Scotland's year to shine downunder

Australian festivals to celebrate Year of Scotland

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CELTIC INVASION: Hundreds of activities across Australia next year will celebrate our love of all things Scottish

CELTIC INVASION: Hundreds of activities across Australia next year will celebrate our love of all things Scottish

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Thirty five Australian festivals have agreed to take part in the Year of Scotland.

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THIRTY-FIVE festivals across Australia have signed on to participate in the Year of Scotland in Australia 2020 (YOSA 2020).

YOSA 2020 begins at Woodford Folk Festival on December 27, going on to incorporate events in every Australian state and territory until January 1, 2021.

These two traditional Hogmanay celebrations will bookmark hundreds of activities across the year.

Festivals and events of all sizes - from a 125,000-capacity celebration to an intimate 50-person event - will experience the best of Scottish music and culture in Australia in 2020.

Some of Scotland's finest musicians and performers will come to Australia to be part of the festivities.

GREAT SCOT: The beauty of Scotland will be transported to Australia next year through song.

GREAT SCOT: The beauty of Scotland will be transported to Australia next year through song.

As next year marks the year of Coasts and Waters in Scotland - a celebration of the country's 10,000km coastline and spectacular lochs, seas, streams and rivers - YOSA 2020 will incorporate a program of music, art and activities referencing the Celtic lifeblood.

According to the 2016 Australian census, 119,416 Australian residents were born in Scotland, while 2,023,474 claimed Scottish ancestry.

Festivals, community events and groups who would like to be involved in the Year of Scotland in Australia 2020 can learn more here.

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