Discover this thriving hub with a programme of events, festivals, exhibitions and workshops throughout 2014 which promise to both inspire and reward. As we finalise our exciting programme of events, here are a few ideas to whet your appetite.
Scotland really knows how to throw a party, so make sure you ring in the New Year in true festival style with our fantastic Hogmanay celebrations. From parades and music to ceilidhs, fire festivals and fireworks, it’s an experience not to be missed.
Edinburgh and beyond
As Europe's festival city par excellence, Edinburgh's population more than doubles every August, as hundreds of thousands of visitors and performers from across the globe come together for a month of brilliant live arts events. It's the perfect showcase for comedy, theatre, dance and almost every genre of music under the sun and Homecoming 2014 will form an important part of the festivities. Further afield, the Wickerman Festival in Dumfries & Galloway is one of Scotland's best loved independent music gatherings while the popular Celtic Connections in Glasgow welcomes a fusion of unique traditional and world music every January.
Findhorn Bay Arts Festival
Shakespeare's 'Scottish play' receives a new lease of life for the 21st century in the world premiere of Macbeth: the Red King in September 2014. Promising high drama set against the stunning backdrop of Brodie Castle near Forres, it's one of the highlights of this dynamic festival on the Moray coast.
Scottish Diaspora Tapestry
The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry has been two years in the making and has brought together volunteers from over 25 countries to celebrate the experiences of migrant Scots over the centuries. Enjoy a nationwide programme of events focusing round this fascinating tapestry which features over 200 embroidered panels.
Our creative side is not just about events and festivals. Why not uncover the very best in Scottish arts and crafts, our fantastic museums, galleries and venues open year-round, and even have a go at making something unique yourself at the Spring Fling, or take inspiration from our three-day creative itinerary?
Don't forget to bookmark this page to keep up to date with the full programme of creative activities as they're announced.