The Caledonia Festival, a hybrid event, will be showcasing some amazing grassroots and emerging talent as part of this year’s St Andrew’s Day celebration event. The virtual event being screened online during the day will include a line-up of artists, theatre and film clips from a fantastic mini tour of Scotland.
This week the festival announced their live comedy night will be hosted at the Creative Stirling Hub event space, in the centre of Stirling. It’s a wonderful venue which supports a variety of cultural and other artist led events within the area.
The line-up for the evening includes Raymond Mearns, who will also be taking on the role of compere. Mearns is both an actor and comedian, with a number of television credits and a BAFTA award winning short film to his name.
Stuart Mitchell is also on the line-up. He has been a regular panellist on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Breaking the News’, written for ‘Mock the Week’, ‘Newsquiz’, ‘The Now Show’ and ‘The Loser World Cup’.
The third name announced is Jay Lafferty, who is an experienced writer and performer, working on a number of hit BBC Scotland and BBC Four radio shows and one of the longest running panellists on Radio Scotland’s ‘Breaking The News’.
Ceangail, based in Stirling, is the social enterprise behind this new Winter Festival and they continue to create projects and events that benefit more than just their social aim of providing practical learning experiences for young people.
Ceangail’s Director, Matt McGrandles, explains, “With the news from a couple of weeks ago that Stirling had made it through to the next round of City of Culture 2025, I was keen to show our support to the city by exploring some venue options in Stirling.”
“We have delivered the Stirling Highland Games event since 2014, which is now Stirling’s leading cultural sporting event, so working with Creative Stirling on our live comedy event is really exciting. We are delighted to host the event in our hometown as it gets ready to represent Scotland in the UK City of Culture 2025 bid.”
For more details on the Caledonia Festival, visit www.caledoniafest.scot