Highland Games is a Spring Fling

2015 Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival takes over Topaz Park May 16 to 18.

The skirl of the pipes and the scent of whisky will be in the air as the 2015 Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival takes over Topaz Park May 16 to 18.

New events and exhibits include a strongman competition, a sheaf toss competition, the Celtic Cup – a three-day Gaelic football tournament – sheep dog herding demonstrations, hurling demonstrations, blacksmithing and more.

Although the event is strong on athletic competition, music, dance and entertainment is also high on the list of things to do, including a crowd favourite, highland dance.

One local performer to watch out for is Provincial Champion, 14-year-old Sarah Bryan.

Inspired by her older cousins to take up highland dancing, her work ethic has taken her to the top of her class. “I just like how energetic it is and how I can learn new things – it makes me happy,” she says.

Pipebands scheduled to compete on Sunday, May 17:

Grade 4:

· White Spot Pipe Band

· Pipes and Drums of the Pacific Gael

· Greater Victoria Police Pipe Band

Grade 3:

· Greighlan Crossing Pipe Band

· Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band – Grade 3

Grade 2:

· Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band – Grade 2

Grade 1:

· Simon Fraser University Pipe Band (6 time world champions)

There are more than 100 solo pipers and drummers competing on Sunday, May 17.

Dancers and musical entertainment will include: Victoria Irish Dancers; Greater Victoria Police Pipe Band; Address to the Haggis with Cole Griffiths; Victoria Highland Games Dancers; Vancouver Island Scottish Country Dancers; O’Connor – O’Brien School of Irish Dancing; Coastline; Knacker’s Yard; Mary Ross Accordionist; The Sweet Lowdown Duo; Slow Pokes; The McGillicuddys; Black Angus; Cookeilidh; Sets In The West; Tom Morrissey; Celtic Reflections; Sarah Tradewell; Crikey Mor; The O’Brien Family; Jane’s Way; Joe Higgins; Ivonne Hernandez; and The Clanns.

For more information, and a full schedule click here.

 

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vancouver Island dance classes billed as female empowerment tool

New Comox Valley business focuses on ‘promoting positive body image’

Duncan’s Big Stick lights up red to signal COVID’s devastation of the arts

“COVID-19 has been truly devastating to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre”

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Cowichan Performing Arts Centre streaming new short film tonight

Standing By has been created and performed by Cowichan-raised actor Nicole Ratjen.

Voting now ready for Oak Bay’s Arts Alive 2020 sculptures

Audio and written descriptions posted for all 10 sculptures

Snuneymuxw artist brings aquatic designs to Nanaimo’s Beban Park pool

Work by artist Eliot White-Hill is being installed at the pool this month

Nanaimo musician plays all instruments on DIY debut album

Jamie Penner releasing guitar-centric instrumental record ‘Out of Curiosity’

Hospice worker and patient butt heads in upcoming Nanaimo theatre production

Yellow Point Drama Group presents ‘Grace and Glorie’ at Cedar Community Hall

Art+Earth Festival gets growing this weekend

Find out what events are in-person and what’s happening online

Film about missing and murdered indigenous women makes Nanaimo debut

A mother and daughter search for answers in Sonia Bonspille Boileau’s ‘Rustic Oracle’

Most Read