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Homecoming Scotland 2014

Introduction

Lonach GatheringScotland and Aberdeenshire will welcome the world to join in the Year of Homecoming 2014.

Across Aberdeenshire and the North East of Scotland there is a year-long programme of events in 2014. They will celebrate the very best of the country’s food and drink, active and natural resources as well as our creativity, culture and ancestral heritage.

The first Homecoming year in 2009 was such a success we’re doing it all over again in 2014. As before, everyone is invited to come and help celebrate and reconnect with all that makes Scotland truly great.

What’s happening

SeaAn exciting four years precedes Homecoming Scotland 2014, with year-long celebrations of Food and Drink, Active, Creative Scotland and Natural Scotland which have helped showcase every part of Scottish life.

Alongside the Commonwealth Games to be hosted by Glasgow in July and the 40th Ryder Cup, at historic Gleneagles in September, there's a packed programme of events and festivals.

VisitScotland’s Homecoming Events page has more details about what’s planned for this special year including events taking place in Aberdeenshire. (http://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/homecoming-scotland-2014)

People at StallsIn addition to these, you can look forward to an exciting blend of festivals, activities, performances and celebrations in Aberdeenshire that will showcase the very best Scotland has to offer to locals and visitors from around the globe.

 

Whenever you come and wherever you visit, you’ll be very welcome; so join us and be part of Homecoming Scotland 2014.

Funding opportunities for communities

BikeFunding opportunities are available to assist communities and groups who want to celebrate Homecoming Scotland 2014 and attract visitors to the area.

Aberdeenshire Council is now inviting applications to a fund which will provide grants to those who want hold a Homecoming event in 2014.

It is aimed at supporting events organised by community groups and organisations on a not-for-profit basis.

WorkshopIt is being offered to help make Aberdeenshire more attractive as a destination in the Year of Homecoming, bringing in new audiences and promoting the area.

Established events can also apply, if they can demonstrate additional features to promote Homecoming Scotland 2014 to visitors.

Funding applications must be submitted by 28th February 2014.

For further information or queries on eligibility, please email: economic.development@aberdeenshire.gov.uk