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Calling all unicorns – Knockengorroch needs you

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By Fiona Reid
Calling all unicorns - Knockengorroch needs you

ORGANISERS of a south Scotland festival are aiming to break an international record . . . for the highest number of unicorns in one place.

MYSTICAL . . . picture by Colin Hattersley Photography

Knockengorroch World Ceilidh Festival 2017 will welcome Scotland’s national animal in May in bulk in a bid to set a world record.

The attempt, which has been registered with and accredited by the Guinness Book of Records, will see festival-goers wearing unicorn horns and counted by an official adjudicator.

Festival organiser and landowner Liz Holmes said: “We wanted to do something exciting, fun and different to celebrate our 20th year.

“The unicorn is an ancient and fascinating mythical creature, depicted and worshipped in many countries across the world. Its a truly multi-cultural symbol for us to celebrate, reflecting our international taste in music.”

The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland and is portrayed on the Scottish Royal Coat of Arms in chains, it is said to govern through harmony and peace.

Knockengorroch festival programme includes music from Scotland and across the world, with a strong emphasis on traditional and roots music.

The line-up this year includes Jamaican reggae icon Max Romeo, Scottish traditional award winning band RURA, daughter of the world famous Buena Vista Social club’s director, from Cuba; La Dame Blanche, multi-media sounds from Indonesian/Brooklyn duo Filastine, Molotov Jukebox, playing gypsy-ska-funk-flamenco, fronted by Natalie Tena of Game of Thrones fame and many, many more artists.

The four day festival is family friendly with children’s activities and visitors of all ages.

As well as music across six venues and unicorns there will be theatre, comedy, stand up, dance, workshops, children’s area, talks, real ales, stalls, camping, a sauna and more.

Each year the festival features a different theme, giving festival-goers the chance to get dressed up.

This year’s festival takes place from May 25 to May 28.


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