2017 Halloween Show PREVIEW 
Now if there is one event where we really do keep our cards close to our chest then it is of course our wonderful Halloween Show on Ness Islands. After all if we told you what was lurking around every dark corner well that would spoil the surprise wouldn't it? Our friends at Eden Court Creative, Arts in Motion and Limelight Event Services has announced that the theme for our 2017 Halloween Show is going to take you on an unforgettable journey. You and your family are invited to dress up in your scariest costumes and take a trip to the UNDERWORLD!

The show runs for 2 nights - Sat 28 & Sun 29 October. The Saturday show runs from 18:30 to 20:30 and the Sunday Show run from 19:30-20:30. Admission is free and once again we are reminding everybody to allow themselves plenty of time to make their way to the show. Parking around Bught Park is very limited and we would advise you to use one of the 2800 plus spaces which are available in the City Centre.

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Looking ahead - Diary Dates 
Welcome to the Inverness Festivals News Page

First of all thanks for all the wonderful messages of support which you sent in following the Inverness Highland Games. We have uploaded some great photographs of the day into our gallery which we hope you will enjoy.

Below you will find our updated list of future events; and don't forget to visit our Events Listings Page where you will find the latest details in the What's On Section which is edited and updated every day by our friends at the Inverness City Advertiser.


30/09/2017 Camanachd Cup Final
30/09/2017 Strathnairn Agricultural Show
2/10/2017 The Steamie (runs to 7/10/17)
03/10/2017 Heritage Interpretation Conference (runs to 6/10/17)
05/10/2017 NessBook Fest (runs to 8/10/2017)
12/10/2017 BID Street Theatre Festival (Also 13 &14/10/17)
13/10/2017 Loch Ness Knit Fest (Also 14 &15/10/2017)
21/10/2017 Shinty Hurling International
25/10/17 Nathan Carter Concert (runs to 29/10/17)
28/10/2017 Ness Islands Halloween (Also 29/10/2017)
04/11/2017 Inverness Bonfire and Fireworks Display
07/11/2017 Scottish Opera (TBA) also 9 & 11/11/17)
8/11/2017 Inverness Film Festival (runs to 12/11/17)
12/11/2017 Remembrance Sunday
14/11/2017 Lulu in Concert
19/11/2017 Inverness Christmas Lights Switch On
5/12/2017 Snow White in Pantomime (runs to 7/1/18)
15/12/2017 Winter Wonderland (Also 16 &17/10/2017)
1/12/2017 Elf on the Shelf Hunt (Also 2/12/2017)
31/12/2017 Red Hot Highland Fling

20/7/2018 Inverness Gala Night
21/7/2018 Inverness Highland Games
09/09/2018 Kirking of the Council
27-28/10/2018 Halloween on Ness Islands
5/11/2018 Civic Bonfire and Fireworks Display
14-16/11/2018 Winter Wonderland
31/12/2018 Red Hot Highland Fling Hogmanay Show

For further information please contact:
The Inverness Festivals Team
c/o Gerry Reynolds (Inverness Events Manager) 01463 785006
Email: gerry.reynolds@highland.gov.uk

NEWFLASH - Have a look at this wonderful video which has been produced by the City Marketing Group. Nice job folks - we love it!

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The bands for Scotland’s biggest free Hogmanay concert The Red Hot Highland Fling in Inverness were announced at the City of Inverness Area Committee by the Chair of the Inverness Events and Festivals Working Group Councillor Graham Ross.

Opening the show in Northern Meeting Park Arena will be Hò-rò; who were winners of the “Danny Kyle award” at Celtic Connections. Hailing from the Scottish Highlands & Islands, Hò-rò have quickly become amongst the most popular news bands on the European music festival scene and will come to Inverness after successful tours to Germany, France & Belgium. Hò-rò were recently in the news for all the wrong reasons when they lost all their equipment when their van went up in flames following an arson attack in Glasgow. Thanks to the generosity of fellow performers the band have been able to borrow everything they need to complete their autumn tour and make their debut at The Red Hot Highland Fling.

Hò-rò will be followed by two former winners of the prestigious “Scottish Traditional Music Live Band of the Year Award” who have been booked to appear on the night. Skipinnish have been given the honour of headlining the show in the prestigious middle position; which is a tradition that is unique to the Inverness Hogmanay Show; and enables as many youngsters as possible to see the headline act at this family friendly show. The band have played a string of headline appearances at some of Britain’s biggest music festivals in 2017; and their unique mix of traditional and contemporary music has firmly established them one of the most popular live bands to be found in Scotland today.

Closing the show, and making sure that the music pauses just in time for a spectacular fireworks display at midnight will be Skerryvore. A firm favourite with the Inverness crowd Skerryvore are one of the few bands in the world that organises its own annual music festival, Oban Live, which now attracts over 10,000 visitors each year. This year’s show will see Scott Wood, the newest member of the Skerryvore line up make his debut at The Red Hot Highland Fling. Scott Wood, who plays pipes and whistles, has replaced founder member Martin Gillespie who, in common with many pipers, developed ‘focal hand dystonia,’ a neurological condition which affects the hands causing involuntary contractions, spasms and often discomfort. This was the same condition that led to the retirement of Stuart Cassells, founder member of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

The show will be hosted by Comedian Craig Hill who has travelled the world with his sell out show “Someone’s gonna get kilt!” since he was last seen stealing a crane and taking a selfie from 80 feet up in the air at last year’s show.

The Chair of the Inverness Events and Festivals Working Group Councillor Graham Ross added “ The Red Hot Highland Fling is now firmly established as one of the UK’s top Hogmanay experiences and attracts visitors from far and wide to the Highlands. In addition to introducing the performers for 2017; I am also pleased to confirm that the City of Inverness Area Committee has given approval for another Hogmanay Show in 2018”.

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There was a great turn out of the oldest event – the Kirking of the Council - which took place on Sunday 10 September.

Staff and Members of The Highland Council along with guests from the University of the Highlands and Islands and community councils paraded, led by the Royal British Legion Scotland (Inverness Branch) pipes and drums, and the City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band along with uniformed youth groups and school representatives.

The service in the Old High Church was led by Reverend Peter Nimmo, Minister of Old High St Stephen’s Church who will delivered a sermon called 'Cherish the light!' which was based on two readings from the New Testament. Leading the opening prayer was the Reverend Stewart A MacKay, Chaplain of The Black Watch 3rd Battalion of The Royal Regiment of Scotland; and leading the Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession was Rev Sarah Murray, Provost of St Andrew’s Cathedral in Inverness.

Provost and Leader of Inverness, Councillor Helen Carmichael, gave the Provost’s traditional Scripture reading.

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Review: 2017 VIKING INVASION! 
One of the funniest and most enjoyable events we have ever staged........this really is one of our all time favourites.

We have wonderful Memories of the Lerwick Jarl Squad 2017's hugely successful first visit to Inverness which were brilliantly captured by photographer Ewen Weatherspoon.

We were delighted to be asked to support the final weekend of activities which brought High Life Highland's Viking Exhibition Valhalla: Life and Death in Viking Britain to an unforgettable climax.

Big thanks to everybody at IMAG, Crown Primary School, the City of Inverness Pipe Band; Mascot Madness; Fraser School of Highland Dance; Police Scotland; Inverness Museum and Art Gallery; High Life Highland; Highland Council; Sponsors Inverness Common Good Fund and Northlink Ferries and last but not least Elvis Presley. Unless you have heard this lot sing "Burning Love" on the steps of Inverness Castle to roars of approval from a delighted crowd - you really haven't lived. Haste ye back!

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