Our spring picks for what to do across Scotland in April
Puppet Animation Festival, TradFest, Buzzcut and other events to look forward to this month
As the days get longer, venturing outside no longer feels like a chore. We've picked out 15 events happening across the country this April to help you make the most of springtime.
Puppet Animation Festival
The UK's largest and longest established annual performing arts event for children pulls some strings to present a feast of puppet-based entertainment, working with local authorities, organisations and venues throughout Scotland. 2017's programme for the Puppet Animation Festival includes Sir Moustache Bristelby and the Ed-Splorers, The Fisherman and the Seal, Brier Rose, Head in the Clouds, The Little Fawn Caravan, Dinosaur Detectives and All the Little Birds plus film screenings of Brave, Frozen and Inside Out.
Scotland-wide, until Sat 15 Apr.
The kingdom pulls in some impressive names for the That's Fife comedy festival. Headliners this year include Ardal O'Hanlon, Ed Byrne, Fred MacAulay and Kevin MacMahon.
Various venues, Fife, Sat 1–Sun 30 Apr.
Cutting edge performance art festival created in December 2011 in response to the shock cancellation of the well-established New Territories festival. Buzzcut is all about sharing: food, ideas and homes.
Pearce Institue, Glasgow, Wed 5–Sun 9 Apr.
Counterflows marries the local to the international with artists from around the world collaborating with homegrown talent in spaces across Glasgow.
Various venues, Glasgow, Thu–Sun 9 Apr.
Big DoG Festival
A new children's book festival in Dumfries taking place during the Easter holidays. Authors taking part include Mairi Hedderwick, Vivian French, Debi Gliori and Abi Elphinstone. The programme also includes film, music and theatre. Big DoG is devised and organised by Wigtown Festival Company.
Dumfries, Fri 7–Sun 9 Apr.
Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace
The Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace draws together people from a wide range of spiritual backgrounds, cultures, traditions and communities to celebrate peace and mutual understanding via spiritual, educational, artistic and cultural events.
Various venues, until 9 Apr.
Edinburgh's biggest ever electronic music festival, Terminal V, lands on Easter Sunday, with Adam Beyer, Kerri Chandler, Charlotte de Witte, Ivan Kutz and more.
Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, Sun 16 Apr.
Scotland in Six – World Heritage Day 2017
Visit one of Scotland's six iconic World Heritage Sites for a full day of activities to celebrate World Heritage Day. There is medieval and classical music in Edinburgh's Old Town and New Town, the chance to explore the archipelago of St Kilda using Minecraft, yarn bombing in New Lanark, Picts chasing Romans at the Antonine Wall in a 5k race, pop-up festivals from the 1890s at the Forth Bridge and a glow-in-the-dark evening of storytelling, food and music on Orkney.
Scotland-wide, Tue 18 Apr.
Outskirts Festival features performances, music, art and film.
Platform, Glasgow, Sat 22 Apr.
With a focus on folk arts which encompass a range of music, storytelling, dance, film, literature, talks, crafts and visual arts, TradFest is based at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile, but stretches out to other venues across the city.
Various venues, Wed 26 Apr–Sun 7 May.
Look Again Festival
Look Again Festival showcases inspiring and thought-provoking visual art projects, featuring new commissions, exhibitions and talks across Aberdeen.
Aberdeen, Thu 27 Apr–Mon 1 May.
Dundead Horror Film Festival
For the fifth year running Dundee indulges its more bloodthirsty side with a bank holiday weekend of cinematic thrills and scares. With a programme of sneak previews and terrifying classics, Dundead has an inclusive feel, welcoming suggestions via Twitter and Facebook.
DCA, Dundee, Thu 27–Sat 29 Apr.
Folk Film Gathering
The Folk Film Gathering has a focus on songs and labour and their importance to communities around the world.
Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Sat 28 Apr–Thu 11 May.
Glasgow Open House Arts Festival
Emerging and established contemporary artists who live in Glasgow open the doors of the city's domestic and disused spaces, to reveal a program of exhibitions, performances and events for the Glasgow Open House Arts Festival.
Various venues, Fri 28 Apr–Mon 1 May.
Beltane Fire Festival
A modern interpretation of the ancient fertility festival of Beltane in the spectacular setting of Calton Hill. Beltane Fire Society performs the story of the death of winter and the birth of summer via dance, drumming, debauched acrobatics, giant-puppetry and fire.
Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Sun 30 Apr.