Edinburgh's Hogmanay launches ScotWord campaign

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In celebration of Scotland's Year of Young People in 2018, Edinburgh's Hogmanay are on the lookout for a #ScotWord - a single word summing up how the young people of Scotland would answer the question, "What makes you proud to live in Scotland?"

The organisers of the world-famous new year party have put out a call to 8-26 year olds living in Scotland, regardless of whether they identify as Scottish, seeking their answers to the question. Submit your answer on the ScotWord site.

After the closing date of 30 November, a shortlist will be drawn up by young ScotWord Champions from across the country, and an online public vote will be held to select the final winning word.

Nina Nesbitt, singer/songwriter and Lead Champion for ScotWord will lead the call to Scotland’s young people and she said:

I'm proud to be part of the #ScotWord project as I'm passionate about helping the younger generation of Scotland have access to great opportunities and build a better future together.


The word chosen in the vote will form the fiery finale of this year's Torchlight Procession (30 December), which this year will take a new route through the historic Old Town of Edinburgh, passing Holyrood House and the Scottish Parliament.   

Upon reaching Holyrood Park, the winning ScotWord will be revealed using the flaming torches of some of the thousands of marchers taking part, in what organisers promise will be "a stunning visual moment". 

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As part of the campaign, workshops will be delivered by the ScotWord Champions, with sessions for ages 8-11, 12-15 and16-26 in local authorities around Scotland. The workshops will aim to encourage and inspire Scotland's young people to reflect on their country and their hopes for the future. 

The ScotWord project is open for word suggestions from 13 October to 30 November 2017. For more information and to submit suggested words, please visit scotword.edinburghshogmanay.com 

Celebrating its 25th year this winter, Edinburgh's Hogmanay is a three day festival (30 December 2017 - 1 January 2018), featuring the Torchlight Procession, the Bairns Afore family event, the Hogmanay Street Party and Concert in the Gardens, the Loony Dook and much more

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