A week may be a long time in politics, but then during the last couple of years, time itself has taken on a whole new dynamic.
A pandemic that none of us could have foreseen forced us all into a national lockdown although as we now know, it didn’t stop everyone from having a party…
But we have gradually come through the nightmare of COVID and as we rebuild our country and reunite with friends, family, and work colleagues, we are all unashamedly ready to let down our hair. So let the fun commence.
Former political adviser turned comedian Matt Forde will once again be MC for the evening, with MP4, the rock band made up of four MPs, providing some tunes… The format will be a pre-dinner drinks reception, tables for dinner, and a sprinkling of political awards and chat throughout that take a more satirical view of how politics is conducted and reported within the Scottish Parliament.
The main event will be held in a beautiful marquee in the grounds of the Botanic Gardens, the format will be a pre-dinner drinks reception, tables for dinner, and a sprinkling of political awards and chat throughout that take a more satirical view of how politics is conducted and reported within the Scottish Parliament.
The formal proceedings will be followed by the popular ‘Editor’s Club’ after-party, which will take place in the John Hope Gateway at the Botanic Garden and just a short walk (or stagger) through the gardens from the main event in the marquee and be the setting for an altogether more sublime affair with music, dancing, and ongoing chat. A time to really kick back and relax. And with DJ Stuart Cosgrove spinning the decks, it will be soul all the way.
The Holyrood Garden Party and Political Awards has already become an unmissable fixture in the Scottish political calendar for politicians, their staff, political journalists, the business community, and the public affairs sector, and as Scotland rebuilds, this is an opportunity to bring back some joy into all our lives.