Blas Festival Bucks Credit Crunch to Post Record Figures

The Blas Festival has enhanced its reputation as the fastest growing festival in the UK by showing an increase in ticket sales of 25 per cent. Thousands attended its cultural events of music and Gaelic across the Highland region with half of them selling out and 80 per cent of all available seats taken.

The festival, a key part of the Homecoming Scotland celebrations, was staged in over 40 venues ranging from village halls to Eden Court Theatre and Inverness Airport, and took place from the 4-12 September.

Blas, in partnership with the Highland Council’s Art Links Officer, also delivered a Schools and Community programme for over 4000 young people in the region, taking the festival’s audience to over 11,000 people.

Festival Director Donna MacRae said: “We are absolutely delighted with these attendances for the fifth Blas Festival. It proves that the people of the Highlands and visitors from overseas want to experience Highland culture. Given these stricken economic times it is a particularly impressive performance. We have delivered exciting events which the public have supported in their thousands and we have provided real value for money.

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