbroath, Angus, and across the UK through the Echo Location library. 

Since 2020, Hospitalfield, Hanna Tuulikki and Dr David Martin of Tayside Bat Group have been working with communities in Arbroath and Angus to collect the sounds of bats local to the UK including Soprano Pipistrelles, Common Pipistrelles, Daubenton’s bats and Brown Long Eared bats for the Echo Location Library.

The beats and melodies of the music are made entirely from recordings of bat echolocation calls, including those gathered by Scottish communities in Angus, fused with the sounds of Tuulikki’s voice. Prior to the silent raves, two tracks from Echo in the Dark will be released on 28 July as a new 7" lathe-cut vinyl EP and digital download with record label Blackford Hill.

The raves include choreography from movement director Will Dickie with a cast of dancers based in Tayside and Scotland and the music features a special guest appearance from renowned philosopher Timothy Morton who has written extensively about ecological awareness.

Silent Raves at Dusk: 
Thursday 8 September 7.30pm until 10pm
Friday 9 September  7.30pm until 10pm
Saturday 10 September 7.30pm until 10pm

Daylight events:
A Feast for Bats Garden Tour, 12 noon
Listening with the Bat DJs, Saturday 10 September 2-4pm

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Funding: Echo in the Dark is a project commissioned by Hospitalfield with support from Creative Scotland and the National Heritage Lottery Fund. The project is supported by PRS for Music Foundation and the Silvia Waddilove Trust.

Photos by Laurence Winram with make-up and SFX by MV Brown

The Raves at Dusk are ticketed. Buy your tickets 

We have devised the ticket prices to enable everyone who would like to attend to decide how much they can pay for their participation. Choose what suits you best –

Bursary Ticket: £6

Standard Ticket: £12

Pay it forward Ticket: £24
(includes a £2 donation to the Bat Conservation Trust and helps use to enable free and bursary tickets)

Free Tickets are available to Angus based Community Groups. Please get in touch for more information to volunteer@hospitalfield.org.uk

Thursday & Friday Night Camping: £5
An overnight camping stay. The cafe opens at 10am so you can buy breakfast rolls and coffees.

Saturday Night Camping: £5
Continue the rave on Saturday night with an overnight camping stay at Hospitalfield. We'll provide a simple Hospitalfield breakfast on the Sunday morning.

There are 70 places at each Rave. The first ticket release is from 4 July when half the tickets will be released.

With your ticket you will get: 

The Live Performances of Echo in the Dark
An item of limited edition rave wear designed by Hanna Tuulikki
A bat inspired drink

All daytime events for Echo in the Dark are free.

There will be a pay bar at Hospitalfield Garden Café

The events will happen in the Paddock at Hospitalfield, which is a grassy field area at the back of the grounds. The raves will involve each attendee receiving a set of headphones for listening to the music and will include flashing lights.
A daytime version of the performances has been devised to support people to attend together in a different format.
Please be aware that fast flashing lights will be used as part of tonights performance.
Please note this is an out door event and you will be dancing on a grassed paddock, please wear appropriate footwear!


Hospitalfield, Westway, Arbroath, DD11 2NH

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