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Homecoming Scotland event roundup for August


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In honor of the 250th birthday of their most beloved bard, Robert Burns, Scotland this January initiated the Homecoming 2009 tourism campaign. This unprecedented plethora of activities is designed to encourage members of the global Scots community— both the Scottish by descent and the Scottish-at-heart— to “come home” and experience the fascinating breadth and depth of culture that Scotland has to offer. Many of the events are ongoing through New Year’s Eve (a.k.a., Hogmanay), but here is a summary of attractions occurring specifically this month:

-Westering Home to Islay
August 7th – 9th
Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay
Heritage of the island of Islay celebrated with music, storytelling, ancestry and whiskey distilling.

-Edinburgh City Libraries and Information Service Homecoming Programme
August 7th
Music and poetry of Don Paterson.

-Dumfries Museum, “Meet Mrs. Burns!”
August 1st
Rotchell Road, Dumfries
Pay a visit to Robert Burns’ wife, Jean Armour, and learn what life with “Rabbie” was really like in this historical reenactment experience.

-Knockhill Racing Circuit
August 15th – 16th British Touring Cars Championship
August 23rd Streetcar Scotland
August 30th Irish Super Bike Championships
Near Dunfermline, Fife

-Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park
August 2nd Castle Semple Country Park estate walk
August 9th Knights and Princesses Fun Day
August 30th Betty McKellar Poetry Walk around Lochwinnoch Village
Renfrewshire, West Central Scotland

-Open Air Scottish Country Dancing
Now through August 3rd
-Summer evenings of Scottish country dance with live music, for participants of all ages and ability levels.
Ross Bandstand, Princes Street, Edinburgh City

-Return to the Ridings
Now through Saturday, August 8th
Spectacular festivals of music and equestrian displays along the Scottish border.

-Whole in One Golf Exhibition
Now through August 31st
Major exhibition on the history and legacy of golf.
Maclaurin Galleries, Rozelle House, Ayr

-25th Summer Season of Scottish Country Dance
Now through Thursday, August 20th
Dance to live traditional music.
Cochrane Hall, Alva, Clackmannanshire

Now through Monday, August 31st
Exhibit on works by modern Scottish visual artists.
Mellerstain House, Berwickshire

-St. Andrew’s & St. George’s Church Homecoming Lectures
August 25th
“Burns with Elegance” concert, with soprano, violin, cello and piano.
George Street, Edinburgh City

-Zig-Zag: The Paths of Robert Burns
Now through August 31st
Thousands of manuscripts, books, art and artifacts associated with Burns will be brought to Dumfries as part of this traveling exhibition.
Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries

-Art on the Map 2009
Now through August 16th
Experience evocative landscapes and meet the artists who capture these scenes in their work.
Throughout the Western Isles

-Northeast Clan Fortnight (Aberdeen City)
Now through August 3rd
A variety of exciting events that let you experience Scottish culture at its finest. Heritage conferences, pipe band parades, even an appearance by legendary musicians Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham.
Aberdeen City

-Bridge of Allan Highland Games
August 2nd
Stirling, East Central Scotland

Through August 2nd
Annual festival of traditional and contemporary Celtic music on the banks of the river Spey. Artists this year include The Dougie MacLean Band, Old Blind Dogs, and Shooglenifty.
Speyfest Marquee, Fochabers Playing Field, Fochabers

-Aberdeen International Youth Festival
Now through August 8th
1,000 young people from across the globe participate in this festival of international music, dance and theatre.
Moray & Angus, Aberdeen City

-Clan Cameron Gathering
July 30th – August 2nd
Members will gather to share history, food, and a historic tree-planting to commemorate Homecoming year.
Achnacarry, Spean Bridge

-Scottish Hydro Challenge
July 30th – August 2nd
Over 150 professional golfers compete.
MacDonald Spey Golf Club, Aviemore, Moray

-Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
July 31st – August 9th
Scottish jazz stars invited home from abroad to perform.
Venues throughout Edinburgh City

-Guildtown Bluegrass Music Festival 2009
July 31st – August 3rd
Festival founded by “the father of Bluegrass music,” Bill Monroe. Bluegrass traces many of its elements back to the traditional music of Scotland.
Guildtown Village Hall, near Perth and Perth Concert Hall, Guildtown

-This Is Who We Are (Glasgow)
August 1st – September 30th (to be confirmed)
Photographic exhibition on the historic links between Scots and their Canadian desendents.
The Mitchell Library, Glasgow City

-Aboyne Highland Games
August 1st
Aboyne Village Green, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire

-FOUNDATION Glasgow: the growth of a city
August 1st – September 30th
Animated projection presentation on the growth and development of Glasgow City, through history and into the future.
George Square, Glasgow

-Turriff Show
August 2nd – 3rd
The largest two-day agricultural show in Scotland.
Queens Road, Turriff, Aberdeenshire

-Aberdeen’s Tartan Day: Featuring the Gordon Highlanders International Beating Retreat
August 2nd
Parade down Union Street with pipe bands, celebrities and youth festival performers.
Aberdeen City

-Creative Connections Shetland
August 3rd – 9th
Traditional arts and crafts summer school.
Shetland Islands

-Edinburgh Art Festival
August 5th – September 5th
Free contemporary art festival.
Edinburgh City

-Bennachie Homecoming Festival
August 5th – 9th
Walks, lectures and hands-on history activities on the Bennachie hill range.
Bennachie Visitor’s Centre, Chapel of Garioch, Aberdeenshire

-Ballast: Bringing the Stones Home
August 5th – November 8th
Stone sculpture exhibition with Scottish cultural themes by New Zealand artist John Edgar.

-Burns Banner
August 6th – September 2nd
Installation art project recreating a Burns poem using photographic entries sent in from across the globe.
Market Street, Edinburgh City

-“The Girls of Slender Means” by Muriel Spark, adapted by Judith Adams
August 6th – 31st
Work of one of Scotland’s greatest novelists adapted into a play.
Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh City

-Edinburgh Mela Festival
August 7th – 9th
Celebration of South Asian cultural arts.
Edinburgh City

-Homecoming at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
August 7th – 31st
The largest arts festival on earth, featuring several musical and theatrical productions in honor of Homecoming.
Edinburgh City

-Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival
August 7th – 8th
Eccentric, family-friendly performing arts festival.
Belladrum Estate, Beauly, Highlands

-Tattoo Hebrides 2009/Tatu Innse Gall
August 7th – 8th
Lewis Highland Games, seven pipe-band military Tattoo, culminating in Grand Concert with Dougie MacLean, the 78th and Gaelic Choirs.
Throughout Stornoway, Western Isles

-Edinburgh Military Tattoo
August 7th – 29th
Massive pipe and drum displays by the country’s leading regiments.
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh City

-ASTO Small Ships Race
August 8th 11th
Victoria and East India Harbour, Greenock, Inverclyde

-North Berwick Highland Games
August 8th
Recreation Park, North Berwick, East Lothian

-Perth Highland Games
August 9th
Edinburgh Road, Perth

-Piping Live! Music of the Clans
August 10th – 16th
The best in piping music from around the globe.
George Square, Glasgow

-Taste of the Tattoo (Glasgow)
August 11th
Sample performances from the Edinburgh Military Tattoo program.

-The Clan Ross Gathering
August 12th – 13th
Tain & District Museum, Tain

-Ballater Highland Games
August 13th
Monaltrie Park, Ballater

-Taste of the Tattoo (Linlithgow)
August 13th
Sample performances from the Edinburgh Military Tattoo program.

August 13th – 24th
Festival celebrated since the Middle Ages, featuring parades, music and horse racing.

-Edinburgh International Festival
August 14th – September 6th
Performing and visual arts from across the globe.
Edinburgh City

-Burns in the Mearns
August 14th – 16th
Burns Supper, concert, ceilidh, exhibition and workshops.
The Grassic Gibbon Centre, Arbuthnott, Aberdeenshire

-Edinburgh International Book Festival
August 15th – 31st
The world’s largest celebration of the written word.
Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

-World Pipe Band Championships
August 15th
“8,000 pipes and drums, 200 bands, one world champion!”
Glasgow Green, Glasgow

-Crieff Highland Games
August 16th
Market Park, Crieff

-Festival of Politics
August 18th – 22nd
Bringing together politics, media and the arts.
Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh City

-Mull of Kintyre Music and Arts Festival – “Cradle of the Nation”
August 20th – 23rd
Traditional and contemporary music festival.
Across Campbeltown, Argyll

-Taste of the Tattoo (Dumfries House, Cumnock)
August 20th
Sample performances from the Edinburgh Military Tattoo program.
Dumfries House, Cumnock

-Cleveland Golf/Srixon Scottish Senior Open
August 21st – 23rd
Golf open.
Fairmont, St. Andrews, Fife

-Melrose Pipe Band Championships and Highland Dance Contest
August 22nd
Gibson Park, Melrose

-UK Outdoor Tug of War Championships
August 22nd – 23rd
Duff House, Bannf, Aberdeenshire

-Lonach Highland Gathering and Games
August 22nd
Bellabeg Park, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire

-Scotland’s Festival of History: Lanark Medieval Festival
August 22nd – 23rd
Battle reenactments, medieval market and more.
Lanark Racecourse, Lanark

-North of Scotland Champion of Champions
August 23rd
Pipe and drum competition.
Aden Country Park, Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire

-Open Day for Descendents of Burns and His Associates
August 23rd
Threshing Barn, Ellisland Farm, Dumfries

-Taste of the Tattoo (Jedburgh)
August 27th
Sample performances from the Edinburgh Military Tattoo program.
Jedforest Rugby Ground, Riverside Park, Jedburgh

-Cowal Highland Gathering
August 27th – 29th

-Johnnie Walker Championship
August 27th – 30th
Golfing championship.

-Fyvie Homecoming Festival
August 28th – 30th
Folk music, ceilidh, tea, and community garden party are among the activities.
Fyvie Castle and village, Aberdeenshire

-Trossachs Beer Festival
August 28th – September 6th
The Lade Inn & Scottish Real Ale Shop, Kilmahog, Callander, Stirling

-Scotland v. Australia One Day International
August 28th
Cricket match.
Citylets Grange, Stockbridge, Edinburgh

-Fiddles & Drams
August 28th – 29th
Music, workshops, storytelling, ceilidhs… and a free drink to all kilt/tartan wearers!
Winton Estate, Near Pencaitland, East Lothian

-The Silver Darlings
August 28th – September 5th
Beloved Scottish epic adventure novel brought to life on stage.
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen City

-Thunder in the Glens
August 28th – 31st
Scotland’s premier Harley-Davidson motorcycle event.
Macdonalds Hotels Aviemore Highland Resort, Aviemore

-Largs Viking Festival
August 29th – September 6th
Traditional and contemporary events, battle reenactment, longship burning and fireworks.
Largs, North Ayrshire

-Cawdor Gathering
August 29th
Old School Playground, Cawdor

-Scottish Hickory Open
August 29th – 30th
Royal Musselburgh Golf Course, East Lothian

-Runrig at Scone Palace
August 29th
Scotland’s premier Celtic rock band in outdoor live show.
Scone Palace, Perth

-St. Kilda Day: Latha Hiort
August 29th
Events throughout Scotland

-Kirkintilloch Canal Festival
August 29th – 30th
Forth and Clyde Canal, Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire