10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this November
- The List
- 7 November 2017
Including Divine Comedy, The Florida Project, Margaret Cho and Edinburgh's Christmas
Halloween packs up and the UK starts to get ready for the end of year festivities. We've managed to limit ourselves to just two Christmas events in our pick of the best events across Glasgow and Edinburgh this November.
Blue Planet II
If you've ever wondered what an orange-dotted tuskfish on the Great Barrier Reef would look like up close while it holds a clam in is jaws, then your prayers have been answered by David Attenborough. This national institution is making these long, dark Sunday nights a time of joy and discovery as we enter his Blue Planet for the second time after the first series aired in 2001 to blanket acclaim. Across the episodes, we'll also meet bioluminescent plankton in California's Sea of Cortez, an armoured octopus near Cape Town and a walrus mother and calf in Norway. Prepare for that jaw of yours to drop.
BBC One, Sun.
Having made his name dancing for others, Carlos Acosta is now unleashing the debut of his own work through his Havana-based company. For Debut, he hired five acclaimed choreographers to produce works of classical ballet and contemporary dance.
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Fri 10 & Sat 11 Nov.
Set during and around World War II, Mudbound is the tale of two Mississippi families (one black, one white) is a bleak and brutal exploration of discrimination and intolerance. The resonances with modern America makes Dee Rees' film only more relevant.
Out Fri 17 Nov.
Your capital gets the full festive treatment with an array of the familiar (a maze, markets and ice skating) as well as brand new attractions such as the Ice Adventure and Giant Advent Calendar.
Various venues, Edinburgh, Fri 17 Nov–Sat 6 Jan.
The Florida Project
Sean 'Tangerine' Baker moves away from digital for this new movie about the 'motel homeless' who live near Disney World. Some talented child actors join Willem Dafoe and Caleb Landry Jones for a memorable romp.
Out Fri 10 Nov.
Book Week Scotland
Another week-long celebration of books and reading across the nation as a number of our top authors, poets, playwrights and celebrities get involved. Judy Murray, Tom Pow, Sue Lawrence, Bernard MacLaverty and Graeme Macrae Burnet are among those already confirmed to be spreading the word.
Various venues, Mon 27 Nov–Sun 3 Dec.
A true survivor of the Britpop boom, Neil Hannon has always gone about things his own way and his band's new album, Foreverland, continues on that path. Whether he comes dressed as Napoleon or not, you'll be in the midst of a real leader.
Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Wed 22 Nov.
With his three-screen video installation Vertigo Sea, the 2017 Artes Mundi Award-winner draws comparisons between slavery, whaling and the current refugee crisis, giving the viewer a rush of what it must feel like to be at the mercy of something so unfathomably deep.
Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, until Sat 27 Jan.
The US-Asian comic who has broken down one or two barriers in her time is Fresh Off the Boat for a small British tour, popping into Edinburgh to give us a night of taboo-busting fun and bigot-baiting humour.
Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, Sat 25 Nov.
Christmas at the Botanics (Chosen by comedian Jay Lafferty)
I love this time of year! The leaves have fallen, the nights draw in, summer clothes you optimistically bought in April are shoved relatively unworn to the back of the wardrobe to be replaced with your favourite cosy jumpers and novelty woolly hat. Unlike the tease of a Scottish summer you know where you are in autumn: cold and standing in the dark at four o'clock in the afternoon. Where better to do this than in the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh? From the 24th of November you can visit the Garden after hours and follow a mile-long magical trail of lights, all part of the their Christmas at the Botanics. Go and spend an evening wandering amongst giant illuminated conifers while sipping mulled wine: it's guaranteed to get you in the festive mood.
Jay Lafferty is at The Stand, Edinburgh, Thu 2–Sat 4 Nov, and she appears in Bona Fide, The Stand, Edinburgh, Tue 14 Nov, Tue 9 Jan; Christmas at the Botanics, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Fri 24 Nov–Sat 30 Dec.