The cultural workshop tent, located in the Highland Village at the east side of the field, presents a series of interesting discussions about all things Scottish. Workshops begin at 10:30 and run all day long. Everyone welcome to these free sessions.
10:30 am Interactive piping, dancing & drumming demonstrations for youth
Are your children interested in taking up a new Scottish activity? Take your kids to this interactive demonstration that allow them to try out the bagpipes & drums or learn a highland dance step from experienced players and dancers. Find out about the youth bands and dance schools in the area, meet the instructors and class schedules.
11:00 am Helen McCrindle: Kilt Making Demonstration & History
The Scottish tartan kilt is the world-renowned national dress of Scotland; a powerful symbol of Scotland’s culture, history and national identity. From its earliest beginnings as a garment for the rough Highland environment to the flashy and bright uniform of highland dancers and pipe bands today, the kilt has undergone a 1,000 year evolution. Find out how they have evolved and how they are constructed today. Well known West Vancouver kilt maker Helen McCrindle is back with one of the most popular workshops of the day, taking you through the basic steps of designing and making a Scottish kilt. Get your seats early.
11:30 am Donald Paton: Robert Burns; The Life and Heritage of Scotland's National Bard
From traditional ballads and romantic songs, to humorous satires and thought provoking poems, Robert Burns composed some of the world’s most instantly recognizable lines of poetry and song lyrics such as Auld Lang Syne and My Love is Like a Red Red Rose. Join Donald Paton as he talks about Burn’s worldwide appeal, listen to some of Burns verses and poems and hear about the impact they have had over the centuries.
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Break for opening ceremonies
1:00 pm Daryl Hutchings & Robyn Carrigan: The Scottish Gaelic Language
Dating back centuries, Gaelic is the founding language of Scotland that is thought to originate from Ireland. It spread its way across the country as the principle language of the medieval Kingdom of Alba, extending from the Borders to Aberdeenshire, the Highlands and Islands. The language is a living part of Scottish culture, surviving in the northwestern parts of Scotland and in immigrant communities like northeastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. Pick up a few handy phrases you can use in any setting, join us for a song or two, and find out about our upcoming Gaelic language lessons in the fall. Tha failte oirbh uileadh (All are welcome)
1:30 pm Robyn Carrigan: Gaelic Song Workshop
The tunes and rhythms of the music from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland are deeply tied to the Gaelic language.Gaelic song enjoys a rich Bardic tradition. Come join us for a couple of easy songs, learn a little about the different styles and take home some examples and links to help you continue.
2:15 pm Lew Ross: A History of Highland Games from Antiquity to the Present
One of the best known athletes at the Games, Lew Ross won 27 individual games championships. He is the two time winner of the Bill Anderson Trophy. (US Open Masters Championship 50+, 1991 - 1992), a member of several Scottish Associations, in particular, The Sons of Scotland and the B.C. Pipers Association. Lew will share his vast knowledge and history of the Scottish games during an informative workshop in the Highland Village.
2:40 pm George Caldwell: B.C. Genealogy Society – How Scottish History Affected Scottish Genealogy
Interested in your family genealogy? Want to trace your ancestors back to Scotland? This presentation is intended to help people get started in tracing their Scottish ancestry, and will address such questions as:
• How do we begin to trace our family back to Scotland?
• What Scottish records are available?
• What information is contained on those records?
• What time period do the records cover?
• Where can the records be accessed and viewed?
3:00 pm BC Pipers' Assn.: Interactive piping, drumming & dancing demonstrations (adults)
Learning the pipes, drums or highland dancing isn't just for kids. It's a great activity for everyone. Join some of the region's best pipers, drummers and dancers for an up-close demonstration of these activities; learn what a grace note is, or a pas de bas.
3:40 pm Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society Interactive Demonstrations
Join members of the RSCDA for demonstrations of Scottish Country Dancing. There are more than 250 members of the RSCDA in Vancouver, many of whom will be attending the Games and dancing in various places. This is an amazingly fun activity that takes place all over the world. Join us for an interactive demonstration and learn a few steps and where you can dance all year round.