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Issue 37 - Scotland Events Calendar

Scotland Magazine Issue 37
March 2008


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Scotland Events Calendar

With so much happening in Scotland throughout the year, it's hard to keep track of what's going on where. Here's our pick for 2008.

March 21- April 13

Edinburgh’s Ceilidh Culture, Edinburgh
Ceilidh Culture is Edinburgh’s annual
showcase of traditional arts, featuring the
best of home-grown talent alongside acts
from across the world, with local performers
as well as international stars from song,
music, dance, storytelling and more

March 21- April 13

Dumfries & Galloway Wildlife Festival,
Dumfries & Galloway
Avariety of events arranged to allow you to
see some of the region’s special wildlife,
including red squirrel, red kite and badgers

April 11-27

Glasgow International Festival of
ContemporaryArt, venues across Glasgow
Afestival of the best of contemporary visual
arts and artists, including exhibitions,
seminars, artists’ talks and events

April 30

Beltane Fire Festival, Calton Hill
One of the most spirited and dramatic dates
on Edinburgh’s events calendar, with an
exuberant mix of fire, costume and drums to
celebrate the arrival of summer

May 1-4

Shetland Folk Festival, Shetland
The grandaddy of folk festivals. Every year
sees yet another eclectic and innovative line
up of visiting artists

May 1-5

Isle of Bute Jazz Festival, Isle of Bute
Top-class UK and international names
feature in a programme of traditional jazz
music in one of Scotland’s prettiest and
friendliest seaside resorts

May 2- 5

Show Scotland, venues across Scotland
Show Scotland is a creative events
weekend celebrating Scotland’s museums
and galleries, live performances, visitor
participationand celebrity events

May 3- 4

Big in Falkirk, Falkirk
One Scotland’s biggest events, Big In
Falkirk offers music, comedy and unique art
in activities for children, young people and
families. There’s a packed programme of
spectacular outdoor theatre, street arts, live
music, comedy and entertainment

May 3-5

Feis Rois Inbhich, Ullapool, Ross &
Athree-day cultural feast, offering daily
tuition in the many traditional instruments,
Gaelic song, dancing and Highland culture

May 9-18

Mary King’s Ghost Fest, Edinburgh
Aunique opportunity to explore the
supernatural side of many haunted sites,
take part in a parapsychology experiment,
night vigils, workshops and demonstrations

May 17- 26

Burns an’ a’ That!, venues across Ayrshire
Awide-ranging programme of music, song,
poetry and art celebrating the life and work
of Robert Burns

May 22- 25

Orkney Folk Festival, various across
Celebrating the best of traditional and
contemporary folk music. Talented local
musicians share billing with more famous
names in one of the most vibrant festivals of
its type. Concerts and sessions will take
place in seven locations, offering an
excellent chance to explore the islands

May 22 - June 1

Perth Festival of the Arts, Perth
This year’s festival offers a stunning worldclass
programme featuring an impressive
line up of well known names in concerts,
exhibitions, recitals, performances
and displays

May 23 - 31

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival,
Dumfries & Galloway
International performers play across the
region offering music, comedy, drama,
children’s events, films and the visual arts

May 24 -26

Spring Fling, Dumfries & Galloway
Almost 100 artists and craftmakers across
Dumfries and Galloway will be opening their
workshops and studios to the public so
visitors can see how they work and what
they do. You can buy their work or just
browse at the venues on the six suggested
studio trails which also offer the perfect
opportunity to take in other local attractions
en route

May 30 - June 8

Leith Festival, Edinburgh
Leith Festival offers an array of tours, recitals,
concerts and exhibitions, live music events,
comedy, theatre and the Parade and Gala
Day on the Links. Come and join thousands
of Leithers (and more than a few visitors) for
‘Walk the Walk!’ from Pilrig Street to Leith

June 7

Taste of Grampian Food Festival,
Inverurie, Aberdeenshire
The north east’s premier food event
celebrates the richness and diversity of
Grampian’s food larder in a one-day food
and drink festival that’s a great day out for all
the family. With music, children’s
entertainment, arts & crafts, fabulous local
produce to taste and buy, cookery
competitions and demonstrations and
celebrity chefs

June 7-8

Rock Ness, Dores, near Inverness
Some of the world’s biggest names in
electronic, dance and rock music will make
their way the shores of Loch Ness for this
summer festival. Some 35,000 people each
day will watch 70 acts across four stages
and enjoy the other attractions on offer
including a cinema, silent disco, 24-hour
café, fully licensed themed bars, food outlets
and cafés

June 1- 3

Dundee Jazz Festival, Dundee
Internationally acclaimed jazz stars
alongside a host of local talent in this
weekend festival which features high quality
music and musicians across range of
jazz styles

June 7-14

Nairn Book & Arts Festival, Nairn
This popular annual event offers a week of
authors, book events, theatre, talks, art
exhibitions, music, song and ceilidhs, street
entertainment and even opera at indoor and
outdoor venues across the town

June 12 -15

Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival, Kirkcudbright
The annual jazz festival in this picturesque
harbour town offers a full and varied
programme, with a celebration of classic
New Orleans, Dixieland and Swing Jazz,
this year with an international flavour

June 18 -29

Edinburgh International Film Festival,
Celebrating the best in British and World
cinema. Come and see some of the most
entertaining, challenging and inspirational
new movies around and meet the artists
involved in movie-making

June 19 - 22

Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh
Held over four days with more than 4,000
livestock on show and 1,000 stands selling
everything from specialityfoods to 4x4s.
There’s a wide range of entertainment and
demonstrations in skills such as cookery and
crafts, falconry and fashion

June 19 - 22

Flavour of Shetland, Lerwick
Acelebration of the very best of Shetland on
Lerwick’s Victoria Pier. The islands will be
buzzing with music performances, a taste of
the islands’ award-winning food and drinks,
craft displays and cultural performances

June 19 - 29

Johnsmas Foy, Shetland
The Hanseatic League is the theme for this
year’s Johnsmas Foy. Events will take place
throughout Shetland and will be
complemented by a range of outdoor, music
and cultural entertainment

June 20 - 25

St Magnus Festival, Orkney
Orkney’s annual celebration of the arts has
become one of Britain’s most highly
regarded and adventurous arts events,
featuring music, drama, dance, literature and
the visual arts in a unique combination of
performance and community participation

June (dates TBC)

Common Riding Festivals, Hawick &
These unique celebrations are a survival of
the ancient practice of marking a town’s
boundaries and continue today as
distinctive and colourful expressions of civic
pride and tradition

June 23 - 24

The Battle of Bannockburn, Bannockburn
Hundreds of re-enactors will come together
on the exact anniversary of Scotland’s most
celebrated battle to create the biggest reenactment
of this important event. There'll
be archery, falconry, weapons
demonstrations, children’s entertainment,
an all-out battle and much more

July 11-13

Tin the Park, Balado, Perthshire
Now in its second decade, T in the Park has
become one of the most important and
critically acclaimed music events on the UK
and European festival circuit

July 16 -19

Hebridean Celtic Festival, Hebrides
This festival has a well-earned reputation as
one of the best of its kind in the world
combining top traditional and contemporary
music, stunning scenery, the good craic,
ceilidhs, kids’ activities and workshops

July 19 - 20

The City of Inverness Highland Games,
A full programme of pipe band
competitions, solo piping, Highland dancing
and traditional music, together with the
Scotland's biggest inter-clan gathering

July 25 - 27

Lomond Folk Festival, Loch Lomond
This traditional and folk music festival is held
annually at Balloch on the shores of beautiful
Loch Lomond. Featuring sessions, singing,
instrument workshops, craft fairs, street
entertainment and children’s show

July 25 - Aug 3

Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues
Festival, Edinburgh
The longest-running jazz festival in the UK
features all styles of jazz from international
artistes in all sorts of venues large and small
across the capital

July 31 - Aug 3

Speyfest, Fochabers, Moray
Awonderful weekend of concerts, latenight
ceilidhs and Celtic rock. Musicans
from around the world will be performing,
and there’s a special programme for children
and young people

Aug 1- 2

Perth Show, Perth
This annual two-day agricultural show has
something for all the family, including trade
stands, a craft and food fair, competitions,
exhibitions and a rare breeds tent

Aug 1- 23

Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh
Scotland’s stunning annual outdoor military
spectacular set against the magnificent
backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. The Tattoo
has been called the most spectacular show
in the world and is seen by an international
TV audience of 100 million every year. But
there’s no substitute for being there

Aug 2 - 3

Traquair Fair, Traquair House, Innerleithen
Aunique event for all the family with outdoor
theatre spectacles, world and Celtic music,
dance, storytelling and a superb programme
of children’s theatre, activities and

Aug 3 - 25

Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh
The world’s biggest celebration of the arts,
the programme features theatre, comedy,
music and musicals, dance, events,
exhibitions and children’s shows, all
attracting up-and-coming talent and
established names from around the world to
take part in this most famous of festivals

Aug 8 - 31

Edinburgh International Festival,
One of the greatest celebrations of the
traditional arts. Features a rich programme
of classical music, theatre, opera and dance
is staged in major theatres and concert halls
and smaller venues around the city

Aug 11 - 17

Piping Live!, Glasgow
Glasgow's festival of piping returns with the
best in Scottish and International piping
talent to celebrate the finest current and
emerging piping music

Aug 16 - 17

Lanark Medieval Festival, Lanark
The town turns back the clock to the days of
William Wallace with a tented army where
soldiers and camp followers explain and
demonstrate how they lived in the 13th
century, with archery competitions, falconry
displays, jesters and jugglers, and medieval
musicians and storytellers

Aug 28 - 30

The Cowal Highland Gathering, Dunoon
The world’s largest and most spectacular
Highland Games annually attracts more than
3,500 competitors to compete in dancing,
piping, heavy events and shinty

Aug - Sept (dates TBC)

Largs Viking Festival, Largs
Aweek-long celebration of the ancient
Viking heritage of Scotland and in particular
of Largs, where the Vikings were finally
defeated and driven out in 1263

Sept 6

The Braemar Gathering, Braemar
Perhaps the most celebrated of all the
Highland Games in the world, and the only
one which guarantees the presence of a
member of the royal family. International
athletes will compete in heavy and track
events, and there will be displays and
competitions featuring pipers and dancers.

Sept 6 - 21

Scottish Food Fortnight, venues across
Scottish Food Fortnight is a harvest-time
celebration of all that is good about Scottish
food and drink. Shops, hotels, restaurants,
schools, farmers markets and many others
will be taking part

Sept 13 - 20

Off The Page, Stirling
Stirling’s very own book festival features an
exciting line-up of writers, poets and
entertainers in a wide-ranging celebration of
the written word

Sept 19 - 20

LoopallU, Ullapool
Two nights of jumping around to bands of
local, national and international acclaim with
what has to be one of the most stunning,
picturesque and romantic backdrops in
the world

Sept 25 - 28

Merchant City Festival, Glasgow
Glasgow’s multi-arts festival brings to the
Merchant City more than 300 events that
make for five days packed with music,
theatre, comedy, film, food and exhibitions,
all celebrating the cultural richness of
Glasgow’s old commercial quarter

Sept 26 - Oct 5

Scottish Book Town Festival, Wigtown,
Dumfries and Galloway
Scotland’s National Book Town plays host to
what is billed as the nation’s most intimate
book festival, offering a unique opportunity
to get up close and personal with a selection
of the UK’s best writers and performers

Sept (various dates)

Doors Open Days, venues across
Every weekend in September you can take
advantage of a wonderful opportunity to
discover Scotland's hidden heritage. Doors
Open Days offer the chance to exploresome
of Scotland's most interesting buildings of
every kind and age, all free of charge

Sept 28

World Stone Skimming Championships,
The tiny Hebridean island of Easdale
welcomes almost 200 competitors battling
to win the coveted World Stone Skimming
Cup. With party, barbeque, bands and
children’s entertainment

Sept (dates TBC)

Highland Feast, venues across the
Atwo-week food and drink festival
showcasing the best of each from across the
Highlands. Gourmet dinners, afternoon teas,
free tastings, culinary demonstrations and
seafood cruises to whisky tasting, beer
festivals and lively entertainment

Oct 1 - Nov 9

Glasgay!, Glasgow
The UK's largest multi-arts gay festival is
back to celebrate its 14th year with events
spanning comedy, music, film, theatre,
visual art, performance art, literature, club
nights, education events and community
arts projects

Oct 3- 6

Dundee Festival of Scottish Music
(Fest ‘n’ Furious), Dundee
Atraditional music festival featuring the best
of Scotland’s musical talent. The festival
offers a range of performances from both
traditional and modern instrumentalists,
master classes, ‘Come and Try’ sessions,
ceilidhs and concerts

Oct 3 -12

Cowalfest, Cowal
A10-day programme of walks, arts, cultural
and social events that celebrate landscape
influence on creativity

Oct 10 -18

The Royal National Mod, Falkirk
The Mod is a competition-based festival
celebrating the Gaelic language and culture
through music, dance, drama, arts and
literature. Held every year in October at a
different location in Scotland

Oct 24 - Nov 2

International Scottish Storytelling
Festival, Edinburgh, Lothian & the Borders
Acelebration of live oral storytelling, the
Scottish International Storytelling Festival
sees Scottish and international storytellers
share an exciting array of folk and fairy tales
from around the world

Oct 31

Celtic Samhain Festival, Kenmore,
Come dressed in costume and celebrate
this ancient Celtic Halloween festival. Bring
a lantern to keep evil at bay and join the
torchlit procession through lochside woods.
Watch a wicker ram burn in ceremonial
sacrifice, and enjoy the carved-lantern
competition, storytelling and music, appleducking,
hot soup and fire shows

Oct 21 - Nov 1

Whisky Live Glasgow, Glasgow
Whisky Live brings all the very best Scotch
whisky to one event for the enthusiast and
the novice alike. With expert advice on hand
and the chance to learn about whisky
basics, Whisky Live Glasgow offers the
ultimate whisky experience with varied
tastings, masterclasses, live music and
regular nose-off competitions

Nov 27 - Dec 25

Edinburgh’s Christmas, Edinburgh
One of Europe’s finest Christmas festivals
returns with a month-long programme
bringing warmth and festive cheer to
Edinburgh as the city transforms itself into a
magical winter wonderland. Activity is
centred around the world-renowned Princes
Street Gardens

Nov 30

St. Andrew’s Day, various venues across
There are various activities in Scotland’s six
cities, including massive free ceilidhs in
Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh and
George Square, Glasgow. Also, more than
60 of Scotland’s top visitor attractions will
open for free on St Andrew’s Day

xDxec (dates TBC)

Winterfest Glasgow, Glasgow
Winterfest Glasgow lights up the city with a
dazzling array of events and activities, from
the Christmas lights switch-on to the big
Hogmanay party

Dec (dates TBC)

Scott’s Selkirk, Selkirk
Celebrating the days when Sir Walter Scott
was Sheriff of Selkirkshire, join Selkirk as the
whole town takes on a 19th-century
atmosphere and provides a wealth of
entertainment and activity

Dec - Jan (dates TBC)

Loch Ness Hogmanay Festival,
Afun-packed festival which includes daily
guided walks, shinty and football matches, a
tea dances, a duck race, and cookery
demonstrations to name but a few. The
highlight of the festival is the open-air ceilidh
on Hogmanay, starting with a torchlight
procession behind massed pipe bands

Dec 29 - Jan 1

Edinburgh’sHogmanay, Edinburgh
Four fabulous days and nights of amazing
events kick off the world’s greatest New
Year party. With the traditional torchlit
procession, street performers, fireworks,
concerts, ceilidh, the big Hogmanay party
itself and a New Year’s Day run

Dec 29 - Jan 2

The Land, The Light and The Locals,
venues across the Borders
The Scottish Borders’ New Year festival
features more than 100 musicians and
performers from across the region in
sessions, concerts and ceilidhs, as well as
the numerous informal afternoon music
sessions and other daytime events

Dec 31

Stonehaven Fireball Festival, Stonehaven
Aspectacular procession along the High
Street swinging fireballs to ward off the
darkness of winter and welcome in the
new year