REVIEW - 2016 HALLOWEEN SHOW "FOREST OF FRIGHTS" 
The “Forest of Frights” Halloween Show at Ness Islands attracted an estimated crowd of 20,000 to Ness Islands on Oct 29th and 30th; and was a huge success both creatively and operationally.

Designed by Eden Court Creative, Arts in Motion and Limelight Event Services; this year's 1300 metre journey around Ness Islands featured an assortment of imaginative and suitably spooky performances and projections which delighted the spectators in attendance; many of who arrived suitably dress to chill.

Behind the scenes the move to a Saturday Sunday show enabled the Events Team to deliver this huge event without causing problems to the operation of Inverness Leisure Centre and Inverness Ice Rink; or disruption for the residents of nearby Ballifeary. With families responding to appeals not to bring their cars to the event; and entering the Islands from both sides of the river; the traffic management plan in operation was able to cope with two visits to the Bught by the Emergency Services during the duration of the show.


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Review: 2016 KIRKING OF THE COUNCIL 

The 2016 Kirking of the Council at the Old High Church featured representatives from a number of local schools and organisations; and we were delighted to welcome visitors from our twin city in Ausburg in Germany.


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New appointment to Events and Festivals Working Group 


We are pleased to announce that Councillor Ian Brown has agreed to serve on the Inverness Events and Festivals Working Group

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Funding approved for 2017 programme 
Inverness councillors have given their continued support for a range of popular events and festivals that will take place in the city next year.

Members of The Highland Council’s City of Inverness Area Committee have approved £320,000 Inverness Common Good Funding to enable the staging of the following events that are planned for 2017:
• Inverness Highland Games at Bught Park on 15 July
• Inverness Gala at Northern Meeting Park on 16 July
• Halloween Events at Ness Islands 28 – 29 October
• Fireworks Display and Bonfire at Bught Park on 4 November
• Christmas Lights switch on at the City Centre and “Ding Dong Merrily on High” at Old High Church on 19 November
• Winter Wonderland at Whin Park 15 -17 December
• Red Hot Highland Fling at Northern Meeting Park on 31 December.

Provost and Leader of Inverness and Area Cllr Helen Carmichael said: “The Events and Festivals Programme has helped to expand the tourism market in Inverness, particularly in the winter months particularly with the Red Hot Highland Fling which is a firmly established New Year / Hogmanay event in Scotland.

“I would like to thank the Events and Festivals Working Group and the Events Manager for their year-on-year work in delivering events in Inverness that entertain and delight tens of thousands of visitors annually.”



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World Championship Result 

Congratulations to Scott Rider of England on winning the World Championships at Halkirk Highland Games (30 August 2016). We are absolutely delighted for you.

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LOCH NESS KNIT FEST (29 Sept to 2 Oct) 
Join us in Inverness this autumn for Loch Ness Knit Fest – an exciting and innovative four-day festival for the international crafting community to be held in the heart of the Highlands.

Inspired by the hugely successful Danish Strikkefestival (and with the blessing of its organiser Crystal Seyfarth) our inaugural international knitting festival will be hosted by venues across the Highland capital, including the legendary location of neighbouring Loch Ness, promising to be an event to remember for everyone involved.

Drawing on the region’s rich cultural and crafting history Loch Ness Knit Fest will see crafters come together in stunning surroundings to network, shop and share knitting knowledge.
Combining an exciting array of exhibitors with a fully flexible visitor experience Loch Ness Knit Fest is a chance to craft memorable moments amongst fellow makers while discovering this inspirational Scottish setting.

With everything from immersive knitting experiences to hands-on wool workshops, Loch Ness Knit Fest will cater for all kinds of crafters who can enjoy appearances from Scottish knitting icons such as Alice Starmore, as well as festival spokesman and Landward favourite Sarah Mack.

The jam-packed programme offers festival goers a chance to create an experience tailored to their own stitching style, picking presentations and weaving in workshops to create four days of truly unique knit fest fun.

Want to be a part of it? Registration for guests is open now and limited exhibitor spaces are still available.

Loch Ness Knit Fest is a collaborative project from Cobbs, Planit Scotland and Visit Inverness Loch Ness with funding from Event Scotland, Highland Council and the Common Good Fund.

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