A 12-hour programme of free events will return to St Andrew Square for a second year on St Andrew’s Day.
Shows such as The Stick Man by Gruffalo creator Julia Donaldson, poetry from Scots Makar Liz Lochhead and a line-up of live music have all been confirmed for the Scottish celebration in the capital between 10am and 10pm on Sunday, November 29.
Getting the Scottish celebration in full swing, The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society will run a country dance workshops followed by a ceilidh at 1pm and at 4.30pm.
In true Scottish style, St Andrew Square will be filled with music for the day with Edinburgh’s Pulse of the Place samba drumming band getting the party started at 12.30pm followed by Scottish three piece folk pop band The Banana Sessions at 5.15pm, and Blazin’ Fiddles at 7.30pm.
Dean Owens and the Whisky Hearts will finish off the music on the main stage at 9pm with their Celtic Americana sounds.
Looking ahead to the festive season, there will be a Nativity Carol Concert with St Andrews and St Georges West and Edinburgh Churches performing together at 3pm.
The Michty McNicols will take to the floor at 2.45pm as they celebrate St Andrews Day with their 45 minute show about the invention of tartan, a lassie who feared nothing, St Andrew and the Bread and Butter Barny. There will also be face painting and a Haggis Hunt in the square for the young at heart.
In the Spiegeltent, there will be free tickets for The Stick Man show which is following a successful run at Edinburgh’s Christmas in 2014.
The celebrations in St Andrew Square on 29 November will be followed by the launch of the Street of Light on November 30 with over 60,000 lights stretching from the City Chambers to the Tron Kirk, set to the music of local choirs. Free tickets for this event can be reserved from October 22.
Charlie Wood, Director of Underbelly, the organisers of the event, said: “We are delighted to be hosting Edinburgh’s St Andrew’s Day celebrations for a second year, with an all day long programme featuring some of the finest Scottish music, poetry and dance – all free - to celebrate Scotland’s national day."
Roddy Smith, Chief Executive, Essential Edinburgh, added: “What better way to celebrate St Andrew's Day than by attending some wonderful free entertainment in the square bearing his name.
"Essential Edinburgh are delighted to be working with Underbelly to provide the day of activity in the city centre, just one part of a very exciting programme for Edinburgh’s Christmas.”
Tickets for Blazin' Fiddles, The Banana Sessions and Dean Owens and the Whisky Hearts can all be reserved from October 16. The remaining tickets are available from October 14.