REVIEW - The Red Hot Highland Fling 2018 (Scotland's Biggest Free Hogmanay Party) 
A brilliant 10,700 Flingers attended this year's IRHHF - a much appreciated and significant show of support for our event as it meant that for the first time we had overtaken the 10,000 capacity Hogmanay concert in Edinburgh and could call ourselves Scotland's #1 Hogmanay Concert.

OK - we know that they had a few more folk standing outside in the street waiting for their fireworks; but it really was a special moment in our Control Room as the numbers came in and we realised the significance of what we were hearing.

Our wonderful host Craig Hill hosted Calum Mackenzie Jones and the Trad Project, Blazin Fiddles, Tide Lines and surprise guests the Highland Voices Gospel Choir singing Auld Lang Syne. All three bands went down a storm and you check out our photo gallery elsewhere on this site for some of the great photos that we have collected from an unforgettable night.

You can also see our wee movie on the show by visiting the home page of this site.




We are delighted to announce that our official on line store is now open at www.invernesseventsshop.com and you can show your support for Scotland's Biggest Free Hogmanay Party the Red Hot Highland Fling by buying something special for someone you love


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REVIEW Winter Wonderland 
What an amazing turn out for our 2018 Winter Wonderland Show as we revealed our new look lighting scheme courtesy of our friends at Limelight Event Services. The feedback that we have received for this event has been wonderful and we have to thank each and every one of the Toddlers who turned up on the night with their parents because we have never had such a litter free event ever. You left Whin Park immaculate and we cannot tell you how appreciated that was!



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Review 2018 Christmas Lights Switch On 

A record estimated crowd of 7000 attended our 2018 Christmas Lights Switch On Torchlight Procession to Inverness Town House; and everybody in attendance did a splendid job in helping Santa, Provost Carmichael and Host Nicola McAlley get our city's Countdown to Christmas underway with a series of thunderous countdowns. Also taking part were the City of Inverness Youth and Senior Pipe Bands and a host of Mascots who once again gave the little ones an unforgettable night.

Once the Christmas lights were lit; many of the families joined Santa and the Provost at the Old High Church for the much loved traditional Christmas Carol Service "Ding Dong Merrily Old High" which was enjoyed by all.



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Review 2018 Civic Bonfire and Fireworks DIsplay 
Hard to believe that fog would roll just as we commenced our Fireworks Display but that is one of the joys of outdoor events in the Scottish Highlands. An estimated 18,000 folk attended our display and had a great time despite some of our higher fireworks vanishing from sight.


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Review: Halloween Weekend 2018 
With 4 events in 3 days our Halloween Weekend delighted over 15,000 participants. Huge thanks to everybody involved in helping us stage the show. Roll on next year





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Proud Ness  
Proud Ness was a project to take the rainbow flag around the Highlands with OUT-Reach stalls at Thurso, Portree, Ullapool, Avimore, and Fort William, with a final main event in Inverness. The initial funding application was facilitated by the Equality Network, who lent us their gazebo for the OUT-Reach stalls.

The Proud Ness main event on the 6th of October far exceeded our expectations, or original planning. The support we received was overwhelming and was beyond anything we thought could be possible.



The estimate for the number of people in the parade on the day varies from 2000 up to 6000.

The Proud Ness main event could not have happened without the support from many organisations and individuals.

Eden Court, whose help with the initial planning, advice and planning for the stalls, talks, and entertainment, and dynamically dealing with the unprecedented numbers that appeared was invaluable.

The Highland Council’s support with the Parade planning, authorisation, and road closures was exemplary, especially with the changes we had to make to the starting point due to unfolding events. Flying the rainbow flag from the town house was the icing on the cake.

We cannot thank enough Gerry Reynolds, Inverness Events Manager, for jumping in at the last minute to ensure an incident free parade, and enabling the use of the Northern Meeting Park for the speeches.

Thanks must also go to the Reverend Peter Nimmo from the Church of Scotland, Elaine Mead, Chief Executive of the NHS Highland, and James Mackenzie-Blackman, Chief Executive of Eden Court for their enthusiastically received speeches.

Many others helped in small and large ways, the police, volunteer stewards (some were last minute volunteers), the public, and the shops in Inverness for making the day such a memorable day.

The Proud Ness committee consisted of ten individuals, all volunteers with full time jobs, none of us special. For some of us, the last couple of weeks has been a fantastic nightmare, reviewing our plans, dealing with the many queries, issues, and problems, all with the uncertainty of the number who would be on the parade. Due to the workload we were unable to respond to many queries, so please accept our apologies if we did not respond.

We like to give a shout out to the Hebridean Pride who, from all reports, also had a very successful day. Congratulations to them.

Planning for Proud Ness 2019 will start soon though we have no idea how to top this year, or if we will get funding.

Proud Ness committee spokeswoman

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