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Record year for Celtic Connections

Record year for Celtic Connections

Celtic Connections is celebrating its most successful year: attendances reached over 110,000 and gross ticket sales topped £1.15 million.

The middle weekend saw a record number of people attending. On January 24 nearly 14,500 people attended a show, while the following day 10,500 enjoyed the event.

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Over 18 days, 2000 artists attended the Glasgow festival in Glasgow.

Sold-out shows included Celtic Connections' opening concert with Nicola Benedetti, the Capercaillie 30th Anniversary Concert, Julie Fowlis (above), Cherish the Ladies, We Banjo 3 with Chessboxer, Rab Noakes, Mogwai, Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott, Imelda May, De Temps Antan, Karan Casey, Suzanne Vega, Flook with Mairearad and Anna, Lewis Psalm Singers, Ceolas and Rachel Sermanni and the Transatlantic Sessions.

l celticconnections.com

Festival looks for volunteers

GLASGOW International, the visual arts festival, is looking for volunteers to help run its events this year.

The festival runs over 19 days from April 4 to April 21 in 55 city venues.

The festival said: "There are a number of benefits as part of the volunteer programme which we hope makes volunteering with us exciting and worthwhile."

The deadline for applications is February 15.

l glasgowinternational.org

Lighting up a famous garden

ONE of Edinburgh's most famous gardens has been transformed by a new art installation commissioned by City of Edinburgh Council.

As reported in The Herald last week, Field of Light is a light-based work by British artist Bruce Munro which has sprung up in St Andrew Square.

It is the first public installation of Munro's work in Scotland and consists of 9500 illuminated glass orbs which light at dusk. It will remain in place until April 27.

Munro, who created the first Field of Light in a field behind his Wiltshire home, said he was inspired by the Red Desert in Australia during a visit in 1992.

The exhibition, which is free, is being funded by the city council with support from Marketing Edinburgh and Essential Edinburgh.

l www.brucemunro.co.uk; edinburgh.gov.uk

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