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.
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 forms an important part of the festivities. Discover amazing performances from around the globe at the Edinburgh International Festival, or get more of a local flavour at MidFest in September, Midlothian's festival of the arts. There's a huge variety of events taking place in Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games. Learn some traditional dances at the Multicultural Homecoming 2014 Ceilidh at Pride House on 28 July. Further afield, the Wickerman Festival in Dumfries & Galloway is one of Scotland's best loved independent music gatherings and should not be missed.
Wigtown Book Festival
Head to Wigtown in late September for a 10-day festival celebrating the written word. Now in its 16th year, the Wigtown Book Festival is held in Scotland’s National Book Town in Dumfries & Galloway and will be packed with over 150 author events as well as music, theatre, visual arts and food. Many events at the festival will explore the connection between the landscapes of Lowlands Scotland and the people that live there.
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.
Celebrate 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland at GENERATION, a ground breaking project which features works of over a hundred artists in dozens of venues across the country. All the exhibitions are free to see.
Harris Tweed Hebridean Tattoo
Witness a spectacle of ceremony set against the magnificent backdrop of Lews Castle in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. Nine pipe bands from across Scotland and as far away as Canada will perform at the two-day Harris Tweed Hebridean Tattoo in August, and you can also expect Highland dancing, samba bands, parades and fireworks.
Creative Mackintosh Festival 2014
Visit Glasgow in October for Creative Mackintosh and discover more about the life and legacy of internationally-acclaimed designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh through exhibitions, talks, tours, films, music, dance and drama performances, and see new artistic commissions inspired by his work.
Perthshire Amber: The Dougie MacLean Festival
Explore beautiful Perthshire autumnal scenery and enjoy music from world-class performers in a remarkable range of venues, from atmospheric castles to an Iron Age crannog, at Perthshire Amber. This gem of a festival runs for 10 days and starts 24 October.
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 are open year-round, or you can 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.