Brian Ferguson

Sinister new BBC drama shines light on Edinburgh ‘alpha girls’

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The National Galleries has launched a public appeal to help boy the Monarch of the Glen from Diageo.

Brian Ferguson: Gallery chief’s good job on Monarch of the Glen

Sir John Leighton, director-general of the National Galleries of Scotland, can come across as a quietly-spoken figurehead, but the man in charge of the nation’s art treasures clearly relishes a challenge.

Opinion 1
The Edinburgh Book Festival has been asked to reduce its impact on Charlotte Square's gardens: Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Brian Ferguson: Festivals must not fear loss of New Town venues

If you have seen the film, you will know the line by now: “First there was an opportunity… then there was a betrayal.”

Opinion 1
Still Game on stage at The Hydro

Brian Ferguson: Glasgow stakes its claim as Scotland’s cultural capital

GLASGOW is at the top of its cultural game right now, writes Brian Ferguson


70th Edinburgh Fringe to be ‘biggest platform on the planet for freeedom of expression’

Organisers of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe have begun the countdown to its 70th anniversary by pledgling it will be “the biggest platform on the planet for freeedom of expression” this summer.

News 2
The new festival at Glasgow Green is seen as a replacement for T in the Park. Picture: Robert Perry

T in the Park organisers reveal headliners for new Glasgow Green festival

Rock giants Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro have been confirmed as headliners for the Glasgow Green festival which will effectively replace T in the Park in Scotland’s music calendar.

News 7
Rachel Newton questioned the representation of women at the Scots Trad Music Awards.

Brian Ferguson: Gender imbalance on the trad music scene

It is Friday night in Glasgow’s west end on the middle weekend of the Celtic Connections music festival.

Ewan McGregor in Trainspotting being chased in street

Brian Ferguson: T2 shows how much Edinburgh still has to change

T2 shows how much the capital still needs to change, writes Brian Ferguson

Opinion 14
Capacity crowds should be a cause for celebration, writes Brian. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Brian Ferguson: It’s not the time for Council cuts to Hogmanay funding

Only a few years ago the waning popularity of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay was a serious concern for Council leaders, now is not the time to cut funding, writes Brian Ferguson.

Opinion 8
Tourism industry chiefs want to see radical improvements to rail, sea and road infrastructure. Picture: Craig Borland

New vision to spark Scottish tourism boom is unveiled

Radical improvements to roads, railways, ferry networks and air services are needed to help the Scottish tourism industry meet a multi-billion pound target within the next three years, industry leaders have said.

Culture 1
Scotland's tourism workforce is booming.

Record number of people now employed in tourism

Growing numbers of hotels, bars and restaurants are fuelling a boom in the number of people working in Scottish tourism - which has soared by 11 per cent in the space of just 12 months.

Media & Leisure 16
The wreckage of Pan Am 103 in Lockerbie in 1988. Picture: AP

New film by Scots director to uncover Lockerbie ‘conspiracy’

One of Scotland’s leading filmmakers is to tackle the Lockerbie disaster, Scotland on Sunday can reveal.

Lifestyle 15
The BBC's head of programmes and services, Scotland, Donalda MacKinnon

Brian Ferguson: BBC Scotland’s new boss faces fearsome challenges

Donalda MacKinnon must be sure of one thing after taking over as the new director of BBC Scotland. She is certainly not short of advice as she settles into the hot seat at Pacific Quay in Glasgow. Much of this – particularly on social media – would fall firmly into the unhelpful category.

Opinion 20
Deep Time was the dazzling opening to the 2016 festival season set to a specially compiled soundtrack of music by Scottish rock band Mogwai and produced by Tony Award-winning 59 Productions. Picture Neil Hanna

Brian Ferguson: the period of change is set to continue

With a flurry of comings and goings of key figures, the loss of several high-profile events and growing cultural confidence in several parts of the country, 2016 has had the feel of a year of transition for the arts in Scotland.

Dickens conceived the character of Scrooge after a walk through the Canongate Kirkyard. Picture: Contributed

Brian Ferguson: Festive attitudes have become Scrooge revisited

The literary creations inspired by Edinburgh over several hundred years are many and varied. At this time of year, with the city festooned in attractions and light displays, it is always worth dusting down a Victorian classic for a reminder of the true spirit of Christmas.

Opinion 2
The former Caley cinema in Lothian Road became a popular music venue. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Brian Ferguson: Capital loses another music venue

Edinburgh has not learned its lesson about closing music venues, says Brian Ferguson

Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians
Still Game creators to limit live shows to avoid becoming ‘panto’

Still Game creators to limit live shows to avoid becoming ‘panto’

Still Game fans have been promised a bigger and better stage spectacular when Jack and Victor return to the Hydro - but have been warned it will not become an annual fixture to avoid being seen as a pantomime.

The Scots Trad Music Awards brought festivities to Dundee

Brian Ferguson: Will Brexit pull the rug from under Dundee’s city of culture ambitions?

The clock was ticking towards 1am in Dundee’s Caird Hall when the ceilidh band struck up Auld Lang Syne.

T in the Parks problems in recent years have led to the organisers taking a break in 2017. Picture: John Devlin

T in the Park’s demise ‘would be a victory for the neds’

The permanent loss of Scotland’s biggest music festival, T in the Park, will be “a victory for neds and nimbys”, according to one of the nation’s leading music promoters.

Music 2
The new concert venue will be built on a gap site behind the historic RBS head office on St Andrew Square.

Edinburgh to get £45 million New Town concert venue

Edinburgh is set to finally get a new concert hall under plans to build a £45 million complex in the heart of its New Town.

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