Highlights of Scotland's 2017 Year of History, Heritage, and Archaeology
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Hidden Door Festival, EdinburghThe festival will see the historic Leith Theatre buildings transformed into live music venues, theatre spaces, bars, a cinema, and a multitude of art exhibition and installation spaces.
26 May -- 4 June 2017
Edinburgh Georgian Shadows, EdinburghCelebrating the 250th anniversary of Edinburgh's New Town, Edinburgh Georgian Shadows will bring the past to life using the modern city through the innovative use of lighting. The event will reveal the story of the New Town, which will be explored across six of the town's most interesting and history-rich buildings, where the lives of the town's first inhabitants and characters will be explored through light projections.
23 Feb -- 26 March 2017
Tradfest Edinburgh, EdinburghThis annual showcase of traditional arts and culture in Scotland's capital spans across 12 days and nights, and offers a full and varied programme of events. Inspired by the traditions of May Day and Beltane, Tradfest is a celebration of music, storytelling, dance, drama, film, craft and art.
26 Apr -- 7 May 2017
Mary Queen of Scots Festival, Kinross and Loch LevenCelebrating the rich cultural history and heritage of the Kinross area, most notably its famed connection to Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, the Mary Queen of Scots Festival 2017 will commemorate Mary's life. The festival will take place over a weekend in September (exact dates TBC) with a programme that will include living history encampments, music, food and drink. Kinross is around an hour by road from Glasgow.
And Don't Miss These Very Special EventsScotland boats six UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One is New Lanark, a former 18th century cotton spinning mill village around an hour from both Edinburgh and Glasgow. It will use light and sound projections to recreate the mill as it was in the heart of the Industrial Revolution.
Another, a group of Neolithic monuments on the island of Orkney, will light up thanks to glow-in-the-dark paint for a special event with interactive storytelling and music.
With a rich cultural heritage that focuses on the history of its clans, the year will also see events such as the Clan Maclean International Gathering 2017, Burnett Gathering, Clan Hay 'Tartan Ties' and Stewart Highland Games.
The year also provides the opportunity to promote and celebrate a much wider programme of events celebrating Scotland's history, heritage and archaeology. Partner events within the year include Celtic Connections (19 Jan -- 5 Feb) -- Britain's premier celebration of Celtic music -- and a series of events celebrating poet Robert Burns.
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