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Ronnie Convery – Italian Hon Consul (Glasgow)

Ronnie Convery – Italian Hon Consul (Glasgow)

Presentation of the Pascoli Medal

The Mayor of Barga Caterina Campani was in Scotland this week celebrating the Clan Italia Gathering – a meeting dedicated to the Italians of Scotland and also to the presentation of both Scottish and Italian products. The idea for the event came from the restaurateur from Barga – Stefano Orsucci, supported by others including the […]

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Barga School of Scots Music, Song and Dance – final concert

Barga School of Scots Music, Song and Dance – final concert

The week of music, dance and stories comes to an end with a concert in Barga Vecchia by the teachers from the school

So – what of Barga and the School here? Firstly the school will eschew the stereotypical view of what Scottish Culture is – the parody of itself which was a politically motivated creation. They will be rediscovering and celebrating with the help of the best of their tradition bearers their beautiful past traditions which have been saved for them, […]

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Image of men from Barga working in Scotland 1961

Image of men from Barga working in Scotland 1961

many surnames from Barga

An extremely interesting image has just been posted on the Italian Scotland page on Facebook which seems to be showing men who were working on the Matland area of the Inveraray Castle in Scotland during 1961. Great photograph of Italiani di Barga and surrounding area. These men went to work for the Duke of Argyll […]

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Scottish Herald: Macaroni and ice cream, a match made in heaven?

Scottish Herald: Macaroni and ice cream, a match made in heaven?

The Scottish Herald is running a front page story this week on the Nardini family and their famous ice cream in Largs, Scotland

As partings go, it may not quite rival the tale of the two brothers who fell out over the ownership of their ice cream empire and the actress daughter of one who mused about throwing a brick through the window of the café now controlled by the other, but the two men who saved Nardini’s […]

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Waulking of a new tweed in Barga

Waulking of a new tweed in Barga

Bookings are now being taken for the Hamish Moore School of Traditional Song, Music and Dance which runs from 31st August – 7th September 2019

Something different for the Barga summer this year as during the Annual Barga School of Scots Music, Song and Dance event there will be presented a new tweed which will have been hand woven by Jimmy Hutchison and Erika Cragg of Newburgh Hand Loom Weavers from Newburgh, Fife, Scotland on a hundred year old loom which Jimmy […]

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Scots and Gaelic traditional song, music and dance

Scots and Gaelic traditional song, music and dance

final concert in barga vecchia - bagpipes, violin, guitar and voices joined in Scots and Gaelic traditional song.

The annual School of Scots and Gaelic traditional song, music and dance, organised by Càirdeas nam Piobairean, Hamish Moore’s fellowship of pipers is in full swing in Barga. Final day and the final concert in Barga Vecchia. Kathleen MacInnes– Gaelic song. Kenneth MacKenzie (Cape Breton) – Fiddle (Pipes). Annie Grace – Pipes and Scots Song. […]

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Scots and Gaelic traditional song, music and dance

Scots and Gaelic traditional song, music and dance

DAY FOUR and they are dancing on the tables at Paolo Gas

The annual School of Scots and Gaelic traditional song, music and dance, organised by Càirdeas nam Piobairean, Hamish Moore’s fellowship of pipers is in full swing in Barga. Day four and the lessons are becoming more complex in various studios around Barga Vecchia. This evening the interest then moved just outside the main gates of […]

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Scottish wedding in Palazzo Pancrazi

Scottish wedding in Palazzo Pancrazi

Norman Bradford and Amelia Zambonini

Norman Bradford and Amelia Zambonini were married today in Palazzo Pancrazi in Barga Vecchia. The bride, groom and family then moved on to the Hotel Moorings to celebrate before finally later on that evening enjoying the traditional meal of fish and chips at the Fish and Chip Festival (article with more images here)

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Scottish wedding in Barga Vecchia

Scottish wedding in Barga Vecchia

Mairi MacFarlane and Fabio Martinelli tie the knot.

Many kilts, temperatures in the mid 30’s, bright sunshine, the sound of bottles of prosecco corks popping and launching into the blue sky, the swirling sound of bagpipes set against the background sound of the centuries old bells of the Duomo chiming out over the city …. yes, it was a normal July day in Barga […]

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The integration game: how Italo-Scots shaped Scotland

The integration game: how Italo-Scots shaped Scotland

The integration game: how Italo-Scots shaped our nation - article by Joseph Farrell in The National newspaper and website in Scotland

The first immigrants from Italy in the modern era arrived more than 100 years ago, a long enough time to allow them to form a community of Italo-Scots, to integrate and make their mark. Theirs is a story of success, but the community has also experienced episodes of intolerance and discrimination, as well as moments […]

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Arandora Star – the search for a missing mosaic war memorial

Arandora Star – the search for a missing mosaic war memorial

James Selbie designed and created the mosaic to commemorate the Arandora Star tragedy.

A mystery regarding a missing memorial to one of the worst shipping disasters of the Second World War has focused on Greenock, Scotland The stone mosaic — which was created in memory of more than 800 people who perished in the sinking of the liner Arandora Star (article here) — was gifted to the town’s […]

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Barga, la terrazza sulle Apuane amata dagli Scozzesi

Barga, la terrazza sulle Apuane amata dagli Scozzesi

article about Barga on the MUST review site by Gabriele Maneschi

Barga, Media Valle del Serchio, è un’elegante cittadina medievale, di origine ligure – apuana adagiata sul Colle di Romeggio. Dalla Porta Reale o Mancianella, s’intrecciano, su una struttura multilivello, palazzi rinascimentali, viuzze e vicoli gradinati – le caratteristiche ”carraie”. Dall’alto, a dominare l’abitato, il Duomo o Collegiata di San Cristoforo del IX secolo. La Via […]

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