Deb Gordon spotlighted New York Tartan Week with her guest Brigadier David Allfrey, the Artistic Director of Scotland’s esteemed Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which is comprised of military band members and performers from all over the world. Each year, the Tattoo donates funds to charitable arts and service benevolent organizations.
Brigadier Allfrey is the Edinburgh Festival’s New York Tartan Week Ambassador and has made his first trip to New York to participate in the myriad of events surrounding the week, which kicked off April 3rd and goes through April 10th. Tartan Week in New York provides an opportunity for the community to learn about Scottish culture and sample Scottish fare, and also allows New Yorkers of Scottish descent to reconnect with their heritage.
Brigadier Allfrey informed the audience about the many New York Tartan Week happenings, which includes a photo exhibition by David Eustace at Hudson Studios. Mr. Eustace is a former prison guard who has gained notoriety for his iconic images of the Highlands, and has photographed many well-known stars. Mr. Allfrey also spotlighted the 10K Scotland Run in Central Park, where participants run to the sounds of bagpipes, and the 15th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade which marches up 6th Avenue.
Mr. Allfrey praised New Yorkers for helping to make his experience so enjoyable and talked about the friendliness he encountered, the vibrancy of New York neighborhoods and residents, and the variety of cuisines. He encouraged New Yorkers to visit Edinburgh, which is a similarly exciting city with equally friendly and charismatic people. 2013 is known as the Year of Natural Scotland and there will be special events commemorating it. In addition they will hold their annual summer festivals, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest festival, and where many New York performers got their start.
A Scottish themed fashion show, called From Scotland with Love, will also be held during New York Tartan Week and will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project®. For more information about New York Tartan Week, visit tartanweek.com. For more information about the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, visit edintattoo.co.uk.
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