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Interview: Canadian comedian Mae Martin

21 Mar 2014

The comic discusses labels, Berlin and trying to look as cool as Jack Kerouac

Having won over Fringe crowds for the last two years running with her perfectly pitched combination of wit and angst, Canadian comedian Mae Martin returns to Scotland to try out some new material on the locals. 'I'm talking, broadly, about labels and…

Interview: The founders of Edinburgh LGBT club night Dive!

19 Feb 2014

The Annabels aim to present 'something inclusive, accessible and unique... A proper dance party!'

'The scene is too quiet! It needs a shake-up,' claims Miss Annabel Sings. And a shake-up is exactly what eclectic underground queer party Dive! promises. February marks the annual LGBT History Month, featuring a programme of art, dance, literature…

Interview: film director Alain Guiraudie discusses Stranger by the Lake

14 Feb 2014

The film is a provocative tale of love, passion and treachery set against a gay cruising area

His name may not be as familiar as his two openly gay French director colleagues François Ozon and André Téchiné, but Alain Guiraudie is emerging from the shadows thanks to Stranger by the Lake. His provocative tale of love, passion and treachery set…

Stranger by the Lake

14 Feb 20144 stars

Alain Guiraudie's gay cruising thriller is an unusual and intelligent film

A mixed-up tone is customarily a negative trait in a film, but here the combination of gentle comedy, racy sex and murder works extraordinarily well, delivering a sophisticated, unpredictable and original modern noir. Pierre Deladonchamps plays Franck…

Short film programme Notes from the Underground to explore LGBT life in Russia

10 Jan 2014

The Glasgow Short Film Festival event will feature films from Milena Chernyavskaya and Seva Galkin

A one-off event during the Glasgow Short Film Festival, Notes from the Underground: Queer Russian Cinema is part of the New Cinema 4 project, curated by Marc David Jacobs of Edinburgh Film Guild. Examining the current state of LGBT cinema, Jacobs has…

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Hot 100 2013: 79-70

11 Dec 2013

Peggy Hughes, Freya Mavor and Dominic Hill among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 59-50

11 Dec 2013

Young Fathers, LuckyMe and Rally & Broad among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 19-11

11 Dec 2013

Armando Iannucci and Boards of Canada among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Interview: Laurie Brown on Tranny and Roseannah's subversive panto, A Gay in a Manger

9 Dec 2013

‘There’s fights, there’s booze, there’s offensive relatives. But there can be negative stuff too.'

Laurie Brown, one of the team behind The Arches’ adult Christmas show, says that A Gay in a Manger began with a serious inspiration. ‘It originally came from a desire to see something at Christmas that wasn’t a family show. Christmas is so often a time…

TYCI Christmas Party features Chvrches live set

5 Dec 2013

Female-fronted organisation hold fastive bash at SWG3

As with her other regular project, Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry has seen her TYCI organisation grow rapidly since its founding as a blog in October 2012 and a live event the month after. Starting out as a one-woman show, it’s now run by a core team…

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Legendary Edinburgh LGBT club night Joy to return for one-off 20th anniversary party

7 Nov 2013

Joy alumni Alan and Maggie Joy, Brett King, Trendy Wendy and DJ Michelle all set to return

Joy was one of the first credible gay nights in Scotland. 'We were getting so bored with what was happening on the gay scene in Edinburgh. Alan [Joy] and I were much more interested in what was happening in the wider music scene so we'd head off to…

A Magnificent Haunting

28 Oct 20132 stars

Elegantly shot but emotionally lacking benign ghost story from filmmaker Ferzan Ozpetek

This benign ghost story from Turkish-Italian writer/director Ferzan Ozpetek revolves around a shy, twenty-something gay man Pietro (Elio Germano), who’s recently arrived in Rome from Sicily. A pastry chef at a bakery by night and a struggling actor by…

Misadventures in Wonderland: Amazing Gracies Women's Football Team

18 Oct 2013

Our intrepid columnist Alice tells us what she learned the LGBT-friendly sports club

What did I go to? Amazing Gracies is an LGBT-friendly women’s football club that has a friendly kick-about vibe. Being a women’s team wasn’t what made it particularly adventurous, nor was it the LGBT part. I went because I’m a misery and have to go to…

Theatre company ConFAB presents The Gates, a celebration of love, theatre, community and liberation

14 Oct 2013

The production, inspired by the real life Gateways club in post-war London, will stage at Glasgay!

Rachel Jury, artistic director of ConFAB and writer/director of The Gates has a long association with Glasgay! 'When I first moved to Glasgow, my first job was as a technician at Glasgay!' she remembers. And in her career as a poet, she organised…

Interview: Olivier Award-winning playwright Stef Smith on Glasgay! commission, Cured

14 Oct 2013

The play tackles the issue of the American camps which claim to 'cure' homosexuality

This brand new Glasgay! commission from Olivier Award-winning (for Roadkill) playwright Stef Smith and Ros Philips, her directorial partner on the 2011 transgender drama Falling/Flying, pulls together two themes. First, the predominantly American…

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The best events at Glasgay! 2013

20 Sep 2013

Glasgow festival celebrating LGBTQ culture marks 20th year with packed programme

Since its inception in 1993, Glasgay! has reflected the city’s changing relationship with LGBTQ communities. Beginning at a time when ‘promotion’ of homosexuality was forbidden by ‘Section 28’ (a piece of Conservative legislation that claimed to protect…

Scott Galloway's multi-arts event Stand Up for Love to raise money for marriage equality

18 Sep 2013

The event promises to be a glitzy mix of art, literature, theatre, fashion and music

Tired of LGBT events featuring pink champagne and drag queens? So is Scott Galloway. The inspiration for his new event comes from a different source: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison. 'When I first read The Bluest Eye, I felt utterly inspired…

A guide to LGBT student life in Edinburgh

9 Sep 2013

Student's-eye-view of the Edinburgh gay scene

Dive! An eclectic underground queer party that’s new to the city and already causing something of a stir, with spoken word, drag, live art, live music and comedy taking over their regular club nights. If it’s dancing you’re after, worry not: there’s a…

A guide to LGBT student life in Glasgow

9 Sep 2013

Student's-eye-view of the Glasgow gay scene

TYCI. A collective run by women and hosting a series of live events, TYCI (that’s Tuck Your Cunt In) are responsible for a club night at Bloc on the third Saturday of the month and various one-off event collaborations. Go along for a woman-focused…

Any Day Now

3 Sep 20134 stars

A perceptive, compassionate depiction of a gay custody battle starring Alan Cumming

Hollywood has never quite known what to make of Alan Cumming. He has triumphed on stage across the spectrum from Cabaret to the haunting intensity of his one-man Macbeth. Television has brought similar riches including his wily power broker Eli Gold in…

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Pussy Whipped and Dive! demonstrate a resurgence in LGBT club nights

23 Aug 2013

Zdrada Pałki, Gaptooth and Seth Corbin & PW's August guests, while Dive! hosts Hot Mess & Heavy Flow

‘The point of the event is to challenge the male, heterosexual domination of live music culture, and to show our audience that queers and / or women are amongst the most unique, talented and amazing performers out there,’ says Ste McCabe of Edinburgh’s…

Nikki Grahame, Lloyd Daniels and Benedict Garret in British sex comedy Up4AMeet

16 Jul 2013

The stage comedy performance provides a cheeky insight into the magic of online hook-ups

Promising gratuitous nudity, a starring role for former Big Brother contestant Nikki Grahame and a cheeky insight into the magic of online hook-ups, Up4ameet probably won’t be featuring in future Edinburgh International programmes. That the plot…

Queer Spoken Word Out:Spoken

11 Jun 2013

'A space where queer poets can be unafraid, proud, and celebrated'

‘Spoken word has always been an artform that’s about disruption, speaking from the margins, and shouting the unspoken,’ says poet Harry Giles. Writer and performer Wendy Miller agrees: ‘All art should set out to be queer on some level, in that it should…

Five highlights from Arika: Episode 5 - Hidden in Plain Sight

22 Apr 2013

(M)IMOSA/Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church. Inspired by the era-defining 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning, which shone a spotlight on New York’s underground drag queen culture, this dance performance by experimental choreographer…

Interview: Terre Thaemlitz to perform at Arika Episode 4/5

18 Apr 2013

Politically-engaged DJ and producer set for gender-themed Arika event in Glasgow

There’s a story Terre Thaemlitz, aka DJ Sprinkles, tells in a footnote to a recent address she gave at Tate Modern. Now published on Thaemlitz’ website, it recalls her DJ-ing a deep house set at the closing party of a queer and transgender cultural…