About year of Scotland in Australia 2020

The Year of Scotland in Australia is a nationwide calendar of activity celebrating Scottish music, culture, food and drink.

Start planning your Australian Scottish experience by visiting the newly announced suite of festivals, artist and events taking part in the Year, with more to be added.

Join us in welcoming an influx of Scottish guest artists, and in discovering and celebrating the gems of Scottish culture already sparkling within Australia’s cultural landscape, in 2020.

UPDATE: Please see ‘About’ section for statement issued March 13 concerning YOSA2020 and COVID-19.

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Scottish Towns and Grand Houses Tour featuring Capercaillie

29 April - 31 May
State: Queensland

“The most vibrant and exciting band in the field of Celtic music” (Billboard)  “Securely ranked among the Celtic world’s top live bands. . . Capercaillie walk the trad/contemporary line with admirable poise and scrupulous care” (Songlines)  Scots folk band Capercaillie will perform as their original acoustic nucleus quartet of Karen Matheson (vocals), Charlie McKerrron (fiddle), Manus Lunny (Bouzouki) and Donald Shaw (Accordion) in a special stripped back quartet format for the inaugural Scottish Towns and Grand Houses Tour, a new…

Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival

24 May - 31 May
State: NSW

Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival, located in the heart of the Manning Valley, mid-north coast, New South Wales. Clans from all over the country gather to enjoy the festival. Includes a genealogy fair, clan gathering and ceilidh, markets and clan stalls, street parade, highland games, pipe bands, dancing and grand Scottish ball.

Scots on The Rocks – Chaotic Ceilidh

30 May @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm AEST
State: NSW

Featuring music by ARIA Award winning Chris Duncan & Catherine Strutt, it will be a night of energetic and popular dances. Includes supper (BYO alcohol).

Scone Time

4 June @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm AEST
State: Queensland

Scone Time Thursday 5 March | 10am-12pm Hosted by Martin Duncan, aka Sunshine Coast Foodie, Scone Time is a delightful way to bring the community together. A red hot success in Montville and Cooroy, we are thrilled to bring Scone Time to the Glass House Mountains. Join us in the Mary Grigor Centre for musical entertainment and a scrumptious morning tea of freshly baked scones. Cost $8, includes morning tea of scones with tea or freshly brewed coffee. Bookings preferred:…

Townsville Tartan Day

7 June
State: Queensland

Kilts, bagpipes and clan banners will be on display when Townsville, in far north Queensland, celebrates Tartan Day with Scottish dancing, pipers and a march parading the tartans of the clans to mark the lifting of the English ban that prevented Scots from wearing tartan between 1746 - 1782.

Community Ceilidh with The Ceilidh Clan – Brisbane

19 June @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm AEST
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An event every month that begins at 6:30 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until 18 September 2020


State: Queensland

Come dance with The Ceilidh Clan! A joyful event suitable for all ages. No experience needed - all dances are expertly called by Donald McKay and Nicole Murray. Live music led by Golden Fiddle award winner, Emma Nixon. Tickets at the door only. Tea, coffee, shortbread and tablet available in the hall. Cold drinks available at the bar. Bring all your friends and family for a night of high energy fun!

Newport Folk Festival

26 June - 28 June
State: VIC

A folk music club based in Newport - we run several ongoing musical groups and a range of monthly and annual events. Our focus is on participation; at most of our events you can sing, play or join in, although you don't have to!                                             Also presents the annual Newport Folk Festival.

Kilmore Celtic Festival

27 June - 28 June
State: VIC

The Kilmore Celtic Festival is a celebration of the early settlers who came from Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall and Wales. Together we come here each year to enjoy their heritage, which is now ours to share in a fun-filled weekend of music, poetry and dance.

Tartan Day anniversary concert

27 June @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm AEST
State: SA

A concert to celebrate the anniversary of Tartan Day hosted by the Scottish Associations of south Australia and the Burnside Council Library. It will be held in the Burnside Community hall at401 Greenhill Road, Tusmore commencing at 11.00 am and finishing at 1.30 pm. The program will include talks on the history of the Scottish Tartan, family tartans and the relevance of tartan in fashion today. There will be music from a mini pipe band, Scottish country dancing display, a…

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