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Forth Bridges Festival 2014 celebrates 50 years since construction of Forth Road Bridge

17 Aug 2014

Celebrating the Forth Road Bridge's half decade

It just so happens that this year of historic events happening in Scotland will also see the relatively minor but not inconsiderable 50th anniversary of the Forth Road Bridge arrive, even as the Firth’s third bridge, the Queensferry Crossing, rises from…

Ready, Steady, Ceilidh

15 Aug 20143 stars

Lively kids' introduction to ceilidh dancing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

As a lively and entertaining introduction to ceilidh dancing, Ready, Steady, Ceilidh will give great satisfaction to 5-year-olds and up, including their parents. The short 40 minute show is structured around the mock rivalry of the MacReds and the…

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas tackles out-of-view topics at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

14 Aug 2014

The programme of talks and debates cover GM food, women in science and sex-selective abortions

Between this and the early-afternoon Scottish Independence talk show All Back to Bowie’s, the Stand in the Square is doing a good job of cornering the festival’s debating heart this year. Self-described as ‘debate, discussion and discourse in the…

Are you read for this jelly? The Bey Dance Workshop opens for business at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

6 Aug 2014

List writer Maud Sampson steps up to master some of Beyonce's moves

Let’s be honest – who doesn’t want to dance like Beyonce Knowles? She is the definition of sexy; in her Destiny’s Child days she wrote smash-hit song ‘Bootylicious’, a word that months later made it into the dictionary to mean a sexually attractive…

Ming: The Golden Empire

5 Aug 20143 stars

The Edinburgh Art Festival presents an eclectic collection of artefacts from the Ming Dynasty period

From porcelain fish vats to civil service exam papers, Ming: The Golden Empire is strikingly eclectic. This ambitious exhibition enlightens the audience on the 276-year Ming Dynasty through a combination of intriguing artefacts and digital…

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First Book Award: top speakers at the 2014 Edinburgh International Book Festival

1 Aug 2014

Unmissable events featuring prize-nominated debut authors at Charlotte Square Gardens

As ever, this year’s First Book Award features an exciting but slightly overwhelming plethora of authors, genres and styles. Two of this year’s most acclaimed nominees deal with health across the ages: The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer (9 Aug…

How to relax at the 2014 Edinburgh Festivals

1 Aug 2014

Chill-out activities including walking tours, meditation and food and drink tastings

Escape the crowds to Nitekirk at Greyfriars Kirk, which is providing a calm space to contemplate, meditate and pray in silence, or with music, poetry and art. Meanwhile over at Triratna rediscover your inner zen with <a…

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)…

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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…

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…

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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…

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…

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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…

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…