Highland Russia Connection is bringing a flavour of Russian culture to people in and around Nairn. Thanks to a Celebrate award of £3,610, the group were able to embrace their Scottish connections while getting the whole town dancing at a special Commonwealth Ceilidh.
Dance instructors taught young people a range of dances, both old and new, including a specially choreographed dance commissioned by the Royal Ballet, to celebrate the Commonwealth Games. In the weeks before the ceilidh the group put on free dance workshops to ensure that local people learned the new dances and re-familiarised themselves with the older ceilidh dances.
To keep the momentum going a wide selection of food from Commonwealth countries was served up and guests were entertained by different performers from countries including South Africa, Australia and India. A video of this has highlights of the event.
On winning tickets for the 2014 Games closing ceremony as part of the Scottish Government’s Legacy Ticket initiative, Chairperson, Elena Reid, said, “It’s still sinking in that our group actually won tickets for the closing ceremony. It will be a fantastic experience for us all, a celebration of cultures and a once in a lifetime opportunity. I also think it will be an emotional occasion as closing ceremonies of big sporting events usually are. Our Celebrate project finished with a Commonwealth Ceilidh which was a huge success with more than 16 nationalities being represented. This is a fantastic response from a town the size of Nairn and it was great to see everyone enjoying themselves and entering into the spirit of the Games.”