St Magnus at SCOT:LANDS

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Portrait  of St MagnusSt Magnus International Festival is delighted to have been asked to be part of SCOT:LANDS - the pop-up arts festival at Edinburgh's Hogmanay.

Ahead of 2017's Magnus 900 Commemoration, the Festival will bring the story of St Magnus to the Capital on 1 January in a mesmerizing meditation created by Alasdair Nicolson. The programme will include music from the fourteenth century Hymn to St Magnus and from medieval to modern. From choral to traditional, sung, played and danced against the backdrop of the Sails for St Magnus. The landscape and atmosphere of Orkney and its St Magnus Cathedral “the light of the north” will travel south to one of Scotland’s most glorious buildings.  

Participants will include The Mayfield Singers, Gnoss, The Assembly Project, Hannah Eden and Ewan Hambleton.

Fashioned and curated by some of Scotland’s most innovative artists and arts organisations, Scot:Lands takes place on the afternoon of Sunday 1 January across nine remarkable and surprising spaces in the Old Town of Edinburgh. This year it features work from as far afield as Orkney, Galloway and the Highlands in a snapshot of contemporary Scottish culture, all for free. Now in its fourth year, and an integral part of the three day Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festival which is produced on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council by Unique Events, Scot:Lands is supported by £200,000 from the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said: “Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festival is well known for three fantastic days of celebrations, attracting people from across the globe to ring in the New Year
in Scotland. As part of this celebration the Scottish Government has provided £200,000 for the Scot:Lands festival on the 1st January. 

“This event comprises of leading edge and traditional music, dance, spoken word and film, providing an international profile from artists curated from the length and breadth of Scotland. This diverse and eclectic programme will provide a great cultural experience for those taking part, as well as boosting tourism, enhancing
community engagement and raising Scotland’s international profile.”

The full SCOT:LANDS programme can be seen here.


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