The UK’s fastest growing festival is to launch its own ‘Scottish Embassy’. The Blas festival will have an ‘embassy’ agreement with the Celtic Colours festival in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. People attending both events will be able to get ‘visa’ rights which include information, advice and ticket price incentives.
The announcement came as Blas launched its 2009 programme at one of its event venues, Glen Ord Distillery in Ross-shire. Blas will deliver over 80 cultural events based on music, Gaelic, food, learning, whisky and Clan. Venues ranging from community halls and distilleries to Inverness Airport and Eden Court Theatre will provide the scene for Blas events all over the Highlands.
Featured artists will include top music talent such as Dougie MacLean, Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain, Blazin’ Fiddles, The Barra MacNeils, and Karen Matheson.
One of the festival’s key supporters is EventScotland, the national events agency. Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer, said: “The Regional Events Programme was put in place to give events such as Blas an ideal platform for growth and innovation. The 2009 programme, with so many events in a wide number of venues ensures that Blas is an excellent showcase for Scottish culture.”
The full programme and information about tickets is available from the website www.blas-festival.co.uk