The Year of Scotland in Australia 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.

Activities include Scottish features at over 35 Australian festivals, an increase in the National Celtic Festival’s annual ceilidh trail, Scottish artists taking part in regional and remote Australian touring through the Festival of Small Halls Australia (and in standalone tours) 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 will be released later in the year, but you can start planning your Australian Scottish experience by visiting the newly announced suite of festivals taking part in the Year. 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.


A year of Scotland in Australia is brought to you in partnership by The Scottish Government, Visit Scotland, Creative Scotland, Showcase Scotland Expo, The Scottish Music Centre, Glenturret Whisky and in Australia is produced by Woodfordia in partnership with over 35 festivals and events.