Top 10 things to do in Edinburgh and Glasgow this February
Highlights include, Glasgow Film Festival, Moonlight and Pet Shop Boys
There's much to see and do in February, whether you're on the lookout for a Valentine's date or just want to absorb some culture. Here are 10 suggestions.
One of the most highly-anticipated movie sequels of all time, director Danny Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge make it seem as though the key quartet of Sick Boy, Renton, Spud and Begbie had never been away. Loosely based on Irvine Welsh's follow-up novel, Porno, friendship and betrayal are at the heart of this tale in which Edinburgh has never looked so lovely yet lurid.
Out now on general release.
Glasgow Film Festival
Another jam-packed collection of film glories comes to Glasgow with workshops, guests and panels supplementing a wonderful array of movies. Classics such as Chinatown and Niagara are joined by new films from Terence Davies and Werner Herzog while the Sound and Vision strand features Lost in France, the story of Scotland's vibrant 90s indie music scene.
Various venues, Glasgow, Wed 15–Sun 26 Feb.
The innovative visual theatre festival produced by Puppet Animation Scotland offers up plenty highlights in its final few days, such as Sita Pieraccini's Make a HOO, Jordan & Skinner's Sanitise and Coulrophobia from Pickled Image.
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, until Sun 5 Feb.
Anna Sewell's classic tale is brought to vivid life by Andys Manley and Cannon as they play the McCuddy brothers who are seriously down on their luck. But hope raises its head when they discover their mother's copy of the titular book.
Touring until Sun 19 Feb.
The Oscars have been dubbed as a head-to-head between La La Land and Moonlight with the latter's eight nominations looking to stop Stone, Gosling and co in their tracks. Whatever happens, this is a sincere and devastating film about a boy struggling with his identity amid a tough upbringing.
General release from Fri 17 Feb.
Pet Shop Boys
Now that they've made lots of money, those west end boys Tennant and Lowe can simply focus on making outstanding records and live shows. And an extraordinary evening is assured for fans catching their Super Tour. It would be a sin to miss it etc.
Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Tue 21 Feb; Edinburgh Playhouse, Wed 22 Feb.
A Life in Letterpress provides a major retrospective of this radical printmaker's work covering the ways in which the Darlington-born Kitchen blazed a quiet trail across six decades of typographical mastery.
The Lighthouse, Glasgow, until Sun 5 Mar.
Edinburgh Student Arts Festival
Named in 2016 as one of the country's most innovative social enterprises, the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival returns with performance, music, film, visual art and workshops all in this year's mix.
Various venues, Edinburgh, Thu 9 Feb–Fri 3 Mar.
The Nebraskan singer-songwriter, lead singer of Bright Eyes and Monsters of Folk member brings us an intimate performance of the complex angst-folk he's been laying on us since 1993.
Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, Fri 3 Feb.
Chosen by Artist Chris Leslie:
Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert's Shipbuilding captures a moment in history at the Kvaerner shipyards in Govan. The photographs were in the early 1990s when the Clyde was still well-known for building ships and it still had its huge cranes dominating the Glasgow skyline (sadly the cranes were demolished in 2014). Jeremy's photographs offer an insight into the monumentality of this industry and the people who drove it. Shipbuilding is still very much a part of Govan today – the yard is still there, under a different name and company and it still employs a few thousand people – but nothing on the scale and physicality that these photographs document. The Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock is a hidden gem of a venue and space with spectacular views over the Firth of Clyde. It's a breath of fresh air to get out of the city sometimes and clear the head. And, of course, it's the perfect place to view Jeremy's photographs.
Chris Leslie: Disappearing Glasgow, The Lighthouse, Glasgow, until Sun 19 Feb; Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert: Shipbuilding, Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock, until Sun 19 Feb.