10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this September

10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this September


Including SQIFF, Byres Road Book Festival and Take One Action!

As Autumn kick in, it brings with it a diverse selection of festivals, films, gigs, exhibitions and plays. We've picked some of our favourite events happening this month to help you plan ahead.

One of the big theatre hits at this year's Edinburgh Fringe heads west. Conceived for the stage by Cora Bissett, Adam is the astonishing true story of young trans man's journey from Egypt to Scotland in search of a better life. This multimedia production also features the Adam World Choir, a 120-strong collection of trans individuals from across the globe.
Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Wed 13–Sat 16 Sep.

LCD Soundsystem
James Murphy gets LCD Soundsystem back together not to plough through past glories but because he has something to say about modern USA. In American Dream, you can hear despair, weariness and ferocity.
Barrowlands, Glasgow, Tue 19 & Wed 20 Sep.

This year's Scottish Queer International Film Festival features a Feminist Porn Night, SQIFF Shorts, documentaries such as A Womb of Their Own, and movies like Bruce La Bruce's The Misandrists and Looking Awry, which was dubbed by Gregg Araki as 'a Beverly Hills 90210 episode on acid'.
Various venues, Glasgow, Wed 27 Sep–Sun 1 Oct.

Ela Orleans
Auschwitz-born, Glasgow-based Orleans was nominated for the latest Scottish Album of the Year Award, and here she live-scores filmmaker Guy Maddin's 2003 anthology work, Cowards Bend the Knee.
CCA, Glasgow, Thu 21 Sep.

'Don't go down to the sewers today … ' A creepy version of Stephen King's clown-based horror, IT won't do much good for anyone suffering even the mildest coulrophobia.
Released Fri 8 Sep.

Daksha Sheth Dance Company
Drawing inspiration from India's rich and diverse traditions of movement, Daksha Sheth's group brings us Sari, showing us exactly why they're still pioneers of their country's contemporary dance field.
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Wed 27 Sep.

Byres Road Book Festival
The folk in Glasgow's West End love a good book, and the Byres Road Book Festival should help sate that appetite with more than 20 events across four days. There'll be upcycling, storytelling, signings and Mr Chris Brookmyre.
Various venues, Glasgow, Fri 22–Mon 25 Sep.

Sahej Rahal
This Mumbai-born artist makes his Scottish debut with Barricadia, in which he brings together sci-fi, myth and flotsam and jetsam from shorelines for work that features references to George Lucas and Jorge Luis Borges.
CCA, Glasgow, Sat 16 Sep–Sun 29 Oct.

Take One Action!
The UK's major 'global change film festival', Take One Action! marks its tenth year with a terrific programme, including short films for schools, and documentaries about everyday heroes from across the world.
Glasgow Film Theatre; Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Wed 13–Sun 24 Sep.

Neil Sedaka (chosen by comedian Rab Florence)
For me, the most exciting thing happening in Glasgow in September is Neil Sedaka's gig at the Royal Concert Hall. Sedaka is the real deal. He's not the most fashionable guy in the world, and never was. But as far as songwriting goes, the guy is in a different class. I mean, this guy was knocking out world-class pop songs in the 50s and 60s. Then in the 70s he was back, firing out even more belters. And he has the voice of an angel, and just seems to be an all-round good guy. And now, 78, he's still touring with his piano? What a guy. One listen to 'Love Will Keep Us Together' in the morning can set your day up to be a happy one. And you can't beat 'The Hungry Years' if you fancy a wee greet.
Rab Florence: Poetry and Swearing Volume I, Òran Mór, Glasgow, Thu 14 Sep; An Evening with Neil Sedaka, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Tue 12 Sep.

Scottish Queer International Film Festival

The Scottish Queer International Film Festival is a celebration of queer cinema, hosting features, short film screenings, workshops, discussions and nights out.

Various venues: Glasgow

Mon 30 Sep

Times & prices to be confirmed

Tue 1 Oct

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Wed 2 Oct

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…and 4 more dates until 6 Oct

Take One Action Film Festival

A film festival with a political slant, founded on the belief that 'cinematic experiences can inspire lasting change' and offering a series of talks and programmes showing how films can be used to empower communities on an international stage.

Various venues: Aberdeen

Fri 15 Nov

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Sat 16 Nov

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Sun 17 Nov

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Various venues: Edinburgh & Glasgow

Wed 18 Sep

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Thu 19 Sep

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Fri 20 Sep

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…and 9 more dates until 29 Sep

Various venues: Inverness

Fri 22 Nov

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Sat 23 Nov

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Sun 24 Nov

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Byres Road Book Festival

A book festival, with discussions, signings, storytelling sessions, literary tours and a murder mystery event. Confirmed authors include Christopher Brookmyre. Events take place in Waterstones Byres Road, Oxfam Music Byres Road, Oxfam Books Byres Road and Hillhead Library.

LCD Soundsystem

Hyper-hip New York producer James Murphy, playing indie/dance crossover tracks from fourth album American Dream and back catalogue.


  • 5 stars

A remarkable, true story of a young trans man fleeing from Egypt to Scotland. Presented by National Theatre of Scotland.

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