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Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020

Posted 06/01/20 by Charlotte Mountford

Happy New Year!


January marks the beginning of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020. This year, Scotland celebrates its Coasts and Waters with a year-long programme of events and activities which will shine a spotlight on these vital elements of our landscape.  LAC is excited to be involved with events throughout the year that will culminate in September with a brand new festival at Wick Harbour taking place from 12th – 19th September 2020.


Northern Lights Festival will be a large-scale outdoor light and arts festival celebrating Wick Harbour and the Caithness Coastline. Taking over the harbour, a visually stunning projection show will combine with live pop-up performances in a unique event marking Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020.


Produced and created by Lyth Arts Centre, the festival will be an immersive visual perspective exploring the heritage and history of the Far North of Scotland whilst honouring those who live and work here today. We will be collaborating with Moray based wild.bird who you might remember from our Winter Exhibition 2018, to create a spectacular show across some of the Harbour’s historic hotspots.


With day time happenings, nightly pop-up performances, coastal culinary treats and a special closing procession, Northern Lights Festival is sure to shine a light on this magical corner of Scotland.


In the lead up to the big event, we’ll be hosting workshops, events and talks across the county as well as special programmes with Orca Watch 2020 and the UK Surf Championships.


Watch this space for more details to be announced soon.


If you would like to know more, or have ideas or want to get involved, please contact us. 


Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 begins 1 January 2020 and run until 31 December 2020. For more information


Join the conversation #YCW2020


Northern Lights Festival is supported by EventScotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters Events Fund and SSE Caithness Beatrice Community Fund.



Sailing into Wick at Sunset by Barry Scollay