LEADING Scottish Ballet Dancer, Quenby Hersh “pointes” Northern Ireland Culture Lovers to Scotland during Homecoming Scotland 2014, whilst performing in Hansel and Gretel at the Grand Opera House this weekend.
The leading ballerina believes, with Scotland’s rich creative landscape is firmly in the frame this year, there has never been a better time for Northern Ireland visitors to visit Scotland and soak up the thriving cultural scene.
Homecoming Scotland 2014 is now in full swing, there are a whole host of other arts events taking place to celebrate Scotland’s rich creative landscape, which include music, comedy, film and outdoor activities, giving culture vultures plenty of reasons to cross the Irish Sea in 2014.
Glasgow Film Festival (20 February to 2 March) A packed programme of activity including pop-up cinema and special events in unique Glasgow venues ensuring that the Festival presence is felt in every corner of the city. Highlights include the UK premiere of Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel; along with a screening of John Carpenter’s seashore horror The Fog on board a ship moored in the Clyde; not to mention a transformation of Kelvingrove into a 300-capacity “Monster Mash” event for a screening of the comedy Young Frankenstein, complete with live organ recitals on the night.
Glasgow International Comedy Festival (14 March – 5 April) The largest event of its kind in Europe, the festival has become a renowned annual event in Glasgow’s cultural calendar. The 2014 festival will once again boast an incredible line up of talent from around the globe. With 416 shows, in 46 venues across the city. The line-up of comic talent includes Sarah Millican, Miranda Hart and Ruby Wax.
Glasgow International (4 to 21 April 2014), one of the UK’s boldest visual arts events showcasing the best of local and international art. Artists featured in the event include Bedwyr Williams, Jordan Wolfson, Michael Stumpf, Avery Singer, Anthea Hamilton and Nicholas Byrne.
Celtic Hebridean Festival in Stornoway (16-19 July 2014) A Festival of traditional and contemporary music on the Isle of Lewis in July.
Wickerman Festival (Friday 25 & Saturday 26 July 2014) A music festival in Dumfries & Galloway, notable in that it culminates in thousands of spectators flocking to watch a towering 40ft Wickerman be set alight.
These cultural highlights are only a short flight away. Northern Ireland air routes cover various cities including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Prestwick, Inverness and Aberdeen from local airports, George Best Belfast City Airport, Belfast International Airport and City of Derry Airport. Additional easy access routes from Northern Ireland to Scotland include short ferry trips from Belfast to Cairnryan and Larne to Troon and Cairnryan. For more information, go to www.visitscotland.com.