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Celebration of arts and culture in Inverness during St Andrew's Fair Saturday

By Ian Duncan

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Christmas themed event as part of last year's Scottish St Andrew’s Fair.
Christmas themed event as part of last year's Scottish St Andrew’s Fair.

There will be a celebration of arts and culture across the Highlands to mark St Andrew’s Day tomorrow.

The second St Andrew’s Fair Saturday will see a series of events to raise funds to promote culture and the arts across the country.

The global Fair Saturday movement began in Spain in 2014 and aims to have a positive impact on society by driving social empathy.

St Andrew’s Fair Saturday marks the start of Scotland's Winter Festivals, and will support the #OneKindAct campaign, which asks the people of Scotland to make someone’s day with an act of kindness.

This year’s it includes more than 120 events across Scotland, including seven in the Highlands, with each promoting fairness, sharing and fundraising for social causes.

Events in the Inverness area include:

• An International Ceilidh at The Spectrum Centre, Inverness, which is raising money for The Highlands Support Refugees from 2pm

• St Andrew's Day Ceilidhs Against Walls at Old High Church Hall, Inverness, which is also raising money for The Highlands Support Refugees from 3pm

• Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band at Nairn Community Centre which is raising money for HiMRA from 8pm.

A spokesman said: "With so many organisations getting on board this year, there are over 100 performances to look forward to. The full programme is now available on the St Andrew’s Fair Saturday website."

Scotland’s Winter Festivals, which is supported by £400,000 from the Scottish Government, opens with St Andrew’s Day tomorrow, followed by Hogmanay and Burn's Night celebrations.

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