The Guide to Scotland's Festivals 2019 edition launches
- Katharine Gemmell
- 1 February 2019
Get your hands on the comprehensive list of over 400 festivals happening across Scotland this year
The Guide to Scotland's Festivals 2019 launches today and features a comprehensive list of more than 400 festivals staged across the country. The publication, created in association with VisitScotland, EventScotland and Creative Scotland, is an annual celebration of the diverse breadth and depth of creativity that you can find in Scotland. It aims to showcase the nation's ever-growing festival community, and includes events in all sizes, shapes and genres.
Alongside festival listings, the Guide to Scotland's Festivals also highlights interesting festivals to watch out for this year through in-depth features. One of these is a focus on Scotland's coastal festivals, in anticipation for 2020's Year of Coasts and Waters. There is also a look at Edinburgh's International Children's Festival and insights from Enchanted Forest producer Zoe Squair on what makes illumination festivals so popular.
Elsewhere, we take a look at festivals benefiting from Screen Scotland's Film Festivals Fund and Creative Scotland's brand new initiative PLACE (Platforms for Creative Excellence) that hopes to boost ambition and purpose across Edinburgh's Festivals. There are also spotlights and panels throughout, diving into a range of goings-on from The Stranraer Oyster Festival, Electric Frog + Pressure Riverside Festival, and Luminate: Scotland's Creative Ageing Festival.
To celebrate its release, an official launch party will take place on Saturday 2 February at Drygate Brewery as part of Showcase Scotland, an output of Celtic Connections that introduces international audiences to Scottish music. Sonnet Youth's Cat Hepburn will be on hosting duties and Isle of Lewis singer-songwriter Rosie Sullivan will perform. Louise Acheson also formally introduces Screen Scotland's Film Festivals Fund, as covered in one of our features. Plus, there will be treats on offer from Drygate and sponsor Fitch Brew Co.
If you want to get your hands on a copy then pick up this year's first edition of The List magazine. The guide is also distributed by VisitScotland and Creative Scotland to key cultural and visitor hotspots across the country, ranging from museums to shopping centres. You can also get a copy at The List's online shop or check out the digital copy.
The List also sustains Scottish Festival listings year-round on their website. If you are a festival organiser and are interested in having your event listed, visit this handy page to find out how to list your event.