Heart and Soul 2016

The 2016 Heart and Soul festival, featuring a diverse programme of music and entertainment will be held on Sunday 22 May at the Ross Bandstand in West Princes Street Gardens. Church councils, congregations, presbyteries and service groups will host booths, share their stories and offer youth and children's activities. The event closes with an uplifting open-air service at 5pm. This year the theme of the General Assembly is 'People of the Way' which celebrates the Church of Scotland's Christian community and the contribution it makes within Scotland and the wider world. More details at Heart and Soul 2016 website.


There's plenty going on throughout the day at Heart and Soul 2016, across the whole stretch of West Princes Street Gardens. You can visit any one of our 65 exhibitors who will be represented throughout the day, as well as attend some of the programmed items on our main stages:

Stage A Ross Bandstand

2.00pm Open and Welcome
2.05pm Sing, Sign and Celebrate - A team from Dunfermline "Prospects" group lead a short opening act of worship
3.00pm Fischy Music - Popular children's music group with memorable, easy to learn, fund songs that any child can sing
4.00pm Heart and Soul Swing Ban - 15-piece swing band with a mix of popular and spiritual songs
4.40pm Procession - A gathering procession to draw people to worship
4.45pm "Decade of Ministry" Update - The Ministries Council of the Church of Scotland provide an update on their "Decade of Ministry"
5.00pm Closing Worship - Commencing with the parade of Presbytery Flags, a short 45-minute closing worship service rounds off the day's activities

Stage B St. Cuthbert's Church

2.00pm Aberdeen Quartet
3.00pm Soul Space

Lammermuir Hall - Artist in Residence, 'Family Meal – What brings us together?' Exhibition

Lindisfarne Room - Tea, Coffee and Refreshments provided by the St. Cuthbert's catering team


Wee Pilgrim's Passport
Youth Zones
All-Age Marquee

Highlights from Heart and Soul 2015

Photo highlights