A WINTER festival celebrating Scottish arts, comedy, music and heritage arrives in Stirling for St. Andrew’s Day.
Viewers around the world can tune in to the virtual section of the Caledonian Hybrid Festival, while tickets are still available for the live comedy show to be held at the city’s Made in Stirling Creative Center.
The inaugural festival, which takes place on Tuesday, was hosted by Stirling-based social enterprise Ceangail, which plans to hold a winter event every year to support the creative arts and showcase their talents to a global audience.
The online show runs from noon to 5 p.m. and features a lineup of artists, including bagpiper Ross Miller and singer / songwriter Emma Dunlop, as well as performances by the Dunblane Rubber Chicken theater group.
The festival will be hosted by TV and radio presenters Fat Brestovca and Kathryn Wilson, who will also present a short film – Scotland: Myths, Legends and Stories – which they made on a whirlwind tour of some of the iconic places of Scotland, including Loch Ness and Edinburgh Castle.
Meanwhile, the live comedy night – at Made in Stirling on King Street – features four comedians and runs from 7pm with tickets priced at £ 15.
Ceangail Director Matt McGrandles said: “We are trying to establish key events for Stirling and have had tremendous success in hosting the city’s Highland Games. Our goal with the Caledonia Festival is to create an annual St. Andrew’s Day event that kicks off the winter festival scene in Scotland by working with and showcasing incredible and emerging creative talent.
“We have a fantastic opportunity here to celebrate Scotland’s National Day and to make St. Andrew’s Day as important a celebration as St. Patrick’s Day.
“I hope as many people as possible will tune in to our virtual event which features a range of brilliant performances and a short film reflecting on what makes Scotland great and why we should celebrate Saint’s Day even more. Andrews! ”
The festival will also give Ceangail the opportunity to focus on a social enterprise goal by providing hands-on learning experiences for young people. McGrandles worked with a group of Wallace High School students, benefiting teens from learning filming, media and organizational skills in preparation for the event. Students will be involved in a “behind the scenes” project on the day of the festival.
Tickets for the free virtual event and live comedy program can be ordered through the Caledonia Festival website at www.caledoniafest.scot/tickets