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Edinburgh Festivals 2014: The best attractions off the tourist trail

22 Jul 2014

Visiting the Fringe this August? Here are some lesser-known attractions worth visiting

Jupiter Artland This self-described ‘garden of discovery’ is a treat for those seeking some non-traditional art in a natural setting. Upon arrival, visitors are given a map of the grounds with no set route, and are let loose to discover a wealth of…

Empire Cafe event explores Scotland's links to slave trade as part of Commonwealth Games programme

15 Jul 2014

Author Louise Welsh and architect Jude Barber serve up a series of events examining slavery

Thanks to the huge success of Steve McQueen’s Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave and the anti-slavery bill currently being drafted in the House of Commons, slavery has hit the headlines once again. And this month the Empire Cafe brings this timely…

Festival 2014 to host a series of cultural events to celebrate the Glasgow Commonwealth Games

15 Jul 2014

Live music, film, comedy, film and fashion events to coincide with the Games

Glasgow Green Live Zone One of Glasgow’s most iconic city parks will be transformed into a huge home for the duration of the Games. The Living Room hosts the main stage, with themed days celebrating the music of Commonwealth Cultures (Thu 24 Jul)…

Misadventures in Wonderland: Hawaiian shirt-making

15 Jul 2014

Our intrepid columnist Alice White turns her hand to alohaberdashery

What exactly is it? What exactly do you think it is? The title can’t be faulted on its transparency. The class is run by Emily Millichip, a designer who makes clothes and, guess what, loves Hawaiian dress. Where? St Margaret’s House, the arts…

Batonbearer Gerry Hughes on his part in the Queen's Baton Relay

15 Jul 2014

Record-breaking deaf yachtsman carries baton in hometown ahead of Glasgow Commononwealth Games 2014

Not for nothing is the Queen’s Baton Relay the precursor to the XX Commonwealth Games. Sure, the athletes are the beating heart of any global sporting event, but community spirit is what makes any such occasion truly soar. And while the spotlight has…

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Family activities during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

15 Jul 2014

A series of interactive workshops planned including the Big Big BIG Sing and Get Scotland Dancing

With music, theatre, art, dance and more all crammed into Glasgow’s Commonwealth cultural celebrations, it’s tempting to sit back, observe and absorb as a passive spectator. But get out there and get involved as an active participant, and you’ll be sure…

Vintage Glasgow returns for second year to coincide with 2014 Commonwealth Games

15 Jul 2014

A weekend of fashion, music and dressing up as part of the Merchant City Festival

We predict the 2014 look du jour over at the Athletes’ Village will be going very big on Lycra singlets, tech-filled running shoes and racerback sports bras. Meanwhile, down in the Merchant City, the fashion will be feeling far more nostalgic. Over two…

5 things to expect at Glasgow's 2014 film and music event Cargo, Camera… Action!

15 Jul 2014

A day of live screenings, circus performers, DJs and more on the River Cyde Embankment

1. A ghost ship filled with cannibal rats Inspired by the viral story of an abandoned Russian ship heading for Britain’s shores earlier this year, Glasgow’s mighty exponents of the all-in-one film screening / art installation / large-scale outdoor…

Scotch Hoppers brings the simple joy of outdoor play to Merchant City Festival 2014

11 Jul 2014

‘The fact that we can close a city street for 10 days and have people playing in it is powerful'

In an era when having the latest iPhone is top priority for many children, it’s hard to imagine that a piece of string and a stick of chalk ever passed muster. Yet whiling away the afternoon playing hop scotch / peevers / beds (whatever you called it…

Heather Peace, Lucy Spraggan and Steptastic among the highlights of Pride Glasgow 2014

11 Jul 2014

The day of LGBT celebration includes a parade, live music, workshops and a club night

Forget the teeming, rainbow-covered streets of Soho; ignore Manchester’s glitter-strewn Canal Street – this year's best Pride events are taking place in Glasgow. Led by all-female drumming ensemble SheBoom, the parade starts at 9.30am from Clyde…

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Belle and Sebastian and Lulu among music highlights of the Commonwealth Games Festival 2014

11 Jul 2014

The Opening and Closing ceremonies also feature Eddi Reader, Sarah Hayes and Roddy Hart

The fevered anticipation with which the announcement of Belle and Sebastian’s first Glasgow gig since 2010 was met is a fitting parallel to the general excitement ahead of the Commonwealth Games. The six piece’s open air concert at the revamped…

Spitfires, Hurricanes and Typhoons to soar at Scotland's National Airshow

11 Jul 2014

The annual celebration of flight will also feature wing-walkers and a variety of family activities

‘It’s all about the excitement of the aircraft themselves, isn’t it?’ asks Steve McLean, general manager of the National Museum of Flight along the Forth from Edinburgh in East Fortune, on the enduring appeal of an airshow. ‘It’s very rare you can get…

5 reasons to go to crafting festival Knit Works

11 Jul 2014

The fest features a strong Scandic element, with Norway's Arne & Carlos and Iceland's STEiNUNN

1. Knitting is the new black They say so themselves. Crafting is cool and there’s no sign of this abating, so throw away any notions you hold about it being for your gran and succumb to its twee charms. At the very least, learning this new skill will…

Merchant City Festival boosted to 11 days for Commonwealth Games

11 Jul 2014

The multi-arts fest incorporates several smaller festivals, including Surge and Get Scotland Dancing

An established fixture of Glasgow’s summer for some years now, the Merchant City Festival is set to expand dramatically this year thanks to its official association with the Commonwealth Games as one of four Live Zones across the city. For one year only…

Explore Glasgow on foot with a guide to the city's walks

9 Jul 2014

Routes through the top green spaces to get away from the crowds

With a name derived from Gaelic meaning ‘dear green place’, it’s no wonder that Glasgow is heralded as one of the greenest cities in Europe. It’s dotted with over 70 recreational parks and gardens, so those wishing to explore this city on foot (or bike…

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The Kitchen at Glasgow Green's Live Zone to showcase best of Scottish cuisine during the 2014 Commonwealth Games

9 Jul 2014

Vendors including world famous Loch Fyne seafood, Churchill's vension and Genius Gluten Free

Banish all thoughts of big event catering where prices are high, food quality is low and waste is mountainous. Glasgow 2014 is dedicated to showcasing the breadth and depth of quality produce from Scotland’s larder with a focus on sustainable and…

Famous locals reveal their favourite places in Glasgow

9 Jul 2014

Featuring Mark Nelson, Peter Ross, Kirsty Logan, Lauren Mayberry and Tracyanne Campbell

Mark Nelson, Comedian ‘My favourite place in Glasgow is the Barrowlands Ballroom. For the bouncy floor and the roof that sweats and the fact you can buy 16 cans of Tennent’s off a guy at a desk. For the fact that every single important band has played…

Misadventures in Wonderland: Live action zombie game 2.8 Hours Later

20 Jun 2014

Our intrepid columnist Alice goes for a jog with the undead

What is 2.8 Hours Later? If you see the numbers 2 and 8 together in that order, you’re programmed by millions of pounds worth of marketing to know that it’s something to do with zombies. It’s like a roleplay game, but instead of playing a dorkier…

Bannockburn Live promises to be a celebration of both historic and contemporary Scotland

19 Jun 2014

Karine Polwart, Roddy Woomble, Rachel Sermanni, Dougie MacLean and Julie Fowlis among the highlights

It's been a rough few months for Bannockburn Live. The festival was announced last year as a three-day celebration to mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, and it's a key event in the Homecoming 2014 calendar. But since then…

5 things to see at the Edinburgh International Magic Festival

19 Jun 2014

Including Richard Wiseman, Luke Jermay, Michael Neto and Rob Zabrecky

1. Opening Gala Prepare yourself for the week-long festival of illusion, sleight-of-hand, mind reading and theatre promised by this year’s EIMF with this bill of international performers including Lukas (South Korea), Rob Zabrecky (USA), Max Guito…

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Celebrate the Queen's Baton Relay and the Games in your town

13 Jun 2014

Events are taking place in towns, cities and along the Queen’s Baton Relay route in all 32 areas of Scotland this summer as part of Games for Scotland. The programme is a key part of Legacy 2014 – the Scottish Government’s commitment to delivering a…

Film in the City brings the Edinburgh International Film Festival outdoors

10 Jun 2014

The run-up to EIFF 2014 features filmmaking workshops and open air screenings

June is now firmly established as Film Festival month in Edinburgh and this year, more than ever before, the films and filmmakers are coming out of the cinemas and into the open air. Nicely timed to counter-programme the World Cup kick-off, the…

Summer Festivals 2014: Five highlights from the Glasgow Science Festival programme

22 May 2014

1. Game For Debate Hosted by the University of Glasgow and designed to tie in with the Commonwealth Games’ appearance in the city, these three debates will investigate subjects on the intersection of sport and science: Is Elite Sport Good for You? (Thu…

Preview: The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust's Scottish Game Fair 2014

22 May 2014

Once again, this year’s Scottish Game Fair will be hosted by Scone Palace with the 3 day fair kicking off on Friday 4 July. The countryside showcase, run by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, invites all ages to participate in the festivities which…

Summer Festivals 2014: Edinburgh Festival of Cycling

22 May 2014

Ten days of bike-themed rides, talks and challenges

Following an inaugural outing in 2013, the best fest on two wheels returns for ten days of bike-themed performances, workshops, rides, races, talks, challenges and assorted what-have-you. Among our favourite picks from the programme are Strictly…