TO celebrate the Year of Young People 2018 a Highland cultural festival will be showcasing the best budding musicians the region has to offer.
Blas Festival has officially launched the lineup for the September festival with exciting opportunities for young people, including a grand finale featuring more than 1000 young musicians in Inverness.
The festival is a collaboration between Fèisean nan Gàidheal and Highland Council.
It will start on September 7 this year and run until September 15 with nine full days to celebrate Gaelic culture and the Scottish traditional music scene.
Headliners this year will include Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis who will perform in the Inverness Town House, as well as two previous winners of BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards Mischa Macpherson and Brìghde Chaimbeul, Celtic rock group Wolfstone, award-winning folk band Breabach, young electronic Celtic fusion group Niteworks and the highly-acclaimed RURA.
They will be performing in a variety of venues across the Highlands and Islands.
To put extra emphasis on young people this year, budding musicians will feature at many of the events and much of the organisation and promotion of this year’s festival will be trusted to young people.
One of the Blas Festival’s youth ambassadors, Lachie Robinson, said she was delighted to get the opportunity.
"It is great to be involved in putting together this year’s Blas Festival and to have such an exciting programme to look forward to with some of the acts most admired by young people involved in playing traditional music," she said.
"Òran Mòr is going to be awesome and myself and my young colleagues, are so looking forward to being part of that and other events during the Blas Festival."
The climax of this year’s festival will take place in Inverness on Saturday, September 15 with a massive concert at the city’s Northern Meeting Park.
The Òran Mòr will feature more than 1000 young musicians from across Scotland.
They will take to the stage with their chosen bands including Skippinish, Trail West, Brìghde Chaimbeul and Breabach.
A new Gaelic-song written by student, Robbie MacLeòid, will be performed by every single musician taking part in the concert.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney was delighted to see that the festival will be generating opportunities for the next generation and he hopes it draws in large audiences.
He said: "Blas represents a key part of the Highland cultural exchange and the Scottish Government is committed to further supporting its growth, which will enrich Scotland’s cultural life and contribute to the promotion of Gaelic in Scotland."