It's finally here! International Bagpipe Day 2015!
A lot is happening all over the world (have a look at the previous blog entrance for more detail or the International Bagpipe Day page) from Belarus to the USA, Hungary to the UK and Germany to Canada...
But today's special feature goes to Mohsen Sharifan who gathered as many Iranian pipers as possible in Bushehri despite struggling with opposition. Indeed, we were told that Mohsen has been playing the bagpipes for 22 years but has not been able to perform in his home town, Busher, for the last 16 years.
This year's bagpipe competition, which he organised in celebration of International Bagpipe Day, has defied all previous opposition and showcased the beautiful instrument that Sir William Ouseley had already described in his travels to Persia from 1810 to 1812.
We are currently working hard with the National Piping Centre for setting up IBC 2016.
But first, IBD 2015 is round the corner with lots happening in the world!
Glasgow - The National Piping Centre will be live streaming a concert online. Watch out for the video on their website.
London - There will be a bagpipe concert/session in London at 14 Bacon Street venue (Shoreditch), one of the best places around. Pipers who want to get involved and play a tune or two alone, email email@example.com
SOAS Radio - Bagpipes Galore podcast on SOAS Radio will be publishing a special edition with recordings from around the world. Get involved and suggest recordings or send a recording of yourself playing the pipes! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chester - Chester pipers are organising an IBD session with many different pipes at the Cross Keys.
Berlin - Swedish piper Olle Gällmo is playing for a Bal Folk at the Haus der Sinne in Berlin, Germany. The band Sunday Jam will also be playing with Matthias Branschke on the pipes.
Athens - The Greek pipers will gather for a picnic on Philopappou hill opposite the Acropolis. Their slogan is "in days like these, all we need is each other", so feel free to join them!
Santorini - La Ponta, the tsambouna centre in Santorini is celebrating International Bagpipe Day.
Budapest - Hungarian pipers are joining the festivities by celebrating IBD at their regular club event.
Iran - Iranian bagpiper Mohsen Sharifan has organised concerts and a bagpipe competition which ends on 10 March. Many photos can be found on their instragram page.
Thunder Bay - Canadian pipe band THE Pipes and Drums of Thunder Bay have a whole day planned with fun piping events, including a radio appearance, a photo competition and an evening performance.
Texas - Texas Tech Uni will be carrying out a bagpipe programme during the day and Carlos Nuñez will be performing in the evening.
Chicago - Patrick Cannady will be playing the uilleann pipes at Johnny O'Hagan's. Why not join him for a tune and a drink?
Detroit - The Purcell Irish Pipers of Detroit will be celebrating in style with uillean pipes.
Minsk - Belarus is celebrating Spring and pipes on 11 March in Minsk with a big folk dance.
Leuven - Belgian pipers have got together and are organising a symposium focused on bagpipe education around Europe. Their event is online here.