Homecoming Scotland 2009
Homecoming Scotland 2009 was a series of events designed to attract people of Scottish ancestry to visit Scotland. The campaign, organised by EventScotland and VisitScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, and part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, claimed that "for every single Scot in their native land, there are thought to be at least five more overseas who can claim Scottish ancestry."
2009 was the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, the national poet. In addition to Burns-related events, the other four themes of the Homecoming were Scotland's culture and heritage, great Scottish minds and innovations, and golf and whisky.
Calendar of Events
On 16 June 2008 Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond MSP MP, officially launched Homecoming Scotland 2009 at Edinburgh Castle. The Homecoming started on 25 January 2009 (Burns night) and ran until 30 November 2009 (St Andrews Day).
On 24 July 2009 a Clan Convention, composed of the clan chiefs, clan commanders and leading clan representatives of Scottish clans, met to discuss the "Role of the Clan in the 21st century". The Clan Convention took place within the Scottish Parliament.
The centrepiece event of the year was The Gathering 2009, on 25 and 26 July, centred on Holyrood Park in Edinburgh. The clan gathering included highland games over the two days, a parade up the Royal Mile and a 'clan pageant' on the castle esplanade. Prince Charles, the Duke of Rothesay, is to be Patron of The Gathering 2009.
There was a long list of homecoming events, including several well-established events, e.g. (in date order):
- Celtic Connections
- Burns Night
- Jack Vettriano loans painting to Kirkcaldy Museum, Fife for Homecoming 2009
- Aye Write!
- Glasgow International Comedy Festival
- Etape Caledonia
- Edinburgh International Science Festival
- Cape Wrath Challenge
- Heineken Cup Final
- Edinburgh Sevens
- Return to the Ridings
- Royal Highland Show
- Homecoming Live
- Edinburgh International Film Festival
- World Fly Fishing Championships
- Open Championship, Turnberry
- Inverness Highland Games
- Wickerman Festival
- Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival
- Johnnie Walker Championship, Gleneagles
- Edinburgh International Festival
- Edinburgh Military Tattoo
- World Pipe Band Championships
- Piping Live! - Glasgow International Piping Festival
- Cowal Gathering
- Doors Open Days
- Wigtown Book Festival
- Loch Ness Marathon
- Royal National Mòd
- Scots Trad Music Awards
Scottish Cup Sponsorship
In October 2008, it was announced that the Scottish Cup would be re-branded as The Homecoming Scottish Cup for the 2008/09 competition. Glasgow-based businessman Willie Haughey signed a two-year sponsorship deal for the cup, handing the branding rights over to the Scottish Government. A new name was applied to the 2009/10 competition.
- 2009 in Scotland
- Golf in Scotland
- Scotch whisky
- Scottish clan
- Scottish people
- Tourism in Scotland
- The Gathering 2009
- The Gathering Ireland 2013
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