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Edinburgh International Festival sells more than half its tickets in a few days; More than half of the available tickets for this year's Edinburgh International Festival have already been snapped up - after just a few days of ticket sales. Jun 15, 2021 619
Scottish arts venues promised review of controversial reopening curbs within days; Scottish cultural venues and event organisers have been promised that a long-awaited review of strict social distancing rules will be revealed with days. Jun 15, 2021 523
Edinburgh International Festival: 10 highlights to look forward to this summer; The Edinburgh International Festival has unveiled a programme of more than 170 events which will be staged across 10 venues in August. Jun 2, 2021 663
Edinburgh International Festival: Fire walk spectacle to herald return of star-studded cultural celebration; The Edinburgh International Festival will return in a blaze of glory this summer - with a free night-time fire walk heralding the launch of a star-studded cultural celebration. Jun 2, 2021 1220
Final islanders on St Kilda set to inspire new Scottish podcast musical; It is an isolated archipelago 40 miles off the Outer Hebrides that is home to around a million seabirds, but has had no permanent residents for 90 years. May 29, 2021 1069
Scottish comedy industry warns it is on the brink of collapse over strict 'reopening' rules; The Scottish comedy world has warned the industry has been left on the brink of collapse by Scottish Government guidelines which mean clubs cannot reopen unless they enforce two metre social distancing on audiences. May 17, 2021 656
Smaller stands set to be built for scaled-back Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo; The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is set to go ahead in a scaled-back arena this August. May 17, 2021 630
Scottish cinema operators share [pounds sterling]2m worth of funding support to help bring back audiences; Independent cinemas across Scotland are to get nearly [pounds sterling]2 million worth of new public funding support to help them reopen from today. May 17, 2021 635
Artists create new work reflecting life during the pandemic for Edinburgh exhibition; New works of art created to reflect life during the pandemic will be going on display in Edinburgh this week as restrictions are eased in the city. May 17, 2021 509
New national museum proposed to honour Scots convicted of witchcraft; Campaigners seeking a pardon and apology for thou sands of Scots persecuted for witchcraft want a museum created to commemorate them. May 16, 2021 697
Scottish Government tightens rules on live events ahead of 'reopening' of venues; Large-scale crowds will be banned at cultural events in Scotland for another six weeks. May 16, 2021 623
Scottish music industry chiefs say there is 'no chance' of gigs returning under reopening rules; Music industry leaders say there is "no chance" of gigs returning under official Scottish Government guidance as it emerged that crowd capacities face being cut to a sixth of their normal level. May 14, 2021 976
Leading Scottish theatre pulls plug on Christmas panto over threat of social distancing restrictions; The plug has been pulled on one of Scotland's leading Christmas pantomimes due to uncertainty over whether social distancing restrictions will be in place at the end of the year. May 14, 2021 619
Jupiter Rising: Boutique outdoor music, art and glamping festival to go ahead on outskirts of Edinburgh in August; A boutique music, art and "glamping" festival offering wild swimming, karaoke, film screenings and workshops in self-defence and mental health is to go ahead on the outskirts of Edinburgh in August. May 14, 2021 666
Hopes of 'staycation' boom turn to dismay as most hotel rooms are left unsold in Scotland; Almost half of accommodation businesses in Scotland are struggling to sell a fifth of their rooms over the summer amid growing anger at the prospect of social distancing restrictions remaining when they are lifted in England. May 12, 2021 1013
Former biscuit factory reborn as year-round food, drink, arts and festival destination in Leith; A former biscuit factory built after the Second World War has been reborn as a new food, drink, arts and festivals destination in Edinburgh after the easing of restrictions in the city. May 12, 2021 793
Edinburgh Art Festival reboots with shows inspired by impact of Black Lives Matter, Covid and the climate crisis; Edinburgh's annual celebration of visual art will feature new work inspired by the Black Lives Matter campaign, the climate crisis, the pandemic and the "reality" of post-Brexit Britain when it returns this summer. May 12, 2021 1145
Government warned Scottish culture is facing a 'lost future' unless restrictions are lifted in line with England; Scotland's cultural and creative industries are facing "a lost future" if the Scottish Government keeps social distancing restrictions in place when they are lifted south of the border next month, campaigners have warned. May 11, 2021 594
Two metre social distancing imposed on Scottish venues as 'reopening' date is confirmed; The Scottish Government has refused to relax plans to impose two metre social distancing on arts venues - despite warnings they will make live events financially unviable. May 11, 2021 640
Analysis: Uncertainty and indecision over Scottish cultural venues and events needs to end; A question I have myself repeatedly over the last few months and one that was dusted down again after Nicola Sturgeon's first post-election Covid briefing. May 11, 2021 564
Glasgow's Hydro arena in running to be named global 'venue of the decade'; Glasgow's iconic SSE Hydro is in the running to be named the world's "venue of the decade" in a global music industry poll. It will be up against venues in Brazil, Germany, Belgium, France, Manchester and London for the honour in the annual Pollstar Awards. May 10, 2021 566
Scottish theatres unite to fight 'impossible' social distancing reopening rules; Leading theatres and arts venues across the country have joined forces to call for a relaxation of planned social distancing restrictions amid warnings they will leave almost all venues unable to reopen. May 10, 2021 1106
Stunt cyclist Danny MacAskill reveals hopes of buying a farm to convert into a new filmmaking hub; Scottish stunt cyclist superstar Danny MacAskill has revealed he is hunting for a farm to take over in the Scottish countryside to convert into a new filmmaking hub. May 9, 2021 660
Edinburgh's biggest Fringe venues seek up to [pounds sterling]14m from public purse to bounce back; The biggest venue operators at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe are seeking a public funding bail-out of up to [pounds sterling]14 million to secure the future of the event. May 8, 2021 1036
Edinburgh International Festival: School sports fields to host classical music concerts this August; School sports fields will play host to three weeks of Edinburgh International Festival shows this August under plans to take the event outdoors. May 6, 2021 602
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe needs urgent help to get back on its feet this summer - Brian Ferguson; The highlight of my year so far was a visit the other day to an abandoned upside-down toy shop which looked as if it had seen better days. May 5, 2021 595
Danny MacAskill heads to Blackpool Beach and an abandoned quarry for his new film; Danny MacAskill has revealed a new film made on Blackpool Beach and at an abandoned sandstone quarry. May 4, 2021 602
Stars of Derry Girls, Killing Eve, Line of Duty and Game of Thrones to make new prison drama in Glasgow; Stars of Derry Girls, Killing Eve, His Dark Materials, Line of Duty and Game of Thrones are to film a hard-hitting new prison drama in Glasgow. May 4, 2021 619
Test events could pave way for summer festival crowds to return in Scotland; Test events staged in England without social distancing or face masks could pave the way for the return of large crowds to venues and stadia in Scotland over the summer, Nicola Sturgeon has pledged. May 4, 2021 586
Mimi's world: Artist Rachel Maclean on the new upside-down fairytale creation heading for Scotland's high streets; At the end of a woodland path, a trail of pink love heart "emoji" symbols leads to the door of what appears to be an abandoned toy shop. May 2, 2021 1115
The timing could not be better for an exhibition celebrating nightclubs - Brian Ferguson; There have not been many days over the last year or so when I've had a good reason to set an early alarm. It's been so long I can't even recall the occasion. Apr 30, 2021 419
Night Fever: The new exhibition set to spark the rebirth of nightclubbing in Scotland; The rebirth of clubbing in Scotland is set to be sparked with the launch of a landmark celebration of dancing and nightlife at Dundee's V&A museum. Apr 30, 2021 1163
Scottish government's treatment of culture has left many looking enviously over the border - Brian Ferguson; This week should have been one of optimism for the whole country. Apr 28, 2021 598
Former Makar Liz Lochhead condemns the teaching of her work in schools and the 'absolute idiots' at the SQA; Liz Lochhead, one of Scotland's leading poets, has criticised the teaching of her work is taught in schools, branding the official exams body "absolute idiots" for their choices for the curriculum. Apr 28, 2021 591
Rethink ordered on two metre social distancing for Scotland's theatres, concert halls and comedy clubs; Controversial new guidelines which which force Scotland's arenas, concert halls and comedy clubs to impose two metre social distancing on audiences are to be reviewed in the wake of warnings they will force venues to remain closed. Apr 28, 2021 559
Two metre social distancing imposed on Scottish theatres, concert halls and comedy clubs; Scotland's arenas, concert halls and comedy clubs will be forced to impose two metre social distancing if they want to reopen - despite warnings that the vast majority of events will be totally unviable. Apr 27, 2021 965
Scottish music industry warns it has been left 'on brink of collapse'; A Scottish music industry campaign backed by Biffy Clyro, Mogwai, Primal Scream, Deacon Blue, KT Tunstall and The Proclaimers has warned that the industry has been left on the "brink of collapse.". Apr 26, 2021 570
Night Fever: Scissor Sisters and Young Fathers stars to launch V&A Dundee's club culture exhibition; Scissor Sisters star Ana Matronic and Young Fathers rapper Kayus Bankole are to help launch V&A Dundee's celebration of nightclubbing next month. Apr 26, 2021 612
Scottish music industry sets sights on full-scale comeback by August with help of rapid testing; Scotland's biggest concert promoter is predicting the return of major events without social distancing by August - as it backed the use of Covid status certificates to help bring them back. Apr 25, 2021 1073
Former Standard Life boss to lead Edinburgh International Festival recovery efforts; The Edinburgh International Festival has appointed ex-Standard Life Aberdeen boss Keith Skeoch as a new figurehead to lead its recovery from the pandemic. Apr 23, 2021 621
Social distancing set to remain at Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer; Organisers of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe say audiences are likely to be socially distanced at shows this summer as they have admitted the event "won't be the same as it was" when it returns in August. Apr 23, 2021 581
Scottish tourism sets its sights on new 'workcation' trend; Scottish tourism leaders are hoping to tap into a new "workcation" trend to help the industry recover from the impact of the pandemic. Apr 23, 2021 613
Mermaid opera effects to be broadcast from speakers on Scottish beach this summer; A vast sound installation featuring the operatic voices of "modern-day mermaids" is to be introduced to a Scottish beach this summer. Apr 22, 2021 473
Five-day Hidden Door festival to return in 'mystery location' in Edinburgh this year; Edinburgh's Hidden Door festival is to make a comeback in September - in a mystery outdoor location. Apr 22, 2021 626
Hollywood special effects legend's iconic monsters are 'let loose' in Edinburgh; Monsters created by a Hollywood special effects legend have taken over some of Edinburgh's most famous landmarks ahead of the city's visitor attractions and hospitality businesses reopening next week. Apr 22, 2021 721
The Young Team author Graeme Armstrong persevered for years before his 'quick-fire' success - Brian Ferguson; There have been lots of strange yet inspiring things about Scottish culture since the last year. Apr 21, 2021 624
T in the Park's Slam Tent to make a comeback at new dance music festival on outskirts of Edinburgh; A huge dance music festival which will revive T in the Park's celebrated Slam Tent is planned to be staged on the outskirts of Edinburgh this summer. Apr 21, 2021 602
Edinburgh International Children's Festival to return with outdoor events for families; Free outdoor events are to be staged across Edinburgh to help the city's annual children's festival make a comeback. Apr 21, 2021 625
Brian Ferguson: Optimism over live events returning is increasing but an end date for social distancing is needed; Sitting on my desk is a black diary so small it could comfortably fit inside a large box of matches. Apr 20, 2021 424
Underbelly to relocate purple cow Fringe venue from Edinburgh to London for the summer; It has been one of the most familiar sights at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for more than a decade. Apr 20, 2021 630
Organisers pull plug on open-air Kelvingrove Bandstand concerts this summer; A series of open-air concerts at Glasgow's Kelvingrove Bandstand this summer have been called off due to uncertainty over when social distancing restrictions will be lifted in Scotland. Apr 20, 2021 511
Scotland's theatres, cinemas, concert halls and comedy clubs get confirmed reopening date; Live events have been given the go-ahead to return in Scotland from the middle of next month. Apr 20, 2021 291
The Young Team: Writer's debut novel on Scottish gang culture to become new screen drama; A writer's debut novel on Scottish gang culture, which was based on his own experiences of growing up in Lanarkshire, is set to be turned into a major new screen drama. Apr 19, 2021 624
Beltane Fire Festival: Green Man to be played by a woman for first time as Edinburgh event goes virtual; Organisers of Edinburgh's world-famous Beltane Fire Festival have appointed a woman to play the pivotal role of the Green Man for the first time in its history. Apr 19, 2021 704
Heritage campaigner Loyd Grossman urges Edinburgh to rethink revival of 'honeypot' tourism industry; One of Britain's leading heritage campaigners has urged Edinburgh to conduct a total rethink of its city centre as it emerges from pandemic restrictions - to avoid it relying too heavily on tourism in future. Apr 18, 2021 608
Annie Lennox says gender equality fight has now reached a global 'tipping point'; Scottish singing superstar and human rights campaigner Annie Lennox believes the fight to secure gender equality has reached a "tipping point" - as she credited becoming a mother with inspiring her own activism. Apr 16, 2021 580
New contest proposed to crown Scottish culture towns; It is an honour that has already transformed Wigtown into a haven for literary lovers. Apr 16, 2021 610
Former BBC Scotland presenter describes blanket Duke of Edinburgh tributes as 'extremely problematic' for broadcaster; A former BBC Scotland presenter has described the corporation's blanket coverage of the death of Duke of Edinburgh as "enormously problematic" for its reputation. Apr 15, 2021 1049
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2021: Performers and venues get green light to return; Organisers of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe have given the green light to performers, promoters and venues for live events to return in the city this year. Apr 14, 2021 1073
Edinburgh International Festival to go ahead in pop-up outdoor venues this August; The Edinburgh International Festival has revealed plans to reboot this summer by creating new open-air venues for shows. Apr 13, 2021 1093
Scotland's nightclubs set to reopen this summer as first event crowd numbers are revealed; Scotland's nightclubs are in line to be able to reopen this summer - as it emerged that up to 400 people may be allowed to watch live theatre, music and comedy indoors by June. Apr 13, 2021 599
Outlander star Sam Heughan insists Scottish independence support is not about being 'anti-British'; Outlander star Sam Heughan has insisted that support for Scottish independence should not been seen as being "anti-British.". Apr 12, 2021 434
Outlander star Sam Heughan reveals he wants to return to the stage and seek out 'a real acting challenge'; Outlander star Sam Heughan has told how he wants to return to the theatre as he admitted he finds filming the long-running show "brutal" "relentless" and "gruelling.". Apr 12, 2021 604
Culture manifesto calls for artists to get greater access to Edinburgh's venues and empty buildings; Artists and performers in Edinburgh would be given more year-round access to venues and unused buildings under a new blueprint aimed at overhauling the city's arts and cultural sector. Apr 12, 2021 610
Vaccine passports could help bring back Scotland's live events without social distancing, industry leader reveals; Vaccine passports could revive live entertainment in Scotland without the need for social distancing, the Scottish Government's own industry expert has revealed. Apr 12, 2021 622
The year that changed everything for Scotland's creative talents; It has been a year like no other for Scotland's artists, performers, filmmakers and broadcasters. Apr 11, 2021 1041
The Scots actors who embraced change to bounce back from the pandemic shutdown; For Nicola Roy, an actor's life just over a year ago could not have been going any better. Apr 11, 2021 635
Venues left in limbo warn Edinburgh Festival Fringe comeback is in serious doubt; Leading venues are warned that the staging of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year is in serious doubt over a lack of any guidance for how shows can be staged safely. Apr 11, 2021 621
Scottish Opera reveals plans to stage 200 'pop-up' shows at 40 outdoor venues this summer; Scottish Opera has revealed plans to stage more than 200 outdoor performances for more than 12,000 people across Scotland as it emerges from lockdown restrictions. Apr 8, 2021 632
Lockdown: Disorder in Edinburgh's Meadows highlights shameful neglect of young generation over last year - Brian Ferguson; One of the most depressing things about the disorder at the Meadows in Edinburgh which dominated the Easter holiday headlines in Scotland was how predictable it all seemed. Apr 7, 2021 607
Campaign launched as Leith arts venue faces demolition under plans for dozens of new apartments; A campaign has been launched to lift the threat of demolition from one of Edinburgh's leading spaces for new artists. Apr 7, 2021 608
Rediscover Scotland: Eight of the best festivals and events to look forward to this summer; It has been well over a year since Scots have been able to look forward to returning to festivals and events. Apr 7, 2021 1181
Hebridean band take over former lighthouse ship for global streaming event from Leith Docks; A luxury floating hotel overlooking Edinburgh's new film studio is to be turned into a concert venue for a global streaming event. Apr 2, 2021 661
Ian Rankin: Police are no longer 'knights in shining armour'; Ian Rankin has predicted that crime writing is set to be dramatically overhauled - because the police are no longer seen as "knights in shining armour". Apr 2, 2021 607
New film studio is finally set to help Edinburgh raise its screen game - Brian Ferguson; As the first anniversary of lockdown restrictions in Scotland rolled around this month it was strange to reflect on how many reasons were were to be optimistic about the cultural landscape across the country. Mar 31, 2021 604
Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden was Scotland's most popular attraction in 2020; The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh has been crowned Scotland's busiest visitor attraction - after attracting nearly half a million visitors in 2020 despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Mar 31, 2021 617
Fringe by the Sea: Gail Porter and Irvine Welsh confirm appearances this summer; Best-selling author Irvine Welsh and broadcaster Gail Porter are to star at a Scottish seaside festival this summer. Mar 31, 2021 619
Summer Sessions concerts to go ahead in Edinburgh this summer and return in 2022; Open-air concerts in Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens are to go ahead this summer and return in 2022, organisers of the pop and rock festival have revealed. Mar 29, 2021 596
Scotland's busiest visitor attractions to reopen next month; Scotland's two busiest visitor attractions - the National Museum of Scotland and Edinburgh Castle - will reopen to the public next month. Mar 29, 2021 540
Nearly one in four Scots rule out going on holiday this year; Nearly a quarter of Scots are ruling out going on holiday this year, according to a wide-ranging new opinion poll which reveals that one in three people have been impacted financially by the pandemic. Mar 26, 2021 606
TRNSMT festival to go ahead in September with revamped line-up as Lewis Capaldi drops out; Scotland's biggest music festival, TRSNMT, is to go ahead in September - two months later than planned - with a revamped line-up missing Lewis Capaldi. Mar 26, 2021 591
Banking heavyweight becomes new figurehead of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; One of Scotland's best-known bankers is to become a new figurehead of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Mar 26, 2021 582
Analysis: Green light for TRNSMT is clear sign of brighter days ahead in Scotland; It was only a month ago but the doom and gloom over Scotland's exit from lockdown has been well and truly dispersed since Nicola Sturgeon appeared to put the brakes on following Boris Johnson's road to freedom. Mar 26, 2021 554
Laser beam rainbow sends message of hope from Edinburgh to the rest of the world; A giant rainbow was beamed from Edinburgh Castle across the Scottish capital to send a message of love, hope and kindness from the city to the rest of the world. Mar 25, 2021 1009
New festival to be staged at Outlander and Princess Switch filming location; An 18th century mansion house featured in the TV series Outlander and the Princess Switch movies is set to play host to a new music festival this summer. Mar 25, 2021 606
Major events set to get green light to return in Scotland this summer; Large-scale events are set to be allowed to go ahead in Scotland this summer. Mar 25, 2021 597
Covid lockdown: Real hope for return of live events in Scotland this summer - Brian Ferguson; It is a fortnight since I ploughed through a long list of contacts to ask for their reflections on a year of restrictions on live events and entertainment in Scotland. Mar 24, 2021 640
Nicola Sturgeon warns Scottish tourism industry it may have to wait until 2022 for 'normality' to return; Nicola Sturgeon has warned Scottish tourism chiefs that they may have to wait until next year for normality to return - and suggested they may have to rely on "staycations" for the foreseeable future. Mar 24, 2021 568
Edinburgh's festivals secure [pounds sterling]1m from UK Government to maintain global profile; The UK Government has agreed to put [pounds sterling]1m into Edinburgh's festivals to help them broadcast and stream shows around the world when they return. Mar 24, 2021 623
Laser beam rainbow sends message of hope from Edinburgh to the rest of the world; A giant rainbow was beamed from Edinburgh Castle across the Scottish capital to send a message of love, hope and kindness from the city to the rest of the world. Mar 24, 2021 1009
Dozens of new music festivals to take root across Scotland in 2022 as part of UK-wide culture celebration; Dozens of new music festivals are expected to be created in communities across Scotland as part of a year-long celebration of culture and creativity instigated after the Brexit referendum vote. Mar 23, 2021 869
Heritage body wants Edinburgh Festival shows staged at sports stadia and shopping centre car parks; Edinburgh Festival shows and events should be staged in the shopping centre car parks and the grounds of sports stadia from this summer, the city's long-running heritage watchdog has suggested. Mar 23, 2021 762
Scottish tourism chiefs launch good behaviour campaign to protect landscapes and wildlife as restrictions are eased; A nationwide campaign urging Scots to behave responsibly in their own country this year and "leave no trace of their visit" has unveiled. Mar 22, 2021 569
Highland farm set to host fortnightly music and glamping festival; A Highland farm is being lined up to play host to a "luxury glamping festival" every two weeks over the summer. Mar 22, 2021 696
German-born composer of 'Highland Cathedral' anthem pens sequel 40 years later; It is a rousing piping tune famous for rousing the crowds watching from the stands at Murrayfield or packed onto Edinburgh Castle esplanade for the Tattoo. Mar 21, 2021 635
Edinburgh Festival Fringe organisers lay off one in three staff amid warnings of 'precarious' finances and future; Organisers of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe have revealed they have been forced to lay off a third of its workforce amid mounting financial concerns. Mar 20, 2021 630
Row flares over Edinburgh holiday apartment tribute for witch trial minister; Scotland's biggest conservation charity is at the centre of a witchcraft row after revealing plans to name a new holiday apartment in a 500-year-old Edinburgh townhouse after a minister linked to the persecution of witches. Mar 19, 2021 633
Declaration of Arbroath festival to transform historic town this summer; A festival marking the 701st anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath is expected to be one of the first major events to go ahead in Scotland under the country's route map out of lockdown. Mar 19, 2021 648
V&A Dundee to reopen in May with celebration of nightclubs; Dundee's V&A museum has revealed plans to reopen in May - with a celebration of nightclubbing. Mar 18, 2021 473
Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen hopes to visit Edinburgh high school after drama studio donation; Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen hopes to visit Edinburgh high school after drama studio donation. Mar 18, 2021 627

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