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GastroFest

Science and gastronomy converge at this foodie mini-fest organised by Edinburgh International Science Festival. Food producers, chefs and mixologists help sciencey types explore the experiences of taste, disgust, pleasure and other aspects of consumption through demos, workshops, exhibitions and discussions.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Sat 19 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

Sun 20 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

West End Festival

Taking over the West End of Glasgow each year, the festival treats the ears to a great musical line-up, tantalises all the senses with a carnival and delves into the creative depths of local studios and exhibitions with the Hidden Lane open days.

West End, Glasgow

Fri 6 Jun

Times & prices vary (free–£20)

Sat 7 Jun

Times & prices vary (free–£20)

Sun 8 Jun

Times & prices vary (free–£20)

…and 21 more dates until 29 Jun

AMATA Festival

Combined platform festival for practitioners emerging from the University College Falmouth. Featuring a series of performances, talks, events and networking opportunities.

University College Falmouth, The Performance Centre, Penryn

Tue 27 May

Free / 01326 255885

  • 10:00 – 22:00

Wed 28 May

Free / 01326 255885

  • 10:00 – 22:00

Thu 29 May

Free / 01326 255885

  • 10:00 – 22:00
…and 8 more dates until 6 Jun

ARIKA14

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 to be confirmed / 0131 556 0878

Episode 6

Sat 27 Sep

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 556 0878

Episode 6

Sun 28 Sep

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 556 0878

Episode 6

…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

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Booked!

A free, local literature festival run by West Dunbartonshire Libraries that nevertheless manages to book some big name authors for its programme of talks, signings and more unusual events. The 2014 programme includes Sir Hew Strachan, Colin Campbell, Alistair Moffat, Janis Sharp and James Oswald.

West Dunbartonshire

Mon 12 May

Times vary / Free / 01389 608978

Tue 13 May

Times vary / Free / 01389 608978

Wed 14 May

Times vary / Free / 01389 608978

…and 17 more dates until 31 May

Boswell Book Festival

A quirky literary festival devoted to biography and the first modern biographer, James Boswell. Set at his former home of Auchinleck House, the fest spans talks, performances and workshops by writers, actors and artists. This year's programme includes Kirsty Wark, Nigel Anthony, Susan Stephen, Tom McConnell, Stuart Clark…

Auchinleck House, Cumnock

Fri 9 May

Times & prices vary

Sat 10 May

Times & prices vary

Sun 11 May

Times & prices vary

Buxton Festival Fringe

Comedy, theatre, dance, family events and much more – all part of one of England's largest Fringes.

Various venues: Buxton

Wed 9 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01298 70705

Thu 10 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01298 70705

Fri 11 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01298 70705

…and 16 more dates until 27 Jul

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

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

£12.50–£16.50 inc workshops / 02920 799199

  • 09:00 – 20:00
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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

Edinburgh Short Film Festival

Ten events over two weekends, showcasing a selection of the best shorts by filmmakers from across the globe.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Fri 6 Jun

Times & prices vary

Sat 7 Jun

Times & prices vary

Sun 8 Jun

Times & prices vary

…and 3 more dates until 15 Jun

Festival of Dangerous Ideas

A unique education festival developed and promoted by the sector agency College Development Network, aimed at challenging, provoking and generating ideas about how education could be.

Various venues, Scotland

Mon 9 Jun

Times vary / 01786 892000

Tue 10 Jun

Times vary / 01786 892000

Wed 11 Jun

Times vary / 01786 892000

…and 8 more dates until 19 Jun

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

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

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International Festival of Playwriting and Performance

See some brand new writing and take part in dramaturgical workshops at this festival of playwriting.

St James Theatre, London SW1E

Wed 7 May

Prices vary / 0844 264 2140

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Thu 8 May

Prices vary / 0844 264 2140

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Fri 9 May

Prices vary / 0844 264 2140

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Sat 10 May

Prices vary / 0844 264 2140

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Junipalooza

A chance to show the world how much you love gin, with three days of sampling small batch gins, craft gins, your ol' favourite gins and more. Plus you can get a fancy schmancy cocktail shook up by some of the UK's best bartenders and have a go at blending your own gin in a masterclass.

Factory 7, London EC2A

Fri 6 Jun

£15–£25 in advance; £20–£35 on the door (masterclasses £25) / 020 7269 9750

Price include five tokens to sample gins (15ml gin, available with tonic water).

  • 12:00 – 18:00

Sat 7 Jun

£15–£25 in advance; £20–£35 on the door (masterclasses £25) / 020 7269 9750

Price include five tokens to sample gins (15ml gin, available with tonic water).

  • 12:00 – 18:00

Sun 8 Jun

£15–£25 in advance; £20–£35 on the door (masterclasses £25) / 020 7269 9750

Price include five tokens to sample gins (15ml gin, available with tonic water).

  • 12:00 – 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

Fri 1 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 4249

Sat 2 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 4249

Sun 3 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 4249

…and 22 more dates until 25 Aug

LeithLate

LeithLate is one huge art opening, with multiple free events – from music, to film, to poetry – taking place simultaneously over a number of art spaces and local businesses on and around Leith Walk, all within the space of just a few hours on the same evening. An afterparty runs from 10pm on Sat 21 June.

Various Venues, Edinburgh

Sat 21 Jun

Free

  • 17:00 – 22:00

Sun 22 Jun

Free

  • 12:00 – 17:00

Loch Fyne Food Fair

In operation since 1990, the Loch Fyne Food Fair celebrates the best local produce Scotland has to offer. Alongside Loch Fyne Oysters own seafood stands, the event features live music throughout both days, a craft tent and a dedicated children’s area hosting a whole range of exciting activities. For 2014, the fest has…

Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, Cairndow

Sat 17 May

Free (parking £3) / 01499 600482

  • 11:00 – 18:00
  • 19:00

Sun 18 May

Free (parking £3) / 01499 600482

  • 11:00 – 18:00
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London Festival of Cabaret

Festival featuring world-class cabaret acts and newcomers dipping their toes. Featuring conversation from Maria Friedman and Adam Guettel, music from Gabrielle Ducomble, comedy from Fascinating Aida, performance from Janie Dee and much more.

Various venues: London, WC2R

Tue 6 May

Times & prices vary / 020 7492 0890

Wed 7 May

Times & prices vary / 020 7492 0890

Thu 8 May

Times & prices vary / 020 7492 0890

…and 14 more dates until 22 May

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

Refugee Week Scotland

This annual week-long festival of arts and cultural events and activities celebrates the contribution of refugees to our communities and promotes better understanding of why people seek sanctuary.

Various venues: Glasgow

Mon 16 Jun

Times & prices to be confirmed

Tue 17 Jun

Times & prices to be confirmed

Wed 18 Jun

Times & prices to be confirmed

…and 4 more dates until 22 Jun

Solas Festival

An age-free arts festival with music, literature and spoken word, visual art and crafts, film and theatre as well as a programme of talks and debates. This year's line-up features comedians Josie Long, Robin Ince, hip-hop giants Stanley Odd, social and political historian TM Devine, novelist James Robertson, journalist…

Various venues, Perth

Fri 20 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 416 1650

Sat 21 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 416 1650

Sun 22 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 416 1650