Looking ahead - Diary Dates 


We have new dates for the 30 -31 Oct Halloween Shows which were cancelled due to flooding

The shows will now take place on Friday 28th November and Saturday 29th November.

Welcome to the Inverness Festivals News Page

Below you will find details of some of the highlights that you can look forward to enjoying here in Inverness in the rest of 2014.

Events are being added to our city's events schedule every day and for the latest information please visit our Events Listings Page where you will find the latest details in our What's On Section which is edited and updated every day by our friends at the Inverness City Advertiser; and the event organisers who do such a great job in our putting on events in our community.

2014 Major Events Programme (30 October - 31 December)

31 Oct - 9 Nov Inverness Curling Festival
5 Nov Civic Bonfire and Fireworks
9 Nov Remembrance Sunday
23 Nov Christmas Lights Switch On
28 Nov Halloween Show - Take 2
29 Nov Halloween Show - Take 2
12-14 Dec Winter Wonderland
31 Dec Wee Hot Highland Fling
31 Dec Red Hot Highland Fling

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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Preview 2014 Halloween Show (31 Oct) 
Floods cause cancellation of Inverness Halloween event

The Highland Council has today (Tuesday 28 October 2014) regrettably had to completely cancel its Halloween event at Ness Islands, Inverness.

The event was initially due to take place on Thursday 30 and Friday 31 October. Yesterday, the Council announced that due to rising water levels on the Ness Islands, the Thursday event had to be cancelled.

Today, the situation at Ness Islands has worsened with increasing water levels and Friday’s event has also been cancelled for public safety.

Inverness Events Manager Gerry Reynolds said: “There has been quite a lot of localized flooding in the Inverness Area overnight and Ness Islands has been badly affected with all the performance areas and the majority of the paths now underwater. Water is now pouring on to Ness Islands directly from the River Ness as predicted by the Met Office’s flood warning; and we have had to admit that we have been beaten by the weather. There simply isn’t anything that we can do to make this happen safely.

We appreciate just how disappointing this news is going to be for all the families who really look forward to visiting our Halloween show; as well, of course, as all the wonderful performers, projectionists and set builders who have been preparing for months to amaze us all. Everybody involved in the Halloween Show is desperate to reschedule so we would ask everybody who has made their children a scary costume to hang on to them. We cannot confirm anything at the moment, but we are really determined to see if we can turn this disappointing cancellation into a postponement.”

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Review Royal National MOD (10-18 Oct) 

The record-breaking 2014 Royal National Mod – which was held in the Highland capital for the first time in 17 years – has been hailed as the best ever and we are delighted to report that the organisers have promised to bring the celebration of all things Gaelic back to Inverness sooner rather than later.

It is estimated that the festival has brought up to £3million into the local economy, with more than 3,100 competitors descending on the Highland capital.

The Inverness Festivals team was responsible for the organisation of the two parades that started and finished the MOD and both the Torchlight Parade of the Gaels and the Parade of the Choirs were enjoyed by all.

Hundreds gathered to watch the massed choir perform around the statue of Flora Macdonald and Allan Campbell, convener of the Inverness Mod committee, said: “It was a special way to finish the Mod, which has been a success from start to finish.It’s been a real team effort and I would like to take the chance to thank Highland Council in particular for their help."

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Review Inverness BID Street Theatre Festival (16-18 Oct) 

The wonderful Inverness Street Theatre Festival organised by our friends at Inverness BID and the Eastgate Shopping Centre took place during the final weekend of the Royal National MOD (16th to 18th October) and was absolutely amazing. Inverness Shoppers were crying with laughter - well done to everyone behind the scenes!

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The Highland Council Fireworks Display is expected to attract another large crowd estimated to Bught Park on November 5th.

The show will started at 7pm with entertainment around the Bonfire before Provost Graham steps forward to face the difficult task of choosing the winning entry in our 2014 Guy Making Competition.

(Big thanks by the wayto Kirsty Ferguson of Ferguson Coal for kindly agreeing to sponsor the Guy Making Competition - it is really appreciated!)

Last year's winning entry was created by Dalneigh Primary School (below) who will have the honour of creating our 2014 Guy which will sit on top of our giant bonfire which will be lit at 7.30pm

This fireworks display was staged by the award winning Fireworx Scotland Display Team and is expected to start around 7.50pm.

Admission to the event is free - and don't forget to allow to park well away from the site on the night.

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Our 2014 Christmas Lights Show will be hosted by STV's Nicola McAlly and Santa who will joined by Provost Alex Graham to help this year's Inverness Courier Competition Winner switch on our city's wonderful Christmas lights. The show starts at 5.30pm with the lights being turned on at 6pm.

Following the switch on Santa will then make his way to the Old High Church with the Provost for the traditional Christmas Carol Service Ding Dong Merrily Old High to which everyone is invited.

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