Big in Falkirk

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  • 30 April 2009
Big in Falkirk

While Edinburgh and Glasgow’s various festivals get bigger and starrier every year and T in the Park hoovers up exclusive rights to Scottish dates on any band with even the possibility to make headlines, one not-so-little festival in the Central Belt has been quietly delivering spectacular shows since the turn of the century. What Big in Falkirk does – excellently – is tailor its crazily diverse programme (experimental street theatre, magical kids activities, good old-fashioned crowd-pleasing music acts and truly magnificent pyrotechnics) perfectly to the beauty of Callendar Park. This year, look out for skateboarding grannies, brilliant Edinburgh hip hop act Young Fathers, a Sao Paulo carnival in the Secret Garden area, ranger-guided walks and something/one called Fantastic Staccato Bananas. No, really.

Callendar Park, Falkirk, Sat 2 & Sun 3 May. See

Big in Falkirk

10th anniversary of Scotland's National Street Arts Festival presenting acclaimed outdoor theatre, music, visual art and activities for all ages. Highlights include visual spectacular Burns Is Back, two commissions from Michief La Bas' Ian Smith, Hurty Gurty Man and Beastly Beauty, and live music from Capercaillie and…


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