St Andrew’s Day, 30 November 2020 is Scotland’s national day and the perfect opportunity for everyone across the country to come together and celebrate the resilience, community spirit and shared kindness that has helped us through these difficult times.
This has demonstrated that kindness is part of what makes us who we are as a country.
We are open, welcoming, friendly and inclusive with compassion and respect at our core. #WeAreScotland.
This year we’re determined to make St Andrew’s Day more special than ever before. It’s been a tough year, and sharing kindness and connecting with others has never been more important than it is right now.
So, whether you are a Scot, or a Scot-at-heart, celebrate Scotland’s values, unique heritage and distinctive culture through a range of online activities this St Andrew’s Day.
How can you get involved?
One Million Words Of Kindness
We may not be able to get together physically on our national day but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to look out for each other. This year, we’re asking people across Scotland to share kind thoughts and words with family, friends, neighbours and communities near and far and spread a message of kindness and connection across the country.
We’ve teamed up with the artist Emily Hogarth to create a beautiful bespoke postcard that can be popped in the post, emailed or sent by text to help send kind words across our country and beyond.
You can share this digitally and on social media by downloading it below.
Or pick up a postcard in-store at any Lidl store from November 23rd when you pay for your shopping.
BEMIS are Scotland’s national body for the many ethnic minorities throughout the country who help make Scotland what it is. This year, BEMIS will be supporting these amazing communities in their own St Andrew’s Day celebrations, delivering a series of multicultural acts of kindness right across Scotland on 30 November.
These acts have been designed to highlight the collective community resilience and spirit of inclusivity that Scotland is so well known for. To get involved or find out more, please visit www.bemis.org.uk.
St Andrew’s Fair Saturday
We are once again teaming up with the Fair Saturday Foundation to create another exciting series of events to celebrate St Andrew’s Day 2020. An incredible global movement, Fair Saturday celebrates the arts and spreads support for social and cultural causes through the creation of cultural events and performances.
This year, an exciting digital cultural festival will run from 28-30 November, culminating in a unique debate amongst school children from around Scotland. Taking place in a virtual parliament, Scotland’s young people will be debating the importance of culture in creating a better, kinder future for our planet.
Royal Conservatoire Scotland, Cryptic and Live Music Now have teamed up with the Scottish Government’s offices across the globe to programme ‘Scotland’s Winter Festival’.
Showcasing Scotland’s world-class arts and culture on the international stage the programme features 2019 Scots Trad Music Award ‘Musician of the Year’, Jenn Butterworth alongside Aves O’May and Kilda, and Cryptic artist Heather Lander. This programme of events will be available to watch on www.scotland.org from November 27th.
Resources for Partner Organisations
We want Scotland to share a million words of kindness between now and November 30th. You can join the celebrations and make that happen by sharing our assets and utilising our messaging to support your own #WeAreScotland activity.