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Scottish Week 2021 is likely to be cancelled because of the Covid-19 Delta virus outbreak

[22 August 2021]


SAHC Membership 2022

Note membership for 2022 is due by 1 January 2022 - watch out for an email advising when this is to be done

Please join the SAHC or renew your membership. We value your continuing support for Scottish culture and heritage in Australia.

It is especially important for those organisations/associations that wish to participate in the SAHC's insurance policy program (calendar year commencing on 1 January 2022).

[22 August 2021]


Impact of COVID-19 virus on Scottish and Celtic events in 2021

Covid-19 continues to play havoc with planning for events in 2021.
State and Local Governments support their local events. However, the uncertainty caused by such a virulent virus, underpinned by not being able to insure events for Covid-19 impacts, especially for our particular community's demographic, is leading to cautious decisions being taken at this time to cancel events (until a vaccine is generally available in mid to late 2021).

The SAHC will continue to monitor and advise the emerging situation via this website and our Facebook site.

Organisers should send their news about their events to:

Events still planned for 2021
* Sat 2 October: Armadale Highland Gathering, Perth, Western Australia
* Tue 30 November: Watch this space for news about St Andrew's Day celebrations and Kirkin' o' the Tartan services
* Fri 31 December 2021: Hogmanay

Events Cancelled in 2021
* Maryborough Highland Gathering, Maryborough, Victoria (1 January)
* National Multicultural Festival, Canberra, ACT (now 18-20 Feb 2022)
* Richmond Highland Gathering, Tasmania (21 February)
* Scots Day Out, Bendigo, Victoria (27 February)
* Geelong Highland Gathering, Geelong, Victoria (21 March)
* Australasian Pipe Band Championships, Maryborough, Victoria (April)
* Bundanoon Highland Gathering, Bundanoon, New South Wales (now 2 April 2022)
* National Celtic Folk Festival, Portarlington, Victoria (11-14 June)
* SAHC's Scottish Week, Sydney (25-28 June)
* International Tartan Day, Brisbane, Queensland (24 July)
* Melbourne Tartan Festival, Victoria (now July 2022)
* Scots in the Bush, Boondooma, Queensland (19-22 August)
* Sat 2 October: Aberdeen Highland Games, New South Wales
* Sun 3 October: Melbourne Highland Games & Celtic Festival, Croydon, Victoria

Events held in 2021
* Fri 2-Sat 3 April (Easter): Maclean Highland Gathering, Maclean, New South Wales
* Sat 1-Sun 2 May: Australian Celtic (Fringe) Festival (Ireland & Isle of Man), Glen Innes, New South Wales
* Sat 22 May: Berry Celtic Festival, New South Wales
* Sat 5 June: Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival, New South Wales
* Fri 11 - Sun 13 June: Townsville Tartan Weekend, Townsville, Queensland
* Sat 12 - Sun 13 June: Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular, Boonah, Queensland

Events where no advice has been received - presumed cancelled
* Sydney Highland Gathering, Scots College, New South Wales

[27 August 2021]


Have you seen our Frequently Asked Questions?

We have posted some information for you at the FAQ tab about:
* Honoured Guests for Scottish Week
* Australia Tartan
* Scottish Australian flag
* Who can call themselves a 'Laird', 'Lord' or 'Lady'? (about souvenir plots of land schemes)
* Can I fly the Royal Arms of Scotland (the "Lion Rampant")?
* Who wears what feathers?
* Legend of the Saltire
* Wearing a tartan sash
* Flowers of the Forest
* What are the jurisdictions of the heraldic authorities?
* The galley in Scottish heraldry
* "Edwin Clement Hosking (1896-1966) - singer, teacher, folklorist" by John Coombs (revised)

[19 May 2016]