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High profile events on the horizon

Since its inception in 2003, our EventScotland team has helped bring some of the world’s biggest event properties to the country including The 2014 Ryder Cup, XX Commonwealth Games, 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards, 2018 European Championships, and The 2019 Solheim Cup.

Throughout 2020, the Covid-19 outbreak led to a flood of cancellations and postponements from events across the country. Some event organisers responded by adapting their live events into online offerings, including Edinburgh’s Hogmanay which created a series of visually stunning films of choregraphed drone swarms to celebrate the occasion; live streamed Q&As with directors and actors as part of Ed Film Fest at Home; a fictional edition of The Open Championship with golfing greats from across the decades and a digital programme curated by Glasgow International. There is still uncertainty on how long it will take to navigate the pandemic as we move through 2021 including its aftermath. What is certain, however, is that events will and are planned to return, and Scotland will once again shine as the perfect stage for major events.

Below are just some of EventScotland’s supported cultural and sporting highlights planned to take place over the next year and beyond, including the biggest ever cycling event in history – 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships: 

  • Year of Coasts and Waters 2021
  • Glasgow Film Festival online (24 February – 7 March 2021)
  • UEFA EURO 2020, Glasgow (11 June - 11 July 2021)
  • Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, North Berwick (8 – 11 July 2021)
  • Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, venue TBC (12 – 15 August 2021)
  • Edinburgh’s Festivals (2021 and beyond)
  • The 150th Open, St Andrews (July 2022, and at Royal Troon in 2024)
  • AIG Women’s Opens (Carnoustie in 2021, Muirfield, Gullane in 2022 and St Andrews in 2024)
  • Festival UK* 2022
  • Year of Scotland's Stories 2022
  • 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, Glasgow and Scotland