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Have a great time at the many events on for this festival
The Melbourne Tartan Festival is a joint initiative of the Victorian Scottish Heritage Cultural Foundation (VSHCF) and Scots of Victoria Co-ordinating Group (SVCG). The planning committee is made up from members of both of these groups as well as members from the Scottish community.
The Victorian Scottish Heritage Cultural Foundation is a not for profit organisation. It first began in 2010, after a request by Victorian businessman the late Geoffrey Donaldson AO. He wanted to make sure that there was always support and encouragement of Scottish cultural heritage in the community. VSHCF gives support to promote Scottish music, dance, literature and performing arts in all its forms.
Scots of Victoria Co-ordinating Group was founded in 2000. SVCG is also a not for profit organisation.
The actual festival goes from 12th July to 21st July 2019 and includes several functions:
* CEILIDH DANCE This will be held on Thursday 18th July 2019 at the Rosina Auditorium, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford. It will start at 7:00 pm, and you can get your tickets here.
Ceilidh (pronounced "Kay-lee") comes from the Gaelic for 'gathering' or 'party'. A traditional ceilidh could include poetry, dancing, stories and music. Nowadays a ceilidh is usually mainly about dancing – Scottish style. You do not need to have any experience as there is always someone who you can follow! The main idea is just to have fun.
* MELBOURNE GALA DINNER AND CONCERT This will be held on Saturday 20th July from 6.30 pm. The dress code is black tie, kilt for the men, and evening wear for the ladies. Tickets will cost $150 per person and you can buy your tickets here.
This is the main event of the festival and it is held in the majestic Main Hall of the Melbourne Town Hall. On arrival, you will be greeted with pipers for a red carpet arrival. You will be served drinks and canapes and this will be followed by a traditional "Address to a Haggis". This is a gourmet three course dinner along with a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks. The entertainment will once again be outstanding and there will be a guest speaker. There will also be plenty of dancing at this fun evening.
* INTRODUCTION TO GENEALOGY This will be held on Friday 19th July and there will be two sessions - a morning and an afternoon one. The topic will be researching Scottish ancestry with one session at 10.30 am and the other at 1.30 pm. The talks are free and will be held at the Genealogical Society of Victoria Research and Education Centre, Level 6, 85 Queen Street.
Places are limited, and bookings are essential. For the morning session click here and here for the afternoon session.
This will be an introduction to family research and it will be taken by experienced volunteer researchers from The Genealogical Society of Victoria Inc. (GSV)
Topics that will be covered include:
Civil registration birth, marriage and death records
Wills and testaments
The GSV is by far the best place to go if you wish to research your family history. Doing this is both fascinating and rewarding, however, it can be difficult at times! Come to this free talk and you will learn what to do when you come to a stop or are having difficulties.
You will be able to investigate many of their resources and background information in order to find more information and fill in the gaps that you currently have.
*TARTAN DAY PARADE
This will be held on Sunday 21st July at 2.00 pm from Collins Street.