NEWS - News in Brief

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• The curtain goes up on the bi-annual Leith Film Festival this Monday, affording film lovers a week of incredible free screenings. Among the premieres is a documentary about the controversial issue of homosexuality and the Anglican Church. LFF will also present workshops offering teaching advice from award-winning filmmakers, including former David Attenborough cameraman and cinematographer, Mike Fox BSC. See www.leithfilmfestival.org.uk for full details.

• Scots indie-rock outfit, The Mannequins, have been selected from over 1000 unsigned bands to play at the Sziget music festival in Budapest this month. As part of the invitation, the band will fight it out with 34 other groups for a recording contract.

• It has been announced that the Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Visual Art (Gi) will become bi-annual from 2008. Curated by Francis McKee, the theme of next year’s festival will centre on ideas of public and private.

• The Franz Ferdinand camp have announced several Scottish shows next month, following a handful of low-key gigs at Glasgow’s Grand Ole Opry in June of this year. The FF boys will make pitstops at a number of Scottish towns not previously visited, including Fubar in Stirling, Ba Club in Fort William, and the Community Centre in Portree. Tickets for the shows are priced £15. Call 0871 220 0260 for details.

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