Festivals look ahead to Scotland’s Year of Young People

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Always looking to the future, Edinburgh's Festivals are gearing up for 2018 and Scotland’s Year of Young People.

As Scotland's Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology comes to a close, the Festivals are looking to the future to celebrate the personalities and talents that make up Scotland.

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The 2018 Year of Young People will be a year-long programme, giving young people in Scotland an opportunity to show the world what they are made of.

Culture is one of six themes which will shape the year’s activities - the others being, Education, Participation, Enterprise and Regeneration, Health and Wellbeing and Equality and Discrimination - with young people encouraged to share, develop and celebrate their talents in the arts.

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One event announced for the start Scotland's Year of Young People is the Torchlight Procession at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

During the finale of the Procession a #ScotWord, chosen by Scotland’s 8-26-year olds in response to the question ‘What makes you most proud to live in Scotland?’, will be spelt out using the event's dramatic firelit torches. 

Scottish singer/songwriter Nina Nesbitt is leading the project, and gathered ideas from young people across the country throughout autumn and winter 2017, and discusses the project in the below video:


Edinburgh’s major festivals keenly support young participants and audiences, and in 2018 they will be marking Scotland's Year of Young People with extra special events and moments to inspire and involve 8-26 year olds from across Scotland.

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Scotland's Year of Young People runs throughout 2018 and more information can be found at www.yoyp2018.scot

Edinburgh's Hogmanay runs from 30 December 2017 to 1 January 2018 and tickets for most events are on sale now. Find out more about Edinburgh's Hogmanay

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