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Cultural Events

Selection of cultural events in Scotland


Ceolas

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

New Words

North-East Scotland's innovative festival exploring the spoken and written word in performance with an emphasis on events that combine literature with other artforms.

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.

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.

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.

Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival

Started in 1979 with an objective to bring world-class artists to rural area, this event has grown in popularity over the years. The nine-day family-friendly multi-arts Borders-based festival boasts everything from theatre, dance and music to literature, film and art.

Meadows Festival

Edinburgh's festival season kicks off with the Meadows Festival, which offers the best local bands, dance groups, quirky performers and workshops amidst lots of family-friendly activities.

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.

Solas Festival

The 5th Solas Festival offers an enjoyable atmosphere for everyone with various attractions including Music, books and discussion events.

Cupar Arts Festival

Biennial arts festival of Cupar Arts Festival will focus on contemporary visual arts that attracts new work and includes internationally-recognized artists.

The Insider Festival, Aviemore

The Insider Festival, Aviemore will be back in 2015 .

True to its name the Insider Festival is all about small, idiosyncratically-named stages tucked away in the woods of the Inshriach Estate. A small crowd and a high number of artists, makes this event a celebration of music, food and performance. A perfect choice for those who are uncomfortable with festival crowds.

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.

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

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!

Irn-bru Carnival

Now into the 93rd year, IRN-BRU Carnival is Europe’s largest indoor fun fair, which will feature over 60 rides and attractions apart from new and exciting additions to cater to thrill seekers, families and kids.

Adding Events to our Guide

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