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Obituary: Jan Fairley - Writer, broadcaster, academic and ethnomusicologist

25 Jun 2012

World music writer and champion of human rights

Jan Fairley was an amazing woman. She was an exceptional writer, broadcaster, academic, festival director, champion and defender of human rights, maker-of-pilgrimages, loving mother and grandmother, devoted to her hens. Jan was an…

Bills Wells and Aidan Moffat win inaugural SAY Award

25 Jun 2012

The duo rewarded £20 000 for 2011 album Everything's Getting Older

The inaugural Scottish Album of the Year Awards (SAY) ceremony took place at Glasgow’s Film City on Tue 19 Jun. Bill Wells and Aidan Moffatt were the recipients of the prestigious title and the beneficiaries of a far from paltry sum of £20,000 for their…

Dance and music take centre stage at the Edinburgh Mela

25 Jun 2012

The multicultural arts festival announces part of its 2012 programme

Those familiar with the August festival scene would probably agree that the Edinburgh Mela has occasionally struggled for attention, too often carelessly over-looked for some of the bigger kids in the playground. Not so this year, with a new director…

Killer Joe opens Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012

21 Jun 2012

Director William Friedkin and star Gina Gershon attend, as well as Elliot Gould and Jim Broadbent

The Edinburgh International Film Festival opening gala took place last night, with the UK premiere of William Friedkin's Killer Joe. As well as Friedkin and Killer Joe's Gina Gershon, actors Elliot Gould and Jim Broadbent (attending the EIFF as jurors…

Pictorial film quiz

21 Jun 2012

Some cryptic clues to popular films of 2012

FORHUTEST The word 'hut' is inside the word 'forest'. The hut in the forest? Why, it must be.... GALAHAD Galahad was a knight of King Arthur's Round Table. Of the four Galahads in the picture, the darkest one is rising. That's right…

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Elliot Gould and Jim Broadbent to appear at Edinburgh International Film Festival

13 Jun 2012

The stars will head juries for the festival's competitive categories

We knew the film line-up, and now we know who the jury judges are for the 2012 EIFF. Announced today, the list includes talent such as Elliot Gould, Jim Broadbent and Ewen Bremner. Academy Award winner Broadbent is excited about assuming his new role…

Tributes paid to Dundee Rep stalwart Robert Paterson

13 Jun 2012

Tributes have been paid to Robert Paterson, a long-serving member of the Dundee Rep Ensemble, who has died suddenly at the age of 55. Paterson performed in more than 50 productions as part of the highly acclaimed ensemble, taking on numerous ecelctic…

Gustavo Dudamel and The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela to play at The Big Concert

30 May 2012

There’s a reason it’s called The Big Concert. On 21 June, this midsummer night promises to be a musical spectacular when the incredible Gustavo Dudamel will take to the stage against the dramatic backdrop of Stirling Castle, joined by The Simón…

Top 5 presidents on film

30 May 2012

In honour of Bill Murray's FDR in Hyde Park on Hudson, we look at the finest screen presidents

After his near miss at a Best Actor Oscar for 2003's Lost in Translation (seized by Sean Penn in Mystic River), Bill Murray appears to be taking another swipe at the wee gold fella with this portrayal of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Given America's love…

Olympic Torch Relay - Scottish route and dates

28 May 2012

Information on Scottish leg of the Olympic Torch's journey around the UK

Having toured through various towns and cities in England and Wales, the Olympic Torch relay is set to head to Scotland, starting in Glasgow on Fri 8 Jun. The city will celebrate the torch’s arrival with a multi-arts programme at Kelvingrove Art…

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Win tickets to see your bands from the stage at RockNess 2012

28 May 2012

This year's RockNess Festival is offering one lucky person and a friend the chance to watch their favourite act from the side of the stage. The competition is open to anyone who has already purchased full weekend tickets, or day ticket holders who want…

Emeli Sande, Eliza Doolittle and General Fiasco to celebrate the Olympic Torch's passage through Scotland

28 May 2012

Scotland will burst into song as the Olympic Flame weaves its way across Scotland from 8–14 June, before reappearing on 21 June. Your community will be alive with the sound of song as a fusion of local favourites, new commissions, anthems, pop songs…

Lynne Ramsey reported to be working on new title with Natalie Portman

25 May 2012

The two will pair up on western Jane Got a Gun

Glasgow born director Lynne Ramsay's next project has just been announced: a Western that will star Natalie Portman. Jane Got A Gun will focus on a young woman whose outlaw of a husband is brutally attacked by his own gang. When the band of men head to…

CATS awards to be hosted by Alan Cumming

23 May 2012

David Harrower, Maureen Beattie and Stuart Bowman in the running for prestigious theatre awards

He’s one of the busiest actors at work today, preparing for curtain up on his one-man version Macbeth, but Alan Cumming is to take time out from rehearsals to host this year’s Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland. The CATS, which this year celebrates…

Refugee Week 2012 highlights

22 May 2012

Programme of awareness-raising events features King Creosote and Glasgow Girls: The Musical

Scotland’s favourite Fence Records chap and former Mercury Award nominee King Creosote will kick off seven days of events to promote understanding of the experiences of refugees living in Scotland. The gig, which takes place at the Old Fruitmarket on…

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The most infamous Fringe controversies

22 May 2012

As the Edinburgh Fringe launches its 2012 programme we recall some of our favourite Fringe scandals

Festival sinners As the Edinburgh Fringe launches its 2012 programme we recall some of our favourite Fringe controversies Kangaroo Theatre raised religious sensitivities in 2006 when the company staged the notoriously scandalous sex scenes of DH…

Ambitious outdoor arts festival Roofless

22 May 2012

Artists Olivier Grossetete and Sumit Sarkar to create public art projects over the next year

They say if you’re going to think, think big, and that’s exactly what Roofless, Scotland’s all-new outdoor arts festival is doing, with impressive scale and great purpose. Plotted initially in five locations, and bringing together professional artists…

Famous Spiegeltent to close off George Street

18 May 2012

The venue will be linked to the recently-refurbished Assembly Rooms

Part of George Street will be closed off to traffic during August to make way for The Famous Spiegeltent. The venue, which has been a fixture at the Fringe since 1985, will be erected as part of a pedestrianised terrace in front of the newly refurbished…

SAY Award shortlist announced

17 May 2012

Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat, Mogwai and Rustie nominated for inaugural Scottish Album of the Year

The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) shortlist has been announced today. After some toothcomb sifting and careful deliberation, the judging panel have whittled down the nominations from a beefy 20 to a lean top 10. Through some hi-tech gadgetry, savvy…

Rita Ora, The Blackout and We Were Promised Jetpacks added to T in the Park 2012 lineup

14 May 2012

T in the Park today added more artists to their festival line-up, bringing an eclectic mix of head-banging rock, jaunty blues and even some South African pop with St. Lucia (Jean-Philip Grobler). T welcomes the club/RnB mash-up music of Rita Ora…

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Vicky Featherstone to step down from National Theatre of Scotland

11 May 2012

Artistic Director to take new post at London's Royal Court

The National Theatre of Scotland announced today that Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone is leaving to join the Royal Court at the end of 2012. Featherstone joined to help establish the theatre company in 2004 and has presided over a string of hits.

Northern Lights: A film about Scotland made by you

9 May 2012

Scots nationwide invited to contribute to country's first mass-input film project

How would you like to see your work as part of a unique and exciting feature-length documentary film? Got a camera and something you’re eager to share? Then you’re all set to get involved and be in with a chance of winning one of many awards from the…

Giants in the Forest: The natural art project putting sculpture into Scotland's woods

9 May 2012

Massive project undertaken as part of the Year of Creative Scotland

In a country where much of our creativity is inspired by the incredible natural environment around us, what better year to launch our unique project, Giants in the Forest? Looking down on us from tree tops will be massive wicker heads, seeded and…

Video: animated street art at Newhaven

4 May 2012

Edinburgh artist Spaceboy animates a 150 metre-long mural along fishmarket shutters

Edinburgh artist Mike Inglis, aka Spaceboy, has collaborated with Red Stripe on transforming the shutters of Newhaven fishmarket into a Jamaica-inspired animation. The first cut of the video can be seen below. Spaceboy pasted his illustrations…

Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms to reopen in time for Fringe 2012

25 Apr 2012

18-month refit and staff changes at George Street venue

Say what you like about modern-day dress sense, but when Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms returns to life, today’s fashionistas will have some stiff competition. Yes, they’ll be excited about the opening ceilidh in July and the high-profile Fringe line-up…