Homecoming 2014: Festival to celebrate John Muir

John Muir. Picture: TSPL
John Muir. Picture: TSPL
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A new ten-day long festival, one of the highlights of the Homecoming Scotland 2014 celebrations, was announced today to celebrate John Muir, the East Lothian born conservationist and founding father of national parks.

The John Muir Festival will take place between April 17 and 26, and includes the official opening of the new John Muir Way, a new route stretching between Dunbar – Muir’s birthplace – and Helensburgh on Scotland’s west coast.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), in partnership with CreativeScotland and Homecoming Scotland, are supporting the festival.

UZ Arts - specialists in staging daring and thought-provoking outdoor art work that captures the public imagination - have been appointed to programme the week. Planning has already begun to ensure the festival has international appeal, community engagement and lasting benefit.

They will be commissioning national and internationally renowned artists for an innovative programme designed not only to generate local community interest along the length of the trail, but to raise awareness of the new John Muir Way outside Scotland.