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Wednesday 1 January 2014

Set your compass and join us on a journey through Edinburgh's Old Town,

On the first day of 2014, set your compass and join us on a journey through Edinburgh’s Old Town, in the new, mystical and magical world of SCOT:LANDS

Discover nine incredible, new worlds, presenting the very best in music, art and theatre. Created and curated by Scotland’s most innovative artists and musicians. 

National Museum of Scotland 12noon – 5:30pm
All venues live from 1pm – 4:30pm 

Start: National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street
Nine different venues throughout Edinburgh’s Old Town 

All events are FREE


Start your journey at HOME:LAND, the National Museum of Scotland, where you’ll receive a postcard with information about the first destination of your journey.

Pick up your own SCOT:LANDS map and Landing Card and travel with us on an amazing, cultural journey through the old Town – re-invented for just one day as our magical new world. 




Presented by
The Ceilidh Place
The Street Party
Here in Edinburgh for the first time, experience the inimitable atmosphere and hospitality of one of Scotland’s most famously convivial venues, The Ceilidh Place. With music, songs and stories, bite into a rich and hearty slice of the North West Highlands, and enjoy a taste of local food and artisan beer. At the end of the A835 you’ll find the centre of the Highland Universe and one of the most dramatic landscapes in Britain.
The artists:
Nigel Clark
The Cast
Joseph Peach Trio
Dick Gaughan
Nancy Nicolson
Ian Stephen
Siobhan Miller


Presented by
The Street Party
From Dundee, Smallpetitklein, Scotland’s most innovative, independent contemporary dance company creates in one of the city’s extraordinary landmark buildings, their most adventurous dance performance to date. Wander with them through “The Snowstorms”, evoked in the short story by Tolstoy and the eponymous poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson, in a uniquely uplifting experience. Musical accompaniment in F minor from Philip Glass and Widor’s Symphony, Number 5. Performed Live.


Presented by
The Pathhead Music collective
The Street Party
HEID:LAND – the fantasy recreation of the musical and everyday life of a small ex-mining village, in a multi-space venue in the Big City. Some of Scotland’s finest musicians live in and around Pathhead, so expect a stellar line up for a family Ceilidh, a concert in the “village hall”, a “joiney-in” space where you can join the Choir and Drumming Group and a recreation of the weekly music session in the village pub.
The artists:
Karine Polwart
Tom Lyne
Corrina Hewat
Mattie Foulds
Nigel Richard
Althea Stentiford
Amy Geddes
Sophie Bancroft
Dave Milligan
Tom Bancroft
Jenny Gardner
Gina Rae
Andy Ford
Inge Thomson


Presented by
The Street Party
Land in LAU:LAND – brilliant musicians, thrilling performers, free-thinking visionaries and all-round good chaps. Lau’s journey began with three blokes sitting down to play a few tunes on fiddle, guitar and squeezebox at a kitchen table in Edinburgh in 2004. Now they’re at the epicentre of the new folk boom. Find out where they got to when we visit this unique, surreal world formed from their collective musical mind with their friends and collaborators - some of Scotland’s finest traditional and experimental musicians.
The artists:
Tim Matthew
Mike Guest
Mary MacMaster
Donald Hay
Fraser Fifield
Graeme Stephen


Presented by
Shetland Arts
The Street Party
On a quayside in faraway Lerwick sits Mareel, the UK’s most northerly music, cinema, and creative industries centre, run by Shetland arts. You will be transported into this musical and mythical land by the spontaneity of a “Shetland Session” amongst views of the extraordinary landscapes and seascapes of the Isles. SHET:LaND will carry you away to the archipelago of a hundred islands, allowing you to experience a little of the magic, energy, and spirit that attracts visitors from all over the world.
The artists:
Chris Stout
Maurice Henderson
Kevin Henderson
Andrew Gifford
Catriona MacKay
Sean Og Graham
Bethany and Jenna Reid
Lewie and Erik Peterson
Neil Harland
Jonny Polson


Created by
Cora Bissett with Swimmer One and David Greig
Presented by
Cora Bissett
The Street Party
Come meet lost souls, party animals and dreamers from Cora Bissett’s award winning multi-media production “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” - the sell-out sensation from the Glasgow arches and Edinburgh Fringe. With songs and materials by Rachel Sermanni, Stef Smith, Eugene Kelly, Meursault, Andrew Eaton-Lewis/ Seafieldroad and Cora Bissett.
The artists:
Frances thorburn
John Kielty
Ruth Mills
Jen Patterson
Steve Ryan
Wounded Knee


Presented by
King Creosote & the Fence Collective
The Street Party
With well-known friends and collaborators, Kenny Anderson, one of Scotland’s most highly regarded and prolific music artists, traces the shoreline of his musical homeland – the sometimes mystical East Neuk of Fife. King Crabsote, Withered Claw and the Fence Krillective have baited their creels from the East Neuk of Fife.
The artists:
Kenny Anderson
King Creosote Band
Creels courtesy of Anstruther Fisheries Museum
Withered Hand
Sean Dooley
Keny Drew


Presented by
The FOUND Collective
The Street Party
Edinburgh-based art collective FOUND will tap into the contemplative resonance and exquisite acoustics of Old St Paul’s Church. Experience a candle-lit musical performance which treats sound and silence as equals. Get lost in a languorous and dreamlike place in the company of some of our most enigmatic musicians.
The artists:
RM Hubbert
Emily Scott
Tim Davidson
Simon Kirby
Kev Sim
Ziggy Campbell


Presented by
Storytelling Festival
The Street Party
At the gateway of the year, enter NETHER:LAND at this Old Town Port. You’ll get a warm, very Edinburgh welcome. Descend into a land of custom, ritual and reflection, introducing the Galoshins Folk Tales. Stories will be told, both inside and out in the garden. In Old Edinburgh there’s always another threshold to cross.
The artists:
Bob Pegg
The Prestonpans Mummers
+ guests


Win your personal journey around the real Scotland in 2014

Return to HOME:LAND for 5pm: Bring back your Landing Card to put it in the prize draw. One lucky traveller will win a bespoke, individually organised journey around Scotland for two (or more) in 2014. Top hotels, the best (including Michelin-starred) restaurants, world-class spas, festivals with VIP access, excursions to islands, historic places and other attractions. Plus your own personal driver!

To the value of £2014.00

When5pm - enter your Landing Card for your chance to win
5.15pm - SCOT:LANDS prize winner announced 

Where - HOME:LAND - The National Museum 

One for the road...

Join us for a series of soirees and aftershow parties, with live music, good craic and festival people.

When - 6pm til late 

Where - Grassmarket: Fiddlers Arms, Beehive, Black Bull, Biddy Mulligans 


Click here for the Prize Terms & Conditions