Music and dance festival brings back a buzz

Highlands & Islands Music & Dance Festival committee 2022

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Oban will be buzzing this weekend when the Highlands & Islands Music and Dance Festival comes to town.

Festival chairperson Breege Smyth says there is a record number of entries for the three-day event, which is making a long-awaited come back after the pandemic.

‘The response has been amazing, we’ve got a record number of entries. People are so excited we’re back. For many this will be their first time out competing live rather on Zoom.’

And she added: ‘It’s also excellent news that the Covid restrictions have eased – it means we can have a live piper at the Highland dancing competitions.’

The festival starts tomorrow, Friday April 29, with the Highland Dancing – Scottish Choreography Challenge at the Corran Halls.

Saturday April 30 brings the Highlands & Islands Dancing Competition at the Atlantis Leisure, more of the  Scottish Choreography Challenge at the Corran Halls and Junior Piping at The Rockfield Centre.

Highlands and islands dance competitors will head to the Atlantis Leisure Centre again on Sunday May 1 to round off the weekend.

All the latest  times and information will be posted on the Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival Facebook page.

‘It is going to be a buzzing weekend for Oban. We’ve heard from so many families who usually book to come and stay for the weekend every year and are so excited to be back at the competition after Covid, and to be back in Oban,’ said Breege.