Scotland promises to make 2014 the year to remember with more than 430 cultural family-friendly homecoming events taking place across all corners of the country. Dubbed the year for ‘culture vultures,’ Scotland’s Homecoming Events promise to be bigger and better than previous years.
The world is invited to celebrate Scotland’s rich cultural heritage with events such as the Lochearnhead Highland Games (26 July 2014), the Wickerman Festival in Dumfries and Galloway (25-26 July 2014) and the Islay Festival of Music and Malt (24 May to 1 June) all taking place. And BBC Radio One has just named Glasgow as the host of its über hyped Radio 1's Big Weekend 2014 (23 to 25 May) with Rita Ora and Paolo Nutini already confirmed on the lineup, for what is Europe's largest free ticketed music event.
International eyes are firmly on Scotland too, as it prepares to host golf’s prestigious Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Perthshire (23 to 28 September), the 20th MTV Europe Awards in Glasgow (October) which will be broadcast to more than 700 million households and of the course the hotly anticipated XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (24 July to 3 August).
The latest raft of cultural and heritage events has just been announced with a performance from the international classical violinist Nicola Benedetti MBE, who will lead Scotland’s premier classical orchestras, musicians and ensembles in a trilling Classical Music Marathon. Budding singing sensations can get involved with the Big Sing with events happening across Scotland and the Generation project aims to display the works of more than 100 artists across 60 galleries or galleries right across the country.
Annual cultural such as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo promise to be bigger and better than ever too!
With over four hundred events and festivals taking place throughout 2014, there’s something for all visitors, whether you’re into comedy, film, music, dance or art.
2014 is set to be an extraordinary year and the newly launched Homecoming app helps visitors get the most from their visit, with invaluable information on the year-long events programme. More details on the VisitScotland Official Events Guide http://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/homecoming-scotland-2014/app
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