Whisky for life

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Hot on the heels of two Celtic music and dance festivals hosted in Moscow earlier this year comes another Scottish event, the Fourth Folk-Whisky Festival "The Famous Grouse." The festival is described as a spectacular show filled with the spirit of Scotland with all the taste of its salty sea breezes, heather-filled highlands and mysterious lakes.

"The main idea of the festival is to popularize the Scottish way of life, its folklore and culture, including music," Caledonian Club President and Director of the festival Vitaly Mironov said. "One of the ways to achieve this goal is to treat Russians to the exquisite Scottish drink."

The festival will be running simultaneously at eight locations in Moscow, including the nightclubs Tochka, B2, Vermel and Rosie O'Grady's, from Dec 7-16. Organizers promise lots of music, dance, food and drinks, not to mention whisky auctions and tasting sessions.

The festival's highlights will include guest performances by Scottish folk band Burach and the bagpipe duet John Wallace and Yvonne MacKenzie.

MacKenzie, 22, is quite famous at home and is often called the most beautiful female bagpiper in Scotland. In December 2000, she played as part of the Dornoch Pipe Band in the church during the wedding of Madonna and Guy Ritchie.

What: Folk-Whisky Festival.
When: Dec. 7-16.
Where: Moscow Caledonian Club.
46 Bolshaya Nikitskaya Ul.
Metro: Barrikadnaya.
Tel: 290-0688.