Tattoo Hebrides 2014 awarded £20,000 Homecoming funding

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An extravaganza of world class piping, dancing, singing and music, celebrating Homecoming 2014, has received £20,000 from the dedicated funding programme.

The Harris Tweed Hebrides Tattoo 2014 takes place on August 8 and 9, 2014. The PWF Callanish Stones Marathon, on August 2, and the award-winning Hebridean Celtic Festival from July 16 to 19, will also profit from marketing in kind, after aligning themselves with Homecoming 2014 through the Partnership Programme, which is still open for entries.

Homecoming Scotland 2014 is a year-long celebration and will include hundreds of events. It is being delivered by VisitScotland and EventScotland, in conjunction with the Scottish Government to provide an opportunity for communities all over the country to celebrate the very best of Scottish culture.

The list of events includes many new ones, established events which will have a new Homecoming element for 2014 and those that have joined the Partnership Programme to benefit from in-kind marketing.

Tony Robson, from Stornoway Amenity Trust, said: “Stornoway Amenity Trust are delighted to be staging a second Homecoming Tattoo in August 2014 and we are very grateful to Homecoming Scotland for their substantial funding.

We can’t wait for the arrival of 10 pipe bands onto the Lews Castle Green, including the six time World Champion Simon Fraser University Pipeband from Canada and the Scots Guards Pipes and Drums. Book your flights and accommodation and head for the Outer Hebrides next August for this not to be missed two-day Hebridean party!”

Alan Mackenzie, Islands Manager at VisitScotland, said: “I am thrilled that this first-class event has received funding to help make Homecoming Scotland 2014 a year to remember in the Outer Hebrides.The eyes of the world will be on Scotland next year and every one of us needs to play our part in showing off our magnificent country on the global stage. These exciting events will help position the Outer Hebrides as dynamic and creative, with a rich history, traditions and culture.”

With around 50 million people around the world claiming Scottish heritage, diaspora and clan-related events form a part of Homecoming. These include around 30 events, such as celebrations to mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the 10th Clan Munro International Gathering, the Aboyne Highland Games, The Inverness Highland Meeting 2014, the Dunfermline Bruce Festival and Piping Live.

Large-scale signature events include Whisky Month (£100K), a Hogmanay extravaganza (£400K) in locations across Scotland and the Forth Bridges Festival (£50K).

Events are spread from Dumfries to Orkney and Aberdeen to the Borders, celebrating a diverse mix of Scottish culture through Homecoming’s five themes - active, ancestry, creative, food and drink and natural.

An events fund of £3m will provide a stunning all-year-round programme of activity to complement the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games and it will be backed by a £1.75m marketing campaign by VisitScotland which will promote Homecoming 2014 at home and abroad.

The Homecoming 2014 Partner Programme is still open for events to enter. All Partners will benefit from the spin-off promotion of being part of a £1.75 million marketing campaign, in addition to VisitScotland’s wider Homecoming Scotland promotional activity.

Pictured is the last piping event organised by the Stornoway Amenity Trust - the Meeting of the Bands in 2012.