Kilts on and knees up for gallery association birthday

Outgoing association president Gordon Monro preparing for the traditional Scottish ceilidh. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Outgoing association president Gordon Monro preparing for the traditional Scottish ceilidh. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

THE 130th anniversary of the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery Association will be celebrated on Saturday night in traditional Scottish fashion with a ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee).

A ceilidh is a traditional Gaelic social gathering which usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing, and is a rich part of Scottish history.

The performance will feature several dances including traditional country and highland dancing at the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute.

The event has been sold out with more than 100 people attending.

Ballarat Art Gallery spokesperson Peter Freund, who will also perform on the night, said the show would tie in with the gallery's current For Auld Lang Syne exhibition.

"The association formed to establish a gallery in Ballarat in 1884, so the association is actually older than the gallery which was built in 1890," Mr Freund said.

"The association's purpose is to support our operations and support the organisation."

Ballarat Fine Art Gallery Association outgoing president Gordon Monro said the performance was sure to impress.

"It's a celebration of our 130th and to contribute to the general (sic) Scottishness," Mr Monro said.

"I've had it described to me as a Scottish bush dance."

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