Arts and Culture

  • Winter Festivals: celebrating Scotland’s cultural diversity

    1st December 2017 by

    This year over 20 events across Scotland have been developed by multi-cultural communities to celebrate the Winter Festivals, which marks St Andrew’s Day, Hogmanay and Burns Night. The multi-cultural celebration of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology and the Winter Festivals is delivered by BEMIS Scotland and supported by a funding contribution of £64,680…

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  • A reading nation is one that nourishes itself

    30th November 2017 by

    Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, reflects on this edition of Book Week Scotland and the importance of this year’s theme ‘Nourish’. Appropriately enough, Book Week Scotland, which started on Monday, has Nourish as this year’s theme: Literature, food and drink have a rich common history in Scotland. The results of this are often…

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  • Celebrating #HHA2017 with Stories, Stones and Bones

    25th October 2017 by

    Lucy Casot, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland, blogs about this year’s edition of the ‘Stories, Stones and Bones’ festival and its links with 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. In the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, thousands of people have been introduced to heritage as exciting new projects have opened the doors to…

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  • Scottish International Storytelling Festival and #HHA2017

    19th October 2017 by

    Open Word – Open World   Donald Smith, Director at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, blogs about this year’s edition of the Festival and its positive links with 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. Storytelling is the art of connection. Though the mind can be persuaded, humans only act when emotion and imagination are…

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  • Celebrating World Heritage Day 2017

    22nd April 2017 by

    This week we celebrated World Heritage Day, an opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of the best examples of cultural heritage and natural landscapes the world has to offer. This annual celebration, taking place every year on 18th April, encourages us to take a moment every year to reflect on how the world’s sites…

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  • Celebrating World Book Day 2017

    2nd March 2017 by

    There are few pleasures greater than reading a good book. Picking up a book and losing yourself in its pages is something magical. Culture, especially in the form of literature and the arts, enables us to make sense of the world around us or, when needed, can provide a welcome distraction. Reading provides some widely…

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