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Braw Gigs, Rally & Broad and John Byrne among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2014

The Hot 100 is The List's annual celebration of the figures who've contributed most to the cultural landscape during the year. From chefs and theatre-makers to writers and musicians, you'll find them here.

50 Arika

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image: Reina Gossett / credit: Sabelo Narashimhan Makers of experimental, agitative arts events, Arika’s weekend festival, Make a Way Out of No Way platformed a brave, singular, moving and vital discussion on racism, capitalism, transphobia, prison incarceration and refugees, while also hosting a joyously fierce krump and voguing night in Stereo. (Claire Sawers)

49 Edwyn Collins & Grace Maxwell

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Stunning documentary The Possibilities are Endless revealed Orange Juice singer Edwyn Collins’ struggle to recover from his 2005 stroke with lyrical dignity, and his wife Grace Maxwell’s inspiring support. An absolute joy to watch, and a reminder of one of our greatest talents. (Yasmin Sulaiman)

48 Alasdair Gray

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A tireless creator, Alasdair Gray had four major retrospectives of his art in Glasgow and Uist, published a new collection of occasional writings and continued to translate Dante, all of which must be set against his personal loss: the death in May of his wife and devoted-but-acerbic assistant Morag McAlpine. (Alex Johnston)

47 Nick Barley

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Thanks to the Edinburgh International Book Festival director and his team, the capital enjoyed a rare appearance from Haruki Murakami, historical / sci-fi fans rejoiced as Outlander author Diana Gabaldon and Game of Thrones writer George RR Martin came to town. Plus, the festival commissioned its first graphic novel and promenade theatre show. (Yasmin Sulaiman)

46 TYCI

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Two years old this year, the feminist collective with blog / radio / zine elements is run by women for women. TYCI's monthly club nights welcome super-fresh DJs and bands – think Girlpool and Deux Furieuses – and they donate raffle proceeds to a different charity every time. (Kirstyn Smith)

45 Jonathan Macdonald

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Jay Thundercliffe Chef and restaurateur MacDonald is rocketing along at a pace to match his former Formula One chef gig. After trailblazing Glasgow’s pop-up food scene with Scoop and the Street Food Cartel, his cool and classy Ox & Finch took only a few months to pick up a Bib Gourmand in the latest Michelin Guide. (Jay Thundercliffe)

44 Rally & Broad

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This lyrical cabaret night has been going so well that founders Jenny Lindsay and Rachel McCrum were able to give up their day jobs to run it full-time. Musical bookish fun at its best, this year’s Rally & Broad guests included Kate Tempest, and Inua Ellams. (Yasmin Sulaiman)

43 Kath Mainland

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With 2014 the Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s most successful year (over 2m tickets were sold for 3000 shows), its chief executive Kath Mainland was rightfully awarded a well-deserved CBE for services to culture in Scotland. (Maud Sampson)

42 Braw Gigs

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Edinburgh has long needed an adventurous independent promoter like Nick Herd. A terrific 2014 has seen Braw Gigs host trombonist Peter Zummo’s celebration of the music of Arthur Russell, and raise the Summerhall roof with Golden Teacher.
(Stewart Smith)

41 John Byrne

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The 74-year-old John Byrne has had one of his most productive years to date, with a stage adaptation of Chekhov’s classic Three Sisters and two exhibitions of his recent paintings reminding us he is no Sitting Duck(s) at a Dead End. (Maud Sampson)

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