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Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2008

While storytelling may be a bed-time ritual in households all over the world, many leave the delights of storytelling behind them as they mature, thinking that it is only meant for children. The Scottish Storytelling Center in Edinburgh shows that anyone of any age can enjoy this age-old past-time and invite all who want their imaginations stirred up by tales from far and wide to join them at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2008. The theme of this year’s event, which will take place from 24 October to 2 November, is “Northlands and Sagalands”.

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Glasgow Earns Title of UNESCO City of Music

As part of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network, Glasgow has been named as a UNESCO City of Music in recognition of its musical history as well as the significant role the city plays in promoting music in modern times. With an average of 120 music events, covering an extensive range of genres, being staged in Glasgow every week, the city is certainly deserving of the title. Glasgow is the second city in Scotland to be given a UNESCO Creative Cities Network honor, with Edinburgh designated as a UNESCO City of Literature.

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Olympic Dreams Come True

Chris Hoy was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 23 March 1976 and has always had the ambition and the drive to become an Olympic champion. His fascination with bicycles started at the age of six when he first saw BMX bicycles in the movie E.T. It grew into a passion that has driven him to become the best cyclist in the history of Scotland, and now, the best in the world. Taking the Beijing Olympics by storm, Chris Hoy has reaped the rewards of years of training, dedication and sacrifice, bringing home three gold medals.

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

In 1983, Edinburgh, in Scotland, hosted the very first Edinburgh International Book Festival, and its popularity and interest from various countries saw to it that the festival became an annual event in 1997. Coinciding with both the other two anticipated festivals in Edinburgh, namely the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival, visitors from all corners of the globe descend on this magnificent city in Scotland to be a part of the celebrations and wonderful opportunities that are available. As the Edinburgh International Book Festival celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary, it is guaranteed to be a festival to remember.

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The Edinburgh International Climbing Arena – Accept The Challenge!

Climbing is steadily gaining in popularity all around the world as a sport that is both physically and mentally challenging. Dedicated climbing enthusiasts are always on the lookout for a challenge to test their skills. The Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, situated about six miles west of Edinburgh, is geared up to challenge the most experienced climbers, while at the same time offering beginners the opportunity to discover the thrill of setting climbing goals and then reaching, or even exceeding, those goals.

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Aberdeen International Youth Festival

The first festival of its kind was held in the 1960’s when Lionel Bryer and Blyth Major saw the creation of a festival as a way to promote music by getting local and international youth orchestras to join forces. Their initiative grew into such a success over the years that what eventually became known as the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, now attracts more than a thousand participants from all corners of the globe and this year will be no different.

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Mysterious Maes Howe in Orkney

The Neolithic chambered cairn known as Maes Howe is situated on Orkney’s Mainland Island in Scotland. Rising up in a conspicuous mound in the middle of a field, Maes Howe, which is one of the largest tombs in Orkney, is not similar in any way to any other chambered design discovered thus far, either in Orkney or elsewhere – and its purpose remains a mystery.

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Don't Miss Shetland Fiddle Frenzy

The fifth Shetland Fiddle Frenzy will take place between the 4th and the 10th of August 2008. The success it has enjoyed over the last few years has seen a growing number of international participants and the return of some who are now regular faces at this fantastic festival in Scotland. The Shetland Fiddle Frenzy is as much a fiddle school as it is a festival. Participants not only have the opportunity to learn from the best, but enjoy masterful and energetic performances. It is a festival for fiddle players and fiddle loving audiences.

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