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Issue 78 - What's On

Scotland Magazine Issue 78
December 2014


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What's On

Edinburgh's Christmas and Edinburgh's Hogmanay

Kicking off with a fun-packed series of events for all the family, leading up to and past the Bells. The world famous Scottish New Year Festival which lasts for over three days comprises the Torchlight Procession led by the Up Helly Aa’ Vikings and the very best in traditional Scottish music featured at The Keilidh on the Mound Precinct, Lily Allen will be starring at the Concert in the Gardens.

New Year’s Day features a journey through Edinburgh’s Old Town in the magical world of SCOT:LANDS, presenting the best in music, art and theatre. And don't forget the New Year's Day Loony Dook near South Queensferry on the shores of the Firth of Forth.
Until 4 January 2015, Edinburgh

Burning of the Clavie

The significance of the 11 January dates back to the 1750s, when the Julian calendar was reformed in Britain and the replacement Gregorian calendar was introduced. People rioted, demanding back their 11 days - but not in Burghead in Morayshire. Brochers decided to have the best of both worlds, by celebrating New Year twice - on 1 January and the 11 January. And therefore, every 11 January, the flaming Clavie (a barrel full of staves) is carried around the town followed by a large crowd. The final destination is the Doorie Hill on the ramparts of the ancient fort, where the Clavie is firmly wedged and, after refuelling, allowed to burn out and fall down the hill where the still smouldering embers are eagerly gathered. Possession of a piece of the Clavie is said to bring good luck for the coming year and pieces are sent around the world to exiled 'Brochers'.
11 January 2015, Burghead

• Red Hot Highland Fling

31 December – 1 January 2015, Inverness

Join The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, award winning traditional and contemporary band Manran, the Julie Fowlis Band and host Craig Hill to welcome in the New Year in the Highland capital. The family-friendly outdoor concert on the banks of the River Ness is preceded by The Wee Hot Highland Fling Family Festival earlier in the day.

• An Lanntair Céilidh Festival

31 December – 2 January 2015, Stornoway

An Lanntair’s Hogmanay Festival celebrates and showcases local artists, featuring a family ceilidh with popular Scottish band Manran. It runs throughout December and features a series of ceilidh dance workshops in the communities of Lewis and Harris to support the main event.

• Turner in January

1 – 31 January 2015, Edinburgh

Every year, for one month only, the Scottish National Gallery exhibits its remarkable collection of the works of the artist J.M.W. Turner bequeathed to the gallery by the distinguished collector Henry Vaughan. Featured are Turner's atomospheric sketches from his travels in Europe in the 1830s and 1840s.

• Celtic Connections

15 January – 1 February 2015, Glasgow

This is Glasgow’s internationally known annual folk, roots and world music festival, a great toe-tapping celebration of Celtic music, linking its vibrant connections to cultures across the globe.

• Up Helly AA

27 January 2015, Lerwick

Shetland celebrates its Viking heritage with a series of marches and visitations which culminate in a torchlight procession and the burning of a larger than life Viking longboat.

• Burns Unbound

24 – 25 January 2015, East Kilbride

Release your inner bard at the National Museum of Rural Life. Everyone is welcome to join this celebration and exploration of all things relating to Robert Burns with music, dancing, food, storytelling and mice! A packed programme for all the family.