The Hot 100 2017: 30–21

Zinnie Harris, Siobhan Wilson, Glasgow Women's Library and Rory McCann are 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?

30 Garry Fraser

After sitting in on Garry Fraser's filmmaking workshops in Muirhouse, Danny Boyle was so impressed with the up-and-coming director that he personally invited him to work on T2: Trainspotting where he became second unit director. Fraser is currently working on several projects with Irvine Welsh. (HN)

29 Rory McCann

In a very patchy season of Game of Thrones, McCann was consistently a highlight. The insults and quips remain a delight, but there's depth there now. The Hound is one of the few characters in the ensemble with a genuine arc, and McCann sells it brilliantly. (SH)

28 Glasgow Women's Library

credit: Glasgow Women's Library
Glasgow Women's Library is dedicated to educating and supporting women. Their new festival, Open the Door, celebrated women writers from across the centuries. A push back against male-dominated literary events, it's just one example of the great work being done by GWL to promote women. (KS)

27 Be Charlotte

credit: Jannica Honey
From launching her 'Heart of Survival' EP to touring across the UK and Europe, collaborating with Scottish Opera for #OperaPassion day and working with Help Musicians UK to inspire the next generation of musicians in schools across the country, it's been a big year for Charlotte Brimner. (KS)

26 Siobhan Wilson

After signing to Song, by Toad Records, Siobhan Wilson released her album There Are No Saints to immediate acclaim. Her heartbreaking voice and stunning lyrics led to Album of the Day on BBC 6 Music, and Wilson won the Green Man Rising contest, earning a main stage slot at the festival. (KS)

25 Hidden Door

credit: Chris Scott
Although the striking Leith Theatre was the star of the show, this year's edition of the pop-up Edinburgh micro-festival deserves credit for thinking to use the space and making every inch of it work so well as an evocative home to a week and a half of music, art, theatre and film. (DP)

24 Leith Theatre

credit: Chris Scott
Both the triumphant Hidden Door Festival in June and August's hugely popular Neu! Reekie! event in celebration of the Trainspotting movie's 21st anniversary revealed this careworn two-tier 1932 theatre to be one of Scotland's best live spaces. It has to be restored fully as soon as possible. (DP)


Julia Taudevin's Hysteria / credit: Jannica Honey
With discussion around mental health more current than ever, the newly renamed Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival stepped up in 2017 with an excellent and involving programme of more than 300 countrywide events, including newly commissioned theatre pieces from Julia Taudevin and Mariem Omari, an international film competition and much more. (DP)

22 Zinnie Harris

Cementing her reputation as one of Scotland's best playwrights, Zinnie Harris enjoyed Edinburgh International Festival success with her inventive take on Ionesco's Rhinoceros and the emotionally raw Meet Me at Dawn. Meanwhile, her Oresteia returned for dates at the EIF and the Citz. Always unpredictable, and always inspiring. (LI)

21 Johnny Lynch

Johnny 'Pictish Trail' Lynch and his Lost Map label continue to be a fulcrum of the Scottish indie scene, with the Eigg-based micro-festival Howlin' Fling, new releases from Savage Mansion, Manuela and Ed Dowie, and tours on his own and with KT Tunstall among the year's highlights. (DP)

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