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Some of the stranger places to watch a show this Festival

2 Aug 2012

Unexpected venues to enjoy Edinburgh Festival 2012

Vine Trust Barge This floaty boat docked off Ocean Drive in Leith is home to an exhibition of contemporary Scottish painting.

Fringe 2012 Bribe of the Week: Clinton the Musical

1 Aug 2012

Runners up include kids' poet Joshua Seigal and dance show Leo

Our inaugural 2012 Bribe of the Week was a close call, although the painstakingly-decorated cupcakes and branded pants from Clinton: The Musical eventually won out. Aside from ticking both the tasty and utilitarian boxes, the bribe showed an…

Piping Live! 2012 warms up with tour around Scotland

27 Jul 2012

Pit stops for the pipers include Eilean Donan and Culzean Castle

To celebrate The Year of Creative Scotland 2012, Piping Live! Festival On Tour will bring piping to new audiences and locations across Scotland. The tour, which runs from 31 Jul to 4 Aug, will offer the opportunity to enjoy the best of Scotland’s…

Attention Fringe 2012 performers: we want your bribes

9 Jul 2012

Buy yourself valuable exposure by sending us your promotional tat

The List is once again declaring itself susceptible to bribery for the duration of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012. Effective immediately, we will be accepting whatever t-shirts toy tractors, confections, underpants, self-portraits, office…

Here, Then and One Mile Away honoured at EIFF 2012 awards

6 Jul 2012

Penny Woolcock, Andrea Riseborough and Brid Brennan among the winners

The 66th EIFF awards took place at the Filmhouse cinema on Saturday, with Mao Mao’s Here, Then and Penny Woolcock‘s One Mile Away among the films honoured. Here, Then was declared Best International Feature Film by an illustrious jury, including…

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The View to play T in the Park 2012

29 Jun 2012

The Dundonian group will take to the Main Stage on Saturday under the name The Dryburgh Soul Band

After the somewhat inevitable news that Pete Doherty would yet again forego a stint at T in the Park, ticket holders have been mollified with better news: The View will perform a main stage set Saturday 7 July, under the sly pseudonym The Dryburgh Soul…

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…

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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…

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…

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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…

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…

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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…

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…