Fantastic arts and culture events in Scotland in 2022

Do you know what kind of entertainment you like but don’t know where to go and watch it in Scotland? Then you are in the right place! Scotland is the perfect backdrop for all sorts of events, so here’s a short list of what you can visit including music, theatre, dance, art and comedy festivals.

If coasts and waters are yours

Then you might like the Findhorn Bay Festival from September 23 to October 2, 2022.

This coastal festival takes to the Moray Firth with a ten-day offering of arts and culture, showcasing artists of national and international renown with a program of events taking place in unexpected places and scenic spots.

If laughter is the best medicine

Then you might like Glasgow International Comedy Festival 2023 (dates TBA)

Glasgow audiences are known to be some of the best when comedians can get them on their side! So join the loudest laughers and funniest screamers like Fern Brady, Larry Dean, Jack Docherty and Craig Hill at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival. It is the largest of its kind in Europe.

If you can’t do it, fear not, the jokes keep popping up at the following festivals:

  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 5-29 August 2022
  • Aberdeen Comedy Festival, October 6 – October 16, 2022

If music feeds your love

Then you might like the Royal National Mòd in Perth from 14 to 22 October 2022.

Perthshire will host an annual celebration of Scottish Gaelic culture in 2022. Perth will host a week-long Mòd program focusing on music, drama, Highland dance, literature and sports.

If that’s not exactly what you’re looking for, perhaps one of these musical developments, which range from rock to folk, might strike a chord:

  • HebCelt at Stornoway, July 13-16, 2022
  • Bonfest in Kirrimur, April 28-30, 2023

If you are a poetic soul

Then you might like the StAnza Poetry Festival in St. Andrews March 6-12, 2023.

StAnza is back for another year with many performances, workshops, discussions, concerts and screenings taking place during this vibrant festival. The British poets who perform at the festival will be joined by foreign poets from such countries as Germany, Ireland, Estonia, the Netherlands and Belgium.

It’s not just poetry – there are literary events all over the country where you can enjoy prose in different forms:

  • Wigtown Book Festival in Dumfries and Galloway, 23 September – 2 October 2022
  • Borders Book Festival 2023 (dates to be confirmed)

If you are a movie fanatic

Then you might like Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival Howick 2023 (dates to be confirmed)

Alchemy is an international experimental film festival located in the center of Howik, which is the central venue of the festival. Immerse yourself in a variety of short and full-length screenings – expect world premieres, art installations and… surprises!

For more movie enjoyment, you should check out:

  •  Edinburgh International Film Festival, 12-20 August 2022
  • Glasgow Film Festival, March 1-12, 2023.Hippodrome Silent Film Festival in Bo’ness, March 22-26, 2023

If you are looking for more drama in your life

Then you might like Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2023 (dates to be confirmed)

The Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival, Scotland’s largest rural multi-art festival, embraces a range of high quality performing arts including dance, theatre, music, comedy and spoken word. It is intended not only for theater lovers, but also for fans of everything theatrical, who will find something to tickle their imagination here.

For dramatic entertainment featuring up-and-coming talents, choose one of these:

  • Perth Arts Festival, May 18-27, 2023
  • Puppet Animation Festival 2023 (dates to be confirmed)

If dance excites your soul

Then you might like the Edinburgh International Festival from 5 to 28 August 2022.

Needing no introduction, the Edinburgh International Festival has been bringing world-class art to the capital since 1947. Leading international dance, theater, music and opera companies will take part in the program.

If you are interested in fine arts

Then you might like Spring Fling in Dumfries & Galloway, 2023 (dates to be confirmed)

At Scotland’s premier open arts and crafts studio event, over 90 artists and craftsmen open their doors across the southwest of Scotland. Stop by to inquire and find out how artists work and what inspires them. Also check out the Spring Fling Fringe, which accompanies the event with a program of musical and artistic performances.