Let’s Dance is a new festival at the Macrobert in Stirling, running from Wednesday to Saturday. Choreographers Brian Hartley, Janice Parker and Ashley Jack will be showcasing the results of recent community projects, working with young children and teenagers, and there are a series of dance-related films and an end-of-festival ceilidh.
While the Traverse’s last artistic director, Dominic Hill, made efforts to bring more visual theatre, puppetry and dance into the venue, new boss Orla O’Loughlin’s first move has been to reinforce the Traverse’s role as a powerhouse for that old-fashioned skill, playwriting. Write Here, a new festival running from tomorrow until 24 April, includes workshops by Gregory Burke and Zinnie Harris (pictured) and works in progress by Peter Arnott, Rob Drummond and more.
Teresa Margolles is one of numerous big names at this year’s Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, which begins this week. Look out for a large-scale public art project on Glasgow Green by Jeremy Deller, a homecoming show by last year’s Venice Biennale star, Karla Black, and the first solo show in Scotland since 1995 by Turner Prize winner Wolfgang Tillmans, alongside intriguing offerings such as FOUND and Aidan Moffat’s #Unravel, a moody storytelling machine.
Blur seem, finally, to be winding down once more – yes, they’ll be playing a big gig to close the Olympics, but there will be no new album. In the meantime guitarist Graham Coxon is keeping himself busy with a new solo album, A+E, on which he has swapped guitars for old synthesisers. He’s taking it on tour this month, stopping off at the Liquid Room in Edinburgh tomorrow and the Garage in Glasgow on Tuesday.