Picture this – sharing the stage with festival headliners

The 2012 Hebridean Celtic Festival - the 17th HebCelt - takes place from July 11th to 14th.
The 2012 Hebridean Celtic Festival - the 17th HebCelt - takes place from July 11th to 14th.

FESTIVAL-goers are being given the chance to appear on stage at one of the country’s top summer events – and win a place at next year’s HebCelt 18th birthday bash.

Organisers of the award-winning Hebridean Celtic Festival are asking people attending the four-day gathering to send in pictures of friends and family to make a Festival Album.

And the snaps will then be displayed on a big screen on the main festival stage.

Festival Director, Caroline MacLennan said: “HebCelt is very much a family-orientated event and our Festival Album feature will allow people to send in their favourite snaps which will then appear on the big screen.

“It could be photographs of people’s children, grandchildren or great grandchildren, even generations of one family, or maybe absent friends or a friend or family member who is no longer with us and this would be a touching way to remember them.”

The photographs will be put in a prize draw with the winners, chosen at random, winning tickets for a family of four to attend next year’s event when the festival turns 18.

Details on how to send in your photographs to the Festival Album will appear on the HebCelt website – www.hebceltfest.com – on Wednesday, July 4th, a week before the festival opens.

HebCelt is to feature over 20 musical acts in a number of venues, but will also offer a wide range of other activities for all ages over the four days in both the main arena and in Stornoway itself.

These include family concerts, street theatre, kids’ workshops, circus skills sessions, art classes, storytelling and a craft tent promoting local goods.

A Pirate Theme on Saturday will give kids of all ages the chance to dress up and even learn how to be a pirate before searching for treasure.

Jim the Magician will be appearing – and possibly disappearing – around the festival entertaining the audiences, and the G Team will be encouraging locals to speak Gaelic and visitors to learn a few phrases in the language.

In addition, a series of walks are arranged through the grounds of Lews Castle, the backdrop to the festival, and there will be live radio drop in sessions from Wednesday to Friday.