BUNDANOON IS BRIGADOON
In the mists of the New South Wales Southern Highlands lies hidden the village of Bundanoon, home to the traditional Scottish Highland Games. Since 1978, Bundanoon has gained the envious reputation throughout Australia for hosting “Bundanoon is Brigadoon”, the gathering held “Always in April” with a following of 10 – 12000 visitors “and you don’t have to be of Scottish descent “to come and enjoy and participate in the day.
“Brigadoon” begins at first light with the haunting sound of Bagpipes drifting across the village in anticipation of a day of traditional Scottish celebrations. While locals and guest’s alike lie safe and snug in their beds they awake to the sound of the bagpipes echoing hauntingly, while the village of Bundanoon is magically transformed into the mystical “Brigadoon”.
This annual event began in 1978, its principle aim to raise funds for local charities and bring tourists to Bundanoon in particular and the Southern Highlands in general thereby benefiting local businesses, guesthouses and hotels. Continuing to this day, “Bundanoon is Brigadoon” has become one of the most successful events staged in the area. From its humble beginnings of a handful of pipe bands and spectators, and is recognised worldwide and has grown to into one of the finest Highland Gatherings in Australia,
Bundanoon is a comfortable 2 hour drive from Sydney and Canberra and the South Coast, which makes it the ideal location for travellers who just want to pop in for the day or for others who wish to stay and enjoy “Brigadoon” and the hospitality and culture of the Southern Highlands. With such an influx of people coming into the area, local businesses and the hospitality trade in particular have thrived to the point where there is hardly a room available anywhere and in most cases all accommodation is booked a year in advance.
“Bundanoon is Brigadoon” is a non-profit making, registered charity event that readily distributes the funds from the day to local charities and volunteer groups that assist the organisers in the administration of the gathering. The committee of the Bundanoon Highland Gathering ensures that it recognises the commitment of those local charities and groups who give countless hours of labour to the gathering by disbursing monies raised on the day on a proportional basis to each organisation.
All roads lead to Bundanoon or so it would seem as the village waits in anticipation as cars, coaches, bikes bring the thriving throng of spectators prepared for a day of highland festivities.
The Street Parade starts at 9.30am and features some 20 Pipe Bands from all over the state accompanied by a large variety of decorated floats and marching Clan Societies. The parade makes their way one kilometre to the Bundanoon Oval accompanied by the crowds of spectators numbering in the thousands.
The Opening Ceremony begins at 10.30am on the Oval and the Gathering is officially opened by the Chieftain of the Day. Spectators are then treated to a spectacular Massed Pipes and Drums display of highland music, with up to 600 Bandsmen participating. The sheer pageantry of the display has to be seen to be appreciated; the magic of the occasion leaves one breathless. The swirling of a myriad of coloured tartans and music stirs the heart and makes you proud to wear the Kilt of your ancestors. At the Oval there are over 120 specialist stalls, selling everything Scottish, from pies & shortbread to Clan memorabilia & souvenirs, with copious amounts of food promoting every nationality, even the Scots favourite “Haggis”
All are made most welcome at the gathering and encouraged to participate in the “Traditional” and not so “traditional” games. This as “The Ideal Family Friendly Day Outing” and you don’t even have to be Scottish to enjoy the day.
The committee recognises and encourages mass participation by spectators and especially the children. Spectators can try their luck at “Tossing the Caber”, “Shot Putt”, Kilted Races”, “Egg Throwing” and Water Toss. There is also a Bonny Bairns highland dress competition for all the proud parents.
Throughout the day one can enjoy Highland and Scottish Country dance demonstrations, and for those who like to try something new you are cordially invited to join in. There are 30 Scottish Clans and Societies tents that have their own area where many make their way to enquire about their Scottish heritage and ancestry.
During the day at irregular intervals the Pipe Bands entertain the crowds with their own individual styles of music and display marching. This being a non-competitive gathering the bands can relax and really enjoy themselves without the added pressure of being held under the spotlight of judges.
One of the main events of the day is the display of strength by Craig Reid and his Tartan Warriors. These giants of men compete in a competition to lift the “Bundanoon Stones of Manhood”; there are 5 stones of incredible weight ranging from 100 to 165 kilograms. This really is a wonderful contest of speed, agility and strength.
As the day of festivities comes to an end and the closing ceremony approaches, the crowd are once again treated to the spectacle of the Massed Pipes and Drums display which is followed by the lone piper and a closing address by the Chieftain.
Those diehard fanatics who wish to continue on in the Scottish mood can join in the “Official” Brigadoon Ceilidh (Scottish Knees-up) held at the Bundanoon Soldiers Memorial Hall. Bookings are essential
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This is Australia” with a “wee” bit of Scottish Flavour
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Bundanoon is BrigadoonThe gathering is a non-profit making, registered charity event formed in 1978, which makes it one of the most successful events staged in the area. this gathering is the "Premier" Highland Gatherings in Australia
“Rain, Hail or Shine Brigadoon is Always on”
This annual event originally began in 1978 with the principal aim to raise funds for local charities and volunteer groups and in addition bring tourism to Bundanoon in particular and the Southern Highlands in general thereby benefiting local businesses, guesthouses and hotels.
The Bundanoon Highland Gathering committee is a totally volunteer organisation that readily gives of it’s free time to prepare, plan, organize and present the annual Bundanoon Highland Gathering
The gathering is a non-profit making, registered charity event that willingly distributes the funds to local charities and volunteer organisations that assist in the running of the gathering. In 2009 we distributed $47372 between some 50 charities and volunteer organisations.
Brigadoon is a Scottish Highland Gathering with an annual attendance of 10-15000 spectators from throughout Australia. With 25 Pipe Bands performing, Scottish Country and Highland Dancing, 130 speciality stalls with both traditional Scottish and Australian crafts and souvenirs and a large variety of food stalls. There are over 30 Clan and Society tents, traditional and not so traditional highland games for all ages There is a major display by the Southern Highlands Kennels and Obedience Club. Spectators can try their luck at “Tossing the Caber”, “Shot Putt”, “Haggis Hurling”, Kilted Races”, “Egg Throwing” and Water Toss. There is also a Bonny Bairns highland dress competition. One of the major attractions on the day is the Tartan Warriors, lifting the Bundanoon Stones of Manhood.
Brigadoon is the “ideal” Family Fun Day Out experience and is “Alcohol Free”
The event occurs in the shoulder season, and the committee endeavours to organise the gathering date to avoid clashing with Easter and School holidays.
The Committee of the Bundanoon Highland Gathering wishes to extend an invitation to Nutrience Australia to be an integral part of “Brigadoon”. We are seeking support from Nutrience to be a significant sponsor in this annual Scottish event specifically for the Kennel Club. Nutrience can utilize the popularity and success of Brigadoon which will offer excellent marketing and promotional opportunities to Nutrience and would reflect ‘goodwill in being associated with Brigadoon and its major and minor charity and volunteer groups. We are a gathering steeped in history and tradition that has endured and survived the test of time and with your assistance will continue to flourish and provide the standard of entertainment that members of the public have become accustomed to.
Street Parade: 9:30 am Closing Ceremony 4:30 pm
Events at the Oval
Massed Pipes & Drums
Scottish Country Dancing,
Scottish Highland Dancing
Traditional and Not So Traditional Games for all
To organise and run a Scottish Highland Gathering, which will include Pipe Bands, Games, Clans and Scottish dancing, based on the strong Scottish heritage of the local area, in addition:
To raise the profile of the local community as a tourism destination
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