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Bliadhna Mhath Ur! – Hogmanay at An Lanntair

Press release   •   Nov 09, 2015 15:58 GMT

An Lanntair is delighted to welcome back Willie Campbell and friends in what promises to be another spectacular night of entertainment to bring in the New Year. Following the success of last year’s sell out show, which showcased the huge variety of local musical talent, he will once more take to the stage with a new line up of guest musicians for an exclusive one off performance.

An Lanntair’s Hogmanay celebrations are supported as part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals, a programme of events funded by Scottish Government and managed by VisitScotland.

Willie, along with members of his band The Open Day Rotation, will be joined by Colin MacLeod, Jane Hepburn, and Iain "Spanish" Mackay, and tickets for this unique event are now much sought after.

Alex Macdonald, An Lanntair’s Head of Performing Arts and the creator of Bliadhna Mhath Ur! said:

"We are really grateful to the Winter Festivals programme for the continued support of our Hogmanay celebrations. New Year is a time for people to return to the islands and be with family, and we have been really pleased at the community’s response to us offering them activities which help us celebrate it together."

And continuing the theme of returning home for New Year, piper James Mackenzie will be heading to Lewis as part of traditional band Breabach, who can also be seen at An Lanntair on Saturday 2nd January.

Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said:

"Scotland is famous for its outstanding Hogmanay celebrations. The occasion provides a great opportunity for families and friends to come together to sample the very best of what Scotland has to offer from traditional and contemporary music and arts, to food and drink.

"An Lanntair’s Hogmanay celebrations are part of the Scottish Government's Winter Festivals programme, which has been provided with a record £390,000 of funding to support 21 key cultural events in 15 local authority areas across the country. Events will run across Scotland from the lead up to St Andrew's Day, through Hogmanay, to Burns Night, showcasing Scotland as a modern and creative nation with a rich heritage."

 Alan Mackenzie, VisitScotland Islands Manager said:

"We hope these Hogmanay celebrations will attract visitors who are keen to experience the unique, traditional and contemporary celebrations in Stornoway. An Lanntair has a fantastic line-up of music and entertainment that is sure to delight the whole family and give our visitors a chance to celebrate the beginning of 2016, the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, in style."

Join us for this very special celebration of Hogmanay and bring in 2016 in style.

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Notes to editor:

About An Lanntair

  An Lanntair is a multi disciplinary Arts Centre in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.

 2015 will be An Lanntair’s 30th anniversary and the 10th anniversary in our specially designed arts centre.

 An Lanntair led of partnership bid to win the Creative Place Awards 2015. The project ‘Bealach’ will run over 2 years.

 We are the only dedicated theatre space in the Outer Hebrides.

 An Lanntair is a registered charity – SC003287

 Our main supporters are Creative Scotland and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

 An Lanntair hosts Faclan, the Hebridean Book Festival, each year.

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About Scotland’s Winter Festivals

Scotland's Winter Festivals is a campaign led by The Scottish Government and delivered in partnership with VisitScotland Events Directorate, supporting celebrations of Scotland's three national days - St Andrew’s Day, Hogmanay and Burns Night. Scotland's Winter Festivals run from November until the end of January.

About Hogmanay

  Scotland is world-renowned as the home of Hogmanay, celebrated on 31 December. Fire festivals, torchlight processions, street parties, live music and fireworks, Scotland really is the best place in the world to see in the New Year.

 Scotland boasts a wide variety of Hogmanay celebrations, from large scale events such as Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, which attracted over 140,000 visitors last year from over 70 countries to smaller, regional gatherings.

 Scotland is renowned for its Hogmanay traditions with people celebrating in homes, pubs, clubs and village halls across the country hosting their own events which embrace tradition – first footers bringing coal, toasting with a dram at midnight, taking part in the Loony Dook on New Year’s Day.

 You can find everything you need to know about Scotland’s Hogmanay celebrations at

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