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Winter Festivals: celebrating Scotland’s cultural diversity

December 1, 2017 by No Comments | Category Festivals

This year over 20 events across Scotland have been developed by multi-cultural communities to celebrate the Winter Festivals, which marks St Andrew’s Day, Hogmanay and Burns Night. The multi-cultural celebration of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology and the Winter Festivals is delivered by BEMIS Scotland and supported by a funding contribution of £64,680 from the Scottish Government.

International Development Minister Alasdair Allan, said:

“I am delighted that so many of Scotland’s multi-cultural communities are joining the celebration of the Winter Festivals by developing their own local events.

“This year’s programme is bigger and better than ever with events happening right across the country, many of which are free and family friendly. I would encourage everyone to take part and to celebrate Scotland’s rich cultural diversity with us”.

“To further boost the celebration of the National Day, and in the spirit of St Andrew who was known for being strong, sociable and fair, we are encouraging people to “Be Like St Andrew” on 30 November 2017. I would like to invite Scotland’s multi-cultural communities to support and champion the “be like St Andrew” initiative within their own neighbourhoods and more widely”

Chief Executive of BEMIS Scotland Rami Ousta, said:

“Throughout the last few years, we have witnessed an enhanced, energetic and extensive participation of the diverse Ethnic and Cultural Minorities in celebrating the Winter Westivals and our Scottish national days, expressing our proud, faithful and progressive democratic citizenship.

“Our multi-cultural communities have been lively and proactive in joining and initiating creative celebrations of St Andrew’s Day locally, regionally and nationally. In fact, the multicultural celebrations of St Andrew’s day have been an excellent example of how such diverse participation mirrors our unique multicultural Scotland and our inclusive national identity.

“Let us all continue to enhance these celebrations in action and in spirit and ‘be like St Andrew’ in our accomplished and vibrant multicultural Scotland.”

Photo below: Dance Ihayami, Scotland’s Indian dance company, performing at the First Minister’s St Andrew’s Day reception, Edinburgh Castle on 30 November, 2017.

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