Welcome to the Festival of Politics

This year’s festival will have an international flavour, encouraging you to look outward and be inspired to see the world differently.

Enjoy a lively selection of debate, film, music, food and exhibitions all within the uniquely vibrant and stimulating setting of Holyrood.

This year we are delighted to welcome many expert speakers and on the opening day of the Festival of Politics, guests have the opportunity to hear from acclaimed academic and author Sir Tom Devine. Sir Tom’s lecture on Scotland and Slavery is on Friday 14th August at 16:30 and will be followed by a screening of the film 12 Years a Slave and a short panel discussion.

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