8 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this November

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  • 12 November 2018
9 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this November

Rambert Dance Company / credit: Johan Persson

Including Book Week Scotland, The Twilight Sad and Chrysalis

Setting aside their usual menu of double and triple-bills, Rambert bring us a full-length narrative dance piece, Life is a Dream. Choreographed by Kim Brandstrup, this is a two-act reimagining of a 17th-century play in which an imprisoned prince is allowed his freedom for just one day, only to react with violence. With set design from the Quay Brothers and a score by the late Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, this is set to be a highlight of the dance year.
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Thu 22–Sat 24 Nov.

Book Week Scotland
This seventh annual Book Week Scotland celebrates books and reading, taking 'rebels' as its theme this year. Among those appearing across the country are Akala, Joanne Harris and Sam Conniff Allende while happenings include Banned Books and a Beer, and the Feminist Disco.
Various venues, nationwide, Mon 19–Sun 25 Nov.

Edinburgh's Christmas
It's the season to be jolly, and what better way for capital residents and visitors to celebrate the festivities than with a trip into town for Edinburgh's Christmas and the likes of a balloon ride, a carousel and the chair-o-planes, while shows include Black Beauty, The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven, and Wendy and Peter Pan.
Various venues, Edinburgh, Fri 16 Nov–Sat 5 Jan.

Taking on a heap of issues within contemporary society, this young people-oriented festival explores the gap between rich and poor, the tyranny of 24-hour information-overload and the ongoing struggles for non-binary individuals.
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Thu 15–Sat 17 Nov.

The Twilight Sad
Featuring the optimistic title of It Won't Be Like This All the Time, the Twilight Sad's fifth studio album drops our way in mid-January with a warm-up Edinburgh date coming up and single 'Videograms' out now.
Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Thu 29 Nov.

Into Film Festival
With an innovative 'F-rating' for movies in their Year of the Woman strand, the Into Film Festival also gives young people up to the age of 19 the chance to engage in all aspects of the filmmaking process.
Various venues, nationwide, Wed 7–Fri 23 Nov.

Emma Hart
The 'badly-behaved and messy' work of this rising star of the London art scene comes to Edinburgh in ceramic form, a material that Hart says 'can be an exciting way to talk about chaos'.
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, until Sun 3 Feb.

The Proclaimers (chosen by comedian Ray Bradshaw)
The Proclaimers are coming to the Playhouse in Edinburgh and I genuinely think it will be amazing. I saw them once in a tent at T in the Park (a music one not a three-man one) and they were incredible. You forget how many bangers they've had: some iconic, some political and some in Shrek. In all my years of doing stand-up at music festivals, it's the gig that stands out the most (that's not strictly true, as 800 moshers at Download Festival hating me because I told them 'When You Say Nothing at All' by Ronan Keating was one of the best songs ever written still haunts me, but that's another story for another time). I reckon being in a sold-out venue in Edinburgh with 3000 people singing 'Sunshine on Leith' will give even the hardiest of people goosebumps. I'm insanely jealous of everyone that's going.
Ray Bradshaw: Deaf Comedy Fam, Mac Arts, Galashiels, Fri 2 Nov; Rose Theatre, Edinburgh, Sat 17 Nov; Falkirk Town Hall, Sun 18 Nov; The Proclaimers, Edinburgh Playhouse, Fri 9 & Sat 10 Nov; O2 Academy, Glasgow, Fri 16 & Sat 17; then touring.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).

Book Week Scotland

A 'national book festival' for Scotland courtesy of Creative Scotland, the Scottish Book Trust and many other collaborators across the country. A packed programme of star-studded author events, kids' activities and the distribution of free books all combine to form a week-long national celebration of reading.

Various venues: Scotland

Mon 16 Nov

Times & prices vary / 0131 524 0160

Tue 17 Nov

Times & prices vary / 0131 524 0160

Wed 18 Nov

Times & prices vary / 0131 524 0160

…and 4 more dates until 22 Nov


Created and curated by Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, Chrysalis – their annual festival of youth performance – presents a selection of young people’s work that can stand as examples of excellence. First formed in 2015, this unique platform has an emphasis on emerging youthful companies who present uncompromising…

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 5 Nov

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 1404

Fri 6 Nov

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 1404

Sat 7 Nov

Times & prices vary / 0131 228 1404

The Twilight Sad

Melancholic soaring sounds from indie rock band Twilight Sad.

Arts Club, Liverpool

Wed 16 Sep

Prices to be confirmed / 0151 539 4110

Wed 26 May 2021

£18.35 / 0151 539 4110

Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow

Sat 29 May 2021

£29.15 / 0141 552 4601

Edinburgh's Christmas

Six weeks of winter wonderland, with the West End of Edinburgh transformed by a fairground, a host of colourful lights and the fabled European Christmas market with dozens of stalls selling traditional trinkets and crafts as well as delicious Teutonic treats (and, of course, glühwein).

The Proclaimers

Scotland's unforgettable musical twins return to the stage with their singalong Caledonian anthems.

Into Film Festival

An annual celebration of film and education for young people across the UK.

Life is a Dream

Rambert are one of The Lowry’s original partner companies, each year bringing a triple bill of some of the UK’s most acclaimed contemporary dance to our Lyric Theatre stage. This year however, we can expect something different. In October the company will perform its first full length narrative dance work for over 30…

Emma Hart: Banger

New work in ceramics from the London-based artist, exploring her interest in the car and urban landscape as well as presenting the major recent work Mamma Mia!.

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