Glasgow will once again become the centre of the global piping scene as it hosts Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival and The World Pipe Band Championships from 6th – 12th August 2012. Around 40,000 visitors, and 8000 pipers, drummers and performers are expected to descend on the city for the world’s biggest week of traditional music.
Now entering its 9th year, the Piping Live! programme showcases the experimental energy of today’s newest talent such as Niteworks and Rura, as well as the accomplishment of established musicians from around the world. This year the festival will host performances from bands and musicians from 10 European countries including, Rotoro (Estonia), Lyra (Bulgaria), Dram (Sweden) and Franco Calanca (Italy). The event programme also includes everything from workshops to masterclasses, ceilidhs to concerts and street performances, there are almost 150 free and ticketed events taking place morning, noon and night at venues across the city from 6-12th August.
Says Piping Live! Piping Live’s Festival Director Roddy MacLeod: “We’ve put together a fantastic programme this year that will once again show what an energetic, eclectic and exhilarating instrument the bagpipes are. Whether you are a fan of traditional music, a newcomer to the genre, you want to pick up the pipes yourself, or you are looking for something to do with the children during the summer holidays; Piping Live! has something for everyone.”
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Piping Live! is a highlight in the Year of Creative Scotland.