Highlights of Edinburgh's St Andrew's Day 2014 celebrations include The Hazey Janes
Plus ice skating, ceilidh dancing, storytelling and a Scottish Market in St Andrew Square on 30 Nov
Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square will host a full day of free activities to mark St Andrew’s Day this year. From 10am–10pm on Sunday 30 November, a series of live music, dancing and storytelling events will take place in the square.
Organised by Underbelly – who are behind the six week Edinburgh’s Christmas programme – highlights of the day include a performance by Dundee's indie-pop group The Hazey Janes, who have just been supporting Deacon Blue on tour and released their fourth album Language of Faint Theory in June. There'll also be a Scottish sing-a-long, led by the Big Big Sing, a UK-wide initiative that aims to encourage people to get singing, regardless of their vocal ability.
Put on your dancing shoes at a ceilidh hosted by the Robert Fish Band, who have been playing ceilidh events across the country since the 1990s, or listen to traditional Scottish storytelling by local author Jess Smith. Descended from a long line of Perthshire travelling people, Smith has penned several stories about her early years as a misty wanderer.
The Edinburgh ice rink will be open all day and is free, but tickets can be booked in advance. This is the first year the circular rink will be set up in St Andrew Square, where skaters will get to glide around the Melville Monument. There’ll also be demonstrations on ice from The Royal Caledonian Curling Club and Murrayfield Skating School.
A St Andrew’s Day-inspired performance by Edinburgh’s PyroCeltica will showcase the group’s special brand of fire theatre choreographed to an original soundtrack using custom-made props, fire sculptures and pyrotechnic effects.
Plus, take home some goodies from the Scottish Market, which will showcase food, drink and craft from across the country. Treats available will include locally produced sausages, fresh seafood, craft beer and jewellery.