● Glasgow Winterfest and Edinburgh’s Christmas Yes, it’s coming! Earlier and earlier. And there’s no way you can resist it, you old curmudgeon, as both city centres unleash the outdoor ice rinks, fun fairs, vaguely-Teutonic market stalls bedecked with fake snow hawking hot wine with a couple of cloves in, off-key primary school choirs and twinkly lighting displays shaped like giant swinging bells. In the words of a very hairy man: iiiit’s Chriiiiistmaaaaaas! (er, in a month and a half) Glasgow’s Christmas Lights Switch On, George Square, Sun 16 Nov. Edinburgh’s Light Night, The Mound, Thu 27 Nov.
● What Do The Arts Do for Europe? Open debate on the value of the arts to Europe and Scotland. Speakers include Culture Minister Linda Fabiani, Geoffrey Brown: Director of EUCLID, Manchester and Mark O’Neill: Head of Arts and Museums, Culture and Sport Glasgow. The panel will be chaired by popular peroxided broadcaster (and horror novelist, fact fans) Muriel Gray. Alliance Française de Glasgow, Wed 19 Nov.
● Critical Encounters 2: Encountering the Spectacular Needcompany and Forced Entertainment, exemplars of the European experimental performance landscape, are the springboard for the second seminar in the Critical Encounters series. Tramway, Glasgow, Sat 22 Nov.