Issued: 10 March 2009
Tartan Fever About To Sweep Angus!
With less than a month to go before the start of the Tartan Day Angus 2009 celebrations, finishing touches are currently being made to arrangements for various Tartan Day events across the county.
From April 3 until April 17, a group of young people from Brechin will be encouraging today's people of Angus to think about yesterday's people of Angus with an exhibition of art inspired by the Picts.
The young people's artwork, including shields, jewellery, crafts and photographs of various Pictish stones, is being exhibited at Pictavia Visitor Centre on the outskirts of Brechin. The exhibition will open on Friday, April 3, when, from 6.30pm - 8.30pm, there will be a chance to enjoy a preview of the exhibition while listening to the traditional music provided by local musicians, Maureen and Nigel Jelks.
Montrose's first Tartan Day Angus 2009 event will be The Kilt Is Our Delight, a show by the highly-acclaimed Gordon School of Dance. The Kilt Is Our Delight is being performed in Montrose Town Hall at 7.30pm on Friday, April 3 and promises to be an enjoyable evening of Scottish dancing, music, song and verse.
On the same evening, Arbroath and Area Partnership's Tartan Ceilidh will fill the function suite at the Red Lion Caravan Park in Arbroath with the unmistakeable sounds of traditional Scottish music and dancing. The ceilidh will include opportunities to take part in traditional Scottish Country Dancing, with the David Oswald band providing toe-tapping music to ensure no-one can resist joining in! There will also be performances by Arbroath British Legion Pipe Band and Highland dancers - with an added taste of Scotland at half-time when haggis, neeps & tatties and clootie dumpling will be available.
One of the highlights of Forfar's Tartan Day Angus celebrations will be the ever-popular Tartan Day Concert, which is being held on the evening of Sunday, April 5. Among the talented local entertainers taking to the Reid Hall stage will be singers Scott Gardner, Peter Dick and Bill Carr; accordionist Alan Morrison; Forfar Girl Guides - and many more!
However, Tartan Day Angus isn't only about celebrating Scotland's undoubted skills in arts and entertainment. On Tuesday, April 7, the global business environment will be the focus of a debate at Carnoustie Golf Hotel. During the debate, a panel of expert speakers, including former US Senator Trent Lott and Jim Pettigrew, the Dundee-born head of an international finance firm, will share their thoughts on what lies ahead. The debate will be followed by lunch and the chance to network with leading members of the Angus business community.
On Sunday, April 12, Kirriemuir will be the scene of one of the closing events in the Tartan Day Angus 2009 calendar. From 4pm until 8pm, Heidrum, one of the best bands in Angus, will be entertaining the crowds at the Ogilvy Arms with their inimitable mix of Celtic and folk music.
These are just a few of the events happening across Angus during this year's Tartan Day Angus 2009. Events are continually being added to the events list so, to find out about what's happening in your area, visit www.tartandayscotland.com or pick up a copy of the Events Guide from your local library, museum, art gallery or tourist attraction.