Jazz, Seafood, Story-Telling Events Set for '97

Reed Travel Features

NEW YORK -- If whiskey doesn't tempt your clients' taste buds, they can choose from a number of other festivals taking place in Scotland this year.

Following is a partial list of events happening throughout Scotland:

* The 11th annual Glasgow International Jazz Festival kicks of on June 27 and runs through July 6.

The Old Fruitmarket will serve as the center stage for the event.

Solo artists and groups also will perform in various restaurants and pubs throughout the city.

This year's artists include Cleo Laine, John Dankworth and Dionne Warwick.

* Highland Festival. A variety of events will be held from Strathspey to Lochaber, Skye to Sutherland and all the western isles.

Concerts will include traditional, contemporary and classical music. Theatrical and children's activities also are scheduled.

The festival will be held from May 23 to June 7.

* The Eyemouth Seafood Festival will take place in Eyemouth, Berwickshire, on June 14 and 15.

* The Barra Festival, or Feis Bharraigh, on the Isle of Barra in the western isles, celebrates Gaelic song, dance and drama. The festival will be held July 6 through 18.

* Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race. From July 12 through 15, almost 100 tall ships from around the world will gather for five days of celebrations, culminating with a Parade of Sails as the vessels begin their race across the North Sea to Tronheim, Norway.

* The Edinburgh International Festival. Held from Aug. 10 through 30, the festival celebrates its 50th birthday with a number of new productions and performances highlighting special events during past festivals.

Companies that will participate in the festival include the Royal Opera Covent Garden, the San Francisco Ballet and the Scottish Opera.

The lineup of concerts and artists includes the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bryn Terfel, Andras Schiff, Michael Gielen, Alfred Brendel and Karita Mattila.

* The Fringe Festival also takes place in Edinburgh at the same time as the Jazz Festival.

The Military Tattoo, a gathering of bands, drums and bagpipes, with groups invited from throughout Great Britain, starts a week earlier, also in Edinburgh.

* The Edinburgh Book Festival is billed as the largest festival of its kind in Europe; it is scheduled for Aug. 9 through 25.

* Largs Viking Festival takes place Aug. 30 through Sept. 8.

The event features concerts, a viking village, battles, fireworks and a craft fair.

* The International Storytelling Festival will wel-

come hundreds of yarn-

spinners from around the world.

The event will take place at the Netherbow Arts Centre from Oct. 28 through Nov. 9.

* The Hogmanay Festival. Clients interested in ringing in the new year in Edinburgh should book early for this one. The celebration starts on Dec. 31 and lasts through Jan. 2.

For information and a copy of the Scottish Vacation Planner, agents can contact the British Tourist Authority at (800) 462-2748, Ext. 6 or (212) 986-2200, Ext. 6.

Information on Scotland also is available via the Internet at http://www.holiday.scotland


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