Arts & Culture
Homecoming Scotland 2009
Celebrate Homecoming Scotland in 2009 with a series of events across the Highlands and Islands.
Homecoming Scotland is a year long celebration to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, Scotland's national bard.
The celebrations commence on the anniversary of Burns' birth, 25 January 2009, and run until St Andrew's Day on 30 November 2009.
The main themes for Homecoming are Scotland's contributions to the world in the shape of golf, whisky, Robert Burns, great minds and innovations as well as Scotland's ancestry and heritage.
A Scottish Government initiative, Homecoming is aimed at locals and visitors alike with a packed events calendar running across the year in all areas of Scotland.
Events in the Highlands and Islands
Children's artwork was projected onto the exterior of the Eden Court Theatre in Inverness on the evening of 25 January to markthe launch of Homecoming Scotland 2009. The Visual Galleries Project featured around 80 short-listed entries on the theme 'What is Home to You?'
'A Sinclair Odyssey' is a year long project that offers hundreds of youngsters in Caithness the chance to find out about their culture and heritage through events and activities organised by the Lyth Arts Centre.
Highland dancing at Inverness Highland Games.
Culloden Moor sees re-enactments of the historic battle on 9-10 May. The battle and years in exile are explored with presentations, music and a new battlefield tour.
The Inverness Highland Games take on a Homecoming flavour in July with a Masters World Championship of the world heavies.
Enjoy 'Summer in the Straths' from May to October. Music, arts, walking, talks and genealogy are just some of the activities on offer in 'Mackay Country' or Sutherland over the Summer.
The Drambuie Pursuit offer thrills and spills as competitors make their way from Skye to Inverness by white-water rafting, abseiling, kayaking and mountain-biking inspired by Bonnie Prince Charlie's flight from Culloden in 1746. The Pursuit takes place 8-10 May.
Kisimuil Castle, Barra.
A flotilla of boats take part in 'The Crossing' of the Caledonian Canal from Fort William to Inverness, 16-20 June. The Crossing celebrates Scotland's pivotal role in the world of engineering and the Scottish Enlightenment.
Whisky is the main subject of two festivals - 'Westering Home to Islay' and Barra's 'Whisky Galore' Festival, 19-20 September.
A conference on emigration from the Outer Hebrides is held on Harris from 10-12 September. The local community, emigrants and historians will explore emigration via talks, music and exhibitions.
Migration to and from Scotland is also explored in an exhibition, 'Leaving Home', held at Inverness Museum in September and October.
Scotland's global impact is assessed by a team of experts at a conference in Inverness from 22-24 October. The Eden Court Theatre will host talks and debates from leading experts and historians.
last updated: 13/03/2009 at 16:28