Postcards from Scotland

An ambitious new project from Showcase Scotland Expo, postcards from Scotland links with key festivals around the globe offering high- level performance footage from 18 Scottish artists.

This provides a Scottish package which festivals around the world will be offered free of charge to include as part of their online events.

The festivals taking part are Cambridge Folk Festival (England), Canada’s National Arts Centre (based in Ottawa), Festival Interceltique de Lorient (Brittany, France), Katowice Music Days (Poland), Farsund Festival (Norway), Philadelphia Folk Festival (USA), Rainforest World Music Festival (Malaysia), Rudolstadt Festival (Germany), Schots Weekend (Belgium) and Tønder Festival (Denmark).

Each artist will do a short introduction to their performance as a postcard related to where they currently are/live or the place they call home.

Each artist will have a 5 minute slot including their introduction and performance.

Postcards from Scotland will only be available to one festival in each country as “exclusive content” and will be offered to festivals who have a strong connection to Showcase Scotland Expo and the various events such as the Visit, that we have delivered over the years. It will also only be available to festivals who are planning online content.


How does it work?

Showcase Scotland Expo organised an open call for artists who wished to be part of the programme. The Artistic Directors of each festival then came together as one group to select the 18 artists who will feature as part of the programme.

The artists selected are Blazin’ Fiddles, Breabach, Brìghde Chaimbeul, Claire Hastings, Elephant Sessions, Fara, Hannah Rarity, Ímar, Kinnaris Quintet, Kris Drever, Moishe’s Bagel and Fiona Hunter, Niteworks, Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton’s Symbiosis, RURA, Ryan Young, Siobhan Miller, Skerryvore and Talisk.

Trad TV produced the final programme. Content is a mix of live footage (in most cases previously unseen) of previous performances or new footage created from artists homes. Showcase Scotland Expo will pay artists for their involvement, but festivals will also be asked to include a tip jar or donation box with proceeds then being divided amongst the 18 featured artists.

Postcards from Scotland will run from the middle of July until the end of November 2020 and will include streaming at festivals