Young people take over parliament on last day of festival


The Festival of Politics culminates in the amplified sound of young people from across Scotland making their voices heard in a verbal and musical take over on the final day of another successful festival at the Scottish Parliament (Saturday 25 August).

Scott Hutchison, front man with top Scottish band Frightened Rabbit joins the debate on The Future of the Music Industry, while highly rated bands The Machine Room and The Stagger Rats headline the Young People’s Band Night alongside Val Verde and The Dandylions.

Young People’s Day will also see youth groups and organisations from across Scotland debate the hot topics of the day in the Debating Chamber while the very young have their voices heard in Scottish Youth Theatre’s interactive storytelling session The Magic Porridge Pot aimed at the under 7s.

Those of all ages can hear The Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind QC MP debate UK-Russian Relations Today, while What Place for Poetry in Politics? sees the highly regarded panel of Aonghas MacNeacail, Janet Paisley and George Gunn debate the place of poetry in contemporary politics.

Other events include The Sounds of Silence with Gerry Hassan and Andy Wightman debating what we can do to challenge the practices of undemocracy and unspace. Untangling Article 31 will focus on the UN Convention on children’s right to play, culture and the arts and Professor Richard Demarco will discuss the importance of cultural archives in Preserving Our Culture, Shaping Our Future?


Now in its eighth year, the Scottish Parliament’s Festival of Politics includes a four day programme of politics, music, art, theatre, literature and debate under the theme of ‘Politics. Culture. Creativity. A Force for Positive Change’. Events take place on 17, 18, 24, 25 August at Holyrood, the home of the Scottish Parliament.

  • Our Festival partners are Carnegie UK Trust, Carnegie Dunfermline Trust and The Law Society of Scotland and our media partner is the Holyrood Magazine.
    Full details of the festival programme and tickets are available online via (external website)
  • A limited number of tickets are available via the Scottish Parliament in person and via telephone on 0131 348 5405.

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