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More events for Edinburgh & Lothians unveiled in the new Homecoming Scotland 2009 bumper guide

The updated printed events guide for Homecoming Scotland 2009 is now available, which includes an exciting line up of events for Edinburgh & the Lothians. The national programme has more than doubled in size since it was first launched in June last year, demonstrating the nationwide support and enthusiasm for the Homecoming celebrations.

The new 48 page printed guide features more than 200 of the 300 events currently lined up for the national celebrations. Each event featured links with the Homecoming themes of Burns, whisky, golf, great Scottish minds and innovations and our rich ancestry, culture and heritage.  All events can be accessed on line where the programme continues to grow.

The celebrations begin on the weekend around Burns Night and run through to St Andrew's Day 2009, ending with a major celebration of Scotland's music.

Marie Christie, Homecoming Scotland 2009 Project Director said: "Since launching the programme in June we have continued to work with the widest range of partners including local authorities, events organisers, community groups, arts and culture organisations, sports bodies, the university sector, businesses and public organisations, to deliver the most comprehensive events programme possible. Every region of Scotland is involved and hundreds of individuals and organisations across the country are working hard to make 2009 a special year for Scotland.  It's fantastic that there is such a high level of activity and support across the country- this truly is a national celebration"

City of Edinburgh Council Festival and Events Champion Steve Cardownie said:

"The will be a buzz of excitement throughout Homecoming 2009 as Edinburgh presents range of events covering everything from sport and the arts to genealogy and gardening. We will make history when we host Scotland's largest ever Highland Games and with thousands of clan members from all over the world descending on the city, Edinburgh will be the best place to celebrate Scotland's contribution to the world."

Copies of the colourful guide are free and will be available from airports, train and bus stations, Visitor Information Centres, visitor attractions, theatres, cinemas, shopping malls, libraries, arts venues, hotels and a host of other public places. The programme is also available online at homecomingscotland2009.com both as a downloadable file and searchable database.

The programme of events for the year has been created by EventScotland's Homecoming Scotland 2009 team, working in partnership with event owners, local authorities, arts, culture and sport organisations and businesses.  A quarter of all the events in the programme are free.

Local authorities are a key partner for Homecoming and EventScotland is working with every local authority in Scotland to deliver inspirational events across the country. Local authorities have embraced Homecoming and the opportunities the celebration brings to promote their areas and events and to involve their communities. Events and festivals will take place in every local authority area in the country, delivered by local organisers and communities.

Corporate Scotland is also giving its support. Examples include Walkers Homecoming shortbread and The Famous Grouse Homecoming whisky. Other business supporters include Scottish and Southern Energy, City Holdings, Highlands and Islands Airports, Robert Wiseman Dairies and DCM (formerly known as Carlton Cinema). There is also a series of partnerships with airlines, supermarkets, food producers and drink producers and a number of other well known firms finalising their plans to get involved in Homecoming.

National tourism organisation VisitScotland is conducting a major marketing campaign for Homecoming Scotland, targeting UK and international visitors. Just two examples of the range of activity a dedicated Homecoming Scotland TV advert which has already been seen by over 3 million people in Scotland and a major international campaign that has reached 100 million consumers in North America, Australia, New Zealand.

For the complete listing of Homecoming 2009 events and to register for programme updates go to www.homecomingscotland2009.com


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