In 2018, Scotland celebrates the Year of Young People with 12 months packed full of exciting, family-friendly, adrenaline-fueled events, festivals, and activities across the country, giving young people the chance to showcase their talents and create new ways to stand out.
Bring the family, or a group of friends and enjoy all the events on offer this year – everyone can get involved whatever their age!
Check out these unmissable events:
30 June – 29 September, Edinburgh
Throughout 2018, the National Mining Museum will be hosting three major events, all created and organised by the museum’s very own youth panel! Prepare to be blown away by some of Scotland’s best musical talent at the first annual Youth Brass Band Competition, showcasing talent from across the country. Picture yourself in the past this summer at the Youth Panel Photography Exhibition – unveiling rarely seen photographs from their collection, and in September, something old, something new and something unforgettable awaits you at the Vintage Fair!
19 May, Falkirk
Help take over Helix Park in Falkirk when this special event celebrates the young minds and creative thinking of Scots and encourages everyone to explore science, technology, engineering and maths. The Kelpies will be transformed into a spectacular science hub with activities, interactive workshops and educational talks – suitable for all ages.
31 May, Glasgow
Following the success of TEDxGlasgow events, this new youth-focused programme showcases the amazing talents of young people in Scotland, whilst providing them with a unique platform to share their diverse and revolutionary ideas.
23 June, Perth
Whether it’s music, drama, art, or sport that fuels your fire, there will be something for you at this creative youth-led festival. Perth Theatre will be showcasing youth dance, theatre and drama, and Perth Museum and Art Gallery will highlight topics of importance to young people. Enjoy street performances, including Indian dance groups, Samba, pipes and drums, and many more musical genres in a fun and energetic atmosphere.
30 June – 1 July, Dumfries
Join in with Scotland’s largest free youth music event which is back for its 10th year and will be bigger and better than ever. Thousands of young people are set to storm the festival, featuring activities, performance acts and various opportunities each day. Don’t miss out on the theatre performance of The Toon, which address important issues that currently affect young people, or may affect them in the future.
27 July, Paisley
Calling all young writers! Taking place in Renfrewshire, this new Young Writers Festival will be open to 8 – 26-year-olds, featuring plays, monologues, songs and poetry, all developed by aspiring young talent from across the country. Through a highly participative, hands-on approach, young people will be involved in each stage of the event, from the creation of new writings, to the running of the festival. Come along – who knows, you might be the first to see the next big name in Scottish playwriting!
14 – 16 September, Shetland
Get ready for this brand-new exciting event created especially for young people with a full programme of art, culture and sporting events on a scale never been seen before. Enjoy musical and drama performances, sports events, films, arts, writing and crafts and more, all developed by young people across local facilities and organisations.
Opening 15 September
Design is in the heart of everything around us, so there’s no better time to uncover this international centre of design, presenting the best of Scottish creativity and culture from around the world. There will be exhibition galleries and shows, along with a creative young people’s programme with a range of activities outwith school hours to help young personalities develop new skills and learn about design. To celebrate the museum opening, there will be a two-day 3D Festival full of design, music and performance, co-designed by young people from across Dundee and will take place in the new, creative space of Slessor Gardens.
28 September – 28 October, Scotland-wide
Join the National Theatre of Scotland and countless other young people in this new creative festival of international performing arts, created by young people, whilst working alongside renowned Scottish, British and international theatre practitioners. There will be 10 productions across Scotland taking place during the month, all unique to their location, where young people can co-create, design, develop and stage their own performances.
Discover the many more events and festivals on across Scotland throughout 2018 for great family-friendly fun days out!
Are you planning to learn more about Scotland’s young people in 2018? Tell us all about your exciting experiences on the iKnow Community forum, and don’t forget to share all your snaps from around Scotland using #ScotSpirit and #YOYP2018.