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Scotland to celebrate World Heritage Day

A series of interactive events will celebrate World Heritage Day on 18 April.

Mar 21, 2011

The day will see people across Scotland celebrate each of the country’s world heritage sites – Edinburgh Old and New Town, New Lanark, Heart of Neolithic Orkney, The Antonine Wall and St. Kilda.

The project, entitled, ‘Shadows of our Ancestors’, involves communities representing each of the World Heritage sites who will take part in creative workshops using different media to explore the theme of cultural identity in the run up to World Heritage Day.

The workshops will culminate in an exciting event at each world heritage site on the 18th April. For example, at the Antonine Wall in the grounds of Callendar House, Falkirk, there will be a visual light art installation and soundscape to recreate the effect of a roman encampment, whilst a storywalk along Tarbert’s Main Street on the Isle of Harris will display a series of light box and video installations, showing images of St Kilda, set in the windows of both local shops and residents homes.

‘Shadows of our Ancestors’ will be supported through the use of social media, with each event and an overview of the project displayed on a website, www.shadows2011.co.uk.

Adam Wilkinson, Director of Edinburgh World Heritage said: "This national celebration of our internationally regarded heritage is a fantastic opportunity for us to, for the first time, to showcase Scotland's World Heritage Sites. World Heritage Day, which is celebrated across the globe, is important in reminding us all of the extraordinary nature of our heritage, right here on our doorstep, We greatly look forward to playing our part in this innovative and exciting event."

To find out more about what is happening please visit www.shadows2011.co.uk



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