Scotland is a country with a strong and proud tradition of a vibrant performing arts scene. Year round, there are a number of performing arts festivals which showcase new and upcoming talent in the field and attract people not just from the UK but from all over the world. Some are better known than others but all have a striking sense of Scottish imagination and drive. Here are just a few of the many festivals you should come to this year:
– Edinburgh International Festival (and Fringe):
This is by far the most famous festival of performing arts in Scotland and is one of the most famous festivals worldwide, attracting huge numbers of people to the Scottish capital each year. The 2015 festival runs from the 7th-31st of August. The full programme of events will be announced in March, but one can always be sure that it will include a vast number of amazing performances.
Alongside the Festival runs the Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world, with more amazing independent shows than you can shake a stick at starring a huge number of talented actors, both amateur and professional. It would be a surprise if any performing arts lover has not heard of this mammoth event.
– Imaginate Festival:
This lesser known but equally inspiring festival is also held in Edinburgh. It is Scotland’s International Festival of performing arts for children and young people. The 2015 festival will run from the 11th-17th May at venues across the city. This festival also has its own mini Fringe on the last weekend of the festival, at which local artists and performers put on short shows for family audiences.
– Fringe by the Sea, North Berwick:
For those for whom the frenetic pace of Edinburgh’s bustling streets during the festival all gets a bit much may like to head on over to North Berwick, on the East Lothian Coast for a more serene seaside experience and yet more amazing theatre, and other events.
– Merchant City Festival:
This four day festival in Glasgow’s Merchant city is a large, four-day festival celebrating the best of Scottish theatre, music, visual arts, dance, film, fashion, food and more. The details and dates of the 2015 festival will be released shortly. This is a quirky event and many of the events and shows are free of charge.
– Buzzcut Festival:
Another cutting edge Glasgow performing arts festival, this event is held over three days, from the 18th-20th of March and is an eclectic event with an ethos of sharing. it was created in response to the sad and surprising cancellation of the well-established New Territories Festival.
There are many more small local festivals all over the country, all of which are really imaginative, vibrant events and showcase the great talent to be found around this country and the passion that keeps the arts thriving in a country, rural parts of which have not always had the best access to arts and culture. So, if you are planning to visit Scotland, be sure to check out events this year, keep an open mind to fresh approaches and come to see as many shows as possible.
Accommodation is readily available all over Scotland. So, have a good look around and you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for and have a great stay in this wonderful country.