Bloody Scotland, Karen Gillan, Alasdair Roberts and Edinburgh International Film Festival among our favourite cultural contributors this year
Another blockbuster year of Scottish culture has just whizzed by and once again we've taken on the monumental task of ranking in order our top movers, shakers and pioneers. From award winners, artistic directors, new talent, experienced campaigners, great venues and memorable festivals, you should find all the people and places who made 2017 another landmark year for the arts and entertainment industry. But who has nabbed this year's top slot?
50 Neu! Reekie!
The ever well-connected, music and poetry collective had Bill Drummond of the KLF shining shoes in a church hall on Easter Road, Irvine Welsh and Ewen Bremner reading from Trainspotting in the stunning Leith Theatre during the Edinburgh Festival, and represented Scotland with Where Are We Now? at Hull City of Culture 2017. (DP)
49 Tidy Carnage
Theatre company Tidy Carnage capture the need for female-focused work. This year, the brilliant, heart-rending play about dementia, Descent, toured to great acclaim, and Shame focused on slut-shaming, with Unshamed, a social media project running alongside it. Hugely important, now more than ever. (LI)
48 Bloody Scotland
Scotland's crime writing festival continues to lead the way in creative programming. The sixth edition featured a torchlit procession, criminal cabaret, podcast recordings, new talent spotlights and experts quizzing authors. No booking fees and a focus on disabled access mean Bloody Scotland is bloody brilliant. (RMc)
As well as being shortlisted for this year's Scottish Album of the Year Award for sophomore release Babes Never Die, Honeyblood have been super-active throughout 2017. Their largest tour yet took them to Singapore and Australia, and Have Yourself a Honeybloody Christmas sees the band headline Glasgow's ABC in December. (KS)
46 Glasgow Film Festival
Cracking photo by @imurchan of the audience on the slopes of @snow_factor for Thing last night!
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Special events have truly become GFF's calling card, and it's hard to think of another film fest in the UK that does them better right now. The Thing at Snow Factor (above) and The Lost Boys at M&Ds were remarkable productions. (SH)
45 Karen Gillan
Karen Gillan returned as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 starting as a villain but ending the movie as the latest member of the Marvel superhero team. Plus a lead role in the Jumanji reboot hits the cinemas this December. (HN)
44 Old Hairdressers
A bar, gallery and venue situated down Glasgow's Renfield Lane, the Old Hairdressers is arguably the most exciting small venue in Scotland, offering everything from hardcore punk and free jazz, to experimental theatre and cult cinema. (SS)
43 Sara Shaarawi and Henry Bell
Guess who Made it to #ChillHabibi last night!
EmmaThompson was our guest of this great evening!
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Playwright Shaarawi and writer / editor Bell were behind Summerhall's Arabic cabaret night Chill Habibi during the Fringe, an event which secured Emma Thompson for a reading, while a number of performers were denied visas. They also co-founded Glasgow's Workers Theatre and took their adaptation of Alasdair Gray's 1982, Janine to Egypt. (DP)
42 Alasdair Roberts
Alasdair Roberts delivered one of his finest albums in Pangs, its visionary folk balladry enhanced by the jazzy vitality of Stevie Jones and Alex Neilson's rhythm section. Meanwhile, Furrow Collective won Best Band at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. (SS)
41 Edinburgh International Film Festival
At first glance, God's Own Country (pictured) seemed a strange Opening Night selection, but the UK premiere turned out to be an absolute coup: watch out for BAFTAs in the New Year. Their interactive Play strand also elevated EIFF this year. (SH)