EIFF and nine other exciting events in Glasgow and Edinburgh this June
- The List
- 6 June 2017
Highlights include LeithLate, Glasgow Science Festival and Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes
June is finally here which means it's also officially the start of everyone's favourite time of the year: summer festival season. Here's a round up of all the unmissable events you have to look forward to this month in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.
1. Edinburgh International Film Festival
A landmark occasion as the EIFF celebrates 70 years of bringing movies, masterclasses and maestros of the big screen to the capital. The key retrospective is The Future Is History consisting of three strands: Great Britain, The Western World of the Future, and Scotland. Among the movie highlights are openers God's Own Country, closer England is Mine, and new work from emerging Scottish directors, including Modern Life is Rubbish. Plus, don't miss Cars 3 and EIFF Play, a celebration of Edgar Wright.
Various venues, Edinburgh, Wed 21 Jun–Sun 2 Jul.
2. The Red Shoes
Matthew Bourne's reimagining of the classic 1948 Powell and Pressburger film is a glamorous and tragic homage to the world of dance. Ashley Shaw's work in her duets with Dominic North is particularly memorable.
King's Theatre, Glasgow, Tue 6–Sat 10 Jun.
Another stirring programme of theatre, visual art, poetry, live music and mural tours is set to land in Leith with some unique and unusual spaces being utilised for the benefit of both the artistic community and local population.
Various venues, Edinburgh, Thu 15–Sun 18 Jun.
4. Glasgow Science Festival
Science still truly rocks as more people start seeing the world through different lenses. This year's GSF takes a look at everything from deep space to the bottom of the ocean, while topics such as climate change and superbugs are discussed and dissected.
Various venues, Glasgow, Thu 8–Sun 18 Jun.
Sligo's ever-innovative Blue Raincoat bring their visually theatrical eye to the story of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton and his epic journeys aboard the Endurance. It's sure to be another spectacular assault on all the senses.
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Wed 7–Fri 9 Jun; Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Wed 14–Sat 17 Jun.
6. Glasgow Jazz Festival
As well as veteran names such as Ginger Baker, Geno Washington and Tony Allen (performing a tribute to Art Blakey), the GJF hosts some younger likes of Kaja Draksler, Delta Autumn and the Jay Phelps Quartet.
Various venues, Glasgow, Wed 21–Sun 25 Jun.
MagicFest, or to give it its Sunday name, the Edinburgh International Magic Festival, is a truly trans-national event with conjuring types from Belgium, Finland France and the UK doing their thing at the big Festival Theatre gala while there are also courses, workshops and secret rooms to be experienced.
Various venues, Edinburgh, Fri 30 Jun–Sat 8 Jul.
8. Ed Ruscha
In Music from the Balconies, the polymath Pop Artist analyses Los Angeles, the West Coast and Hollywood with a series of works from the 60s through to the 21st century.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, until Sun 29 Apr, 2018.
9. Penn & Teller
While Penn has appeared in the likes of The West Wing and Modern Family, Teller has been content to do what he does best: stay schtum and do some magic. The pair land in Glasgow with a barrel-load of fancy business to amaze you with.
Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Thu 15 & Fri 16 Jun.
10. Stuart Mitchell, chosen by Funbox's Anya Scott-Rodgers
Slightly biased here, but on a personal basis I am so excited to see my husband Stuart Mitchell's show Dealt a Bad Hand, which is touring around Scotland and a bit beyond from June. He's a stand-up comedian who debuted his hour at the Edinburgh Fringe last year to full houses and great reviews. I never got to see it as we usually work opposite hours, so by the time I'm coming home from my shows during the day he's just heading out to his gigs. We both have very different audiences but in a way they are just as judgemental and vocal if they don't like you (I've lost count of how many times I've been heckled by a five-year-old) and I was so proud of his success last year. Apparently I've provided a fair bit of the material too …
Stuart Mitchell: Dealt a Bad Hand, touring until Thu 13 Jul; Funbox: Highland Fling, touring Sat 3 Jun–Sun 29 Oct; Funbox: Underwater Adventure, touring Sat 10 Jun–Sun 8 Oct; Funbox at the Fringe, Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh, Mon 7 & Tue 8 Aug.