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 each summer, as hundreds of thousands of visitors and performers from across the globe come together for a month of brilliant live arts events. Homecoming 2014 formed an important part of the festivities, with comedy, theatre, dance and almost every genre of music under the sun - download our Edinburgh Festivals Survival Guide for taste of what to expect next year.
Discover local culture at MidFest in September, Midlothian's festival of the arts, or connect with Scotland’s past, present and future through the medium of the spoken word at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, which kicks off in late October.
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
Findhorn Bay Arts Festival is Scotland’s newest arts festival. This spectacular celebration of arts and culture takes place at the heart of Moray between 24 - 28 September and showcases award-winning artists renown nationally and internationalle. The 1st Findhorn Bay Arts Festival is bringing Shakespeare's Macbeth home to Moray through an exclusive remix performance, plus a series of talks and tours exploring the real king. To top it all off, expect free events for all the family, including Culture Day, Street Carnival, Late Night Art and more.
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.
Doors Open Days
Between 6 – 28 September, take advantage of Doors Open Days and see some fascinating places and buildings normally closed to public, such as private castles, idyllic cottages and ultra-modern eco-houses. This festival celebrates Scotland’s heritage and architecture, and is a great way to get insight into local history and Scottish culture.
Ryder Cup Gala Concert
Glasgow’s SSE Hydro will host an evening of awe-inspiring music and spectacle to launch the Ryder Cup 2014, one of the world’s biggest sporting competitions. During the Ryder Cup Gala Concert on 24 September, you can watch contemporary artists, including Jake Bugg, Nile Rodgers, Texas, Amy Macdonald, Eddi Reader and Midge Ure, and see mesmerizing performances from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera and the National Theatre of Scotland.
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.
Shetland Wool Week
Head to Shetland in October for nine days of events to celebrate the island’s famous textile. This festival’s busy programme includes knitting masterclasses in Fair Isle and Shetland Fine Lace, and workshops in hand-spinning, weaving and felting, and is attended by hand-knit designers and textile artists from all over the world.
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.
Dundee Science Festival
Learn something new at Dundee Science Festival, a fantastic educational festival in a city renowned for innovation. Running from 1 - 16 November, it offers a great range of experiences, performances, special events, lectures and debates sure to ignite young imaginations and excite science fans of all ages.
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.
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