The Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival will celebrate its 35th year in Oban as more than 1,000 competitors vie for 125 prizes over the weekend of May 4 through 6, 2018.
Venues across Oban will come alive with performances from Highland dancers, as well as music on fiddle, pipe, piano, accordion, clarsach, woodwind and brass. The festival is proud to promote a long Argyll tradition in music and dance, while introducing innovation through group and individual dancing competitions.
“The Festival has retained a unique family feel that is the hallmark of true Highland hospitality, despite the competitive nature of the programme,” said Breege Smyth, chairperson. “Each year I am delighted that our funders and the businesses of Oban share our passion and are generous in support – particularly as we have been going to 35 years! This support over the years has enabled young people to have the opportunity to compete to the highest level, and then perhaps go on to make solid careers from their musical abilities and passion.”
The Festival attracts more than 3,000 visitors to Oban and is organized by volunteers and supported by EventScotland. In addition to the competition events, Fringe activities around the Oban area are a great way for everyone to get involved. For more information and schedules, visit www.obanfestival.org.