Get your kilt on with Victoria’s Scottish community at this one-day cultural festival.
Source: Kara Lorgelly Photography
From Highland dancing to haggis, bagpipes to Burns, Shetland ponies to Scottish haiku music – there’s something for the whole clan.
Piping Hot Scots
Thrill to the stirring sounds of pipe bands, traditional and contemporary folk music, and the beautiful voices of the Scottish Gaelic Choir. Admire the fancy footwork of Highland and country dancers and join the fiddle frenzy as Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club play old and new tunes, alongside Taliska, Fiona Ross & Band, Matthew Robertson and David South. Discover what Scottish haiku poetry set to music sounds like with a capella group Icon Trio.
Hail the Haggis
Pay homage to the haggis with the Roberts Burns Club. Sink your teeth into classic haggis, black pudding, square sausage, Scotch broth, potato scones, clootie dumplings, shortbread and oat cakes, washed down with Irn-Bru or speciality teas.
Sample the ‘water of life’ in workshops that explore the huge renaissance in the Scottish whisky industry. Nippy Sweetie Whiskies walk you through fine regional drams (additional fee and bookings required).
Help us weave an entirely new kind of tartan with coloured tape on the museum walls and floor, be a part of Team Tartan led by Scottish-born artist Briony Barr. Find out all about the history of the kilt and the development of Victoria’s tartan. Wear your own kilt and tartan on the day, with traditional, creative and top-to-toe approaches rewarded!
After the Referendum
Join Edinburgh-born historian Alex Tyrrell, Honorary Research Fellow at La Trobe University, to hear about the road to the Scottish Independence referendum in the context of longer-term developments in Scottish and European history and ideas of national identity.
For the Wee Ones
Try our family crest craft activity, join in the fun of the Team Tartan group artwork... and did we mention Shetland ponies?
Shetland Ponies, Scottish Deerhounds & Mini-Golf
Join Scotland’s most famous miniatures for a selfie, a pat or a ride (gold coin donation for a ride). Come and say hello to the Royal Dog of Scotland, the deerhound. Or roll up for a round of the royal and ancient Scottish game of golf – also in miniature.
Explore your own clan and family roots with the Scottish Ancestry Group, Scottish Clans and the Armorial and Heraldry Society of Australasia in Association with The Scottish Knights Templar.
Scots Wha Hae
Find out more about Scottish migration and culture in Victoria with new community exhibition Scots Wha Hae: 200 Years of Scottish Influence.
Festival developed in collaboration with the Victorian Scottish community.
Festival program supported by Victorian Multicultural Commission.