For the first time ever, Scotland’s six UNESCO World Heritage Sites will feature in six different events on World Heritage Day (18 April).
At Scotland in Six, Picts will race Romans at the Antonine Wall, knitters will descend on New Lanark and musicians will do battle in Edinburgh.
The Scotland in Six free events will begin in Edinburgh Old Town and New Town with Medieval minstrels and classical Georgian-era musicians roaming the city, culminating in a lunchtime Battle of the Bands. In the Outer Hebrides, participants will build, excavate and explore St Kilda through the popular Minecraft video game.
The Forth Bridge will play host to a Victorian steampunk festival and an army of knitters will head to New Lanark to cover the Institute in woollen yarn.At the Antonine Wall, Picts will chase down Romans over a 5k race, ending with a Great Roman Bake Off. The final event will take place at the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, as a group of young participants set out on a glow-in-the-dark adventure.
The events are being coordinated by Dig It! 2017, the year-long celebration of Scottish archaeology, along with partners from each local community. The World Heritage Day events are funded by EventScotland, as a Signature Event for the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.
Old vs. New: Battle of the Bands, Edinburgh
Medieval minstrels and Georgian classical musicians will pop up across the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh before meeting at St Cecilia’s Hall for the Battle of the Bands.Who wins? The audience decides.
Crafting St Kilda
ImmersiveMinds will take on the challenge of building of building St Kilda through Minecraft.The map will be available for public download, so gamers all over the world will be able to explore St Kilda’s history, people and landscapes.
3 minutes in 1980: A Victorian Festival, Forth Bridge, Fife
In the three minute journey between the two stations, you could meet a Victorian archaeologist or engineer inviting commuters to the grand opening of the Forth Bridge.
Knit New Lanark, Lanarkshire
Over the Easter weekend, the Institute will be yarnbombed with all manner of knitted contributions, there will even be a pom-pom making station! Through the course of the day, more and more will be added to the yarnbomb site creating a very different view of this iconic building.
Glow in the Archaeodark, Neolithic Orkney
A group of young explorers will take on a night time adventure into the heart of Neolithic Orkney. With face and bodypaint designs inspired by the markings at the sites, the procession will proceed by firelight making for an awesome spectacle.
Romans v Picts 5k and Great Roman Bake Off, Antonine Wall, Falkirk
As evening falls, Picts (complete with blue paint) will battle against Romans (complete with headgear) in a race across the site of the Antonine Wall. For families, friends and hungry runners, Callendar House will play host to a Great Roman Bake Off.
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