The Scottish Tourism Minister has hailed The Hebridean Celtic Festival as a "remarkable achievement" in being selected as one of the Top 10 UK Summer Festivals for the 5th year in a row!
The HebCelt Festival has its 20th Anniversary this year, 15-18 July in beautiful Stornoway on the Istle of Lewis, and is again the ONLY Scottish festival on the list compiled by world music magazine Songlines.
Fergus Ewing said: “Being selected by Songlines as one of the Top 10 Summer Festivals for a fifth time in succession is a remarkable achievement by HebCelt and everyone involved in organising the festival. “The fact it is the only Scottish festival to be included in the list makes it an even greater accolade and one that is well deserved for its promotion of traditional music and the Gaelic language and its support of young artists.
This year, HebCelt will feature acts including Afro Celt Sound System, Treacherous Orchestra, the Karen Matheson Band, Shooglenifty, Chastity Brown, Le Vent du Nord, Raghu Dixit and Salsa Celtica on its two main stages.
There will also be performances in An Lanntair arts centre and in rural parts of Lewis and Harris, with an integral part of the festival being support for the Gaelic language and young emerging talent.
Songlines editor Jo Frost said: “There are many factors we consider when making the Songlines Summer Festivals selection and in this case it’s the festival’s distinctive Hebridean location and the quality of the music programme that makes HebCelt stand out.
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP and Shadow Islands Minister, David Stewart added his praises. “The festival showcases the very best of Celtic music, with Gaelic culture and language at its core. “For HebCelt to be the only Scottish festival included in the Top 10 is a great endorsement. It not only promotes traditional music and Gaelic culture and language, but it ranks up there alongside world famous festivals such as Glastonbury and the Cambridge Folk Festival further enhancing it on the international stage. The economic and cultural benefits the festival brings to the islands each year is significant and this is a fitting tribute in it’s 20th anniversary year.”
While visiting the Isle of Lewis for HebCelt, you can venture out to historic Lews Castle & Gardensor explore the Calanais Standing Stones, which were erected about 3000BC, older than Stonehenge!
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