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Celebration of the Centuries is Best Cultural Event at HITA Awards

9 October 2012

                       Fort George

Historic Scotland’s largest event of the year, ‘Celebration of the Centuries’, which takes place at Fort George near Inverness, has been awarded ‘Best Cultural Event’ at the Highland and Island Tourism Awards (HITA).

Historic Scotland will now go through to the National Final of the Scottish Thistle Awards, described as the ‘Oscars’ of Scottish Tourism, which will take place in Glasgow on 9th November 2012.  

Gillian Urquhart, Historic Scotland’s Events Manager was presented with the award at a ceremony in Inverness.

She said: “I am really delighted that we have won such a prestigious award.  Set in the magnificent setting of Fort George, a magnificent and imposing 18th-century military fortification, Celebration of the Centuries presents visitors with a colourful, lively and enjoyable introduction to centuries of history.  It involves a cast of over two hundred and fifty performers and their commitment has really contributed to the success of the event.  

“Each year we include a real ‘wow’ factor and the highlight from 2011 was the dramatic dogfight display between the Spitfire and the Buchon Messerschmitt.     

“This year’s event attracted record breaking visitor numbers and we are hoping that next year’s event will be even more spectacular.”

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3.The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at:

4.The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at

                                                         Year of Creative Scotland 2012

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Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
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