During the year visitors will enjoy concerts and operas performed in some of Europe's best concert halls and theatres by Scottish Opera and the Scottish National Orchestra. Scotland is a regular host to a wealth of international performers and groups. This is clearly visible during the Edinburgh International Festival when the Scotland's capital city becomes the stage for one of the greatest arts events in the world.
On a smaller scale visitors will find music, opera, theatre and ballet in many of the cities and towns throughout Scotland. Every year in the small Perthshiretown of Pitlochry there is the Pitlochry Festival of traditional theatre that draws hundreds of visitors for all over Europe. Little gems like the tiny Mull Theatre on the island of Mull and the Cottage Theatre in Cumbernauld regular draw capacity audiences for evenings of live performances.
Every January Glasgow is host to Celtic Connections - a lively international festival of folk and celtic music drawing audiences and influences from Ireland, Brittany, Canada, South American and showcasing well known and emergent Scottish talent.
Film has always been of prime importance to the Scots. During the 40s and 50s the Scots were renowned as fervent filmgoers … and today they remain respected critics of films from every genre.
The Edinburgh Film Festival is an annual event which showcases some of the best of films in the world - many featuring Scotland's growing band of film producers, directors and actors.