In addition to the events below, which are just some of the highlights you have got coming your way between now and the end of 2014; you can find details of many of the numerous other events taking place in the Highland Capital in our What's On Section which is edited and updated every day by our friends at the Inverness City Advertiser.
2013 Major Events Programme
10-12 October 2013 BID Street Theatre Festival City Centre
25 -26 October 2013 Halloween Show Ness Islands
5 November 2013 Fireworks Display Bught Park
6-10 November 2013 Inverness Film Festival Eden Court
10 November 2013 Remembrance Day War Memorial
17 November 2013 Christmas Lights Town House
13 -15 December 2013 Winter Wonderland Whin Park
31 December Wee Hot Highland Fling City Centre
31 December 2013 Red Hot Highland Fling NMPark
2014 Major Events Programme
22 Feb Snowman Rally
16 March Inverness Half Marathon and 5K Bught Park
20-21 April TBC BID Easter Treasure Hunt City Centre
4 April Inverness Whisky Festival
3 May Brew at the Bog
10 May BID Classic Car Show City Centre
6-8 June Rock Ness
30 May - 1 June Northern Roots Festival
14-22 June Monsterfest
19 July Inverness Highland Games
1-2 Aug Highland Field Sports Fair
4-6 goNorth Festival
7 Aug Black Isle Show
6-8 Aug Belladrum
9-10 Aug Celebration of the Centuries
1 Sept HIGHLAND HOMECOMING STARTS
3 Sept World Sheep Dog Championship (Tain)
4 Sept Northern Meeting 150 Ceremony
4-6 Sept The Northern Meeting
4-15 Sept BLAS Festival
12 Sept Masters World Championships Day 1
All roads leave to Inverness as 190 Heavies from around the world arrive in the Highland Capital to compete for 12 World Championships.
12 Sept The Highland Meeting
12 Sept Parade of the Highland Clans
13 Sept Masters World Championships Day 2
13 Sept Camanachd Cup Final
14 Sept Kirking of the Council
14 Sept Masters World Championships Day 3
21 Sept Highland Strongman
27 Sept Baxters Loch Ness Marathon
10-18 Oct Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd)
11 Oct North of Scotland Highland Dancing Championships
26 October The Culloden Run
30-31 Oct Halloween at Ness Islands
5 Nov Civic Bonfire and Fireworks
9 Nov Remembrance Sunday
23 Nov Christmas Lights Switch On
12-14 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 (Events and Promotions Officer) 01463 785006
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Everybody is invited to attend our special show for the younger members of the family the Winter Wonderland at Whin Park.
Hosted by Santa Claus and his reindeer, the show will feature regular favourites the Ice King and Queen and their new friends from Mascot Madness who are determined to ensure that everybody goes home with a smile on their faces.
The Friday show runs from 6pm to 9pm and the Saturday and Sunday Shows will run from 4pm to 7pm.
The work of the Highland Council’s Lighting Department and Limelight Event Services in creating a beautiful arena for families to explore is going to make this one of the highlights of 2013.
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Hogmanay in Inverness will start with THE WEE HOT HIGHLAND FLING - sponsored by Scotland's Winter Festivals.
Our three hour event (Noon to 3pm) will feature a huge team of performers creating mayhem and music all around the city centre.
Just after 8pm we recommend that everybody has a look at Inverness Castle because there will be a once in a lifetime moment to mark the start of the Homecoming Scotland Celebrations at 14 minutes past the hour. There will be a fire sculpture, short fireworks display and something very special above Inverness Castle. Please don't forget your cameras!
Approximately 10,000 folk are expected to head to Northern Meeting Park Arena where the gates will open at 8.30pm for our Inverness Common Good Fund sponsored FREE show - THE RED HOT HIGHLAND FLING.
Hosted by Craig Hill, the show will star THE RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS, SKERRYVORE and DOREC-A-BELLE with an amazing Fireworks Display staged by Fireworx Scotland bringing in the New Year in style. Our show is very much a family event and children are more than welcome to come along and enjoy the show.
There will be food and drink on sale inside and we would ask you to show your support for our event by not bringing your own! (Bag checks will be in operation and we reserve the right to refuse admission if you have overdone the cocktails!)
Please note that you do not need a ticket to attend the show.
The Festivals Team
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The Highland Council Fireworks Display attracted another huge crowd estimated to be in the region of 12,000 to Bught Park.
The show will started at 7pm with entertainment from the City of Inverness Youth and Inverness Legion Pipe Bands, Mascot Madness and Fly Agaric who produced an amazing fire show.
The bonfire was lit by Deputy Provost Councillor Jean Slater who had the difficult task of choosing the winning entry in the Guy Making Competition and selected a splendid effort from Dalneigh Primary School who will have the honour of creating our 2014 Guy.
This fireworks display was staged by the award winning Fireworx Scotland Display Team who produced a spectacular 20 minute display that was met with roars of approval and well deserved applause.
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Tourism in the Highlands looks set to enjoy a significant boost as part of the Homecoming Scotland 2014 programme following the announcement of support for a number of events by First Minister Alex Salmond and VisitScotland Chairman.
Caroline Packman, Homecoming Scotland 2014 Director, said: “2014 promises to be a very exciting year for Scotland where we can celebrate all that’s great about our country and place the spotlight on our greatest assets. We are delighted to have The Highland Homecoming Festival as part of the ever-extending Homecoming Scotland 2014 programme. The plans outlined present a fantastic opportunity for both visitors and locals to enjoy what’s set to be a series of great events.”
The Highland Homecoming (Tilleadh dhan Ghàidhealtachd) will last from 1st September to 31st October with our 2014 Hogmanay Show marking the end of our Homecoming Festival and the start of our Winter Festival.
Leader of The Highland Council, Councillor Drew Hendry said: “This is a very welcome boost to tourism in the Highlands which we can look forward to in 2014. We are working together with the Scottish Government to maximise the potential for Highland tourism which is a key commitment of the Council’s Administration. We are also working with partners to ensure appropriate and effective support is offered to promote our unique Highland identities, traditional sports and culture.”
Provost of Inverness Councillor Alex Graham added: “I am delighted that the City of Inverness will host a range of events to celebrate Homecoming Scotland 2014, which will also benefit the wider tourism market of the Highlands. This announcement will have a significant impact in attracting overseas tourism to the Highlands and will also provide fantastic opportunities for our own domestic tourism market.”
Amongst the highlights of the Highland Homecoming will be the arrival of the Highland Clans in Inverness for the inaugural Inverness Highland Meeting (Cruinneachadh Gàidhealach Inbhir Nis); a brand new inter-clan gathering in the Highland Capital which it is planned will take place each year as part of the city’s Kirking Weekend celebrations.
As well as being invited to take part in Sunday’s Kirking Parade through the streets of Inverness; the Clans are also being invited to play a leading role in a spectacular celebration to mark the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the world’s oldest Highland Games Stadium Northern Meeting Park; an occasion which will be remembered by the historic launch of a brand new second annual Highland Games for Inverness.
The 2014 Masters World Championships (MWC) – the world’s biggest Highland Games competition which is contested by Heavies aged 40 years and over - will be held on 12-14 September. Organised by Scottish Masters International based in Illinois USA, the MWC has attracted 190 athletes from around the international Highland Games circuit with competitors from as far away as New Zealand and Japan expected to join their counterparts from North America and Europe. The weekend will also feature the climax of the 2014 Blas Festival and Shinty’s Camanachd Cup Final.
Following the Inverness Raft Race, Loch Ness Marathon and Inverness Street Theatre Festival ensuring that the Homecoming Highland Festival will climax with two of the most eagerly anticipated Gaelic events in recent years.
Conceived and artistically directed by composer Jim Sutherland, who was raised in Thurso and lives in Edinburgh, the Struileag / Shore to Shore project has been gathering testimony and artistic contributions from Gaels around the world in preparation for a performance incorporating poetry, music and film at Eden Court Theatre. The show will be streamed live around the world, and will live on as a book, a recording and a DVD.
The Highland Homecoming Festival will then welcome the 2014 Royal National MOD which will be feature performances around Inverness City Centre and showcase all aspects of the Gaelic language, culture, history and heritage at local, national and international levels.
The final sporting event of the Highland Homecoming Festival will be one of the traditional sporting highlights of the year in the Highlands; the annual Shinty Hurling International between Scotland and Ireland at Bught Park on the banks of the River Ness.
And then ... just when you had thought you had seen everything ...all eyes will turn to Ness Islands for a Halloween Show unlike any other...
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This event attracted an estimate 3000 folk into Inverness City Centre and they were entertained by Nicola McAlley and the Minions, TFX Performing Arts Academy, Ashley and Ben, Fiddle Forte, Mastcot Madness, Fly Agaric and Stagecoach Theatre Arts. Thanks to Arts in Motion Santa arrived by train; a magnificent sight which was projected on to the front of Inverness Town House.
Following the switch on Santa made his way to the Old High Church for a wonderful Christmas Carol Service which featured Out of the Box Puppets.
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