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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)

30-31 Oct Halloween at Ness Islands
31 Oct - 9 Nov Inverness Curling Festival
5 Nov Civic Bonfire and Fireworks
9 Nov Remembrance Sunday
23 Nov Christmas Lights Switch On
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

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Preview OUR NEXT EVENT 2014 Halloween Show (30-31 Oct) 

The Highland Homecoming Festival will end with an event that has quickly established itself as a much loved tradition in Inverness – the family friendly Halloween Show down on Ness Islands - which will take place on Thursday and Friday 30-31st October.

Organised by Arts in Motion, Eden Court Creative and the Highland Council’s Lighting Department, this year’s show will feature an assortment of ghostly visitors the likes of which Inverness has never seen before. The reason for the spookiness reaching new heights is simple. As soon as the Highland Homecoming Festival was announced Tam O Shanter decided that Ness Islands deserved its own Homecoming Festival, and before anyone could stop him he invited every Scottish ghost that has visited Ness Islands in the past 200 years to meet him for some unfogettable ghostly fun. With Ghosts, Ghouls, Aliens, Pirates, Vampires and surprises lurking around every corner or standing quietly behind you in the darkness; you may wish to take a friend who doesn’t scream too loudly and has no chance of running as fast as you can.

The 2014 Ness Islands Halloween Show is open from 6.00pm – 8.00pm and admission is free. Car parking is limited around the site so please use broomsticks where possible.

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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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