Listed below are details of the milestone events and festivals taking place in and around St Andrews during the Year of Celebration. Click the links to find out more.
In addition, a detailed insight into forthcoming events is posted here at the start of each month and Event St Andrews is a superb, independently-compiled comprehensive list of occasions large and small.
- On the Rocks Student Arts Festival (16th – 22nd April)
One of Scotland’s biggest and best entirely student-run arts festivals showcasing the best of Scottish youth talent. Art, comedy, music, film and theatre; over 40 events in venues across St Andrews including the annual Half-Cut film competition.
- Crail Food Festival (15 – 17 June )
After last years inaugral celebration of Fife food, Crail Food Festival is back with more delicious tastings, cookery demos, live music and a food market. Celebrating the East coast’s local produce will be celebrity guests, food enthusiasts, producers and us eaters.
- Olympic Torch Relay (13 June) -
The famous flame will be travelling across the East coast – rumour has it that there will be a reenactment of Chariots of Fire which was filmed in St Andrews.
- Big Tent Festival (21-22 July)
Scotland’s largest environmental festival, promoting shared responsibility for our planet with not only a selection of fantastic music acts, but also a hands-on craft and building programme to teach sustainability, talks and debates led by pioneering environmental experts and authorities and a eco-friendly food village with delicious, local produce on offer.
- East Neuk Festival (27 June – 1 July)
Classical chamber music, world, jazz, folk and electronica concerts with films, exhibitions, art installations and more held in historic venues across the East Neuk of Fife.
- World Saxophone Congress (10-15 July)
Hosted in St Andrews for the first-time ever to coincide with the University’s 600th anniversary celebrations, the Congress features a musical mixture of recitals, masterclasses, lectures and jam sessions from world-class performers and emerging local talent.
- Inside Out Street Theatre & Outdoor Performance Festival(27th-29th July)
The popular street-theatre and outdoor performing arts festival is back! With lots of wacky and wonderful performers; watch out for the traffic aliens and street-cleaning Kings of Rock n Roll who’ll be keeping an eye on the aerial dance, live music and free-running taking over the streets of St Andrews.
- St Andrews Highland Games (29 July)
Log-tossing, Ceilidh dancing and ultimate tests of strength comes to St Andrews. You couldn’t get more Scottish if you tried.
- Pittenweem Arts Festival (28 July-5 August)
Annual celebration of arts, crafts and performance against the picturesque backdrop of the coastal village of Pittenweem. Cabaret, poetry readings, theatre, comedy, music and exhibitions from artists inspired by the East coast.
- Lammas Market (9-14 August)
One of Scotland’s oldest Medieval markets, this 5-day event will see fairground rides, food stalls, market demonstrations and sideshows spread across the streets of St Andrews.
- Dunhill Links Championship (4-7 October)
Annual golf championship with top professional players competing against amateur celebrities – this year the stakes are higher than ever as World champions return to take on favourite fictional action heroes…
- St Andrews Voices (18-21 October)
Celebrating the human voice in all its diverse incarnations with a series of evening concerts and innovative late-night performances that will challenge the boundaries of vocal music as we know it, featuring home-grown talent as well as international stars.
- MacPherson’s Rant (November)
The centre-piece of the St Andrews Year of Celebration will be a community production of Macpherson’s Rant, a new musical theatre work written by John Ward and based on the Scottish historical tale of the execution of James Macpherson. Macpherson’s Rant will bring together professional actors, musicians and performers alongside a large-scale community cast and chorus from Fife and beyond, to perform in a rich theatre spectacle that will attract audiences from all over the country. The production will be performed at this years St Andrews Festival, celebrating the rich artistic heritage of St Andrews and looking forward to a brighter cultural future for the town.
- St Andrews Festival (30th November – 2nd December)
Saluting Scotland’s patron Saint through a celebration of St Andrews’ artistic and cultural heritage. Traditional Ceilidh, readings of Scottish works, Scottish music and a special gala dinner at the Old Course Hotel as well as a finale performance of Macpherson’s Rant.
- Christmas Events (throughout December) – more details coming here later in 2012
- Hogmanay (31 December) – more details coming here later in 2012
- Burns’ Night (25 January 2013)
For weekly theatre, cinema, music and art listings visit the links below:
Finally, If you’ve missed any of the St Andrews Year of Celebration events during 2012, have a look at the archived links below: