19th Highland Games Sychrov
19th Highland Games Sychrov
23rd & 24th August 2019 State Castle Sychrov
19th Highland Games Sychrov
19th Highland Games Sychrov
23rd & 24th August 2019 State Castle Sychrov
19th Highland Games Sychrov
19th Highland Games Sychrov
23rd & 24th August 2019 State Castle Sychrov
19th Highland Games Sychrov
19th Highland Games Sychrov
23rd & 24th August 2019 State Castle Sychrov

Programme

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Friday, 23rd August

The unofficial Friday evening program has become part and parcel of the Sychrov Highland Games, and this year is no different. Everything kicks off at 8pm on Friday evening in front of the castle, between the fountain and the main gate. There will be fun and dancing for everyone, and so we’ve called this year’s Friday evening Scottish Dancing for Everyone. Dancing displays and teaching will be provided free of charge by The Caledonian Club.

Refreshments will be available, including at our new Cocktail Bar with plenty superb whiskies (and whiskeys!).

And for the fourth time in our 19-year history, come and play a round of golf at our stylish Scottish Golf Tournament 4th Highland Games Sychrov Open. Enjoy excellent sports service and soak up the atmosphere of the country that gave the world golf.

Saturday, 24th August

  • Jauvajs

    traditional Irish music with folk elements Jauvajs

  • Jizerský bodlák

    Scottish dances Jizerský bodlák

  • Isara

    celt folk rock Isara

  • Opening ceremony

  • České srdce

    legend of Czech Celtic rock České srdce

  • Caledonian Club

    Scottish dances Caledonian Club

  • Lua

    songs from Ireland, but also other island countries and elsewhere, simultaneously and freshly Lua

  • Feidh

    Scottish dances Feidh

  • Chip & Co

    scottish bagpipes in american hands in rockier submission Chip & Co

  • Rebel Pipers

    traditional Scottish bagpipe set Rebel Piper

  • Hood, Wink, Swager

    traditional Scottish music performed by a top US trio

  • Tune.I

    a new formation composed of experienced Czech Irish musicians Tune.I

  • Opening ceremony and announcement of sports results

  • Rura

    Scottish music legend Rura

  • Blue Squadron Pipe Band

    traditional Scottish bagpipe set Blue Squadron Pipe Band

  • Asonance

    a legend of Czech Celtic music Asonance

  • Vintage Wine

    celtic trash folk rock ferocity with melody and energy Irish and Scottish Vintage Wine

  • The Piper on the Tower

    the closing ceremony of the 19th Scottish Games in Sychrov

Tickets

Ticket for 300 CZK

pre-sale from June 4, 2019 to June 15, 2019
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Ticket for 350 CZK

Presale from June 16, 2019 to July 15, 2019
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Ticket for 400 CZK

pre-sale from 16 July 2019 to 20 August 2019
Buy

Ticket for 490 CZK

ticket price on the spot

Included in the price of the ticket in advance is one dram (0.02l) of Glenfiddich 12-year-old single malt whisky
(for ticket-holders 18 years and over).

Children up to 15 years and Blue Badge holders – admission free
The Friday evening program is free of charge
Bring your dog free of charge – but please make sure the animal is on a leash and under permanent supervision of its owner. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets promptly.

information

Venue

State castle Sychrov
GPS 50.6264, 15.0891


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Accommodation

As in previous years there will be a (paid) camp site for tents available in front of the castle gates. The campsite will be open from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon. Accommodation is also available at a number of local guest houses.

Map of Sychrov Castle Park

Questionnaires

The stalls            Bands

Stánkaři        

gallery

Click on the collage to see all Highland Games photographs from 2007 to 2018.

History

Dear participants of the Sychrov Highland Games,

Welcome to the Sychrov Highland Games website. The Sychrov Highland Games transforms the stunning castle park at Sychrov, Turnov, into a bustling centre for Scots and Scotland lovers from the whole Czech Republic and beyond.

Just like the kilt, tartan, whisky and bagpipes, the Highland Games are a central pillar of Scottish history and heritage.

For hundreds of years, Scottish warriors tested their strength and fleetness at the Braemar Games, established by King Malcolm III (Canmore) in the 11th century. The king assessed the strength, fleetness and bravery of his warriors, selecting the best for his closest warriors-in-arms. In the Kingdom of Fife, the Ceres Games have been held more or less regularly since 1314, when King Robert the Bruce gave villagers permission to hold the Games to celebrate his victory at the Battle of Bannockburn. However, the Games were not just for the ruling class: individual clan chiefs and local aristocrats held Highland Games, too. In pretty short order, the Games spread to all corners of Scotland.

Over the centuries, the Games became ever more popular in Scotland. More and more contestants competed and crowds of people came to watch. However, the centuries old tradition came to an abrupt end in 1746. The Scots were defeated at Culloden in 1745, which spelt the end of the entire Scottish uprising against English domination, resulting in the 1746 Act of Proscription which banned the wearing of the kilt, the use of tartan, and whole range of other prohibitions which quickly wiped out the ancient Scottish heritage, including the Highland Games. The Act was abolished in 1782, and the Games started to be held again. Their popularity rocketed, demonstrated in 1822 by a royal visit from King George IV.

Today the Highland Games are a world-wide phenomenon, with competitions in the USA, Canada, Australia, Belgium and other countries, as well as in the United Kingdom. The emphasis, however, has changed. The Games are no longer a showground for warriors, but a social event with sporting challenges, live music and dance with participants coming from the local area as well as from far-flung corners of the globe. The 2001 Sychrov Highland Games endeavoured to tap into this ancient tradition and for the first time in Eastern Europe we organised a traditional Games on a similarly wide scale for the general public.

I organised my first Highland Games in 1999 as a private event for friends. Little did I know the impact that would have just two years later. Thanks to excellent cooperation with Sychrov Castle management, I ventured to acquaint the pubic with the culture and history of Scotland. Judging by the thousands of visitors we see year on year, the participation of amateur and professional sportsmen and women from the Czech Republic and abroad (eg the Czech Olympians Lukáš Melich, Tomáš Staňěk, Eliška Klučinová and others, and one of the most successful Highland Games competitors Ladislav Tuláček), media interest (Czech and foreign) and positive feedback from spectators, it would seem it has been a success.

I owe a huge debt of thanks to my wonderful colleagues and friends, without whose dedicated assistance this festival simply would not happen. I sincerely hope the 19th Sychrov Highland Games will bring you enjoyment, fun and, above all, happiness.

I look forward to meeting you!

Václav Rout,

Founder and main organiser

Press

Press Accreditation is available to those media representatives who regularly write about the Highland Games. Applications for Press Accreditation may be made in writing only and sent by e-mail to kilt@seznam.cz by 13th August, 2019. Applying for Press Accreditation does not automatically confer accreditation on the sender. Confirmation of Press Accreditation shall be sent to successful applicants by e-mail.

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