Council welcomes launch of new Highland Homecoming Fund
Senior Highland Councillors have warmly welcomed the launch of the Highland Homecoming Fund, which will give local groups the chance to bid for financial support of between £3,000 - £10,000 to organise a new or enhance an existing event linked to next year’s autumn celebrations
Highland Homecoming is a programme of events that will take place within The Highland Council area between 1 September - 31 October 2014.
The Highland Council Convener Councillor Jimmy Gray said: “We already have an excellent programme planned for next year and this is a chance for community and sporting groups in the Highlands to join in and extend the range of activities and celebrations with the benefit of generous funding from this new Highland Homecoming Fund.”
Councillor Ian Brown, Leader of the City of Inverness Area Committee, added: “With grants available of up to £10,000, the fund can provide new and existing groups with an opportunity to benefit from both funding and marketing support and to contribute to a key part of Homecoming Scotland 2014’s year-round events programme.”
Events already planned for Highland Homecoming are celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the world’s oldest Highland Games Stadium, Northern Meeting Park; including the staging of the Masters World Championships Highland Games and a Torchlight Procession of the Highland Clans; and the hosting of the Royal National Mòd in Inverness. The Festival will also highlight established events taking place throughout September and October including the Camanachd Cup Final, the Shinty Hurling International between Scotland and Ireland, the Blas Festival and the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running.
Details on how to apply and the application form can be downloaded from here
http://www.eventscotland.org/funding-an ... g-funding/
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.
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.
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