Annual Events

Winter Festivals

Scotland's Winter Festivals celebrate our rich culture and heritage. So get out and about in Scotland this winter – there's so much going on!

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St Andrew's Day

St Andrew is Scotland's patron saint and on November 30 we celebrate St Andrew's Day with the rest of the world.

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Hogmanay

Hogmanay is one of Scotland's best-known and best loved traditions. Whether it's fireworks, live music, street parties or cosy pubs - we have it all.

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Burns Night

On 25 January every year, Scots and Scots-at-heart come together to celebrate the life and works of our national poet, Robert Burns.

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Edinburgh Festivals

Edinburgh is Scotland's shining capital city: a place packed with history from its castle to its palace and every wynd and close in between.

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Highland Games

Highland Games are a mix of sports, culture and community. These unique events still take place around Scotland, and the world.

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Upcoming Events

Guinness Six Nations

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February 8th 

Scotland’s run at the Guinness Six Nations 2020 kicks off in February at Scotland’s national stadium, BT Murrayfield. The first game is against England, sure to be a competitive match and if you’re lucky enough to have a ticket for the event, the atmosphere is like no other.

Find out more at scottishrugby.org

Pitlochry Winter Words Festival

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February 13th - 16th 

Winter Words Festival is a chilled-out book festival with author events, storytelling sessions, movement workshops and literary lunches. Cool stuff. Confirmed authors for 2020 are Val McDermid, Sir Tom Devine, Professor Christopher Whatley, Sue Armstrong, and Esther Rutter.

Find out more at pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com

Hebridean Dark Skies Festival

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February 7th - 22nd

The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival is an ambitious new annual programme of events at An Lanntair and across Lewis, including theatre, live music, film, visual art, food, astronomy talks and stargazing! The Isle of Lewis has some of the darkest skies in the UK. Many astronomical sights can be seen through the naked eye including the Orion Nebula, the Milky Way and the Great Andromeda galaxy. Lewis is also one of the best places in the UK to see the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis (as featured in Casey McIntyre’s winning competition entry above).

Find out more at lanntair.com

Glasgow Film Festival

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February 20th - March 3rd 

Glasgow Film Festival is one of the leading UK film festivals. GFF programme regularly features: new local and international film from all genres; mainstream crowd-pleasers to groundbreaking art-house experimentation; the return of well-loved classics alongside rare cult gems; with filmmaker guest appearances, interactive workshops and discussion panels to complete the mix, you don’t want to miss out!

Find out more at glasgowfilm.org

The Nevis Ensemble: Water stories

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February 1st - 29th

The Nevis Ensemble are a project that aims to remove barriers to accessing orchestral music, bringing it to where people are. The self-proclaimed Scotland Street Orchestra covers a wide range of musical genres with full-scale, orchestral performances, popping up in flash-mob style in places from the morning commute to afternoon in the park and even appearing in swimming pools. Guerilla concerto! Throughout February, Nevis Ensemble, alongside composers from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, creates and performs new works in collaboration with communities on the Isle of Eigg, Aberdeen, Saltcoats, Stevenston and Dunbar.

Find out more at nevisensemble.org

Spectra: Aberdeen's festival of light

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February 13th - 16th

Spectra Festival is organised by Aberdeen City Council in partnership with arts producers and placemakers Curated Place. The festival returns in February 2020, inspired by Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020, it will showcase an amazing and unique experience in light and sound. Spectra brings together artists, thinkers, musicians and businesses to highlight Aberdeen at its absolute best. If you enjoy interactive sculptures, architectural projections and experimental music, this is the event for you.

Find out more at spectrafestival.com