Angus to welcome the world on Tartan day

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Angus is welcome the world on Tartan Day 2014, and is set to become part of the Homecoming Scotland 2014 programme.

Two events to celebrate Angus and Dundee’s heritage have become part of the Partner Programme for Homecoming Scotland 2014, with Angus’ event set to receive £10,000 funding.

East Haven 800 and Dundee Westfest are set to benefit from increased marketing and promotion as key partner events in the Homecoming Scotland 2014 calendar.

The East Haven 800 celebrations will include live music from the Carnoustie Youth Band; fresh food from local vendors; heritage brought to life with Sylvia Troon, puppeteer and storyteller; and the raffling of a limited edition print of Easthaven by Jim Dunbar, of the Royal Society of Watercolourists. Carnoustie Art Society will also hold an exhibition of original paintings of the Ha’en.

Dundee Westfest is a week-long festival which focuses on the culture, diversity, history and creativity in the West End of Dundee.

Tartan Day 2014 is a unique programme of events centred around April 6, the anniversary of the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath as a destination of historical significance.

These events have been announced as part of the Homecoming Scotland 2014 Partner Programme, which sees events benefit from a range of promotion and marketing through VisitScotland both internationally and in the UK supported by a £1.75 million destination campaign.

Jim Clarkson, regional Director of VisitScotland, said: “I am thrilled that these culturally important events have joined the Partner Programme to help them make Homecoming Scotland 2014 a year to remember in Dundee and Angus.

“The eyes of the world will be on Scotland next year and every one of us needs to play our part in showing off our magnificent region on the global stage.

“These fantastic events will help position Dundee and Angus as dynamic and creative with a rich history, traditions and culture.”

Fergus Ewing, tourism minister, said: “Scotland is a modern, dynamic nation with a rich heritage, a global reach and confident of our place in the world.

“People from across the globe with an affinity to Scotland as well as those without are invited to join the celebration in 2014 when Scotland Welcomes the World.

“The Year of Homecoming 2014 will extend the benefits and opportunities offered by the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup.