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Celtic Connections

Organisers at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections have reported ‘an extremely successful’ year, with ticket sales reportedly on a par with 2008. Festival heads also announced that they had secured sponsorship for another year.

The Greek Film Festival returns to the Edinburgh Filmhouse this fortnight showcasing, among others, the genius of Greek-Cypriot filmmaker Michael Cacoyannis. Check out a documentary of his life and Euripides trilogy Elektra, The Trojan Women and Iphigenia. The festival runs from Fri 20 Feb–Sun 1 Mar. See for more details.

Edinburgh Mexican restaurant Coconut Grove has launched an art space in a bid to support emerging artists. The project will boast a 0% commission policy. Interested artists should email Sarah at

Calling all people in ‘weird and wonderful’ outfits! Those with a quirky taste in fashion are needed as extras for a music video to be shot in Glasgow. The theme for the video is ‘Masquerade’ and will be filmed at the Classic Grand, 18 Jamaica St, on Mon 23 Feb. Email for details.

New acts have been announced for this year's Rock Ness festival in June, including The Flaming Lips, who will headline on the Main Stage on Friday. The American band head up the latest announcement of 11 new acts, with Welsh group Super Furry Animals, and indie act The Wombats also confirmed.

Scottish collective Lau have won Best Group for the second year running, at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Other winners on the night included Andy Partridge, who won Best Original Song for ‘All You Pretty Girls’. Lifetime Achievement Awards went to James Taylor and Judy Collins.

and finally, the Collective Gallery is looking for the brightest of Scotland’s emerging artists, writers and curators to take part in their New Work Scotland programme. The deadline for submissions for the exhibition is Tue 17 March.

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