Around town - List picks

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

  • Afr-I-Can Workshops, talks and concerts led by artists of African origin. Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow, Sat 19 & Wed 23 Jul.
  • Rat Race Crazed athletic lycra-clad urban adventure happening all across Edinburgh. City Centre, Edinburgh, Sat 19 & Sun 20 Jul.
  • The Golden Hour Another lovely messy cabaret night at the Forest, with music, spoken word, visuals and the odd cartoon. It’s free, but BYOB. Forest Café, Edinburgh, Wed 23 Jul.
  • Mardi Gras Get your be-boppin’ bayou mojo rising, as the Grassmarket channels New Orleans for an afternoon. Parades, bands (pictured), and general swinging. Oh yeah. Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Sat 26 Jul
  • Glasgow Show Glasgow’s biggest outdoor event rolls around again, promising live music, food, and zones dedicated to extreme sports, aerial acrobatic displays, and something called the Swampthing Monster Truck. Mummy, we’re scared. Glasgow Green, Sat 26 & Sun 27 Jul.
  • Big Tent Festival Proper eco-fest that puts Glastonbury to shame. See picture caption, page 29. Falkland Palace, Cupar, Sat 26 & Sun 27 Jul

Mardi Gras

The Grassmarket transforms into a swinging, buzzing New Orleans high street with parades, brollie-dollies and bands performing all afternoon. Begins at 12.30pm with a parade from the City Chambers. 'Part of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival'.

Rat Race

Make the city of Edinburgh your playground for a weekend in this physical and mental challenge adventure. Teams of three or pairs run, climb, mountain bike, abseil and kayak their way across the urban landscape.

The Golden Hour: Reel Iraq

A special edition of this offbeat cabaret night, acting as a closing party for Reel Iraq 2013, features prominent Iraqi authors and poets including Ghareeb Iskander, Sabreen Kadhim, Zahir Mousa, Awezan Nouri along with short films and music from Billy Liar and Hailey Davies.

Big Tent Festival 2008

Conceived in response to the 2005 G8 summit this festival was established upon the principles of stewardship: co-operation, mutuality, solidarity and ecological long term thinking. A diverse array of artisans and musicians, including King Creosote and The Peatbog Faeries, are set to perform. There will also be a dynamic…


A series of family-focused events especially for the African and Caribbean families in the community, covering arts and crafts, music and storytelling.


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