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Scotland’s National Jazz Orchestra salutes the Duke

Scotland’s National Jazz Orchestra salutes the Duke | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Known as The Duke, Edward Kennedy Ellington was considered amongst the world’s greatest composers and musicians, who reached out and touched a worldwide audience in a fashion that may never be equalled.
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Tessa Ransford (1938-2015)

Tessa Ransford (1938-2015) | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Another strong, clear-minded Scotswoman has left us. The Scottish Poetry Library Board and staff announced the sad news yesterday that Library founder, the Scottish poet Tessa Ransford, has died. Aged 77, Tessa was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, and died in a hospice, with members of her family at her side. Colin Waters from the Poetry Library has written the following;
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Lights Out By Nine + Support

Lights Out By Nine + Support | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Lights Out By Nine will return to Rothes Halls with founding member Tom Stirling back on Hammond organ and John Frame taking up lead vocal duties, adding two strong vocalists to the band's revamped line up. With eighteen months of gigging under their belts, the band's reputation has been growing strongly in their new form.
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Who is the Largest Publisher in Scotland?

Who is the Largest Publisher in Scotland? | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Scotland is bloated with failing cultural monopolies argues Peter Burnett:  if over four out of five writers in Scotland earn less than the living wage, then how can this fail to be the fault of the bodies who receive millions each year to promote them?
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Butterfly Rammy

Butterfly Rammy | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

Common Weal’s Butterfly Rammy begins its 21-show run at the Edinburgh Festival on Friday (buy tickets here). The show has an accompanying book (now on sale here). The following is Robin McAlpine’s prologue to the book.

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Comar Crisis

Comar Crisis | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Alasdair McCrone doesn’t need additional testimony from me as to his achievements as Mull Theatre’s director over the past twenty years. We’ve worked together on a good many projects over the years, and it is obvious to me that his centrality to the community his theatre company serves is a human model for the role that theatre of artistic integrity, proven popularity and personal warmth can play in its community. Working at Mull Theatre always felt like home from home for me, and the company has expanded its role as a touring and producing contributor to the Scottish Theatre scene out of proportion to its size. So when I first heard about the extraordinarily short sighted and intellectually and morally truncated priorities the current board were seeking to exercise in their “consolidation” of the theatre company with the visual arts work of An Tobar and the traditional music scene (not a bad or silly thing in itself), I was horrified.
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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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FROM THE PROVINCE OF THE CAT 43: A Return to the Threshing Room Floor

FROM THE PROVINCE OF THE CAT 43: A Return to the Threshing Room Floor | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Edinburgh festival fringe 2012As I write the Edinburgh Festival of 2015 has ended and to mark the occasion thousands of pounds of fireworks have been rocketed into the sky like so many mini-Tridents and exploded into tiny nuclear starbursts of sound and colour over the castle. Last year I had great success with my play “Three Thousand Trees” which played to full houses for three weeks. This year I wandered around the city for less than a week, a singular soul in the carrying stream of desire, ego, expression and razzmatazz which is Edinburgh in August. Next year, who knows, I may have another success or my play could go the way of 95% of all Festival offerings: down into the darkness of audience-less, review-less oblivion.
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Gerry Hassan on Scots and what we really think of the English

Gerry Hassan on Scots and what we really think of the English | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
WE Scots think we have become more tolerant and liberal down the years - but perhaps we haven't changed as much as we think reckons GERRY HASSAN.
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Scotland celebrates 'outstanding' World Pipe Band Championships - BBC News

Scotland celebrates 'outstanding' World Pipe Band Championships - BBC News | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Thousands of pipers and drummers gathered in Glasgow have seen a Scottish band crowned world champions for the first time in a decade.
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Music For Dogs - a black comedy by Paula Meehan

Music For Dogs - a black comedy by Paula Meehan | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Music for Dogs, a black comedy written by award-winning Irish poet and playwright Paula Meehan and performed by Irish actress Carol Caffrey, is set during Ireland’s Celtic Tiger years.   The action takes place on Dublin’s Burrow Beach as a woman, Jane MacDonald, records a message for her estranged brother and sister.  Janey’s story describes the very funny - if somewhat dubious - means by which she came to make the fortune she is leaving to her siblings.  Though the context of Janey’s personal tragedy is a dark one, her essential humanity and joy in life are very much to the fore.
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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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