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2017 Tartan Day celebrations

Tartan Day - May 8th 2017The Victoria Highland Games Association hosted the annual TARTAN DAY celebrations on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Centennial Square in recognition of ‘National Tartan Day’.

Performances from the Vancouver Island Caledonia Pipe Band, the Tartan Day Highland Dancers, VHGA Heavy Events Athletes, Gaelic Choir and Knacker’s Yard were enjoyed by hundreds of spectators over the afternoon.

Although the day started off a little “misty”, the sun came out for the last half of the event and dried everything out!  A great event to get everyone ready for Highland Games Week in May!

Games to host Canadian and World Championships

The Victoria Highland Games Association is happy to announce two very exciting years of Heavy Events competitions happening over the next two years at the Victoria Highland Games.

First up in 2017 for the 154th Victoria Highland Games we will be bringing in the top ten throwers from across Canada for the CSAF Canadian Men’s Championships. We last hosted the Canadian Championships in 2012 and it was a very exciting day of throwing and I am sure it will be another exciting competition for all.

In 2018 for our 155th anniversary we are very pleased and honoured to be hosting David Webster’s Scottish Heavy Events World Championships, this will bring the very best of the best from across the globe to Victoria. We hosted these championships in 2010 and were amazed at the level of the competition and look forward to another amazing competition filled with big throws.

Stay tuned for more information as we progress with the organization of these great championship and buckle in for a very exciting couple of years at the Victoria Highland Games.

VHGA is holding two full days of solo and pipe band competitions in 2016

The VHGA has been attracting more competitors (Dancers, Solo and Pipe Band, Heavy Events and Drum Majors) and increasing attendance at the Victoria Highland Games over the last few years by adding new events and format changes.

Based on the feedback that we have received over the years, in 2016 we will be expanding the pipe band and solo competitions to a full 2 day schedule (Saturday and Sunday,  May 21/ 22).   Our hope is that more solo competitors and bands will attend the Games and take in the high quality and variety of events, including the Heavy events, Highland and Irish dance competitions, Celtic sports, Whisky school, Celtic music, Entertainment stages and the Heritage and Clansman tents.

The new 3-day format (including the holiday Monday) has expanded the number of activities held at the Games, which will continue to grow in 2016. The Highland Games & Celtic Festival will continue to run through to Monday with a Drum Major demonstration featuring Jason Paguio, the multiple World Drum Major Champion. For the first time, we are hosting an Irish Dance competition on the Monday.

We are also happy to announce that the LA Scots from Los Angeles will be competing at the 2016 Grade 1 (Full) band contest. The LA Scots and Greighlan Crossing Pipe Band are the Duty Bands for the 2016 Highland Games & Celtic Festival over the 3 day weekend.

The 2016 Canadian Invitational Drum Major Championship will also be running at the same time and we are pleased to announce that John Noble will be coming from Scotland to act as the head drum major judge. In addition, Bruce Gandy from Nova Scotia will be joining the judging panel. An Open Piobaireachd competition will again be held on Saturday at the Games’ site.

More details to come in January regarding the format and event listing for the piping, drumming and drum major competitions.

VHGA Christmas Fling Competition

The VHGA Christmas Fling competition is being held on December 6, 2016 at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre. This event includes a visit from Santa, cake walk and free lunch for each dancer and their parents. Dancers must be VHGA members to compete . This event is the first event of 4 VHGA dance competitions held each year at which dancers earn points that can result in VHGA bursaries.

Registration Form available here.

Please remember to bring a cake for the CAKEWALK!

VHGA October Dance Competition

Greetings, all highland dancers and teachers! The VHGA will be holding its 63rd Annual Indoor Dance Competition on October 3 & 4, 2015 at Lansdowne Middle School. We are pleased to announce that Kathleen Gilbert from London, England will be judging and teaching the workshop. The entry form can be accessed by clicking VHGA October Dance competition. Looking forward to seeing you at the competition and workshop!