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About the Year of Scotland in Australia, 2020

The Year of Scotland in Australia, 2020 is a nationwide calendar of activity celebrating Scottish music, culture, food and drink.

#YOSA2020 starts 31st December 2019 and continues through until 31st December 2020, with spectacular new year’s Hogmanay celebrations bookmarking hundreds of activities designed to increase appreciation for the remarkable quality and diversity of Scottish musical culture.

STATEMENT: YEAR OF SCOTLAND IN AUSTRALIA 2020 issued March 13, 2020
As the worldwide coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to develop, a number of events due to form part of the Year of Scotland in Australia 2020 (YOSA) programme in the coming weeks and months have unfortunately been affected.

In these uncertain times, our presenting partner festivals across Australia are taking advice from their respective governmental agencies with regards to the containment of the virus, as well as implementing restrictions newly imposed upon crowd sizes. This has led to the cancellation of some festivals across March, April and May, as well as the postponement of upcoming artist tours.

Given the rapid speed at which this situation continues to develop, we strongly encourage audiences to check the status of events with the respective festivals and venues directly. In such uncertain times, public health and the welfare of our audiences, artists, crews, media, and festival/events teams are our paramount concern.

Nonetheless, Showcase Scotland Expo, Woodfordia and the entire YOSA team of partners in both Scotland and Australia remain committed to delivering a groundbreaking and unprecedented programme of events across 2020. We look forward to continuing at such a time that it is possible to do so, and wish everyone the very best in these uncharted waters.

Activities include Scottish features at over 35 Australian festivals, an increase in the National Celtic Festival’s ceilidh trail, The Glenturret Burns Night Supper at the iconic Sydney Opera House, Scottish artists taking part in regional and remote Australian touring through the Festival of Small Halls Australia, the inaugural Scottish Towns and Grand Houses Tour, the introduction of Scottish food and drink (including whisky, the Scottish staple) and the creation of this website to draw attention to the constantly bubbling outposts of Scottish culture year-round, such as the many Burns Night Suppers, St Andrew’s Day events, Highland Games and Clan Gatherings.

The full announcement of YOSA2020 activities is released November 28th, so you can start planning your Australian Scottish experience by visiting the newly announced suite of festivals taking part in the Year, and then keep an eye on the site as more events are announced.

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.

The Year of Scotland in Australia 2020 is produced in Scotland by Showcase Scotland Expo and in Australia by Woodfordia Inc.

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