The programme for this year’s Saltire Festival has launched – featuring events celebrating all things Scottish, from enjoying the outdoors to traditional music and food and drink.
Once again, the Saltire Festival has received support as part of the Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme of events.
Based around St Andrew’s Day, the Saltire Festival also celebrates East Lothian’s status as the home of our national flag.
Events start this year on Monday 23 November, running to Sunday 29th, with something to suit everyone.
New to the programme this year are two events at the Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa in North Berwick – The Saltire Wine and Dine and The Saltire Whisky Dinner; a Saltire Lecture in Dunbar; Scotland Through the Ages at Dirleton Castle; Dunbar Arts, Crafts and Produce Market and the Book Week Festival.
Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading delivered by the Scottish Book Trust in partnership with local libraries and other organisations.
This year, East Lothian Library Service is combining with The Saltire Festival to provide a fantastic week of events. Highlights include an evening with celebrated crime writers Arne Dahl, Eva Dolan and Stuart Neville, in the atmospheric setting of St Mary’s parish church in Haddington; TV presenter and broadcaster, record breaking round the world cyclist and ultra endurance adventurer Mark Beaumont will be appearing at the Brunton theatre; meet Tartan noir crime novelist Lin Anderson at Tranent library and Ann Cleeves, author of the hugely popular Vera detective series, will be visiting Port Seton community centre.
Saltire favourites from previous years’ programmes return: Appetite for Music, featuring musical entertainment and special menus at a selection of East Lothian’s top restaurants and bars; Scotland on Film at the Brunton, Musselburgh; The Saltire Raceday at Musselburgh Racecourse; The Saltire Haddington Farmers’ Market; John Muir Winter Carnival at Foxlake; The Saltire Epicurean Encounter at Haddington Corn Exchange and the Home of the Flag Celebrations on Sunday 29th November featuring a church service at Athelstaneford, birthplace of the Saltire, Laughs and Lyrics featuring music, comedy and entertainment at the Maitlandfield House Hotel, Haddington and the Saltire Concert at St Mary’s Church, Haddington.
Councillor John McMillan, East Lothian Council spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism, said: “I’m very much looking forward to this year’s expanded Saltire programme as it’s a great mix of favourite events and some exciting new ones. East Lothian can truly boast attractions and events to suit everyone and the Saltire Festival is a great example of this – and helps us towards achieving our aims of making East Lothian Scotland’s leading coastal leisure and food and drink destination. And of course, we’re celebrating the fact that we’re the home of the Saltire flag. It’s sure to be a great event again this year and I look forward to welcoming along locals and visitors.”
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said: “This year’s expanded Saltire Festival programme is shaping up to be engaging and inspiring. I’m sure revellers will enjoy travelling back in time to 832AD to learn about how the Saltire was adopted as Scotland’s flag.
“The event is part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme which this year is being provided with a record £390,000 of funding to support 22 key cultural events in 14 local authority areas across Scotland.”
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For full details, visit saltirefestival.com
Details of the full book festival programme from East Lothian library service will soon be available at www.eastlothian.gov.uk/libraries
For events nationwide visit www.scottishbooktrust.com/book-week-scotland