East Lothian Council

Save the date for the Saltire Festival

Published Thursday 17th August 17

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The Saltire Festival is back for 2017 – with exciting events marking St Andrew’s Day taking place across East Lothian from Thursday 30 November until Sunday 3 December.

This year the festival ties in with the national Year of History, Heritage and Architecture. Highlights include Scotland Through The Ages: stories from the past told against the dramatic backdrop of Dirleton Castle; and a tour of Prestonpans Battlefield that uncovers the truth behind this bloody battle.

Also new for this year is Saltire After Dark – events include a 10k night run with a party atmosphere at Foxlake Adventures; and Twilght Golf, an opportunity to play Musselburgh’s oldest golf course in the dark, with LED balls. More details and tickets will be available soon.

The council’s Arts Service is once again partnering the festival and has signed up a number of leading Scottish traditional music performers and award-winning artists to perform. Performers on the bill include Eddi Reader, Breabach, Rura, Joy Dunlop, Skerryvore, Rant, Barluath, and East Lothian Massed Pipes and Drums.

One of Scotland’s favourite comedians, Craig Hill, will be joined by guest comedians from both on and off the screen in a night hosted by Jo Jo Sutherland, showcasing the very best in Scottish comedy; and the Comedy Club 4 kids is back, doing what they do best and getting the best stand-ups and sketch artists from the circuit together for a family friendly show.

Favourite events celebrating the best of local food and drink will also feature on the programme.

Councillor John McMillan, Cabinet Spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism said:

“I’m delighted that once again, The Saltire Festival returns to East Lothian to bring together the very best of Scotland here, in the Home of the Flag. The programme is shaping up really well and there really is something for everyone, whether your passion is music, food, outdoor sports or enjoying a really good book. It’s great to tie in with the Year of History, Heritage and Architecture too, which just adds an extra element to our celebration of all things traditionally Scottish. I’m really looking forward to this year’s festival and I hope as many locals and visitors as possible will turn out to support it and celebrate St Andrew’s Day.”

The Saltire Festival has received support as part of EventScotland’s Scotland’s Winter Festivals 2017-2018 events programme. Tickets are now on sale for a number of events, and the full programme will be launched in mid September.

Visit www.saltirefestival.com for more information.

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