Marking 20 years of the Scottish Parliament 

A year-long programme to mark 20 years since the creation of the Scottish Parliament has been announced.

Designed to showcase the positive impact the Scottish Parliament has had on the lives of those living in Scotland over the last two decades, the programme will aim to reach people from all over Scotland. It will include an ‘open event’ in June, the launch of a new public exhibition telling the story of the Parliament, a series of family days held at Holyrood, and a competition for young people to write a letter to the Parliament on their hopes and aspirations for the Parliament over the next 20 years. 

Details of the full programme will be released throughout the year with many opportunities for people across Scotland to be involved.


This stunning open-air photography exhibition, on display outside the Scottish Parliament building, will take you on a fascinating journey exploring the effect of human activity on our planet.  

The exhibition, which is part of the Edinburgh Science Festival, is free and runs until May 8.

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Join us on an unrivalled adventure in science. Journey through space and discover the marvels of modern science through hands-on activities. Tour the Universe and explore the wonder of the night sky in an inflatable planetarium and enjoy interactive exhibits – from controlling lightning to seeing through a hole in your hand!

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 29 JUNE

The highlight of the year-long programme will be an event in the Debating Chamber on Saturday 29 June, marking almost 20 years to the day since the Parliament officially assumed its legal powers. As well as the Chamber event, the Parliament will later that day open its doors to the people of Scotland for an afternoon of celebration and commemoration.