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Last Updated: Monday, 28 November 2005, 00:29 GMT
Public's views of Scotland sought
One Scotland mosaic
One Scotland wants to hear people's opinions on Scotland
People in Scotland are being asked to give their views about the country, local communities and their visions for the future.

To coincide with St Andrew's Day, they are being encouraged to share their opinions on a new interactive section of the One Scotland website.

The new online link is due to go live on Wednesday.

The day's celebrations will draw on Scotland's identity and aim to reflect the country's cultural diversity.

The One Scotland campaign was set up by the Scottish Executive to tackle racism and recognise multiculturalism within society.

Scotland will enjoy what has been hailed as its first official celebration of St Andrew's Day with a huge city centre party on Edinburgh's Royal Mile on Wednesday night.

Huge party

The event, supported by One Scotland, will include live music and dance involving Scotland's diverse cultures.

An open air concert will be staged at The Lawnmarket with artists including Scottish singer songwriter Dougie MacLean and the Tartan Dohlies offering a mix of Sikh and Scottish sounds along with ceilidh band the Peatbog Faeries.

The Hub will also play host to DJs and live music from various bands including Croft No.5 as well as the One Scotland Ceilidh with music provided by the Wild Cigarillos.

The Dunard Library in The Hub will play host to a programme of folk music, bhangra, flamenco and other styles performed by duos and trios.

The free event begins at 1845 GMT with a performance at the Castle Esplanade by the Boghall and Bathgate Pipe band and the Tartan Dohlies.

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