EventScotland News and Announcements First events announced for Scotland’sWinter Festivals S cotland’s Winter Festivals programme is back for 2019/2020 celebrating Scotland’s three national days. From toasting our patron saint on St Andrew’s Day on 30 November to Burns Night on 25 January, and with Hogmanay in between, the spirit and fun of Scotland’s winter season will once again be celebrated with a range of unique and exciting events across the country. From foot stompin’ ceilidhs to illuminating torchlight processions, live music to captivating storytelling, poetry and performance, the variety of events will welcome visitors and locals alike to celebrate Scotland’s culture, traditions and heritage. Early supported events already announced include An Lanntair’s winter programme which includes influential Scottish musician Mairi Campbell performing her hit show, Auld Lang Syne in January as T he shortlist for the Best Cultural Event or Festival category in the Scottish Thistle Awards 2019/20 has been announced and a number of EventScotland-supported events* have made the cut. The category celebrates recurring events that are part of our ongoing tourism offering which include, inspire and involve all participants, whether local or visiting and provide a platform for Scotland to show off its greatest features. In the Lothians and Borders region, the *Edinburgh International Festival’s Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams and *Burns&Beyond with Johnnie Walker have been shortlisted alongside the Edinburgh Festival Fringe . Looking West, *Paisley Halloween Festival , *Glasgow Film Festival and *Youth Beatz (pictured) are all in with a chance of taking home the trophy, while *StAnza is featured in the Central, Fife and Tayside region alongside *WILDHOOD , supported through the Year of Young People 2018 Partner Programme, and The Enchanted Forest . The winners will be announced at the Regional Finals taking place across Scotland in November, so be sure to keep an eye on the website for all the latest announcements including who will be going on to fly the flag for their region at the National Final in March 2020. scottishthistleawards.co.uk EventScotland-supported cultural events and festivals shortlisted for Scottish Thistle Awards part of An Lanntair’s Burns Night celebrations and Scottish singer songwriter Willie Campbell of Astrid helping Stornoway see in the New Year with a special Hogmanay show. Burns&Beyond (20 – 26 January 2020) is back for its second year with an even bigger programme of events throughout Edinburgh city centre, celebrating the life and legacy of Burns through the very best in traditional and contemporary arts and culture from across Scotland and beyond! Opening the Burns&Beyond Festival Club on Thursday 23 January is Scottish music legend and inspirational artist Edwyn Collins, quickly followed by Tide Lines, who will appear on Friday 24 January. Look out for more event announcements in the forthcoming weeks at eventscotland.org .