Review - Civic Bonfire and Fireworks Display 
On Saturday 5 November an estimated 20000 gathered on the Riverside and in Bught Park to enjoy the Bonfire and Fireworks Display.

This year’s show started with a findraising Firewalk for the MS Therapy Centre,

entertainment by Mascot Madness, the Fly Agaric Fire Display Team and the City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band; before Provost Helen Carmichael stepped forward to light the magnificent bonfire.

This was followed by a spectacular 20 minute musical fireworks display staged by the award winning display team from Fireworx Scotland to a musical theme of Disney tunes.


It was a wonderful event from start to finish and once again special thanks must go to everybody who turned out to create such a wonderful atmosphere.

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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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