In 2018, Scotland celebrates its Year of Young People featuring 12 months packed full of events, activities and ideas – giving young people the opportunity to shine, showcase their talents, and create new ways to stand out.
Up and down the country you can enjoy a variety of exciting things to see and do, from adrenaline- fuelled outdoor pursuits and sports, as well as buzzing music festivals – make amazing memories that’ll last a lifetime.
Or, why not embark on a breathtaking road trip to witness the beauty of Scotland’s landscapes, or explore the family-friendly attractions all across the country?
Whilst you’re here, why not explore our trad music scene? This new wave of traditional Scottish music features pulsing, magnetic and enthralling sounds of contemporary tunes that will stir your soul and keep your toes tapping for hours.
Enjoy live performances from Skerryvore, Peatbog Faeries, Tide Lines and many more to get a feel for this special genre of music for yourself.
Events & Festivals
There are hundreds of events and festivals happening throughout the year that encompass the soul, warmth and vibrancy that Scotland’s talent has to offer. Here are some of the events you don’t want to miss in 2018:
1 May – 1 August, Edinburgh
Head to the National Mining Museum this summer for a great day out for all the family. Enjoy the event’s first ever youth panel – an experience where young people can plan and organise their own exhibition, a time travelling tour – The Story of Coal – and more.
19 May, Falkirk
Take over Helix Park when this special event celebrates the young minds and creative thinking of Scots and encourages everyone to explore science, technology, engineering and maths. Enjoy activities, interactive workshops and inspiring talks – suitable for all ages.
Following the success of popular TedxGlasgow events, this new youth-focused programme reveals the amazing talents of young people in Scotland – providing them with a unique platform to share their revolutionary ideas.
20 June – 1 July
This ever-popular festival returns to Edinburgh, bringing with it incredible plays, powerful short films, captivating stories and this year a dedicated programme for young people called The Young and Wild.
23 June, Perth
Whether you love drama, music, art, or sport, don’t miss this creative youth-led festival. Showcasing all these dramatic arts and highlighting topics of importance to young people – enjoy street performances, Indian dance groups, drums and more.
Showcasing art, a variety of up-and-coming creators, a dedicated kids’ zone and more, this event will be a fun-filled day that the whole family can enjoy. From talks and workshops, to guest signings and young artists – there’ll be something for everyone to get involved in.
30 June – 1 July, Dumfries
Scotland’s largest free youth music event is back for its 10th year and is bigger and better than ever. Thousands are set to storm the festival, which features activities, performance acts, and various opportunities each day, along with a theatre performance of the gripping drama, The Toon.
1 – 31 July, Paisley
If you are a writing enthusiast, come along to create and develop new writings, with a focus on plays, songwriting and poetry, at this new Young Writers Festival.
1 – 31 July, Paisley
Enjoy musical and drama performances, sports events, films, arts, writing, crafts and more, all created especially for young people with a full programme of events across Shetland on a scale never seen before.
Opening 15 September
What better place to open an international centre of design to present the best of Scottish creativity and talent from around the world? Explore the exhibition galleries and shows, as well as a programme of events and activities showcasing the creativity and talent of young people.
28 September – 28 October
Join the National Theatre of Scotland for this new festival of international performing arts, whilst working alongside renowned theatre practitioners from Scotland and beyond.
So, if you are young or young at heart, 2018 is the year to visit Scotland!
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