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Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: experience music and poetry in arty environments with Festival Detours

28 Jul 2014

Luke Wright, Meursault, Eilidh MacAskill and John Osborne prepare to perform in gallery settings

Detours is a series of live shows by music, poetry and theatre artists taking place in galleries across the city. As part of Edinburgh Art Festival, it aims to bring a new audience to visual art by transforming the traditional gallery space. This…

Longlist announced for the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award 2014

23 Jul 2014

The award recognises Fringe shows that encourage audiences to consider their environmental impact

The shortlist for the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award, which celebrates the greenest and most sustainable shows of the fringe that encourage audiences to take responsibility for their own environmental impact, has been announced, with 22…

Oliver Postgate’s classic Noggin the Nog comes to 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

15 Jul 2014

The Sagas of Noggin the Nog brings viking from vintage children's TV programme to stage

Some years ago, in an innocent time before the Game of Thrones hegemony, there was a converted cowshed in leafy Englandshire. Therein, two men created an animated fantasy adventure set in the craggy Northlands, starring a simple, kindly Norse prince…

National Theatre of Scotland's The Tin Forest set for 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games cultural programmme

15 Jul 2014

The South Rotunda hosts the play inspired by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson's children's book

It’s one of the forgotten treasures of Victorian Glasgow, a roundhouse in brickwork and tiling that has sat boarded up on the banks of the Clyde for more than 25 years. Now the South Rotunda is being brought back to life as the focal point for The Tin…

Children's show Musical Mornings with Mil’s Trills set for 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

15 Jul 2014

New York songwriter Amelia Robinson on her show that introduces music and instruments to all ages

If helping your little one discover the joy of music and language is high on your list of priorities, but one more rendition of ‘Wheels on the Bus’ might tip you over the edge, then a refreshing wind is blowing in from New York. Singer and songwriter…

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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…

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…

20 unmissable events during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

9 Jul 2014

With so much going on during the Commonwealth Games, we round up the highlights to sprint along to

Queen’s Baton Relay Various locations across Scotland, until Tue 22 Jul Look out for additional cultural and sporting events taking place along the route to ensure everyone is part of the build-up to the Games. The Marathon Storytelling Cycling…

The Pokey Hat

8 Jul 20144 stars

Delightful site-specific kids' production incorporating ice cream and excruciating puns

Ice cream. If there is a more suitable subject for a theatrical performance on a sunny Saturday afternoon, in a park in the east end of Glasgow, in front of a three-generation audience, I can’t think what it is. Grinagog’s delightful show shoehorns…

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

16 Jun 20143 stars

A beautiful but over-simplified family-friendly nature doc narrated by Morgan Freeman

At 40 minutes, David Douglas’ slender, family-friendly IMAX lemur doc is a hark back to the format’s days as a short-form edutainment outlet. Friendly, photogentic primates leap across the massive screen while Morgan Freeman’s subterranean tones…

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Tam Dean Burn set to take on Julia Donaldson's ouvre in The Marathon Storytelling Cycle Challenge

11 Jun 2014

'The whole family can learn from these stories. They’ve got power, as well as being funny'

Having a new child changes your life in many unexpected ways, but one pleasant side effect most modern parents won’t have foreseen is just how familiar it makes you with the works of former Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson. For celebrated…

The Spokesmen

11 Jun 20144 stars

Visible Fictions' bike-based theatre show is a remarkably silly, thoroughly enjoyable hour

You look for your row, find your seat and sit down – that’s your average theatre experience. But in this special year of sporting activity, Glasgow-based theatre company Visible Fictions has come up with an entirely new way to enjoy drama. You still…

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014: Take a trip to the Island of Lemurs

10 Jun 2014

Writer-producer Drew Fellman discusses the IMAX doc, which is narrated by Morgan Freeman

It’s a cute, furry, animals-acting-like-humans narrative that could have been lifted straight from a Disney storyboard: a group of primates, fearing extinction on the mainland, board a naturally made raft and set sail for distant shores. ‘It’s the sort…

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…

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…

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Summer Festivals 2014: the best family-friendly festivals

16 May 2014

Featuring TweedLove Bike Festival, Doune the Rabbit Hole, West End Festival and Surge

TweedLove Bike Festival Part of Homecoming 2014 and now hosting the first ever UK round of the Enduro World Series, TweedLove Bike Festival combines an array of mountain and road biking events amidst the Borders scenery with a bunch of family-friendly…


15 May 20144 stars

The projected children's show builds a sense of wonder & allows controlled but energetic interaction

The simple but effective conceit of this show by Compagnia TPO and Insite Arts offers a magic carpet ride into another world, if you will, and one which is simply executed but cannily designed to play upon the imaginations of its early primary…

Bookbug Week celebrates the joys and benefits of early years reading

14 May 2014

‘It’s not just about reading, it’s about building strong family relationships’

The total recall most of us have for song lyrics from our youth tells you all you need to know about how the human brain receives songs. So it’s no surprise that when it comes to preparing pre-schoolers for the enormity of learning to read, the Scottish…

5 Awesome Community Projects

6 May 2014

Featuring the Love Music Community Choir, Dig In, The Children's Wood and Punjabi Junction

The Community Choir: Love Music Community Choir In these digitalised, distancing times, what better way is there to feel part of something human than by singing your heart out alongside like-minded souls? The rise of community choirs is evidence of…

Glasgow Kids Comedy Club to feature 10-year-old comedian

29 Apr 2014

Adam Weir set for slot at comedy event at The Stand aimed at children

The prospect of standing in front of a crowd of strangers, and attempting to make them laugh, would strike fear in most of us. It takes a special breed of person to choose stand-up comedy as a career – yet at the tender age of ten, Adam Weir is already…

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Imaginate 2014: helping young audiences to view theatre and the world differently

28 Apr 2014

The kids' theatre festival uses everything from hammocks to penguins to capture younger imaginations

No leg room, hard seats and a giant head blocking the stage: just some of the potential barriers to fully enjoying a theatrical experience. But it comes as no surprise to find that ground-breaking children’s theatre festival, Imaginate, is offering us a…

Misadventures in Wonderland: Edinburgh International Science Festival

24 Apr 2014

Our intrepid columnist Alice makes slime, touches a heart and makes giant bubbles

What is the Science Festival? It's packed full of activities to learn about our bodies. I went to the City Art Centre but there's other bits scattered about. It's, and I'm sorry if this causes offence, a lot more glossy than I thought it would be. It…

WATCH: The hilarious teaser trailer for Aardman's Shaun the Sheep movie

3 Apr 2014

The scene-stealing sheep from Wallace and Gromit is set for his own big-screen adventure

A teaser trailer for Aardman Animation's Shaun the Sheep movie has landed, and it's reassuringly hilarious. While the new footage doesn't offer any plot details – the movie itself won't be released until 2015 – Aardman's signature talent for humanising…

Edinburgh International Science Festival finds room to grow at Summerhall

24 Mar 2014

The former veterinary school is now home to a wide range of family-friendly science events

For decades it was the home of scientific enquiry and medical research – so what better venue for Edinburgh International Science Festival to move into, than the former veterinary hospital-turned arts complex, Summerhall? One of a number of venues…

The Secret Life of Suitcases

18 Mar 20144 stars

A charming, ingenious piece of puppet theatre infused with a spirit of adventure

Despite the spirit of adventure running through this charming new show, there’s also a real sense of calm. Performers Ailie Cohen and Rick Conte deliver the tale of conscientious office worker Larry at a confident, unhurried pace that keeps us hooked…