Happily, Scottish events are finally starting up again in NZ, so let's all break out the Kilts and Tartan, get out of the house and give them as much support as we can. Scots in Spirit is keen to help promote events with a Scottish/Celtic flavour - send us details and we'll add them to our Events Calendar and Newsletter/blog.
Last Saturday, we attended the Clan Donald Dinner in Auckland (photo above) - so good to see Kilts, tartan sashes, Highland dancing and the piping in of the Haggis! An innovative Address to the Haggis included audience participation, which was a lot of fun. We were also treated to beautiful harp music and a talk by harpist Anna Dunwoodie, with fascinating insights into the history of harps and those who play them.
Anna also mentioned the upcoming Harp Fest in Auckland, 3-6 February next year, hosting international harpists including Ailie Robertson from Edinburgh, widely regarded as one of Scotland’s leading traditional musicians and Celtic harpists. The programme will include concerts, workshops and talks on all areas of the harp, check out the Harp Fest website.And we're thrilled that the Solo Piping competition usually held at the Hawkes Bay Easter Games is now going ahead on Matariki weekend, 24-26 June, at Lindisfarne College in Hastings - an opportunity to hear some really top-class piping, come along if you can. The plan is to replicate the full Easter programme starting with the Clasp on Friday night (24th); the DMSR (Double March, Strathspey and Reel) on Saturday night; and continuing through Sunday (full details). Scots in Spirit sponsors the Trophy for the DMSR contest, and we'll have our stand set up on Saturday & Sunday with our usual great range of products for sale. Note that the Highland Dancing competitions which usually accompany this event won't be present this time - but a local club is holding a 2-day dance competition at Clive, not far away.
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