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Cash for musicians to perform at the Fringe

The Scottish Government will expand its support for Scottish-based artists to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop announced today.

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New Written Language of Ancient Scotland Discovered : DNews

Once thought to be rock art, carved depictions of soldiers, horses and other figures are in fact part of a written language dating back to the Iron Age.
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Great Polish Map of Scotland granted listed status - BBC News

Great Polish Map of Scotland granted listed status - BBC News | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
A giant three-dimensional map of Scotland built by Polish nationals in the grounds of a Borders hotel has been awarded B-listed status.
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Tears as Glasgow gives William McIlvanney a fitting send-off

Tears as Glasgow gives William McIlvanney a fitting send-off | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
IT was a Wednesday afternoon in Glasgow, and the city stopped to stare.

As the cortege progressed slowly through the west end, Glasgow’s citizens, their faces set against the dreichness, squinted to contemplate the dread hearse, no doubt wondering who was the recumbent occupant.

Or perhaps they knew that it was William McIlvanney, for some bowed their head in silent tribute to the man who wrote about Scottish lives better than anyone in these past few decades.
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William McIlvanney: not just godfather of 'Tartan Noir' but lion of literature

William McIlvanney: not just godfather of 'Tartan Noir' but lion of literature | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
The great Scottish novelist William McIlvanney once described Glasgow as “The City of the Stare”. It was a place, he said, where you never know when to expect the next assault on your privacy. William, or Willie to all who knew him, died on Saturday after a short illness. Scotland has lost one of its genuine literary greats, and Glasgow, where he lived happily with his partner Siobhan, will miss him terribly.
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‘Last Kingdom’ depictions betray lazy approach to history by BBC writers - Newsnet.scot

‘Last Kingdom’ depictions betray lazy approach to history by BBC writers - Newsnet.scot | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Episode Three of ‘The Last Kingdom’, broadcast on BBC2 last week was the continuing tale of King Alfred’s brave, Christian Wessex struggling to survive the onslaught of the terrible, pagan Danes.

Episodes 1 and 2 can only have offended any Danish viewers with their portrayal of the Danes as a mix of crazed bloodthirsty savages with the dress sense of heavy metal fans. Leaving aside the obvious inaccuracy in having these Vikings dressed so differently from their close ethno-linguistic cousins the Saxons, the extreme psychopathic bloodlust in their every act turns this otherwise attractive series into a B horror movie.
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Is the Glasgow accent being levelled out by London? Dinnae be daft | Jane Stuart Smith

Is the Glasgow accent being levelled out by London? Dinnae be daft | Jane Stuart Smith | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
he city of Glasgow has a very distinctive dialect and accent. Its famous incomprehensibility has even been demonstrated in a lab experiment, and is seemingly consistent over time. The glottal stop, where “t” sounds get dropped, was common currency well before the 20th century, as can be seen from these observations by a visitor to the city written in 1892:

Strangers hurl at us a sort of shibboleth such sentences as “pass the wa’er bo’le, Mr Pa’erson”

What we didn’t know until now was how it had changed over time. We knew that across the UK there has been much levelling out in the way we speak during the 20th century. Linguists have linked this with the unusually large population movement during the second world war and the postwar years of urban regeneration, which increased opportunities for different dialects to come into contact with one another.
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An Eye-Popping Lack of Diversity

An Eye-Popping Lack of Diversity | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

Recently, on the Parliamentary Channel I caught a late-night adjournment debate with Chuka Umunna MP urging the government to ensure a more rapid response in the battle for greater diversity in private sector board-rooms as well as in senior corporate management. His diversity demands related to both greater gender equality at the highest levels of business as well greater participation by the ethnic minority community on boards and in senior management positions. (This writer with an Afro-Caribbean partner and bi-racial children listened with personal as well as political interest).

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Culture Shift

Culture Shift | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Bella is delighted to announce a new strand of work celebrating Gaelic and Scots language and culture with regular content to be published in both languages and in other forms (featuring poetry, music and visual art).
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George Makes the Case for the National Film Studio to be Set in Paisley - MSP George Adam

George Makes the Case for the National Film Studio to be Set in Paisley - MSP George Adam | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture recently stated that the “Scottish Government and our partners Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise, which form the film studio delivery group, are fully committed to finding the best way to ensure that a film studio is developed in Scotland”. Recognising what Paisley would have to offer as a location for the studio, George put Paisley forward as the leading lady to become the studio’s home.
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Is this Britain's brainiest city?

Is this Britain's brainiest city? | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Look beyond the dramatic skyline and striking architecture: this city is more than a pretty face
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The Enchanted Forest 2015: FLUX - YouTube

Perthshire Big Tree Country’s multi-award winning show fuses the creative talents of Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes (lighting designers) with RJ McConnell and J...
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In memory of George Devlin, great Scottish impressionist and portrait painter - Newsnet.scot

In memory of George Devlin, great Scottish impressionist and portrait painter - Newsnet.scot | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
The work of the great Scottish painter George Devlin, is being remembered in a special exhibition at the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh just 18 months after his death from cancer.
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Out of the bog and onto the Cuillin - Shifting the Gaelic Debate Forward

Out of the bog and onto the Cuillin - Shifting the Gaelic Debate Forward | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
This isn’t a “the place of Gaelic in modern Scotland” article, or a even “why Gaelic is relevant” one. I’ve read enough of those, and written a fair few. I doubt I’ll bother with one of them again. If you’re advocating the extinction of a language, due to utility, expense or whatever else, then you can go join the irrationality club with advocates of pre-Copernican astronomy and Galenic anatomy. On you go. Let the rest of us have a meaningful conversation on how to support and revitalise minority languages; retain the languages of our immigrant populations and strengthen Scotland as a multilingual country.
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TV cash subject to 'the imperial power' of BBC in London, MSPs told - Newsnet.scot

TV cash subject to 'the imperial power' of BBC in London, MSPs told - Newsnet.scot | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
A leading film and TV pressure group has demanded that TV licence fee money raised in Scotland should be spent here.

Independent Producers Scotland (IPS), which represents more than 40 Scottish production companies, submitted evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s education and culture committee.
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Ootland

Ootland | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

The offending word was circled in red pen: ‘outwith’

The note in the margin read ‘Do you mean, WITHOUT?’.

A first class student for the past three years, I sat in my dissertation tutorial growling as my frustration increased. ‘No. I mean ‘outwith’. It’s completely different. You know? Outwith? To be outside the borders of something stable, outside of something that is defined?’

I was met with a blank stare from my lecturer.

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Scotland’s new £33m centre of sporting excellence

Scotland’s new £33m centre of sporting excellence | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
SCOTLAND’S landmark new £33 million performance centre will craft sports men and women and from “grassroots to greatness” after drawing inspiration from around the world, according to chief executive Catriona McAllister.
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Scots author William McIlvanney dies, aged 79

Scots author William McIlvanney dies, aged 79 | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
SCOTTISH writer William McIlvanney has died at the age of 79, it was reported today.
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A Carrying Stream

A Carrying Stream | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

Last year Colin Waters wrote: “Throw a stone in Edinburgh or Glasgow today and you’ll hit a poet. The Scottish spoken word scene has exploded, reaching a level of popularity last seen in the late 1970s, another era, coincidentally, when the issue of Scottish self-determination was in the air. A generation of poets has emerged who have grown up in an age of change, political and technological, with the internet providing them not only with new ways of sharing writing – through their websites, podcasts, Twitter – but also in some cases with a subject too.”

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Cultural Fabric Under Attack

Cultural Fabric Under Attack | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
largeThe corporate takeover of our towns and cities has been rampant in recent years. In combination with chronic under-funding of the Arts, the impact on cultural life across Scotland is all too strongly felt already, with no sign that our political leadership has the will to change direction.
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The 'cringe' remains alive and well in the Scottish arts and creative sector public life - Newsnet.scot

The 'cringe' remains alive and well in the Scottish arts and creative sector public life - Newsnet.scot | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
I attended a conference this week with the theme “Access All Areas”, about how to increase cultural diversity in our access to the arts in Scotland.

Organised by Culture Republic, an organisation part funded by Creative Scotland which seems to exist to organise conferences like this and charge delegates £216 .Of course few of the delegates will pay this fee as they are among the cultural apparatchiks of Scotland representing arts organisations or local authorities.They use conferences like this to “network” or to have a good gossip, but hopefully also learn something from the speakers.
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Republic of Stories

Republic of Stories | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

This week saw the launch of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2015, ‘Stories Without Borders.’ As well as bringing together world cultures – with a specific focus this year on Scottish, European, Middle Eastern and North African storytelling – the festival explores global issues through storytelling. This year there is a focus on the environment and sustainability, with a nod towards the World Climate Summit in Paris in November. Storytellers across the world bring a creative dimension to our sense of the environment and to the living connection between natural ecology and sustainable culture. One of this year’s festival projects is the ‘Tree of Life’. Tomorrow, at the Botanic Gardens, is an afternoon event called ‘Storyelling for a Greener World’, echoing the title of a book of collected essays released last year.

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Wide range of top musicians lined up for Perthshire Amber Festival

Wide range of top musicians lined up for Perthshire Amber Festival | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
A variety of musicians are lined up to perform at this year’s Perthshire Amber Festival.

Held throughout the county, the artists taking part will include Dougie MacLean, Dallahan, Emily Smith, Rura, Ross Ainslie, Blazin’ Fiddles, Karine Polwart, Benny Gallagher and The Wrigley Sisters.
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Jim Diamond has died, aged 63

Jim Diamond has died, aged 63 | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Glasgow-born singer Jim Diamond has died aged 63.

The singer-songwriter was best known for hits including "I Won’t Let You Down", which he sang as the lead singer in the trio PhD, and "I Should Have Known Better", which went to number one in 1984.
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The Swallower. Modular synth, bagpipes and sax

The Swallower. Modular synth, bagpipes and sax | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Stomping tune by Jim Sutherland with bagpipes by Steven Blake and Sax and Kaval by Fraser Fifield.
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Girobabies: Well crafted pop punk that's political without the politics - Newsnet.scot

Girobabies: Well crafted pop punk that's political without the politics - Newsnet.scot | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

As we approach the anniversary of the independence referendum in Scotland it’s hard not to feel nostalgic for the energy that was tangible in the air this time last year.

The Yes Campaign, the ‘new media’ of online blogs and social media and the people themselves talked of an independent Scotland as a new society, a utopian dream.

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