This year, for the first time, the huge contribution of Scots and Scotland to the founding of North America will be celebrated across the whole of Canada and the USA on Tartan Day, April 6th.
The decision by the Federal Government of Canada to officially recognise Tartan Day will add fresh momentum to Scotland Week 2011.
From April 3, 2011, Scotland's Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, Jim Mather, and representatives of Scottish Development International and VisitScotland will carry out an intensive Scotland Week programme of business meetings and other engagements to build on existing links and promote Scotland as an internationally competitive and innovative business location. Deputy Presiding Officer Alasdair Morgan will represent the Scottish Parliament and take part in a number of Scotland Week activities.
This year the Scotland Week programme will include engagements in eight cities across North America, including the Canadian cities of Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto, and will include private business meetings with potential investors, trade events and networking opportunities. Other events will include the annual celebration of Tartan Day on April 6, the Scotland Run, now in its eighth year; and theatre performances of Black Watch by the National Theatre of Scotland in Chicago, and The Promise by Random Accomplice, in New York.
Read more on the Scotland Food and Drink website or get the full programme on the Scottish Government website