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Dance Show LIVE

Whether you're an up-and-coming dancer, a seasoned pro or a flat-footed newbie, there's something for everyone at this festival of dance, featuring performances, workshops and talks. Featuring Perri and Jordan from Diversity, Luke McFarlane (winner of Got to Dance) and many more.

SECC, Glasgow

Sun 24 Aug

£14.50 / 02920 799199

Aberdeen's 50+ Festival

A widely-varied programme of events aimed at people over 50, with equal emphasis on entertainment and education. Workshops, cookery demonstrations, art classes and keep fit sessions are complemented by live music performances, walks, exhibitions and plays, both in public venues around Aberdeen and on site in nursing homes.

Various venues: Aberdeen

Mon 1 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01224 641122

Tue 2 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01224 641122

Wed 3 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01224 641122

…and 11 more dates until 14 Sep

ARIKA14 Episode 6: Make a Way Out of No Way

2014's series of experimental events from Arika (who were behind the Instal and Kill Your Timid Notion festivals). Each installment is designed to explore a particular theme through screenings, performances and debate.

Tramway, Glasgow

Fri 26 Sep

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 0878

A three-day exploration of performances, screenings and discussion exploring black and/or queer social forms of life and their potential for survival and resistance.

Sat 27 Sep

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 0878

A three-day exploration of performances, screenings and discussion exploring black and/or queer social forms of life and their potential for survival and resistance.

Sun 28 Sep

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 0878

A three-day exploration of performances, screenings and discussion exploring black and/or queer social forms of life and their potential for survival and resistance.

…and 3 more dates until 9 Nov

Beyond Borders International Festival of Literature and Thought

Writers, speakers, artists, politicians and performers come together for this two-day festival of thought to discuss and debate current affairs, with a programme that spans literary walks, live music and bike rides.

Traquair House, Innerleithen

Sat 23 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 557 7775

Sun 24 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 557 7775

Cambridge Festival of Ideas

Now in it's seventh year the festival is a University of Cambridge public engagement initiative that celebrates the arts, humanities and social sciences. Events include talks, films, performances, workshops and exhibitions.

University Of Cambridge

Mon 20 Oct

Times & prices vary

Tue 21 Oct

Times & prices vary

Wed 22 Oct

Times & prices vary

…and 20 more dates until 11 Nov back to top

Celtic Media Festival

Promoting the languages and cultures of the Celtic countries, this three-day celebration of broadcasting, screen and film talent gives awards in categories including documentary, drama and animation. The main events are talks, interviews and discussion panels.

Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, Inverness

Wed 22 Apr 2015

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 0141 302 1737

Thu 23 Apr 2015

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 0141 302 1737

Fri 24 Apr 2015

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 0141 302 1737

Cowalfest

Walking festival that takes place amid the natural splendour of the Cowal peninsula with walks focussing on heritage, wildlife or just a good work-out. As well as an extensive range of guided walks for all ages and abilities, there are also drama workshops for children, horse riding, orienteering, exhibitions, art…

Cowal Peninsula

Fri 3 Oct

Times vary / 01369 703785

Sat 4 Oct

Times vary / 01369 703785

Sun 5 Oct

Times vary / 01369 703785

…and 7 more dates until 12 Oct

Dundee Mountain Film Festival

The UK's longest continuous running mountain film festival (now in its 31st year) showcases an international programme of films by local film makers, presentations and book signings by world renowned mountaineers, adventurers and expedition leaders, and art and photography exhibitions.

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Fri 28 Nov

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01382 730699

Sat 29 Nov

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01382 730699

Dundee Science Festival

A range of exciting and stimulating events, talks, shows and hands-on exhibits demonstrating the wonderful world of science. Everything from fossils to forensics are covered, with fun for kids as well as stand-up comedy and social events for grown-ups.

Various venues: Dundee

Sat 1 Nov

Times & prices vary

Sun 2 Nov

Times & prices vary

Mon 3 Nov

Times & prices vary

…and 13 more dates until 16 Nov

Durham Book Festival

Book events for both children and adults at this two-week festival, with over 70 writers appearing in 2014. Highlights include Kate Tempest, Dennis Skinner MP and Stuart Maconie.

Various Venues: Durham

Mon 6 Oct

Prices vary / 0300 026 6600

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Tue 7 Oct

Prices vary / 0300 026 6600

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Wed 8 Oct

Prices vary / 0300 026 6600

  • 10:00 – 21:00
…and 10 more dates until 18 Oct back to top

Highland Archaeology Festival

A fortnight of investigations into Scotland's ancient past, including walks, practical demonstrations, family events, self-guided trails, insights into recent research, historical talks, a weekend conference for experts and enthusiasts and plenty of chances for visitors to get their hands dirty exploring what lies beneath…

Various venues: Highlands

Sat 27 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01463 702250

Sun 28 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01463 702250

Mon 29 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01463 702250

…and 13 more dates until 12 Oct

Hispanic Festival

The Hispanic Festival celebrates its tenth year with a month of events showcasing Spanish and Latin American culture, curated by people who are authentically Spanish and Latin American. Watch out for the Flamenco performances, for which this festival is renowned.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Wed 1 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

Thu 2 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

Fri 3 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

…and 28 more dates until 31 Oct

Insomnia52

A huge weekend of exhibitors, activities, socialising and, of course, gaming, with something for everyone, from families to avid gamers. Plus, live music, Q&As and more.

Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Sat 23 Aug

£20 for a day ticket; £50 for a weekend ticket; Console Esports Team Ticket £260; Bring Your Own Computer £97 / 0845 868 1337

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Sun 24 Aug

£20 for a day ticket; £50 for a weekend ticket; Console Esports Team Ticket £260; Bring Your Own Computer £97 / 0845 868 1337

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Just Festival

Formerly known as the Festival of Spirituality and Peace. Just Festival offers a programme to help people explore their spirituality by engaging with others and promoting peace with live music, talks, dance shows and exhibitions.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 4249

Sun 24 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 4249

Mon 25 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 4249

Little Missenden Festival

Now approaching its 55th anniversary, this intimate festival features jazz, folk and classical music with talks on visual art, events for kids and more.

St John the Baptist, Little Missenden

Fri 3 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01494 862008

Sat 4 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01494 862008

Sun 5 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01494 862008

…and 7 more dates until 12 Oct back to top

Luminate: Scotland's Creative Ageing Festival

Luminate, a new kid on the festival block, celebrates our creative lives as we age by offering a wide range of inspirational arts activities with and for older people, as well as events for audiences and participants across the generations.

Various venues, Scotland

Wed 1 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 668 8066

Thu 2 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 668 8066

Fri 3 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 668 8066

…and 28 more dates until 31 Oct

Previously … Scotland's History Festival

Previously brings Scotland's history to life in a packed programme of talks, walks, tours, teas, activities, debates, exhibitions, theatre, comedy, art, photography, family history, film, open days and much, much more that will appeal to all ages.

Various venues: Central Belt

Thu 13 Nov

Times & prices vary

Fri 14 Nov

Times & prices vary

Sat 15 Nov

Times & prices vary

…and 15 more dates until 30 Nov

Rye Arts Festival

The 43rd annual arts festival held in and around the historic town of Rye. Over the two weeks there's classical and contemporary music performances, author events, opera, theatre, guided walks and academic talks.

Various venues: Rye

Sun 14 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01797 224442

Mon 15 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01797 224442

Tue 16 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01797 224442

…and 13 more dates until 29 Sep

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

It is easy to overlook storytelling amid the clamour of higher-profile artforms. This festival seeks to redress the balance by treating storytelling as a contemporary artform that is a rich part of Scotland's cultural heritage and this year looks at the past and how it has been handed down to us in story. Performance…

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Fri 24 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

Sat 25 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

Sun 26 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

…and 7 more dates until 2 Nov

Settle Stories Festival

Settle Stories Festival takes everyone – young or old – on magical journeys throughout the world (and the universe)/

Market Place, Settle

Fri 10 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01729 822292

Sat 11 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01729 822292

Sun 12 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01729 822292

Talking Peace Festival

A festival of events taking place around International Peace Day. Featuring talks, comedy, art, food and more, all promoting the importance of dialogue in resolving conflict.

Bernie Spain Gardens By Oxo Tower Wharf, London SE1

Thu 18 Sep

Free

  • 08:00

Fri 19 Sep

Free

  • 08:00

Sat 20 Sep

Free

  • 08:00
…and 9 more dates until 29 Sep

Shoreditch Village Hall, London N1

Mon 8 Sep

Free / 020 3542 6421

  • 18:00 – 22:00

Wise Words Festival

The city comes alive with poetry and storytelling for nine days of talks, performances, installations, readings and more. Words fly as competing kings and queens of poetry appear and disappear on apple boxes in the streets; philosophers and ecologists pondering and welcoming thoughts in the city gardens and along the…

Various venues: Canterbury

Fri 12 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sat 13 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sun 14 Sep

Times & prices vary

…and 7 more dates until 21 Sep