Cultural Events

Selection of cultural events in Scotland


aLive Festival, Inverness

Since its inception in 1988, ALIVE Festival has grown to be one of the nation’s premier contemporary Christian music festivals!  Now in its 27th year, the festival will feature  live music, talks, conferences, worship and days out.

Solas Festival

The third Solas Festival offers an enjoyable atmosphere for everyone with various attractions including Music, books and discussion events.

The Dundee Blues Bonanza

The Dundee Blues Bonanza (DBB), the free blues music festival held over 3 days, is a unique spectacle of the City of Dundee.It takes place in over 30 city centre venues, all within easy walking distance of each other.

Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Edinburgh International Magic Festival brings up the old world charm of live magic shows and stage events that are fast disappearing.The viewers get a rare chance to rediscover the seldom experienced states of wonder and surprise.

Harris Arts Festival

This festival displays the Hebrides' passion and aptitude for luring arts fans to idyllic locations and rewarding them with a showcase of professional performances and local artistry. Now in its 22nd year, the festival is the highlight of a summer-long programme of events, illustrated talks, concerts and workshops.

Bannockburn Live

Bannockburn Live: A 3 day feast of food, music and history. Join 45,000 visitors from around the world to commemorate Scotland’s most famous battle at Bannockburn Live.

Ceolas

Annual summer school focusing on the connections between Scottish traditional music, Gaelic song and dance.

Stonehaven Folk Festival

The 26th Stonehaven Folk Festival features evening concerts at the Town Hall apart from variety entertainment programmes at various venues around the town.

T in the Park

The 20th T in the Park will be held at Balado from 12th to 14th July featuring many exciting events.

Hebridean Celtic Festival

The festival will bring together some of the top international artists set against the backdrop of the Gaelic culture and Hebridean heritage.

Lossiemouth Folk Club Festival

The Lossiemouth Folk Club Fest encourages performers to come and play 'for the craic' in the spirit of celebrating traditional music and tales

Speyfest

Speyfest, one of the north's foremost Celtic festivals  sees Speyside burst alive with three days of ‘Concerts, Ceilidhs and Stomps’. In attendance by the banks of the lifeblood River Spey in the picturesque village of Fochabers are some of the biggest names from the worlds of traditional and contemporary Celtic music. This is no staid event with the fun including the rip-roaring concerts and even a fancy dress ceilidh.

Fringe By The Sea, North Berwick

So where will you begin with this year’s Fringe By the Sea Festival in August in North Berwick? - the best of British blues music? Fringe First winners? Laugh ‘til you wheeze? American beauties? Maybe it will be the authors that catch your eye – or some of the wildlife and history events celebrating this Year of Natural Scotland. By concentrating our efforts on the two Spiegeltents at North Berwick harbour – we are creating a festival village that will be exciting, vibrant and FUN!

Culross Festival

The Culross Festival has been bringing top UK and Scottish acts to the picturesque setting of Culross for over 20 years. The open-air lawn of Abbey House and the presence of catering facilities lend themselves to a late summer picnic, and previous festivals have included Eddi Reader, Ruby Turner and Capercaillie.

Books, Borders and Bikes

An interesting event that brings together literature, thought and the outdoors in the Borders.

Edinburgh Mela

Though it is a festival with South Asian roots, it’s a truly international celebration of cultures. World music, dance, fashion, food and fun spread over four areas of the Main Music Stage, the Mela World Dance Feste (newly established in 2012), the Mela Mix stage and the Mela Kidzone.

The Mela Global Food Village caters to your taste buds  after taking in all the sights and sounds.

Nairn Book and Arts Festival

A range of musical, literary and artistic events with a fringe drawing on the talents of the local creative community. Last year ran the gamut from Kate Adie to the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and this year will offer a similar programme of favourite names from across the genres.

Findhorn Bay Arts Festival

This event is aimed at celebrating the cultural richness and diversity of Moray apart from enhancing the awareness of the natural beauty of Moray.

Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival

The highlight of this lively festival of concerts and dances, that take place throughout the islands, is the Grand Dance, where up to a dozen bands play virtually non-stop accordion and fiddle music.

Creative Mackintosh Festival

The Creative Mackintosh Festival is an annual festival which will run from 11 - 26 October 2014. The festival programme will include new artistic commissions in design, visual art and performance. There will also be various other attractions including  exhibitions, talks, tours, films, music, dance and drama performances, children's activities and workshops among others.

Biggar Little Festival

The name of this festival could be a misnomer as this variety cultural programme is by no means small.

Orkney Storytelling Festival

A four-day programme of walks, talks, story sessions and workshops with renowned storytellers from Scotland and beyond. The events are held across mainland Orkney with a trip to at least one of the outer islands; the last night always includes an Open Mic session, to encourage new talent.

Dunfermline Folk Weekend

Opening with a family ceilidh on the Friday evening, the weekend proceeds with a selection of workshops, sessions, open stage, family events and concerts, run by a folk club that's been in existence now for over 50 years

Tweed Valley Forest Festival

A celebration of the rich woodland culture and ancient Hallowe'en rites of the Borders in a variety of locations around the beautiful Tweed Valley.