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Skye band to create score for choreographed Edinburgh Hogmanay fireworks

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay fireworks will be choreographed to a specially commissioned score for the first time – created by an electronica band from the Isle of Skye.

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Alexander McCall Smith at the book festival

Could 44 Scotland Street inspire Scots first ever win against the All Blacks?

It was a compelling, if somewhat comedic, vision of a Scottish sporting miracle – conjured up by one of the nation’s leading authors for the pages of The Scotsman.

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Neil Baxter has led the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland for the last 10 years.

Scottish architecture chief quits days after revolt was revealed

The figurehead for the architectural profession in Scotland has quit his job suddenly - days after a damning open letter calling for an overhaul of his historic organisation.
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Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir revealed he was battling MND in June.

Rugby legend Doddie Weir receives major sporting achievement award

SCOTTISH rugby legend Doddie Weir has been given a special “services to sport” honour in his home city today - months after revealing he is battling motor neurone disease.

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Three-year-old Daniel Cornett, with his parents, is presented with the Cash for Kids Award. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Brave toddler raises spirits as Radio Forth honours local heroes

IT was an afternoon of high spirits and high emotion as the Usher Hall hosted the annual Radio Forth Awards ceremony.

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Fergus Linehan has been at the helm of the Edinburgh International Festival since the 2015 event.

Fergus Linehan to remain Edinburgh International Festival director until 2022

THE figurehead of the Edinburgh International Festival is to stay in the role for an extra three years, organisers have revealed.
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Burger King are to open more stores across the UK. Picture: Getty Images

Poor menus and ‘bizarre’ hours leave visitors to Scotland with a sour taste

Visitors to Scotland feel let down by a lack of local produce and poor value for money when they eat out, a major new study has revealed.

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The Swedish Runestone is not easy to see now but its planned new location in George Square will make it more accessible. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Edinburgh’s forgotten Viking stone to get new home

It is one of the most historic relics to be found in the heart of Scotland’s capital – but lies fenced off from the public in the shadow of the iconic visitor attraction it pre-dates.

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The Picture House's line-up of films being shown in 1960.

Campbeltown Picture House archives get national treasure status

A treasure trove from the archives of Scotland’s long-running cinema has been secured for the nation.
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Edinburgh Castle by night. Picture: Stephen Finn

After-hours event planned at Edinburgh Castle

A year-long celebration of Scotland’s young people will see an exclusive “after-hours” experience staged inside Edinburgh Castle, organisers have revealed.

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One of the signature events of the Year of Young People will be the opening of Dundee's V&A Museum.

£2m line-up of events for Scotland's Year of Young People

A year-long celebration of Scotland’s young people will see them help design and plan the opening of Dundee’s V&A Museum, stage a take-over of the Georgian house that inspired JM Barrie to write Peter Pan and enter a “school of stand-up" at Glasgow’s annual comedy festival.
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Leith Theatre rebirth and Ross Pavilion vision in running for Creative Edinburgh Awards

Leith Theatre rebirth and Ross Pavilion vision in running for Creative Edinburgh Awards

The reopening of the neglected Leith Theatre building after 30 years is to compete with multi-million pound plans to replace the Ross Bandstand at Edinburgh’s annual creative industries Oscars.

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Radical thinking needed to reinvigorate Royal Mile.

Brian Ferguson: Radical thinking required for Royal Mile

More than five years have passed since Edinburgh admitted it had a problem with its most historic thoroughfare. A summit on the future of the Royal Mile called by the city council at The Hub heard a depressing litany of complaints.

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Gerry Rafferty, the Paisley singer who died in 2011. Photograph: Graham Jepson

John Byrne working on stage musical inspired by Gerry Rafferty

John Byrne, the writer of Tutti Frutti and The Slab Boys, is working on a stage musical inspired by the music of Gerry Rafferty, the late singer-songwriter he grew up with in their native Paisley.

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Romantic lure of Scotland fuelling boom in US visitors

The welcoming nature of the Scottish people, a spiritual bond with its landscapes and the romance of hit TV show Outlander is fuelling a record boom in American visitors, new research has found.

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Land trains similar to this one could be seen on Edinburgh's Royal Mile

Tourists could enjoy Royal Mile sites on ‘land train’

It is Scotland’s most historic thoroughfare, thronged with visitors flocking to attractions like Edinburgh Castle, The Palace of Holyroodhouse and St Giles’ Cathedral.

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William Playfair’s visions for the Athens of Scotland

Unrealised visions for the Scottish capital by one of its most celebrated architects are to take centre stage in a major new exhibition devoted to his work.

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New stage show Touching the Void will be adapted from Joe Simpson's best-selling book of the same name.

Touching the Void to be brought to the stage in Edinburgh

The famous true-life story of a mountainteering trip in the Peruvian Andes which went disastrously wrong is to be turned into a major new stage play in Scotland.

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The exhibition by London's Fashion and Textile Museum will be visiting New Lanark from January to April next year.

Picasso, Dali and Warhol works to go display at New Lanark

Work by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse and Joan Miro is to go on display at a former cotton mill complex in the heart of a world heritage site in Scotland.

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Makeover for world's first Carnegie library named Scotland's best building

A multi-million pound expansion of the world’s first Andrew Carnegie library has earned it the coveted title of Scotland’s building of the year.

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