10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this February

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  • 31 January 2019
10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this February

BalletBoyz / credit: Hugo Glendinning

Including Glasgow Film Festival, manipulate, BalletBoyz and Nils Frahm

Glasgow Film Festival
Glasgow puts out the red carpet for another bonanza of classic movies, new releases and special strands at GFF. The opening gala film is Mid90s as Jonah Hill makes his directorial debut, while the festival is closed by Beats, a Stephen Soderbergh-produced adaptation of Kieran Hurley's play where a coming-of-age tale is played out to the backdrop of Scotland's 90s rave scene. Along the way are anniversary tributes to Alien and The Matrix, and lots of scary movies across the FrightFest weekender.
Various venues, Glasgow, Wed 20 Feb–Sun 3 Mar.

Another global feast of visual theatre and animated film comes to the Traverse with work by artists and filmmakers from the likes of Canada, Colombia, Russia, the US and Hungary being displayed.
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Sat 2–Tue 12 Feb.

William Trevitt and Michael Nunn bestow a world premiere upon Scotland with Them, which is accompanied by the Christopher Wheeldon-choreographed Us from 2017.
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Sat 23 Feb.

Nish Kumar
With It's in Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves, the acclaimed comic puts on another masterclass of political humour laced with devastating self-mockery.
Alhambra, Dunfermline, Fri 8 Feb; Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow, Sat 9 Feb; Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Sun 10 Feb.

Nils Frahm
The Hamburg neo-classical composer takes to the road with his ever-burgeoning fanbase getting very excited about hearing tunes from All Melody on the live stage.
Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Mon 18 Feb; Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Tue 19 Feb.

Brian Cox
The man tipped to take on the David Attenborough mantel one day brings us another blizzard of images and ideas as he delivers more popular science to the masses.
SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Tue 19 Feb.

Andy Warhol & Eduardo Paolozzi
Taken from a Warhol quote, I want to be a machine features work from both the Pittsburgh iconoclast and Paolozzi, the Italian Leither, showing how they captured images from ads and photographs.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, until Sun 2 Jun.

Little Gift
Kids' theatre veterans Andy Manley and Shona Reppe team up once again for Little Gift to tell the story of Ted, a lonely man whose life is transformed when he meets a new pal.
Platform, Glasgow, Wed 13 Feb; Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 15 & Sat 16 Feb.

The Umbrella Academy
Starring the likes of Ellen Page, Mary J Blige and Tom Hopper, this is Netflix's latest slice of superhero drama in which a group of highly powered child prodigies gather up later in life to find justice for their dead adoptive dad.
Netflix from Fri 15 Feb.

The Holistic Ways Festival (chosen by comedian and actress Rachel Jackson)
Tickets for The Holistic Ways Festival at the Corn Exchange are under a fiver and it promises complementary therapies, free talks, workshops and stage performances. All good stuff for the body and mind. I spend all my money on massages and personal health care. My onstage persona is quite rock'n'roll and offstage I'm drinking almond milk tea and rubbing peppermint oil into my temples. Anything to keep the madness at bay, eh? My boyfriend calls me a wanker for liking stuff like this but I think taking care of your body and mind is pretty much the smartest thing you can do in life so a wee day to celebrate that has my vote. Hopefully see you there.
Rachel Jackson & Friends, Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Wed 27 Feb, Wed 27 Mar; Rachel Jackson: Slutty Little Goldfish, Blackfriars, Glasgow, Sun 24 Mar; Jackson also appears in Beats which closes the Glasgow Film Festival at GFT, Sun 3 Mar; The Holistic Ways Festival, Corn Exchange, Sun 24 Feb.

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).

Glasgow Film Festival

Since 2005, Scotland's fastest-growing film festival has become a force to be reckoned with in the movie world. The 2021 festival will be presented in a new online format.

Various venues: Glasgow

Wed 2 Mar 2022

Times & prices vary / 0141 332 6535

Thu 3 Mar 2022

Times & prices vary / 0141 332 6535

Fri 4 Mar 2022

Times & prices vary / 0141 332 6535

…and 9 more dates until 13 Mar 2022

Nish Kumar: It's In Your Nature To Destroy Yourselves

Jokes about humankind's capacity for self-destruction from the double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee.

The Forum, Bath

Wed 23 Mar 2022

£22 / 0844 888 9991

Professor Brian Cox

Professor Brian Cox takes audiences on a journey through space and time. The particle physicist is best known for his popular BBC series Wonders of … and non-fiction titles including Why Does E=mc²? and The Quantum Universe.

3Arena, Dublin

Fri 15 Oct


AO Arena, Manchester

Fri 29 Oct

£0–£47 / 0844 847 8000

Utilita Arena Birmingham

Sat 2 Oct

£37–£47 / 0871 945 6000

Also at:

…and at 6 other places

Manipulate Festival

Puppet Animation Scotland collates a collection of world-class animation, puppetry and related performing arts of all styles and techniques from a range of international artists and companies. The 2021 event features a digital programme alongside a live immersive installation programme featuring work by eight artists.

Holistic Ways Festival

Featuring psychics, complementary therapies, alternative health products, crafts and more.

Nils Frahm

Contemporary composer and pianist from Berlin.

Rachel Jackson: Slutty Little Goldfish

Rachel Jackson explores issues around the 'Time's Up' movement.

Andy Warhol and Eduardo Paolozzi: I want to be a machine

Pop art works by Warhol and Paolozzi, showing how they used found and captured images.

Little Gift

Children's show about an old soul who gets a surprise visitor, told through puppetry and original music. Suitable for ages 3–7.

BalletBoyz: Deluxe

The acclaimed all-male contemporary dance ensemble returns with two new works created by Chinese choreographer Xie Xin and Maxine Doyle of Punchdrunk.

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