Monday, 21 September 2009

Blas Festo la Press & Journal:

Ticket sales for a Highland festival celebrating culture through the Gaelic language were up by 25% this year, organisers have revealed.
More than 11,000 people attended the
Blas Festival, with about half the 40 events selling out.
The festival, a key part of the Homecoming Scotland celebrations, was staged between September 4 and 12 at more than 40 venues, including village halls, Eden Court Theatre in Inverness and Inverness Airport.

Blas, in partnership with Highland Council, also delivered a school and community programme for more than 4,000 young people.

Festival director Donna MacRae said: “We are absolutely delighted with these attendances for the fifth Blas Festival. It proves that the people of the Highlands and visitors from overseas want to experience Highland culture.

“Given these stricken economic times, it is a particularly impressive performance...

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