Striking the Perfect Note; Take Your Pick from a Variety of Festivals in Scotland This Year

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SCOTLAND'S reputation as home of many of the world's most celebrated festivals is second to none.

But you don't have to wait until the summer to celebrate your passion for the arts and culture.

Scotland's diary of festivals is literally bursting at the seams all year round.

From festivals of folk music to appearances from the biggest names in rock and pop - Scotland has it all.

A VisitScotland spokeswoman said: "Scotland is a year-round destination, with many exciting events and festivals on offer to visitors across the whole of Scotland throughout the year." Here are some of the country's best arts and culture festivals:

HOMECOMING 2009 MUSIC FESTIVAL, IRVINE, Bank Holiday Weekend, May 2 & 3 A thrilling line-up of top bands is set to descend on Irvine for a weekend of live-music culture for those aged over 18.

More than 100 artists are set to perform at the festival's 12 arenas, including The Enemy, Taio Cruz, Atomik and Bob Sinclar.

With VIP camping available on the fully serviced campsite, as well as a funfair, a silent disco and a comedy tent, organisers hope the festival will help celebrate Scotland's Year of Homecoming.

Visit www.homecomingfestival.com

BIG IN FALKIRK, CALLANDER PARK, FALKIRK, May 2 & 3

Scotland's National Street Arts Festival is back for its 10th year.

This award-winning, free weekend extravaganza has become one of the largest cultural events in Scotland, attracting more than 100,000 people.

The cutting-edge entertainment features outdoor theatre, pyrotechnic displays, art, comedy and big-name music acts. …