Local News for Friday 3rd November 2017
Winter festival dates announced
Dates for a winter festival to remember in Stornoway have been announced, among events for Scotland's National Days of Celebration: St Andrew's Day, Hogmanay and Burns Night 2017. Arts Centre An Lanntair will host a week-long programme of events surrounding St Andrew's Day, including a specially commissioned performance of 'Burns on Strings', a focus on Scottish film and themed menus offering the best of national food and drink. The winter festival, managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government, will include four musical evenings, and ticket holders to these musical events will be entered into a prize draw for a hamper of Scottish goodies. Isles MP Alasdair Allan, Minister for International Development and Europe, said: "Scotland's Winter Festival is an exciting and diverse events programme, offering Scots both at home and abroad the chance to celebrate everything great about our wonderful country during the winter months." Highlights in Stornoway include Scottish singer Blue Rose Code on St Andrew’s Day, a family ceilidh with Hò-Rò on December 27th,and the now legendary Hogmanay celebration with Willie Campbell and friends, this year on Saturday December 30th.
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Local News for Thursday 2nd November 2017
Gaelic champions announced as finalists
Finalists have been announced in the annual Scottish Gaelic awards, and they include familiar names in island cultural circles. An Lanntair’s head of performing arts, Alex Macdonald, is shortlisted for the arts and culture award, sponsored by Creative Scotland, and Comunn Eachdraidh Nis is a finalist in the event award category. Stornoway-based e-sgoil has been shortlisted in the innovation in education award category, which supports creative ideas to deliver Gaelic education. Winners will be announced on November 15th at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow.
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