Programme announced for Scot:Lands 2017

  • The List
  • 9 November 2016
Programme announced for Scot:Lands 2017

Lloyd Smith

Pop up festival brings music, dance, art and theatre to Edinburgh's old town for New Year's Day

If you're the sort that refuses to spend New Year's Day at home, hungover, caught up in a film marathon, then Scot:Lands could be just how you want to bring in 2017.

For the past three years, Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations have expanded to include a multi arts festival on the afternoon of the 1 Jan, bringing back to life pockets of the city that have sat neglected for some time. Artists come from as far as Orkney, Galloway and the Highlands for a one-off visit to the capital, proving that Hogmanay celebrations don't need to end at midnight.

This year there are nine surprising venues for the festival, all within walking distance of each other. Audiences select their preferred starting 'Land' following their online application and by spinning a giant compass, they are pointed in the direction of their next venue. But what are these 'lands' and what do they entail?

Well, there's This:Land, a journey through our national film collections and forgotten stories, accompanied by music from beatboxer Jason Singh. Mountain Thyme:Land offers a celebration of Scotland's 'secret bard', Robert Tannahill, with music and poetry from Eddi Reader, James Grant and the Tannahill Weavers and Tannahill Singers. Meanwhile, Neu! Reekie! are bringing together some of Scotland's brightest talents to pay homage to the great Scottish makar Sorley MacLean at Sorley:Land.

Over at New Scots:Land appreciation is shown to the people who have moved to Scotland from further afield and the contribution they have made to our culture. Here, visitors can expect vibrant music, dance, theatre and film from various artists. Those who have come straight from events the night before could just head staright to Let's Dance:Land, a warehouse party experience with DJs, old school hip hop, new disco mashups and a performance from dance group, PRIME.

'Scot:Lands brings the Old Town of Edinburgh alive on New Year's Day with free entertainment for so many of the international visitors who come to Edinburgh for Hogmanay, as well the city's residents,' says Penny Dougherty, Director of Unique Events. 'We are very proud to be able to show off some of the best of Scotland's talent and this year to welcome families with younger children to our new Sprogmanay programme.'

Edinburgh's Hogmanay really has pulled out all the stops this year. As well as Sprogmanay at the National Museum of Scotland, on New Year's Day you can also have a dip in the River Forth for the Stoats Loony Dook or finish your celebrations with The Final Fling – a family friendly ceilidh also at the museum.

Scot:Lands is at various venues around Edinburgh's Old Town on Sun 1 Jan.


Celebrate New Year's Day across the Old Town, with this series of events from some of Scotland's top artists and musicians. There's plenty of music, art and theatre to go around with 9 curated 'Lands' to be discovered on foot around Edinburgh’s Old Town.