Saturday, 30 April 2011
The Festival is held in the last week of May every year, with ceilidhs, dances, recitals, children's workshops; there is something for everyone.
For the last number of years all of the Islay distilleries have held open days throughout the week of the festival, adding to the mix!
Come along and enjoy a week long celebration of music and all that Islay has to offer.
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Sunday, 24 April 2011
Acts revealed so far include:
- The Great Big Gilbert and Sullivan Show, from Opera Wow!
- Folk legends Dick Gaughan, Chris Stout and Catriona McKay
- The Scottish Chamber Orchestra present an evening of popular classics
- The Tim Kliphus Trio’s own take on Gypsy Jazz
- Lockerbie Unfinished Business; David Benson’s dramatization of Jim Swire’s struggle to find the truth behind the Air Disaster
- Scotland's new Makar, Liz Lochhead
New this Year is “Streets of Dumfries”, an outdoor arts carnival in town centre Dumfries featuring Skerryvore and Orkestra Del Sol, The Horn Dog Brass Band, and The Hidden Orchestra, takes place on Sat 21 May.
For the full programme see http://www.dgartsfest.com/, alternatively, call 01387 260 447 for a free brochure. Tickets go on sale April 16th online or from the Midsteeple Dumfries 01387 253 383.
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Sunday, 17 April 2011
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
- The Highlands and Islands Fiddle and Accordion Masters featuring prize-winning fiddle and accordion players from the main competition championships throughout Scotland.
- The Scottish Area Highland Dancing Finals, the culmination of the whole year’s competition circuit, featuring seventeen teams, and the only highland dancing team event to be held in the world!
- The Scottish Choreography Challenge featuring two days of entertainment of the highest standard. Teams of dancers compete for prestigious prizes using innovative dance routines incorporating traditional highland dancing steps, sound and lighting effects, dazzling costume and scenery.
- Festival Parade - A fine spectacle, with pipe bands marching through Oban for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.
- The Concert of Champions which presents winners from the competitions in a musical variety show of very high quality, followed by the Festival Fling, when competitors, family and friends dance into the wee small hours to a traditional Scottish dance band.
Ticket Sales and info. telephone 07510 841198 or visit http://www.obanfestival.org/
Sunday, 10 April 2011
Sunday, 3 April 2011
Reaper, a beautiful sailing herring drifter, is one of Scotland’s most famous boats, and returns to Banffshire during May on a short visit. There will be guided tours while she is tied up in Macduff and Gardenstown harbours.
Reaper is part of the core collection of the National Historic Fleet, which includes HMS Victory and Cutty Sark.
As part of her 10 day Moray Firth visit, Reaper will arrive in Macduff harbour on Friday May 13. On Monday evening, she will make passage overnight to Gardenstown, and spend Tuesday there.
The Reaper is the last of the big drifters, a survivor of the huge fleets whose catching power led directly to the building of our beautiful fishing villages, like Cullen Seatown, Whitehills, Gardenstown and Crovie.
Now she is a floating museum about the fishing industry of a century ago. During her time in the harbours, she is open to the public. There will four FREE tours a day, and although the visit is primarily aimed at schoolchildren, the boat is also open to groups of adults who wish to book.
Bookings must be made in advance, and the Scottish Fisheries Museum, who own Reaper, expect demand to be high. Contact their access officer, Andrea Sayers, on 01333 310628.
For later visitors, Reaper is also expected to come to Portsoy on the weekend of July 2-3, where she will once again be a star attraction at the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, among the 100 or so traditional sailing craft.