Edinburgh’s Hogmanay has launched in suitable style with the final big name acts being added to the bill. King Creosote appear on the Waverley Stage, while Scotland’s Red Hot Chilli Pipers will join forces with British Asian fusion band, Kismet and Go Lem system from Barcelona by the Scott Monument. More than 75% of the tickets for Concert in the Gardens (which will be headlined by Kasabian with support from Idlewild and Calvin Harris) have already been sold, though some gardens tickets (£35 plus booking fee) are still available.
Glasgow School of Art is to host a silent art auction at the McLellan Galleries in Glasgow from 6–11pm on Saturday 8 December. Work by current MFA students and MFA alumni will be up for auction, accompanied by music, food, entertainment, drinks and raffle prizes. All proceeds from the £1 entry fee will benefit the graduating MFA class in their final year.
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Glasgow City Halls are forming a Community Orchestra for Glasgow. The Merchant Sinfonia is open to anyone, regardless of previous musical experience and will meet on a weekly basis to explore a wide variety of orchestral repertoire. Led by cellist Louise Martin, it allows players of all abilities to work together. Players of any orchestral instrument, aged 16 and over, are invited to open rehearsals beginning in January. To register, complete the online application at bbc.co.uk/bbcsso
An array of bite-sized reads for World Book Day in 2008 have been announced courtesy of Quick Reads. The short, easy to read books have been written by well-known authors and household names and are aimed at people who do not have much time to read, as well as the millions of adults in the UK with reading difficulties. Next year’s titles, out in stores next March, will include The Girl on the Platform by Josephine Cox and Humble Pie by Gordon Ramsay.
Film biopic Control has been shortlisted for this year’s British Independent Film Awards, receiving ten nominations. ‘Dog Altogether’, produced by Glasgow-based Sigma Films and starring Scots actor Peter Mullan, gets a mention in the short film category. In other film news, director Kevin Macdonald’s The Last King of Scotland picked up awards for Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay and Best Actor (James McAvoy) in the Scottish Baftas. Sophia Myles took Best Actress for Hallam Foe.
Festive cheer of a different kind reaches Corstorphine this year as Craigsbank Parish Church hosts Scotland’s first Christmas Tree Festival. A number of community groups and clubs have been challenged to provide a themed, decorated Christmas tree, which will then be displayed over four days in December in the church’s main sanctuary. The festival runs from Thursday 6–Sunday 9 December with all visitors welcome.
Following the news that it will receive three years of lottery funding, new arts and community venue the CatStrand has been recognised at Dumfries and Galloway’s Leader+ awards. The title of Champions of Culture – Art in Public Places was awarded in recognition of the centre’s promotion of crafts, art, music, history, dance, literary and theatrical resources and talents of the region. Since it opened in September, the venue has been praised for bringing the arts to the local community.
The screen adaptation of world record-breaking cyclist Graeme Obree’s life story has exceeded $2m in DVD sales since its release in America less than a month ago. The Flying Scotsman is scheduled for DVD release in the UK in December.