August 31, 2004

First Piping Hot Festival deemed a success

Organizers of the inaugural Piping Hot Glasgow International Piping Festival say that the event was a success with more than 10,000 people attending events over the festival’s nine days.

More than 500 people took part in the “Come And Try” sessions, where interested people could simply try their hand at piping with an introductory lesson.

The City of Glasgow and all the festival’s investors are reportedly “extremely pleased” with the results of the first festival. David Williams, chief executive of EventScotland, said, “EventScotland is delighted to have been a key partner in Scotland’s first international piping festival, ‘Piping Hot!,’ and congratulate the organizers and musicians involved.”

While the World Pipe Band Championships itself gained relatively scant attention from the media, Piping Hot achieved more than 80 print media articles, more than 30 television and radio stories, and one feature documentary is in production.

Organizers say that the festival will “definitely” take place in 2005, with the plan being for Piping Hot to become an annual favourite in the piping calendar.


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