Celebrate Scots culture and language with the nation’s favourite icons at the 2020 Scots Language Awards online on Saturday 24th October at 8pm.
Recognising the heroic efforts and work of the people and organisations who all champion Scots’ unique culture, music and words. Writer & Broadcaster Alistair Heather will host an inspiring evening of the language with entertainment from Gerda Stevenson and Gary Robertson including presenting Awards in 11 categories:
- Janet Paisley Award
- Scots Writer o the Year
- Scots Media Person o the Year
- Scots Bairn’s Book o the Year sponsored by Scottish Government
- Scots Speaker o the Year
- Scots Teacher o the Year sponsored by Scottish Qualifications Authority
- Scots Schuil o the Year
- Scots Business o the Year
- Young Scots Writer o the Year sponsored by Education Scotland
- Scots Performer o the Year sponsored by Tracs
- Scots Project o the Year
In 2019, The United Nations Year of Indigenous Language, Hands Up for Trad launched this new annual award ceremony for Scotland’s vibrant cultural calendar, celebrating the best in the Scots Language, in association with Creative Scotland. In a prestigious ceremony at Glasgow’s Mitchell Library Theatre, the Award’s many other sponsors including Education Scotland and Itchy Coo / Black & White Publishing gathered together for an evening of music and entertainment in the country’s national language spoken by over 30% of the population, particularly in the central and borders regions, rewarding excellence in schools, communities and arts.
In 2021 the Awards is booked to take place in Dundee’s beautiful Marryat Hall, within the city’s Caird Hall but for 2020 it’s all about making things happen to keep going forward, and the event will take place online.
Scots Language has long been used by authors, spoken in our top films, and is experiencing a contemporary year on year resurgence via social media as communities connect led by the public, influencers and media alike.
Organising body, Hands Up for Trad funded by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland, was formed in 2002 and exists to increase the profile and visibility of Scottish traditional music and culture through information, advocacy and education to artists, participants and audiences.
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