Island Culture to the fore as 2011 Blas Festival Launches

27 May 2011

Island Culture to the fore as 2011 Blas Festival Launches

Blas organisers launched the 2011 programme at one of its event venues, Eden Court in Inverness. Blas will deliver nearly 100 cultural events all over the Highlands between 9 and 17 September in venues ranging from community halls to Inverness Airport, The Jacobite Queen cruise boat and Eden Court Theatre. Traditional music as well as Gaelic language and song are the bedrock of the festival but, for the first time, Blas will also have a strand featuring Gaelic writers, organised in collaboration with Comhairle nan Leabhraichean - the Gaelic Books Council.

The festival is a key part of the Year of Scotland's Islands initiative and will feature a new commission - Heisgeir - from Gaelic singing sensation Julie Fowlis, as well as a series of Islands Cèilidhs featuring some of our best-loved Gaelic singers performing in village halls across the Highlands. Another of the Scotland's Islands events will celebrate 100 years since the birth of the Raasay-born poet Sorley Maclean. In a collaboration with Urras Shomhairle - The Sorley MacLean Trust - Hallaig, a piece of music composed by renowned Inverness composer, Stuart MacRae, inspired by one of MacLean's most powerful poems, will be performed in Inverness Cathedral and at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Skye.


Scotland’s Islands - the events, exhibitions and activities happening all year round.

We list every event we hear of, large and small, taking place on the islands of Scotland or taking place elsewhere and relating to Scotland's Islands. They provide a unique opportunity to savour the diversity and excitement of island life. Check our our facebook page for general updates too -  

There has never been a better time for you to visit Scotland's Islands, to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and unspoilt beaches, to get close to dramatic wild-life, learn about our heritage, participate in a great range of activities, and enjoy our music, food and drink.

All this on some of our 99 inhabited islands large and small (and many more uninhabited) accessible by sea and air in six regions: Argyll & Bute, Highland, North Ayrshire, Orkney, Outer Hebrides and Shetland.



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