Student Guide 2015: Culture Calendar
- Rowena McIntosh
- 2 September 2015
It's festival-time year round over here – so where do you start? We round up the 10 best events you can't miss in Glasgow and Edinburgh between now and next summer
Edinburgh's Christmas & Hogmanay
Six weeks of winter wonderland with open air ice rinks, European and Scottish markets, a programme of live entertainment and lashings of glühwein. Hogmanay sees the legendary street party welcome 2016 with live music and fireworks.
Glasgow Film Festival
A rich programme of European and world premieres, international releases and cult classics as well as unique screening events. 2015's lineup included a 1970s roller disco and a sell-out cat video festival.
Glasgow International Comedy Festival
Venues across the city morph into comedy clubs as stand-ups from across the UK and beyond arrive for Europe’s largest comedy festival. Last year saw the first live stage appearance of cult sketch show Burnistoun.
Glasgow’s book festival celebrates Scottish and international writers and writing with a packed programme of talks, panel-discussions and workshops. 2015 featured authors Irvine Welsh and Michel Faber, as well as comedian Karen Dunbar.
Glasgow, Mar or Apr.
Edinburgh International Film Festival
The oldest continually running film festival in the world, the EIFF presents new features, documentaries, retrospectives, shorts, panel discussions and educational workshops, with a few high profile premieres thrown in.
Glasgow West End Festival
Offering a great music line-up as well as film, exhibitions, dance, local gala days and a carnival style street parade where Byres Road becomes a pedestrian hub with food stalls and outdoor bars.
One of the best value for money music festivals with a rep for chilled times, multiple genre stages and eclectic entertainment, including the burning of a giant wicker man.
Dundrennan, Dumfries & Galloway, Jul.
T in the Park
The behemoth of the Scottish festival scene now at its new home in Strathallan. Big name headliners are guaranteed while the T Break stage showcases the best unsigned Scottish bands.
Strathallan, Perthshire, Jul.
Pride Glasgow Festival
Scotland's largest LGBT Pride festival offers a weekend of live music, club nights, stalls, a dog show and a technicolour parade through the city.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Each August the city hosts the largest arts festival in the world with masses of comedy, theatre, dance and music. See big names debut their latest show or catch new artists just starting out.