Piping Live! back on for 2009
The Piping Live! International Piping Festival will be held for a sixth consecutive year, it was officially announced, with the Glasgow event taking place from August 10th to 16th, culminating with a post-World Pipe Band Championships celebration.
Details of specific events were not announced, but indications are that the festival will have an expanded line-up of concerts, recitals, workshops and parties. Organizers said that the 2008 Piping Live! attracted more than 8,500 pipers and drummers, as well as many more non-playing enthusiasts. The schedule of events will be revealed in May.
Piping Live! was named the 2008 Event of the Year by the Scots Trad Music Awards. A poll conducted during the festival indicated that a large majority of Piping Live! attendees would go to the festival even if it did not coincide with the World Pipe Band Championships, which will be on August 15th at Glasgow Green in Glasgow.
Sponsors of Piping Live! include Glenfiddich; Glasgow: Scotland with style; EventScotland; Scottish Enterprise; the Scottish Arts Council; the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama; and the National Piping Centre.