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10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this June

31 May 2019

Including Edinburgh International Film Festival, Cymera, West End Festival and Glasgow Jazz Festival

Opening galas, closing events, retrospectives, guest stars, premieres and themed strands: it's the recipe for a perfect film festival and the Edinburgh lot know how to do this kind of thing with their eyes wide shut. Spain has emerged as a major theme…

10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this May

1 May 2019

Including Hidden Door, SMHAF, Riverside and Mayfesto

It may have downsized slightly this year, but that doesn't make Hidden Door any less of a crucial component of the Scottish cultural landscape. Back once again at the reinvigorated Leith Theatre, this long weekender plays host to the likes of Ray BLK…

10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this April

28 Mar 2019

Including Edinburgh Science Festival, Counterflows and Senga Nengudi

With half a century having passed since the moon landings, the Edinburgh Science Festival are grabbing the moment to explore the theme of frontiers, and looking at the way it addresses the likes of technology, engineering and maths.

10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this March

27 Feb 2019

Including Glasgow Comedy Festival, Aye Write! and Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

The West reverberates to the sound of raucous laughter for a couple of weeks, as comedians both national and international head to Glasgow Comedy Festival. Among the ludicrously large number of highlights are big names such as Reginald D Hunter…

10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this February

31 Jan 2019

Including Glasgow Film Festival, manipulate, BalletBoyz and Nils Frahm

Glasgow Film Festival Glasgow puts out the red carpet for another bonanza of classic movies, new releases and special strands at GFF. The opening gala film is Mid90s as Jonah Hill makes his directorial debut, while the festival is closed by Beats, a…

10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this December

30 Nov 2018

Including Six, SQIFF and Scottish Ballet's Cinderella

Six The hands-down grandstanding hit of the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe takes over the Armadillo this Christmas with the story of Henry VIII's reign of terror told straight through the eyes of his six brides. Clad in funky Tudor garb, Catherines Howard, Parr…

8 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this November

12 Nov 2018

Including Book Week Scotland, The Twilight Sad and Chrysalis

Setting aside their usual menu of double and triple-bills, Rambert bring us a full-length narrative dance piece, Life is a Dream. Choreographed by Kim Brandstrup, this is a two-act reimagining of a 17th-century play in which an imprisoned prince is…

10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this October

28 Sep 2018

Including Africa in Motion, Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake and Teenage Fanclub

Thrilling, daring, funny and sad, Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a male ensemble, a move which only went and took the dance world by storm.

5 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this August

25 Jul 2018

Featuring a new film from Spike Lee, plenty of live summer tunes and the greatest arts celebration on earth

The naysayers might want to curtail the capital's cultural pursuits, but for one glorious month (and a bit) most of us appreciate that life just wouldn't be the same without the biggest arts festival on the planet being on our very doorstep. From the…

10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this July

29 Jun 2018

Including TRNSMT, Kelburn Garden Party and Bard in the Botanics

The end of June brought with it some of the hottest temperatures Scotland has ever experienced and it looks like the Scot scorchio will continue into July. To help you make the most of the heat we've compiled a list of 10 events you can't miss in…

8 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this June

12 Jun 2018

Including the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Architecture Fringe and Glasgow Comic Con

Summer is (basically) here and we couldn't be more excited about the slightly warmer weather and the onslaught of festivals that will flood our calendars soon. To help you plan ahead, we've picked some of our favourite events in June. Edinburgh…

10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this April

27 Mar 2018

Including Glasgow International, Counterflows, War Horse and the Edinburgh International Science Festival

With the arrival of spring, we're almost at the point where we can start thinking seriously about summer festival season. Thankfully though, there are some excellent festivals, films, productions and comedy highlights coming up to give you a taste of…

10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this November

7 Nov 2017

Including Divine Comedy, The Florida Project, Margaret Cho and Edinburgh's Christmas

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…

Our favourite events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this October

4 Oct 2017

And yes, Stranger Things is on the list

There's plenty to be getting on with in the run up to Halloween. We've selected 10 events to mark in the diary, covering TV, film, theatre, art, music and more.

10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this September

5 Sep 2017

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. Adam One of the big theatre hits at this year's…

EIFF and nine other exciting events in Glasgow and Edinburgh this June

6 Jun 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.

Why you should check out Tara Jane O'Neil and Ela Orleans, by Michael Kasparis

19 May 2014

The Night School Records founder recommends the atmospheric, experimental music double-bill

Tara Jane O'Neil's trajectory from bass player in legendary 90s group Rodan to wandering troubadour songstress has taken in everything from slight, acoustic confessions to dusty, feedback-soaked guitar abstractions. The first time I saw her live was in…

Jojo Sutherland tells us why we should see Keir McAllister's Hindsight

25 Mar 2014

The comedian's new work is a darkly comedic play about growing up and kidnap

Ready, steady … Quick, get a ticket! If there is one show that no-one should miss at this year’s Glasgow International Comedy Festival, it’s Hindsight by Keir McAllister. Keir is a stalwart of the Scottish comedy scene, but also a frighteningly good and…

Grant Stott shares his recommendation for what to do this Christmas

9 Dec 2013

The panto star and local celebrity will be heading to Edinburgh's Christmas - if he gets the time

It’s a funny time of the year for me: my home city is at its busiest, but I tend to always miss out due to my panto commitments. I guess I’m looking at this as something I *3wish*2 I could enjoy for myself this Christmas – and it’s a neat combination of…

Why you should attend Bring Your Own Beamer, by 85A's Craig Bayne

7 Nov 2013

The art event creates 'a mad mélange of sound and visuals that really deserves to be seen'

Since 2010, Bring Your Own Beamer has spawned a nigh-endless worldwide chain of one-night exhibitions – from Berlin to Tokyo, Caracas to Copenhagen, New York to Glasgow – making a mad mélange of sound and visuals that really deserves to be seen. The…