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

Thanks for all the wonderful messages of support which you sent in following our Hogmanay Show!

After one of the most amazing years anyone can remember we are now looking forward to our 2015 events!

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.

Major Events Programme
3-4 April Inverness BID Easter Egg Hunt
22-24 April Celtic Media Festival
9 May Inverness Classic Vehicle Show
4 July Armed Forces Day
18 July Inverness Highland Games
31 July - 7 August World Orienteering Championships
5-7 Sep Highland Military Tattoo
13 Sep Kirking of the Council
30-31 Oct Halloween Show
5 Nov Civic Bonfire and Fireworks
11 Nov Remembrance Day 11am Ceremony
22 Nov Christmas Lights Switch On
11-13 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

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2015 World Orienteering 

British Orienteering has a long tradition of competing in and staging successful international events. The World Championships have been staged in Great Britain twice before: in 1976 and 1999 when it was based in Inverness.

Once again British Orienteering is excited and pleased to welcome international orienteering to the challenging, inspiring and unique terrain found of the Highlands of Scotland; and we are delighted to announce that once again that many visitors will be based in Inverness.

This year's event takes place at various locations in the Highland and Moray Council Areas.

There is a lot of excitement amongst the competitors for this year's Championships because they know that the terrain that will provided for the races will be physically and technically demanding, while set against the fantastic natural backdrop of the Highlands of Scotland.

The forest venues offer a range of challenges from rugged hilly ancient Caledonian Forest, with semi open terrain, contour and rock detail, to the flatter complex moraine terrain of the Moray coast.

The sprint venues will also offer urban areas complete with roads and small alleyways for competitors to run through, as well as parkland with sections of ornamental gardens, and community woodlands containing many paths and tracks.

Click on the link in the right hand panel - WOC2015 - for all the latest news and don't forget to make a date in your diary to visit one of the race arenas.

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Inverness Science Festival 

You can find details of the programme for the Inverness Science Festival by clicking on the related link below. The Festival runs from May 1st to May 10th and does a great job of introducing the magic of science to youngsters.

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Looking ahead  

One night, one stage, one helluva party - Scotland's most iconic festival location is being brought back to life with the launch of Groove Loch Ness.

Without doubt one of the most breathtaking sites for a festival anywhere on the planet, Loch Ness is set to welcome a selection of the hottest DJs to the UK’s newest dance festival on Saturday 22nd August 2015.

Headlining the first outing is world-famous Electronic duo GROOVE ARMADA in an exclusive Scottish Festival appearance. With a career spanning 20 years GROOVE ARMADA have established themselves as one of the planet’s best loved and biggest selling dance acts.

Pioneering Belgian brothers David & Stephen Dewaele better known under their stage name 2 Many DJs also on a Scottish Festival exclusive are set to bring their electrifying performance to the festival, having proved themselves to be firm favourites in clubs and festivals throughout the UK.

Other DJs to feature in the initial announcement include BBC Radio 1’s B.Traits, Subculture founders and residents Harri & Domenic from SUB CLUB, Glasgow’s world-renowned electronic music venue. Inverness’ own purveyors of all things underground house, techno and electro Filth DJ’s will be making an appearance and finally for the moment, kicking things off are the Highland’s newest clubnight Fugazy with further acts to be announced in the near future.

Groove Festival has been launched by four partners who have a long relationship working in the music industry throughout the Highlands of Scotland. Caroline Campbell (Director Ironworks Venue), Dougie Brown (Belladrum & Ironworks Venue), Sam Barker (Belladrum Festival) and Joe Gibbs (founder of Belladrum Festival & co-founder of Rockness).

‘We are really excited to be announcing the launch of Groove Loch Ness as the UK’s newest dance festival. Having listened to the feedback from both Highlands audiences and those further afield over recent years we feel now is the time to bring back a purely dance festival for Scotland.’

‘We have the most spectacular location for a festival, along with some legendary DJs and Scottish talent, and some surprises still to come, all we need now is the sunshine!’ Dougie Brown

Groove Loch Ness is a back to basics dance festival with one main stage with an initial capacity of approximately 5,000 and a strictly over 18’s policy.

Tickets go on sale at midday on Friday 10th April at 10am priced at £55 (+ booking fee) for Saturday day tickets and £75 (+ booking fee) for Saturday camping tickets.

Tickets available from – Web: www.skiddle.com, Phone: 0844 884 2920, or In Person: Ironworks Venue Inverness.

A selection of hi-res images and logos can be found from these links:

Groove Loch Ness Logos
Artist Images

For more information please contact:

Dougie Brown

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Looking ahead - Celtic Media Festival (22-24 April) 
With some of the biggest names from the broadcasting and film industries set to descend on Inverness next month for the 36th Celtic Media Festival, organisers have today revealed a programme of events and screenings which are free and open to members of the public. The 3-day celebration of film, television, radio and digital media which promotes the unique languages and cultures of the Celtic nations and regions is primarily delegate based, but the Public Event strand announced today will offer film and TV fans the opportunity to enjoy this prestigious festival, which takes place in Inverness over 22nd – 24th April.

Eden Court’s Playhouse Cinema will host a series of screenings and panel discussions, with the Public Event Programme showcasing some of the Feature Length Drama nominees shortlisted in this year’s Celtic Media Festival Torc Awards for Excellence, as well as offering a snapshot into the wider delegate programme.

On the afternoon of Wednesday 22nd April, there will be a screening of the highly acclaimed Irish film Patrick’s Day – a provocative and heart-breaking love story about the right to intimacy for everyone, which has been nominated for Feature Length Drama.

That evening, there will be a screening of Robot Overlords – the hotly anticipated homegrown sci-fi drama which invades UK Cinemas this month. Set in a world where robots rule the streets, and kids must save the world after adults lost the war. Starring Callan McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby), Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3) and Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), Robot Overlords is a home grown homage to the action adventure films of the '80s, packed with incredible special effects and rebellious excitement for all ages. (Pinewood Studios, filmed on Isle of Man).

On Thursday 23rd April, there will be a morning screening of another Feature Length Drama nominee – Y Sycras. The excitement and adventure of the circus comes to life in this heart-warming film for all the family, inspired by a local story about a circus which visited Tregaron in 1848, and tells the story of Sara, a young girl who is bewitched by the travelling circus folk and its animals.

At 1pm, there will be a screening of Citizenfour - Laura Poitras’ film documenting Edward Snowden’s revelation of evidence of illegal covert surveillance programmes run by the NSA in collaboration with other intelligence agencies worldwide, which picked up both the BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Documentary, and counts the award-winning Steven Soderbergh as executive producer. The film will be celebrated in the Celtic Media Festival delegate programme which will bring together key players from The Guardian who were responsible for breaking the story, and this screening offers film fans the chance to see this highly acclaimed film.

On the evening of Thursday 23rd April, there will be a special edition of the brand new comedy panel show for BBC Radio Scotland - The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected - where the audience help to decide who’s good, who’s bad and who’s unexpected. Members of the public are invited to join Julia Sutherland as she puts a panel of the UK’s top comedians through their paces.

On Friday 24th April, there will be a screening of After Bannockburn - the riveting docudrama series which reveals the untold story of how a Scottish army tried to drive the English out of Ulster and the rest of Ireland 700 years ago. This is a story of two Celtic nations, a shared heritage and a forgotten war that could have changed the course of history.

Films are free, but ticketed. Tickets will be available at Eden Court from Monday 6th of April.

Festival Producer, Catriona Logan said: “We’re hugely excited to present a programme of events which will enable film and TV fans to join the celebrations as the Celtic Media Festival returns to Inverness. All public events are free to attend, and we look forward to welcoming film and TV fans to these sessions at Eden Court.”

Last week, festival organisers revealed details of the wider Celtic Media Festival, which is open to delegates from the film, television, radio and digital media industries and which celebrates the unique languages and cultures of the Celtic nations and regions. Highlights include sessions on some of the biggest new stories in recent years – the Scottish Independence Referendum and Edward Snowden’s revelations on the workings of the National Security Agency, a keynote speech delivered by its founder, MSP Mike Russell.

The full festival programme and details on how to register as a delegate are available at www.celticmediafestival.co.uk for more information.

Delegates are able to access to the full daytime programme of events, as well as the Torc Awards for Excellence, which celebrate the very best of film, television, radio and interactive media to emerge from the Celtic nations. The prestigious Torc Awards see over 118 nominees from 78 production companies and broadcasters competing across 20 award categories, including animation, entertainment, sport, factual and feature length drama. Organisers were inundated with a record-breaking 500 entries for the 2015 Awards, exceeding 2013 entries by 28% and 2014 by 30%, demonstrating that the dedication to nurturing talent and creating outstanding productions on screen and in broadcasting across the Celtic nations and regions is consistently strong.

The 36th Celtic Media Festival, held at Eden Court Inverness from 22nd – 24th April 2015 and supported by The Highland Council, VisitScotland Conference Bid Fund, Inverness Common Good Fund and Creative Scotland as well as broadcasters and broadcast authorities from the Celtic nations and regions, will see hundreds of delegates enjoy a packed festival programme in the Scottish city. The festival continually attracts some of the biggest names in the broadcasting and film world to celebrate the unique languages and cultures of the Celtic nations and regions.

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Review Hogmanay Show - The Red Hot Highland Fling (31 Dec) 
Judging by the feedback that we have received so far our 2014 Hogmanay celebrations was one of the most popular yet!

The hottest event in the Highlands returned with an explosive line-up who did a brilliant job keeping the estimated 10,000 plus crowd fired up throughout the full five hours the show.

Comedian Craig Hill had the crowd roaring with laughter as he introduced The Red Hot Chilli Pipers awith special guests Mànran and the Julie Fowlis Band.

At midnight all eyes turned in the direction of the Cathedral for a fantastic firework display before the Chillis return to lead the crowd in the singing of what must have been the best “Auld Lang Syne” that the Highlands have ever seen.


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