The Festival of Politics 2018

10 – 13 October 2018

The Festival of Politics returns on Wednesday 10 October 2018 for more debate, music and film!

We’ve announced this year’s 6 headline acts – Rt Hon Lord Michael Heseltine, Dame Margaret Hodge MP, Ben Okri, Darren McGarvey aka Loki, Professor Mary Beard and Sir Tom Devine OBE.

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Free Exhibition

World Press Photo 2018

1 – 25 August 2018

Penguins hop between cliff edges - a promotional image for the World Press Photo 2018 exhibition to be held at the Scottish Parliament in August.

Come and experience the World Press Photo exhibition to the Scottish Parliament this August!

We’re hosting the exhibition this year between 1 – 25 August (but we’re closed on Sundays) from 10am – 5pm. Entry is free.

World Press Photo showcases some of the most powerful and thought-provoking images of the past year. The annual photo contest rewards photographers for the best single exposure pictures which have contributed to visual journalism throughout 2017, split into the below categories:

  • Contemporary Issues
  • Environment
  • General News
  • Long-Term Projects
  • Nature
  • People
  • Sports
  • Spot News


This year 73,000 images were submitted by 4,500 photographers from 125 countries. To find out more about the contest, and see the full list of nominees, visit www.worldpressphoto.org.

Visit the Scottish Parliament

Free Exhibition

A Parliament for the People

Open year round

Ceud mìle fàilte. A hundred thousand welcomes.

The Scottish Parliament welcomes visitors from Scotland and across the globe who want to learn about one of the youngest parliaments in the world.

A Parliament for the People is a new exhibition which will introduce you to the role of the Scottish Parliament and the ways in which you can get involved, and give you the opportunity to explore Scotland’s fascinating parliamentary history.

Getting Involved with Your Scottish Parliament

Do you know what powers are devolved to the Scottish Parliament? Discover more about how Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) pass laws on matters which affect the lives of everyone in Scotland. The exhibition will also give you the chance to explore campaigns, petitions and the impact of changing laws on people’s lives through featuring campaign stories of people who have been actively involved with the Scottish Parliament.

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