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Scotland celebrates World Heritage Day

Scotland celebrated World Heritage Day with events from Orkney to Edinburgh.

Apr 19, 2011

World Heritage Day saw celebrations at all of Scotland’s World Heritage Sites, concluding with a special light, sound and dance performance in the closes of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

Promenade performers led visitors along paths of light with a soundtrack evoking the street games once played by children in the closes. The dramatic finale to the event saw over 12,000 plastic balls create a river of colour flowing down Fleshmarket Close.

The event was part of the 'Shadows of Our Ancestors' project, a unique initiative run by Historic Scotland in partnership with Scotland’s five World Heritage Sites. The project has involved communities representing each of the World Heritage sites taking part in a series of creative workshops in the run up to World Heritage Day.

Laura Gutierrez, Project Manager for the Shadows of our Ancestors project said: “The project has been designed to raise awareness of the importance of Scotland’s World Heritage Sites and to showcase their value to their local communities. This is the first time all five sites have come together to celebrate World Heritage Day.”

Artist Tim Fitzpatrick, who designed the events, said: "We wanted each of the events to be a real reflection of the groups we worked with and a celebration of their responses to the World Heritage Sites in their local communities. I have been truly inspired by the creativity of the people we have worked with and the passion they have shown for Scotland’s heritage”

Adam Wilkinson, Director of Edinburgh World Heritage said: "Scotland is the only country in the world in celebrating World Heritage Day in this way, with local communities coming together in events at every single site. It provides us in Edinburgh with an opportunity to pause and reflect on the value of our remarkable heritage, and to recognise with justified pride Scotland’s contribution to the history of the world.”

Scotland’s World Heritage Sites

The Antonine Wall - Scotland’s newest World Heritage Site, inscribed by UNESCO in 2008. The wall formed the north-west frontier of the Roman Empire and was built in the years following AD142.

New Lanark - an 18th century restored cotton mill village on the banks of the River Clyde, was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2001.

St Kilda -  the remotest part of the British Isles, lies in the North Atlantic, 100 miles off the West coast of Scotland. St Kilda is a dual World Heritage SIte, inscribed in 1986 for its natural heritage and in 2005 as a cultural landscape.

The Heart of Neolithic Orkney - a group of Neolithic monuments found on the Mainland, one of the islands of Orkney. The name was adopted by UNESCO when it inscribed the sites as a World Heritage Site in 1999.

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh - inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995. The contrast between the medieval Old Town and the Georgian-planned New Town gives the city its unique character.

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