Scottish Week

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Country and Region AustraliaNew South Wales
Type of Festival Dance, Music
Location of Festival Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Festival Contact Information

The Honorary Secretary
Scottish Australian Heritage Society
P. O. Box 826
Cronulla, NSW 2230

Festival Description

High-spirited, highland revellers have their annual fling each year in June as Scottish Australians gather to celebrate a week of the sights, the sounds and the tastes of Scotland! From a celebratory Bannockburn Dinner at Victoria Barracks to a traditional ceiladh with song, dance, food, wine, fun and games; historical tours, a traditional Grand Scottish Ball, a Tartan Day fair at Martin Place and even the traditional Sunday blessing of the tartan… there will be something for everyone, whether Scottish at heart or by clan! Special guest of the fest is visiting Glasgow University professor, author and Discovery Channel personality Prof Edward (Ted) Cowan. His equally learned and entertaining talks will cover Scottish history in Australia, The Scotching of Oz, the Present State of Scotland, and even the Great Scottish Witch-hunt!

Festival Dates June 22 - 30, 2012
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Festival Story:

Many Scots migrated to Australia as free settlers in the early 1800 and contributed in building the Australia we recognise today. However, most Scottish Australians (some five generations removed from their ‘auld’ ancestors) have been here so long that they have forgotten their heritage—except the need to occasionally drape themselves in tartan!

According to SAHC president Val Smith, Australia has taken much from Scottish pioneers who contribute their own rich texture to Australia’s multicultural life. Says Val: “Too often those we characterise as ‘white Anglo-Saxon’ communities are shy to celebrate their own ethnic identity - but there is much to celebrate!” And so… once a year the Scottish Australian Heritage Council presents Scottish Week. And it takes little encouragement to flush out thousands of ‘undercover’ kilt-wearers!


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