Kartli Winter Festival 2017

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From Gigha With Love

Isle of Gigha Winter Festival

We held our first Gigha Winter Festival on Saturday 16th/17th December 2017. The festival's timing was to commemorate the sinking of the Russian factory ship, the Kartli, which sank off the west coast of Gigha in 1991. In 2016, the Russian Consul General requested that he and a party of guests visited Gigha to mark the 25th anniversary of the disaster. In 2017, we decided to make it a celebration of the friendship between Russia and Gigha. We brought a chink of light in the winter dark and held a craft fair, guided walks in Achamore gardens and Grandfather Frost's grotto. There was also a church service and wreath laying ceremony at the Kartli memorial cairn on Sunday 17th. We had a group of Russians, including the Russian Senior Consul and the BBC on island for the weekend.

The highlight of the festival was the evening ceilidh on the Saturday, which featured Lorne MacDougall - one of Scotland's most innovative traditional musicians; and Christine Kydd - an award-winning singer and recording artist who is best known for her treatment of traditional and contemporary songs . The Village Hall organised a licensed bar and a small meal was included in the ticket price. Kintyre Gin also sponsored the event by donating 5 bottles of their gin for the evening ceilidh. 

Thank you to every one who was involved - we hope to make this an annual event so watch this space!

 

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