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Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2014: Film highlights

19 Sep 2014

The annual arts fest features screenings of Ana Ana, The Crash Reel and Silver Linings Playbook

How’s your mental health? There is every chance you might have a lengthy answer to that question; and no less chance that you’d like to keep it to yourself. Mental health issues are vastly prevalent, but carry a stigma that can make them a good deal…

Head to the Highlands this Autumn!

19 Sep 2014

Homecoming Scotland 2014 has already enjoyed many brilliant moments over the past few months… but there are plenty more to come! Be part of it and check out the jam-packed Highland Homecoming programme; a two-month celebration of the very best of…

Ten days of music, film, comedy and spoken word at The Pleasance Sessions 2014

19 Sep 2014

Confirmed performers include The Twilight Trio, Vic Galloway, Roddy Hart, Neu! Reekie! and Paul Foot

It’s one of Edinburgh’s grandest venues, yet the Pleasance is often overlooked outside the month of August when it’s transformed into a bustling Fringe venue. Thankfully, after a successful first year – including a nomination for Best Small Festival at…

Free monthly craft workshop Art Maker! for kids and parents alike

19 Sep 2014

Scottish National Gallery provides art materials and inspirational workshop setting

‘What a great place to hold an art workshop,’ said the Canadian man to his young son, as they both looked around the space. The young boy nodded before returning to the task at hand, the serious job of sticking his cabbages in the right place. The pair…

Illuminations: The Enchanted Forest and Night in the Garden

17 Sep 2014

Two festivals set to light up the autumn nights in Faskally Wood and Edinburgh's Botanical Gardens

For over a decade now, Faskally Wood has been drawing visitors from far and wide to see it spectacularly lit up and transformed into The Enchanted Forest. Even after Forestry Commission Scotland decided to stop putting on the event, a group of locals…

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The Pictish Trail, Des Maclean and Alan Bissett among highlights of the Stirling Fringe 2014

16 Sep 2014

After the success of its launch last year, the Stirling Fringe is back for 2014. Running from Fri 19–Sun 28 Sep, the Fringe promises an array of colourful entertainment from both home-grown and international talent. With over 50 events, Stirling's…

Give your kids the chance to get creative through dance and drawing Tramway Family Day: Art Tracks

16 Sep 2014

'The event will allow children to explore natural materials, animal movement and sound'

There aren’t many cultural venues where the outside is as filled with potential as the inside. But with its abundance of treasures, Tramway – and the Hidden Gardens behind it – is perfectly placed to help children explore nature creatively. The latest…

Five Reasons to go to FRESH 14

15 Sep 2014

Glasgow University's freshers' fair promises free food, drink, dance and more

Drink up Far be it for us to perpetuate the broke student stereotype, but who says no to free food and drinks? There’ll be Keglevich vodka shots and Rekorderlig cider doing the rounds, plus Chicken Cottage and Crolla’s ice-cream. You know, all the…

Creative Mackintosh Festival: an opportunity to celebrate the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

11 Sep 2014

The Glasgow artist and designer will be the subject of a month of films, exhibitions and live events

Now in its third year and bigger than ever thanks to Homecoming Scotland 2014, the Creative Mackintosh Festival has been given an extra layer of poignancy due to the extensive damage to one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s most iconic buildings by fire in…

Minecraft, ugly animals and 'live' neurosurgery - some highlights of the Midlothian Science Festival

11 Sep 2014

The festival also covers superhero genetics, science fiction and rocket-launching

Now entering its third year, Midlothian Science Festival is well on its way to proving the increased popularity of science isn’t just a matter for those in urban areas. In its first year it held 30 events, last year it held 70, and now it’s back for…

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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…