Visit Scotland Virtual Reel-Ality

Published on : Saturday, January 23, 2016

vvstToe-tapping visitors to Scotland can grab their partners for a virtual spin around the dance floor this Burns Night in a new immersive ceilidh experience created by VisitScotland.


The Real Ceilidh, which is found on the national tourism organisation’s website, features videos of a traditional ceilidh divided into three dances: The Gay Gordons; Dashing White Sergeant; Strip the Willow.


The band introduces each dance before viewers can watch it, download a fact-sheet to learn the moves and even “join the dance” – in which they see the action filmed from the point-of-view of one of the dancers using a head-mounted camera.


The interactive content has been created by VisitScotland just in time for Burns Night (25 January) – a time of year when many ceilidhs are held – using state-of-the-art filmmaking techniques as Scotland celebrates the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.


The word ceilidh comes from the Gaelic for ‘gathering’ or ‘party’. Ceilidhs traditionally feature Scottish folk music and dance and are held on special occasions, such as weddings. The videos are hoped to give visitors an authentic experience of this unique element of Scottish culture. A list of ‘ceilidh facts’ accompany the videos to give a fuller understanding of the traditional event.


Viewers can also enter a competition to win an ‘ultimate trip to Scotland’ which includes accommodation, flights, an exclusive ceilidh in Edinburgh and a private whisky tasting at the Scotch Whisky Experience.


Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said:

“Scotland knows how to throw a party and this interactive ceilidh experience puts viewers right in the middle of the fun, using state-of-the-art filmmaking techniques. Our research shows that visitors seek to take part in all aspects of Scottish culture when travelling to our country and search for a truly authentic experience, so we thought we would give them a digital taster before coming to try out the real thing!


“Combining live action sequences with information on each dance, this new content will both inform and inspire travellers considering coming to our shores. As we shine a spotlight on Scotland’s achievements as an ‘innovation nation’ in the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, it seems appropriate that we celebrate a major cultural tradition in this unique way.”


Jim Healy, Chairman of The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS), said:

“The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society welcomes this initiative by VisitScotland to bring the most popular traditional ceilidh dances to a wider audience online and showcase an important part of Scottish culture.


“The RSCDS supports traditional music and dance and works to encourage as many people as possible to ‘Dance Scottish’ here in Scotland and through over 460 branches and affiliate groups around the world. This resource from VisitScotland will hopefully enable more people to experience the enjoyment of ceilidh dancing.”



Source:- Visit Scotland


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