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Frontline Festival on ST Andrews Day 2020

Due to Covid, with most of us celebrating from our home and online, ST Andrews Day 2020 will be a very different affair to recent years. Yet in national spirit and patriotism, what it lacks in physical spectacle would be more than made up for. With Frontline Festival Scotland putting more than 30 Scottish artists together, musicians are leading the way. It is being flagged as the largest virtual shindig in 2020, operating from midday-10pm on Monday, November 30. And while donations are always accepted and the money goes to a good cause, it’s free. And who would be better than Bannockburn House to host the virtual fundraising gig?

Frontline Festival on ST Andrews Day 2020

Among the artists so far who have signed up are:

Wet Wet Wet, Hue and Cry, Altered Images, The Bay City Rollers, Sandi Thom, Nicholas McDonald, Jai McDowall, Raintown, The Ronains, Graeme Clark, JJ Gilmour, The Bluebells, Kirsten Adamson, Katee Kross, Ian Donaldson, The Red Eyes, Finn Paul, Kodak Ghosts, Salt River Shakedown, Chloe Marie, Ohnova, Crashton, Take Today, Layaway, Just the Brave, Stevie Lawrence and Fiona Cuthill, Primes, DMS, Hessian Renegade, A Ritual Spirit, Stay For Tomorrow, The Rhubarb, Jonny and the Hormones, Pale Fire, Black Star Jackals, Louis Page, Ocean of You.

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Give a Like on the Facebook page of What’s On Glasgow, join the Facebook Community of What’s On Scotland and follow on the @WhatsOnGlasgow Twitter account.

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With their online Blas Festival (https:/www.blas.scot), Scotland’s Gaels have also been pushing ahead undaunted during November.

It will culminate with a grand concert of performances from 8pm on St Andrew’s night, with “newly composed Gaelic songs inspired by the Coasts and Waters of Scotland” and a performance by Beinn Lee’s Hebridean band.

“We are very much looking forward to bringing an online Blas Festival to people’s homes and extending the reach of the festival through digital means in what has been a challenging year for musicians and communities,” said Arthur Cormack of Feisean nan Gaidheal, the National Association of Scottish Gaelic Arts Youth Tuition Festivals.

More than 30 online activities will be included (https:/standrews.fairsaturday.org) which will come to a close tomorrow.

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This is where Ceilidh Science (https:/www.scienceceilidh.com) comes in, concentrating on community projects and partnering with Leith Labs to foster art, science and culture as well.

Be sure to leave plenty of room for yourself because this should be a vibrant social experience whilst remembering the burden on others at this time as well. The organizers are calling for donations to a local loneliness-based charity.

ST Andrews Day : The Fair Saturday Foundation understands that St Andrew’s Day will be very different this year but hopes that Scottish determination will make it a rewarding and pleasant event for everyone. Jordi Albareda, Director and Founder of the Fair Saturday Foundation of Fair Saturday, said: “Fair Saturday will offer Scots up and down the country the perfect way to experience the great talent and rich cultural scene of our country at home, despite not being able to meet socially this year.” We can celebrate St Andrew’s Day through incredible shared experiences, from music, dance and exhibitions, mostly hosted online.

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The Covid struggles this year brought out an outpouring of kindness and the Scottish people’s gestures.

And this year’s One Scotland Scottish Government One Million Words Of Kindness campaign is based around it.

ST Andrews Day : In order to make a bespoke postcard that can be forwarded or texted, artist Emily Hogarth was brought on board, while many will have already ordered a physical card that will show up tomorrow via the letterbox.

It also includes a short film highlighting the spirit of community and mutual kindness seen across the country.

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The card is available for download and online sharing from the website of the Scottish Government.

And because for long stretches we all had more time holed up in our own houses to dwell on ourselves and tomorrow our Scottishness is the ideal day for a reflection with the A Poetic Constitution for Scotland: Success online.

And what it means to be modern day Scottish/New Scottish.

Running from 7pm-8.30pm, a new play of a play inspired and guided by audience feedback will be premiered as part of the Being Human Festival.

A discussion with the creative team, including playwright Effie Samara, will follow the presentation, providing a place to continue the conversation.

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