Tickets now available for 'Scot:Lands'

Continuing the New Year celebrations into the afternoon after the morning after the night before, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay has opened free registration for Scot:Lands, the multi-event, multi-venue pop-up festival. 

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Scot:Lands is now in its third year, and will once again take over secret venues across Edinburgh's Old Town, with a range of music, dance, cinema and spoken word events.

Audiences will ‘check in’ at the Departure Lounge in the University of Edinburgh’s Old College Quad, where they'll be given their first destination by the random spin of the Scot:Lands wheel. They'll then travel from venue to venue, enjoying some of the very best of Scotland's artistic talent in a series of intimate venues. 

Pete Irvine, Director of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, said: 

This, truly the first Scottish Festival of the year, may have a short life – 4 to 5 hours – but it’s packed with unexpected in-situ performances from a stellar line-up of Scottish artists, each creating something you’ll never see again.
It’s the spin of the compass alone that will determine your New Year journey. Edinburgh’s Old Town is both the theatre and the landscape for discovering and experiencing culture, in a format perhaps unique in the world of festivals.

There will be eleven venues in total, including: 

  • Blazin:Land, presented by renowned fiddle collective Blazin’ Fiddles plus guests
  • a labyrinth of mini-cinemas at Cine:Land marking 70 years of the Edinburgh International Film Festival
  • Chemikal:Land featuring live performances in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Glasgow’s Chemikal Underground
  • a distillation of music, food and drink at Insider:Land 
  • WeeScot:Land, a Land specially created for families and children under 10 with theatre, crafts, storytelling and more.
  • Visit our Hogmanay page for more information, plus links to programme information and ticket booking. 

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Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said: 

Over the last three years, Scot:Lands has grown in prominence, attracting an audience from far and wide. More than 150,000 visitors from 70 countries visited the capital last year to take part in Edinburgh’s Hogmanay programme. Scot:Lands draws together artists from across Scotland to provide a ‘whole’ experience of music, theatre, installations, audio visual and the spoken word in unique settings.

Cllr Richard Lewis, Festival and Events Champion for the City of Edinburgh Council, added:

Scot;Lands is an integral part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and provides an opportunity for some of the best Scottish artists to collaborate and showcase their talents in some unique spaces across the city.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is a three day festival starting on Wednesday 30 December with the Torchlight Procession.

On Thursday 31 December the world famous Street Party, Concert in the Gardens and Old Town Ceilidh will welcome 75,000 revellers to the city centre, and on Friday 1 January, Scot:Lands will be joined by the Stoats Loony Dook which will see over 1000 Dookers take a chilly dip in the River Forth. 

Visit our Hogmanay page for more information on the event, plus links to programme information and booking.

Top image (l-r): Fiona Hyslop, Pete Irvine, a Hogmanay party animal, and Rachel McCrum and Jenny Lindsay from literary duo and Scot:Lands participants, Rally & Broad (credit: Lloyd Smith)

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