Looking ahead - Diary Dates 
Welcome to the Inverness Festivals News Page

Thanks for all the wonderful messages of supports following of Hogmanay Show!

After one of the most amazing years anyone can remember we are now looking forward to our 2015 events!

Please visit our Events Listings Page where you will find the latest details in our What's On Section which is edited and updated every day by our friends at the Inverness City Advertiser.


2015
Major Events Programme
9 May Inverness Classic Vehicle Show
18 July Inverness Highland Games
31 July - 7 August World Orienteering Championships
5-7 Sep Highland Military Tattoo
13 Sep Kirking of the Council
30-31 Oct Halloween Show
5 Nov Civic Bonfire and Fireworks
11 Nov Remembrance Day 11am Ceremony
22 Nov Christmas Lights Switch On
11-13 Dec Winter Wonderland
31 Dec Wee Hot Highland Fling
31 Dec Red Hot Highland Fling


For further information please contact:
The Inverness Festivals Team
c/o Gerry Reynolds (Inverness Events Manager) 01463 785006
Email: gerry.reynolds@highland.gov.uk

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Review Hogmanay Show - The Red Hot Highland Fling (31 Dec) 
Judging by the feedback that we have received so far our 2014 Hogmanay celebrations was one of the most popular yet!

The hottest event in the Highlands returned with an explosive line-up who did a brilliant job keeping the estimated 10,000 plus crowd fired up throughout the full five hours the show.

Comedian Craig Hill had the crowd roaring with laughter as he introduced The Red Hot Chilli Pipers awith special guests Mànran and the Julie Fowlis Band.

At midnight all eyes turned in the direction of the Cathedral for a fantastic firework display before the Chillis return to lead the crowd in the singing of what must have been the best “Auld Lang Syne” that the Highlands have ever seen.



CHECK OUT OUR WEE FILM OF THE HOGMANAY SHOW BY CLICKING ON THE RELATED LINK BELOW THIS MESSAGE

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Review: 2014 WINTER WONDERLAND (Dec 12th - 14th)  
The 2014 Winter Wonderland show at Whin Park took place over the weekend of Friday 12th - Sunday 14th December attracted huge crowds estimated to be in the region of 10,000 plus.

The show will featured a host of cartoon characters and the Highland Council's Lighting Department and Limelight Event Services transformed the park with spectacular illuminations for everyone to enjoy.

New for this year's show were free bounces on our Inflateable City and the chance for youngsters to try our Walk on Water Balls which were a huge hit and look set to become a regular part of future Wonderlands.


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Review - 2014 Halloween Show TAKE 2 (28-29 November) 



“Better late than weather…”

Following the Halloween Weekend postponement due to flooding; any concerns about staging the show weeks later quickly vanished as hundreds of spectators arrived long before the gates opened for this year's show.

The show has a distinctly Scottish Theme; with a number of famous Ghosts returning to Inverness for their very own Homecoming Unhappy Hour at Burke and Hare’s Tavern. Amongst the Ghosts who delighted the estimated crowd of 10,000 were Robert the Bruce and his Spider; Mary Queen of Scots, Bonny Prince Charlie, Tam O’ Shanter, Rabbie Burns and Alexander "Sawney" Bean who was still clearly upset as a result of being executed due to a misunderstanding involving the mass murder and cannibalisation of over 1,000 people.

Bringing all the Ghosts to life were over 100 performers from the Eden Court CREATIVE programme and the creative talents of Arts in Motion, Limelights and the Highland Council’s Lighting Department.

The Chair of the Inverness Events and Festivals Working Group Councillor Glynis Sinclair said “ After months of rehearsals we were really excited about finally being able to stage this show and we are delighted that so many folk turned up".

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Review 2014 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON (23 Nov) 

Our 2014 Christmas Lights Show was hosted by STV's Nicola McAlley who was joined on stage by Star Wars characters, Minions, Minnie Mouse, a Ninja Turtle, and some wonderful young members of TFX Performing Arts Academy, Stagecoach Theatre Arts and Performers UK who sang their hearts out to the delight of the crowd. After climbing down the front of the Town House with a little help from Arts in Motion; Santa emerged to rousing cheers to help Provost Alex Graham lead the countdown before 7 year old Owen Strachan of Hilton pressed the button to bring the dazzling display of Christmas Lights in Inverness to life.

Following the switch on Santa will then made his way to the Old High Church with the Provost for the traditional Christmas Carol Service Ding Dong Merrily Old High which featured a show by Out of the Box Puppets. The Countdown to Christmas 2014 could not have gotten off to a finer start.


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Review 2014 CIVIC BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS DISPLAY (5 Nov) 

Many thanks to everybody who attended November 5th's amazing celebrations which attracted an estimated 12,000 spectators to Bught Park.


The feedback that we have received has been amazing and special mention must go to all the drivers who helped us by parking well away from the site and walking to the event.


COMPETITION RESULTS

We are pleased to announce details of the winners of the two competitions which were organised in partnership with event sponsors Fergusson Coal.
The magnificent Guy made by pupils Aiden, Sarah, Leanne, Korrin, Cerys and Liam of Balloch Primary School was selected by Provost Alex Graham as the winner of the 2014 Inverness Primary School Guy Making Competition; and thanks to their efforts their school will receive a donation of £200 towards school funds and be given the honour of creating the giant Guy which will sit on top of the bonfire at the Council’s 2015 show.

Also guaranteed to be warm in the months ahead will be Winnie Maclellan of Ballifeary Road in Inverness who won the competition to win one tonne of coal by correctly providing Guy’s surname of Fawkes.



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