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Scottish artists plan mass meetings over Creative Scotland concerns

Two mass meetings of Scottish artists have been organised in response to what are perceived as ongoing problems with Creative Scotland.

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Bruce Fummey at the Edinburgh Fringe

Bruce Fummey at the Edinburgh Fringe | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
A History of Scotland brings material and information from previous shows such as About Robert the Bruce, About the Jacobites, About Tam O’Shanter, up to date in one overarching, laugh out loud history of our nation. The show will be in the prime location of The Stand in the Square in St Andrew’s Square Edinburgh each day at 5.40pm. This show sold out at the Perth Fringe in Western Australia and audiences loved it. I think you will love it too. I’ll even be giving away my own special tenners.
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One fine day… at the Edinburgh Fringe

One fine day… at the Edinburgh Fringe | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
August in Edinburgh can mean only one thing: Fringe. You have one day – how do you spend it?
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Inner Selfie

Inner Selfie | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
The basement of Waterstone’s is often my refuge. On the days where I feel brave enough for a weekend venture onto Princes Street, I’m often quickly reminded why I avoid it. As a mildly anxious introvert, I have strategically staked out restorative niches across the city to be called upon in a moment of personal crisis – this is one of them. If you find yourself in non-fiction, deep in the bookstore belly (which I truly believe, is in a dark basement for a reason) amongst the usual pocket guides to Rousseau and latest George Monbiot, I’ve noticed a newcomer. An interloper, multiplying like Tribbles every time I visit: Mindfulness books. Everywhere. The Little Book of Mindfulness. The Mindfulness Pocketbook. The Little Pocket Book of Mindfulness. In fact, no less than 117 titles on the subject in stock, right now. If you’ve yet to encounter this 21st century re-brand, it’s meditation for the masses.
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Bella's Festival Preview

Bella's Festival Preview | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
In the olden days, the festival was so cheap you could go and see loads of stuff and if some of it turned out to be crap, it didn’t really matter. Now you need s spirit guide to see through the telephone directories of festival programming and cut to the good bits. To offset any returning weary fringe cynicism, we asked five folk for their top-tips on what to see at this years festival (s). The only criteria was: no comedy.
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Alasdair Gray facing weeks in hospital as he recovers from serious fall

Alasdair Gray facing weeks in hospital as he recovers from serious fall | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
The writer and artist Alasdair Gray will remain in hospital for up to six weeks after breaking his back in a fall.
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Support Inner City Arts

Support Inner City Arts | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Bonnie Prince Bob and Norrie Harman (creators of Jim Murphy Saviour of the Union) are backing Inner City Arts, a project which uses film as a new approach to crime reduction by empowering youths through art. View their story and their appeal here.
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Scotland tops USA Today film location poll - BBC News

Scotland tops USA Today film location poll - BBC News | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Scotland has been voted the world's Best Cinematic Destination in an online poll run by one of America's biggest newspapers.
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A Sense of Place

A Sense of Place | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Vonny Moyes kicks off her weekly column with an exploration of our divided selves in culture, landscape and language.
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A wee scrieve oan Scots leid policy

A wee scrieve oan Scots leid policy | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

The launch of Creative Scotland’s Scots language policy todayis long overdue and sorely needed. I’m sure there’ll be many who view such a policy with suspicion and disdain; no doubt we’ll hear such choice phrases such as “Scots is a dialect, not a language”, “Why are we promoting teuchter rubbish?”, “only neds speak like that” or the classic “no one speaks like that anymore”. But this is precisely why a Scots language policy is needed by Creative Scotland, the Scottish Government, Local Authorities and indeed all our publicly funded organisations across the country.

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The Radical Animal

The Radical Animal | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Humans are both natural and unnatural. It’s time to reunite our two extremes by reconnecting with the evolutionary function of play. By Pat Kane
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Celebrating the Battle of Stirling Bridge - seven centuries on - Newsnet.scot

Celebrating the Battle of Stirling Bridge - seven centuries on - Newsnet.scot | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
The two heroes at the centre of one of the most important battles in Scottish history were jointly honoured at the spot where they led an outnumbered Scottish army to victory against the English more than 700 years ago.
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Alexander McCall Smith scoops Wodehouse Prize for comedy novel

Alexander McCall Smith scoops Wodehouse Prize for comedy novel | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
BESTSELLING writer Alexander McCall Smith, author of The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, has scooped a book prize for comic fiction.

The Scottish writer beat Caitlin Moran (How To Build A Girl) and Irvine Welsh (A Decent Ride) to this year’s Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, named in honour of PG Wodehouse.
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How BB King inspired a funky white soul band from Scotland

How BB King inspired a funky white soul band from Scotland | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
ONE of the founders of renowned Scots soul group Average White Band has paid tribute to King of the Blues guitarist and singer BB King who proved a key inspiration.
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The Southern Fried Man

The Southern Fried Man | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
This weekend is one of my favourites on offer in our Small City. From Thursday through to Sunday, venues across the city centre come alive with the sound of the Southern Fried Festival. Or should I say, the award-winning sound of the Southern Fried Festival?  Because last October, our home-grown weekend of blues, soul and country was officially recognised as Scotland’s Best Small Festival at The Scottish Events Awards.   And no-one was more pleased than this month’s Big Personality, Andy Shearer.
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Iconic Forth Bridge awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status

Iconic Forth Bridge awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Delight as 'symbol of achievements of late 19th Century engineering' given protected status.
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Profile: Lulu

Profile: Lulu | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
LULU, the wee woman with the big voice, is to perform an intimate acoustic gig followed by a question-and-answer session to raise funds for a cancer charity.

The 66-year-old singer is to donate her time ahead of her performance on the main stage at this year’s Wickerman Festival, it was announced today.
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Patrick Harvie calls for change to licensing board objectives after shutdown of The Arches

Patrick Harvie calls for change to licensing board objectives after shutdown of The Arches | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
SCOTTISH Greens co-convenor Patrick Harvie will this week propose amendments to licensing boards' objectives after the controversial closure of Glasgow nightclub and arts venue The Arches.

In the debate on Thursday Harvie, an MSP for Glasgow, will move to add “promoting social and cultural life” to the licensing objectives taken into consideration when reviewing a site’s licence.
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Asking for It

Asking for It | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
I never thought I’d describe a rape-and-murder play as safe. I’d be lying if the very notion of such a careless thought didn’t provoke my feminist hackles. This is not a review in the traditional sense, just as the work is not a crime piece as you’d recognize it. There will be spoilers. There will be musings. I’ll tell you why I didn’t ‘like’ it (such a loose word for the arts) but that you should go anyway. Just as The Driver’s Seat is a whydunnit, this piece is a whyseeit. It’s often a far better catalyst than enjoyment, because it will yank critique from you in a way the simply good never can.
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A Problem for the SAY Award Judges

On Wednesday night, at a much-anticipated ceremony in Glasgow’s Barrowlands, the movers and shakers of the Scottish music industry will congregate while a panel of judges decide the winner of the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY). Kevin Williamson, one of last year’s judging panel, gives his thoughts on this year’s award.
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The Closure of the Arches - Opening Salvo in a Culture War?

The Closure of the Arches - Opening Salvo in a Culture War? | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Here’s an unpopular opinion, or at least one rarely expressed: Going clubbing is just as valid a cultural activity as seeing a ‘real’ band with ‘real’ instruments, or going to see a play or a devised performance. Clubbing is culture. Like opera is culture. And drugs are a part of that culture.
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#UntitledOne Review

#UntitledOne Review | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
It’s a gig. It’s an album launch. It’s a collection of poetry. It’s a party.
A sublime spoken word session by Hollie McNish focusing on talking about sex with her granny and Flo Rida’s Whistle video – led the way on an astonishing evening in Tollcross at #UntitledOne which combined awesome-weird Polish animation, top top music and the launch of a cranking poetry collection boasting some of the most exciting voices who have all shared the Neu! Reekie! bill since its inception in 2011.
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Previously unheard Led Zeppelin track to be released

Previously unheard Led Zeppelin track to be released | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
A previously unreleased track recorded by rock veterans Led Zeppelin for their debut album will finally see the light of day as a bonus track on their final studio album.
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The Cloud Chamber

The Cloud Chamber | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Cultural renewal is a process of uncovering our own mislaid and neglected history. Here’s a forgotten near-history of ideas.
Scottish physicist CTR Wilson’s invention of the Cloud Chamber led to the production of photographic plates that made visible for the first time the tracks of individual subatomic particles. Of major scientific significance, these images from 1911 and 1912 are also very beautiful, and furthermore reflect Wilson’s skill as a photographer.
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Scottish Album of the Year shortlist announced

Scottish Album of the Year shortlist announced | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
PAOLO Nutini and Belle & Sebastian will be among the acts battling it out for one of Scotland’s biggest music industry honours next month.
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Gary McNair: The Arches is more than a club ... it is a home to Glasgow's artists

Gary McNair: The Arches is more than a club ... it is a home to Glasgow's artists | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
THE Arches has always offered a valuable place for artists to have the chance to fail. Now, the artists must see to it that The Arches does not.

When you think of The Arches, you might think of people out on late nights, of dancing, and queuing on Monday afternoon to get your jacket back after losing your ticket, wallet and perhaps also your dignity there on the weekend. It is also a cauldron for the most gloriously diverse group of artists that Glasgow has to offer.
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