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Brian Ferguson: Too few Scottish historical dramas on screen

It is Saturday night at the Royal Lyceum Theatre and an expectant audience is squeezing into every available seat. They have seized the chance to be the first to see one of the year’s most anticipated theatrical events in Scotland – a new play exploring the relationship between John Knox and Mary, Queen of Scots.

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Studio 24 bosses have announced that the popular nightspot is to close after 22 years. Picture: Google Maps

Studio 24 owners confirm sale to property developers

The owners of a popular live music venue in Edinburgh where rock giants Nirvana once played have confirmed it has been sold to a property developer.

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An artists impression of how the Queens Hall will look after a makeover. Picture: Contributed

Queens Hall to get new glass-sided entrance in £3m makeover

A glass-fronted entrance will be created for one of Edinburgh’s flagship concerts halls as part of a £3 million makeover aimed at securing its long-term future.

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Billy Connolly honoured for ‘outstanding contribution’ to TV

Scottish comedy legend Billy Connolly has been honoured for his “outstanding contribution” to the nation’s TV industry.

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First Andrew Carnegie Library transformed in £12.4m expansion

It is a project that has transformed the home of the world’s first Andrew Carnegie Library into Scotland’s newest architectural landmark.

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Irene MacDougall and Billy Mack in Dundee Reps production of Death of a Salesman. Picture: Jane Hobson

Royal Lyceum leads race for Critics’ Awards for Theatre

Arguments over where the Lewis chessmen should be displayed were settled by compromise. A similar approach may be needed for the latest find, in Galloway.

Brian Ferguson: National treasures should benefit the whole country

They may lie almost 400 miles apart on the map, but the settlement of Uig on the Isle of Lewis and the town of Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway share a rare claim to fame.

The bronze statue of Scottish philosopher David Hume in Edinburg. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)

1000 years of Edinburgh history in 101 objects

From the Heart of Midlothian on the Royal Mile and the final resting place of the economist Adam Smith in the Canongate to Edinburgh Castle’s Mons Meg cannon and the painting of The Skating Minister, they will chart 1000 years of the Scottish capital

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Brian Ferguson: Time to start shouting about the 70th Edinburgh Fringe

Brian Ferguson: Time to start shouting about the 70th Edinburgh Fringe

It had been a long time since I experienced a truly bitterly cold day in Scotland.

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The Book Festival has been staged in Charlotte Square since 1983 but this year it will expand, taking over the west end of George Street. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Fringe and book festival to team up to run new outdoor arena

Fringe promoters are set to join forces with organisers of Edinburgh’s long-running book festival to run venues due to take over part of one of the capital’s main thoroughfares.

St Cecilia's Hall in Edinburgh is to reopen next month after a two-year, �6.5million redevelopment.
 Picture: Neil Hanna

Modern makeover for Scotland's oldest concert hall revealed

It has been only been home to a handful of shows every year - despite being Scotland’s oldest concert hall and once playing host to Hollywood superstar Grace Kelly.

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Tourism is the lifeblood of Edinburgh. Picture: Jane Barlow

Brian Ferguson: tourism is vital to Edinburgh’s economy

On a sunny spring afternoon all appeared oddly quiet in the streets of Edinburgh’s New Town. Only a handful of weekend shoppers and tourists were wandering around on the historic thoroughfares leading downhill from the throngs on Princes Street and George Street.

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Lutz Leichsenring, a nightlife champion in Berlin, spoke at the Music Is Audible workshop at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh. Picture: Andrew O'Brien

Edinburgh mulls first ‘night mayor’ idea to save music scene

Edinburgh has kickstarted moves to appoint Scotland’s first “night mayor” in a bid to halt the closure of venues, prevent gigs being shut down due to noise complaints and raise the profile of the city’s troubled scene.

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The demise of the live music venue is hitting Edinburgh hard writes Brian Ferguson.

Brian Ferguson: Lack of venues to blame for demise of capital’s music scene

An abiding cliche about Scottish filmmaking it is that it normally paints a grim and depressing picture of the nation.

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An artist's impression of the Pentland Studio development at Straiton. Picture: Contributed

Brian Ferguson: Doubts over studio linger despite green light

The Scottish film studio saga has made more appearances in this column than any other issue since I started pounding the arts beat nearly five years ago.

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The Ross Fountain is in danger of collapse. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Edinburgh’s Ross Fountain to be removed for year-long repair

It is the exotic-looking landmark which has had pride of place in the historic heart of Scotland’s capital for 145 years.

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Artists impression of the Pentlands Studios complex. Picture: Contributed

£250m Pentland Studios gets go-ahead from Scots Government

Developers have been given the green light to create a vast film studio complex on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

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The RRS Discovery in Dundee.. Picture: Robert Perry

Brian Ferguson: Why Dundee should be named culture capital

I ended up in memory lane again last week, after being asked to speak to a group of Scottish student journalists.

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Leith warehouse becomes film studio for Avengers movie

A vast warehouse on Edinburgh’s waterfront has been turned into a film studio for the latest Avengers blockbuster.

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Hogmanay switch is probably inevitable given funding cuts. Picture: PA

Brian Ferguson: Hogmanay switch no surprise given funding squeeze

Hogmanay switch probably inevitable given funding cuts, writes Brian Ferguson

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