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Scotland the When – A Mad God’s Dream

It’s August—must be time for the Edinburgh Festivals! Only this year it isn’t. But don’t despair because A Mad God’s Dream brings you lust, intrigue, backstage drama, plot and counter-plot from the Edinburgh Festival. Ossian, the mainstage festival drama—is it a nationalist epic?—comes direct to your ever smaller screens. Donald Smith’s wicked novella summons up the … Continued


Bandcamp Fridays to continue throughout 2020 to support artists impacted by the pandemic

Bandcamp Fridays started in March 2020 to support artists impacted by the pandemic. On the first Friday of each month Bandcamp waive their fees so that the artist receives 100% of the revenue. In the past few months the music community has come together in a huge way: in just four days, fans put more than … Continued



A new campaign has launched demanding official recognition for the Scots language. Oor Vyce brings together academics, writers and political campaigners who want the Scottish Parliament to pass a law similar to the 2005 Gaelic Language Act to promote The Mither Tongue. They also want an official body like Bòrd na Gàidhlig, to raise the … Continued


Scotland the When – Bojo Comes to Holyrood

Cometh the hour, cometh the…? It is terrifying to watch the disconnection and bluster at the centre of UK government, as the Covid-19 impacts stack up. But the warning signs were there, and the key characters, as this humorous satire by Donald Smith shows. It was a laugh or cry moment when Bojo came to … Continued


Highland Arts Community Launches Fund for Young Creatives

New creative fund aims to support & inspire emerging artists at a time when the arts are under threat The current Covid19 situation has put a huge strain on the arts world across the globe and fearing that there would be a talent drain as emerging artists are put off a promising career in the … Continued


More than 1,700 people join free online Gaelic language and music sessions during lockdown so far

Gaelic arts organisation continues to offer range of Gaelic education activities for all ages Since putting all its usual classroom based lessons and activities online, Gaelic arts organisation, Fèisean nan Gàidheal (FnG) has provided free lessons to 1,718 people across Scotland and further afield. Activities on offer have included Gaelic song and game sessions, drama … Continued


A Time for Reflection and Looking Ahead: Midsummer Celebrations at Home

We just celebrated the summer solstice–the longest day of the year–on Sunday, and we’re enjoying the longer daylight hours that summer brings. On Wednesday 24 June, we will celebrate midsummer in Scotland. Midsummer has its roots as a Celtic fire festival, blessing the crops for a fruitful summer harvest with bonfires and using torches to … Continued


In the Flow – SISF 2020 will explore Scotland’s coasts and waters through music and storytelling

We’re excited to announce that the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, which runs from 17 – 31 October 2020, will keep you ‘In the Flow’ with an eclectic mix of online events and small-scale face-to-face performances, celebrating Scotland ‘a nation shaped by water’, taking you on voyages at home and away. Stories and songs are vital … Continued



TINTO VIRTUAL SUMMER SCHOOL, 6TH – 10TH JULY 2020 Hands Up For Trad’s Tinto Summer School is going digital for it’s 20th anniversary this July. The big anniversary party will take place in 2021 instead. During the week of 6th – 9th July Tinto Summer School will be offering online classes for high school age participants … Continued


BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award 2021 – Open for entries!

The BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award 2021 has launched. If you are a singer or instrumentalist aged between 16 and 27 with a passion for traditional music, you can apply now and you could win this prestigious title, an additional recording session with BBC Radio Scotland, a performance at the Scots Trad Music … Continued

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