Arbroath 2020+1 – Celebrating Arbroath’s Future through it’s Inspirational History

Arbroath 2020 Festival celebrations moved to 2021 to celebrate 700+1 anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath.

Following recent developments regarding COVID-19 and updated Scottish Government advice regarding events over 500 people, the Arbroath 2020 committee, in conjunction with partners VisitScotland and Historic Environment Scotland, have made the difficult decision to postpone all of the Arbroath 2020 Festival core programme events until April 2021.

Given the importance of the 700th Anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath for the community in Scotland and internationally, the committee agreed that postponing the Festival is the best way to maintain its significance, and provide an opportunity to commemorate and celebrate at a later date. It is the intention of the Arbroath 2020 committee that by postponing the date this will provide a platform to celebrate with splendour and as a community together in 2021.

These postponements include: The Community Pageant Procession, the Festival Concert at Arbroath Abbey, the Making of the Pageant exhibition at Arbroath Galleries and Library, the New Scriptorium, the Town Banner Project and Medieval History Live! as well as many of the periphery events.

Pippa Martin, Creative Producer of the Place Partnership and Arbroath 2020 Festival, who has been supporting the committee to organise the Festival: 

“In these unprecedented times, ultimately the first priority for everyone involved is the health and safety of the public. The community and partner effort to achieve the Festival so far has been unbelievable. The committee and team at Arbroath 2020 would like to thank all of our volunteers, supporters, funders and contributors including choirs, artists, and especially Arbroath local schools who have contributed so fantastically and enthusiastically to the making and creating of the Pageant procession. We look forward to the ambition and enthusiasm of 2021”

Harry Simpson, Chair of Arbroath 2020 Committee:

“I’m sad that we have to postpone our 2020 celebrations until 2021 but it’s for the safety of the people, the town and its visitors. We would like to thank all groups and individuals who have been backing us and their tremendous effort as well as the committee, the team from Hospitalfield and all the government bodies that we have worked with to build what will still be a brilliant event. We look forward to coming back stronger for the celebrations next year for 2020+1. And I wish everybody good health.”

The team at Arbroath 2020 would like to thank all of our partners, funders, volunteers and the wider community including all those who have supported us on this journey.

Thank you for your continued support. Keep up to date with the 2021 celebrations via our website and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

For up to date information on events outside of our programme including the Webster Theatre and Historic Environment Scotland, please visit the relevant website directly.