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Cabinet Secretary, Fiona Hyslop with surfers Sally Harris, Owen McQueenie, Brian Allen, Sam Christopherson, Tamzin McQueenie and Martin McQueenie

Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 creates a wave of excitement with celebratory events.

WEDNESDAY the 13th of November saw Cabinet Secretary, Fiona Hyslop mark ‘50 days to go’ and unveil 30 further events set to make a huge splash in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020.

From canal carnivals to coastal-inspired opera and art, seaweed festivals and science events to thrill-seeking endurance activities and coastal rowing voyages, Scotland’s forthcoming celebratory Themed Year will shine a spotlight on a wide-ranging and far-reaching programme of events and festivals throughout 2020.

Setting sail across Spring 2020 (March-May) events supported through the Round 2 Year of Coasts and Waters event fund include:  StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival which will present an extended programme showcasing poets whose work explores and celebrates bodies of water from Scotland’s coastlines to the Arctic; the British and Scottish National Surfing Champs in Thurso; Signal at Dusk – a captivating coastal opera and installation presented by Glasgow based internationally-renowned Cryptic; Canal Festival Time Machine will bring to life the tales of the Forth & Clyde Canal through art, music, and performance from the Kelpies to the Falkirk Wheel; Sea Tamagotchi, part of the year-long programme for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture is a linguistic art project that will seek out and celebrate endangered maritime words and place names in coastal regions, with a focus on the Western Isles; and Water for Life – an extensive series of events and exhibitions as part of Edinburgh Science Festival.

Splashing into the summer months (June – August): Marine Fest will celebrate The Scottish Seabird Centre’s 20thanniversary with a range of activity including rock pooling, guided walks and interactive science shows; The Scottish Fisheries Museum and Anstruther Harbour Festival will team up for the museum’s 50th Anniversary to bring Fèis Chala

An t-sruthair – a spectacular summer sea-side festival; the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival’s Portsoy Ahoy! will offer an expanded programme with an added focus on our marine environment; The Skye Festival returns with an exciting programme highlighting the distinctiveness of Scotland’s coasts and waters while raising awareness of the need to protect them for future generations; brand new family festival Making Waves in North Ayrshire celebrates the rich traditions of Scotland’s seaside entertainment with a contemporary edge; in South Ayrshire the National Trust for Scotland’s Culzean by the Sea will offer an engaging Sea Creature Trail allowing visitors to explore Culzean’s beautiful beaches, ponds and woodlands.

Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 will begin on 1 January 2020 and run until 31 December 2020.  For more information visitscotland.com/ycw2020

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