Organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay today announced the full programme for Scot:Lands, the unique festival within a festival, fashioned and curated by some of Scotland’s most innovative artists and arts organisations. Scot:Lands, which takes place on the afternoon of Sunday 1 January across nine remarkable and surprising spaces in the Old Town of Edinburgh, this year features work from as far afield as the Orkney Islands, Galloway and the Highlands in a snapshot of contemporary Scottish culture, all for free. Now in its fourth year, and an integral part of the three day Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festival which is produced on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council by Unique Events, Scot:Lands is supported by £200,000 from the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.
A celebration of the 900th anniversary of St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, a taster of the Wigtown Book Festival, contemporary interpretations of the work of world renowned Scottish bards Sorley MacLean and Robert Tannahill and a glimpse into the cultures and traditions of some of Scotland’s newer residents are just some of the provocative, reflective, entertaining and exclusive performances audiences can enjoy. This extraordinary collection of dance, music, spoken word, theatre and film will take place in nine revered buildings in Edinburgh’s Old Town, many of which are not usually open to the public.
Pete Irvine, Creative Director of Scot:Lands, said “Our mystery tour of extraordinary venues will be full of surprises. Curated and performed by innovative and notable artists gathered from near and far across Scotland, each destination of cultural delights created for one afternoon only. The combined effect of alighting on several very different lands will be particular and personal. You can’t plan it, but prepare to start the New Year immersed in an unrepeatable and unique festival experience.
“Scot:Lands 2017 marks the passing of the Year of Architecture, Innovation and Design into the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology and encompasses landmark architecture and spectacular interior design within the rich history of one of the world’s best preserved cities. “
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said: “Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festival is well known for three fantastic days of celebrations, attracting people from across the globe to ring in the New Year in Scotland. As part of this celebration the Scottish Government has provided £200,000 for the Scot:Lands festival on the 1st January.
“This event comprises of leading edge and traditional music, dance, spoken word and film, providing an international profile from artists curated from the length and breadth of Scotland. This diverse and eclectic programme will provide a great cultural experience for those taking part, as well as boosting tourism, enhancing community engagement and raising Scotland’s international profile.”
To find out more on Scot:Lands visit: https://edinburghshogmanay.com