The 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!
Please keep in mind this is a closed competition, and all VHGA Memberships from the previous year expire on November 30th. Any new dance families wanting to join the VHGA and families who want to renew their memberships can find the form here:
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.