Scotland comes together for St Andrew’s Day

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, marks the launch of the first St Andrews Day celebrations in Scotland this year
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, marks the launch of the first St Andrews Day celebrations in Scotland this year

Communities across Scotland are invited to celebrate Scotland’s Winter Festivals by taking part in cultural events to be held across the country.

A diverse and extensive programme of events, activities and offers will take place in the run up to St Andrew’s Day, including a torchlight festival in Glasgow, an open-air Ceilidh in St Andrews, and a four-day festival of light at Irvine’s harbourside.

The events are part of the Scottish Government’s Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme in the lead up to St Andrew’s Day, through Christmas and Hogmanay, to Burns Night.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said: “During Scotland’s Winter Festivals this year we will fund 22 events across 15 local authority areas, encouraging Scots and visitors from around the world to celebrate our rich heritage, creativity and diversity. We have enhanced our programme this year to include several additional events that celebrate the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, St Andrew’s Day, Hogmanay and Burns in ways that also reflect Scotland’s cultural and ethnic diversity.”

For the full programme, see www.scotland.org/winter.