Media Release: Have you seen this cab? Festival tickets up for grabs in photo competition

University of the Highlands and Islands Music Students with the Purple Taxi (2)

WITH this year’s Celtic Connections festival in full swing, people in Glasgow have a chance to win tickets to next year’s opening concert by spotting a purple taxi.

A black cab has been transformed to promote the University of the Highlands and Islands’ involvement with the cultural festival as an Education Partner.

Anyone who spots the taxi on city centre streets can enter the competition by taking a photo of themselves next to it and posting it on the University’s Facebook page.

The winners will be chosen through a public vote so organisers are urging entrants to submit humorous, interesting and creative photos. The prizes are tickets to the Celtic Connections 2014 opening concert or two tickets for this year’s Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, which takes place near Inverness in August.

Preparing the taxi for its photo and month in the spotlight, driver and owner, Alan MacDougall from Bearsden, said: “I was out at 7am this morning washing the taxi for anyone that spotted it. It was so cold the water was freezing on the sides! It’s the first time I’ve been involved in a competition like this so I’m looking forward to the encounters it brings.”

To find out more about the ‘spot the purple taxi competition’, visit

The deadline for photo submissions is Sunday 10 February and entrants are reminded to be safe on the roads.

To find out about the University of the Highlands and Islands’ lectures and concerts at Celtic Connections, visit


Notes to editors:

The University of the Highlands and Islands comprises thirteen further and higher education colleges, specialist colleges and research institutions, distributed throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. They are bound together through constitutional, management and academic structures, and co-ordinated through an executive office. Collectively, this is referred to as the UHI partnership.

There are currently over 7,500 students studying on undergraduate and postgraduate courses or undertaking postgraduate research with the university.

The University of the Highlands and Islands is the only university with campuses and headquarters based in the Highlands and Islands. Its mission is to strengthen and develop the social, economic and cultural prospects of the region. It uses a blend of learning methods, including traditional classroom face-to-face teaching, video-conferencing tutorials and lectures and virtual learning environments and other IT media.

The University of the Highlands and Islands is a limited company registered in Scotland No. 148203. Scottish charity No. SC022228. Registered office: 12B, Ness Walk, Inverness, IV3 5SQ.

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