The Hebridean Celtic Festival team is celebrating after receiving two gongs in one night at yesterday's Drum Scottish Event Awards 2017 ( Wednesday, October 11, 2017).

The annual awards celebrate a range of events that took place in Scotland between 20 May 2016 and 23 June 2017.

This year Festival of the Year had HebCelt's name on as well as the Grand Prix prize, an honour that recognises the ‘best of the best’ in events.  The festival was also shortlisted for the Cultural Event of the year.

HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan said: “Winning two titles is a magnificent achievement and a huge honour for everyone connected with the festival. This news has made what has been a great year even better.”

“It’s a fantastic tribute to all our sponsors, supporters, volunteers and our wonderful community who help make the festival the success it is.”

Damian Clarke, managing director of Undercurrent and chairman of the judging panel, said: "The organic growth of HebCelt is testament to the hard work and passion that the team have put into making this an international success.

“What a wonderful example of an event bringing both social and tourism benefits to a small community via authentic and genuine cultural amplification.”

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has added its congratulations to HCF.   Comhairle Leader Roddie Mackay said: “The Hebridean Celtic Festival is a major success story for the Western Isles. Not only is it a superb platform for international, national and local musical and cultural talent, it is also a highly significant contributor to the local economy, bringing an estimated £2.2m into the Islands last year.  I congratulate all involved in the HCF. Their success in winning these prestigious awards is richly deserved.”

The first festival, 22 years ago, saw around 1,000 tickets sold.  This year approximately 18,000 attended from island and international backgrounds.

HebCelt is also shortlisted for two other awards this year. It is a finalist in the Best Cultural Event or Festival category in the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards and is one of only two Scottish events among the ten finalists for a UK Greener Festival Award.

(Additional remarks from CnES added - 13.10.17 - 06.48)