Puppet Animation Festival and 9 other other unmissable April events in Glasgow and Edinburgh
- The List
- 29 March 2017
Highlights include Honeyblood, Tradfest, Glasgow Open House and Edinburgh International Science Festival
Spring is finally here but there isn't a single egg-punning Easter event on our list. No eggstravaganzas or eggcellent Easter hunts, instead we've rounded by the best science festival offerings, experimental performance, innovative dance and those two fellas from Burnistoun latest pair of characters for you to enjoy this April.
1. Edinburgh International Science Festival
Another bonanza of innovation, technology and curios from this event which has been raising standards and dropping jaws since 1989. The 2017 theme is Get Connected as science, individuals and the global community are brought together via debates, workshops, screenings and all-round fun. Among the many highlights are A Brief History of Everyone Who Loved, Dr Bunhead's Improvised Explosions, and VR Worlds.
Various venues, Edinburgh, Sat 1–Sun 16 Apr.
Frontwoman Stina Tweeddale and drummer Cat Myers take to the road on the back of the Babes Never Die album, with their biggest tour to date. As well as finding love across the British Isles, the pair are steadily being adored as far afield as Australia and Singapore.
PJ Molloys, Dunfermline, Tue 18 Apr; Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh, Sat 22 Apr.
Govan comes to experimental life with the annual Buzzcut performance festival. Eclecticism is at the heart of everything as 51 artists display their provocative wares over five days with some events which can be classified under choreography or monologue, while others are quite simply genres of their own.
Pearce Institute, Glasgow, Wed 5–Sun 9 Apr.
A dynamic community-led traditional extravaganza takes over the capital for 12 days with pub sessions, folk gigs and piping displays exploring the rich heritage of Scottish music.
Various venues, Edinburgh, Wed 26 Apr–Sun 7 May.
5. Puppet Animation Festival
With almost 140 events in over 30 venues across Scotland, the Puppet Animation Festival proudly stands as the largest performing arts event for children in the UK. From the immersive performance of Cultured Mongrel Dance Theatre to screenings of Brave, and puppetry from IpDip Theatre and Le Petit Monde, there really is everything for all the wee ones.
Various venues, Scotland, until Sat 15 Apr.
6. Scottish Ballet
Each Other is a world premiere choreographed by Israel's Uri Ivgi and Holland's Johan Greben which rather topically takes on the debate over national borders, as they bring almost two decades of innovative collaboration to Tramway.
Tramway, Glasgow, Fri 21 & Sat 22 Apr.
Burnistoun guys Robert Florence and Iain Connell bring a new pair of characters to play in a show that has been described as a less rude Derek and Clive. Their bar-room philosophers muse amusingly over everything from Viagra to Henry VIII and a criminal's wedding to a school open day.
The Stand, Edinburgh, Sun 9 Apr; The Stand, Glasgow, Sun 16 Apr.
8. Glasgow Open House
Over a long weekend, many Glasgow artists open up their homes and let an enquiring public in to see events and exhibitions. Art students and established names alike will all be mucking in for this most DIY 'n' grassroots of arts festivals.
Various venues, Glasgow, Fri 28 Apr–Mon 1 May.
9. Mr Bloom's Nursery
Friendly gardener Mr Bloom (aka Ben Faulks) brings us some organic tales from his allotment in the company of talking fennel, a chatty aubergine and sociable butternut squash.
King's Theatre, Glasgow, Sat 29 Apr; King's Theatre, Edinburgh, Sun 30 Apr.
10. The Two Truths of Thomas the Rhymer, chosen by storyteller Mara Menzies
'A lover of stories in every sense of the word, I'm absolutely thrilled that Thomas the Rhymer is back at the Storytelling Centre in April. Storytellers Daniel Serridge and James Spence present multiple versions of one of Scotland's finest legends. When a young man encounters the beautiful Queen of the Fairies upon a white horse, a sweet kiss seals his service to her. A journey to Elfland allows him to sidestep time, witness the most incredible sights and, on his return to our world, he is given the gift of prophecy. By punctuating the story with personal anecdotes, we witness the power of story come alive as the thought-provoking tale of Thomas is stunningly interpreted from two unique standpoints. This gently powerful story is not to be missed.'
The Two Truths of Thomas the Rhymer is at Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, Sat 29 Apr; Mara Menzies is at Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, Sat 1 Apr (Workshop: Art of the Storyteller), Tue 4 Apr (Tiny Tales), Thu 4 May (Tantalising Treats).