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New Scottish cultural centre proposed

Plans to create a Scottish Cultural Centre on Vancouver Island, Victoria, are underway following the Highland Games Association acquisition of the historic
Craigflower Manor.

Once completed, the new centre will open for public tours, arts events, educational classes and interpretation activities to foster Scottish and Celtic culture.

Fundraising has begun and construction is
set to commence in 2018.

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Surge in Celtic knot tattoos

Americans of Celtic descent are celebrating their ancestry more and more through body art, particularly tattoos.

Tattoo artists at a recent tattoo convention declared that demand for Celtic knots and other centuries-old traditional Celtic artwork was making a huge comeback.

The thousand-year-old image of the Celtic Knot, characterised by thick
interlocking lines that looks like rope, has quickly become the most common tattoo for Irish-Americans.

One tattoo artist claimed he was tattooing 40 people a week with Celtic artwork. Celtic tattoos first gained popularity on the west coast of the USA in the 1970s, but soon fell out of fashion until recent times.

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Kernewek Lowender

Planning for the next Kernewek Lowender, arguably the world’s largest Cornish festival is well underway.

This unique major cultural festival for South Australia has been held biennially in the three Copper Coast towns of Moonta, Wallaroo and Kadina since 1973.

The festival routinely attracts more than 40,000 people who gather to celebrate the region’s significant Cornish heritage.

With a new focus and drive to reignite the flame for the festival, the committee is replanning and refreshing the festival.

Organisers claim that the secret of longevity for the festival is its unique authentic program of fun and feasting.

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America

Did Welsh explorers
discover America?

A new study is being commissioned to establish if it was indeed a Welshman who set foot on the US mainland some 300 years before Columbus set out from Spain.

According to sources, Madog ab Owain Gwynedd, a 12th century prince from Gwynedd, sailed westward with a group of followers seeking lands far away from the constant warfare of his native Wales.

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Canada

Canmore Highland  Games

The 27th annual Canmore Highland Games is set to continue with an extended
schedule of events following its success
in 2016. 

Several organisations had stepped in to help the organisation in 2015, after it was hit by financial troubles.

Whiskey, beer and food tasting have all been added to the weekend festivities, which runs from September 2 - 3, 2017.

Yet the highlight is the games themselves, set against the imposing backdrop of the Canadian Rockies, and feature strongman tasks like putting the stone, pulling the stone, hammer throw and sheaf and caber toss.

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