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Brian Ferguson: Hogmanay switch no surprise given funding squeeze

Hogmanay switch probably inevitable given funding cuts, writes Brian Ferguson

Artist Nihad al Turk gives paintings to Leith School of Art charity auction.

Syrian refugee donates paintings in aid of Edinburgh art school

He was one of the first Syrians to arrive in Scotland in 2015 as refugees fled the war-torn country.

The former home of defunct wave power firm Pelamis is hosting its first temporary art exhibition. Picture: Chris Scott

Leith wave power plant reborn as Edinburgh exhibition space

A former wave power plant on Edinburgh’s waterfront has become home to one of the nation’s biggest art gallery spaces.

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Artists impressions of the new physic garden and flowering meadow, which will reconnect the Palace of Holyroodhouse to its historic roots. Picture: Contributed

New public garden at Holyroodhouse to honour Royal Botanics

A new public garden is to be created at the Queen’s official residence in Scotland – to pay tribute to the roots of the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh.

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Artworks plan for Princes St Gardens makeover

Artworks plan for Princes St Gardens makeover

A vast public art trail would be created in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle under plans put forward by the trust spearheading efforts to transform Princes Street Gardens.

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Macbeth / Teatro Regio Torino / Edinburgh International Festival 2017 Picture: Franco Lannino /Studio Camera

Edinburgh International Festival line-up announced

Spectacular explosions of colour will burst onto the streets of Edinburgh’s New Town to commemorate the emergence of its world-leading cultural celebration in the aftermath of the Second World War.

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Kings Theatre chief executive Duncan Hendry inside the historic Edinburgh theatre. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre set to undergo £25m makeover

One of Edinburgh’s most historic cultural venues is to undergo a £25 million makeover to secure its future for another 50 years.

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Healthy T at T in the Park. Picture: TSPL

Brian Ferguson: Food and drink thrives on Scots music scene

I can vividly recall the moment, if not the exact year. A Saturday afternoon lull in proceedings at the Belladrum festival in the Highlands offered an opportunity to properly explore the vast site for the first time.

Views of the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens.
site of the proposed cafe and hospitality centre

‘Underground’ arts complex planned for Princes Street Gardens

A CHUNK of Princes Street Gardens would be carved out to create a new viewing platform, cafe-bar and indoor events space overlooking Edinburgh Castle under plans to overhaul the historic park.

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The distillery would be built next to Ocean Terminal.

£5 million single malt distillery planned for Leith

IT has a proud heritage in the whisky trade dating back more than 200 years.

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The Concert in a Coire on Skye will feature a performance by cellist Duncan Strachan and violinist George Smith. Photograph: Alex Martin

Open-air concert announced for Skye’s Cuillin

It is the rocky mountain range that offers some of the most rugged landscapes and challenging climbs in Britain.

Electric Circus is due to close at the end of the month. Picture: Jon Savage

Brian Ferguson: Room for optimism on Edinburgh’s music scene

If there is one certainty about Edinburgh’s year-round arts infrastructure it is that nothing normally happens very quickly.

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Electric Circus is to close after more than 40 years in operation. Picture, Dan Phillips

Popular Edinburgh music venue to close ‘by end of March’

One of Edinburgh’s most popular live music venues and nightclubs is to close down within weeks after more than 40 years - months after expansion plans by a neighbouring art gallery were revealed.

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Bollywood dancers will be taking centre stage at the Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. Picture: AFP/GettyImages

Edinburgh Military Tattoo to stage Bollywood tribute in 2017

A lavish tribute to Bollywood musicals will be a centrepiece of this year’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo as part of a year-long celebration of cultural links between the UK and India.

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Clique turns the camera on the dark side of Edinburgh. Picture: BBC Pictures

Sinister BBC drama shines light on Edinburgh ‘alpha girls’

Move over Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy and Spud – it’s time for Holly, Georgia, Rachel and Phoebe to grab the limelight.

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Still Game has been one of Scottish television's great successes of recent years. Picture: PA

Brian Ferguson: BBC investment spells exciting times for arts

This time last week the hatchets were well and truly being sharpened in Scotland for the director-general of the BBC. SNP politicians and the National Union of Journalists were delivering a scathing verdict on Lord Hall’s proposals for the BBC north of the border.

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.

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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.”

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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

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