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Open letter warns of 'severe impact' on economy if arts cuts are imposed

More than 120 arts, heritage and business organisations have joined forces to warn the Scottish Government of the “severe impacts” if its culture budget is cut next week.
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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.

The immersive gallery: 

Future Play

Events review: FuturePlay

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Riding high over the Amazon, my glasses have steamed up. The virtual reality crowd, it seems, don’t typically cater to heavy-breathing older folks with varifocals.

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Colonel Doherty and the Officers of the 13th Light Dragoons, 1855, by Roger Fenton at The Queen's Gallery. Picture: Royal Collection Trust

Edinburgh Art Festival reviews: Roger Fenton | Josef Koudelka | Douglas Gordon | New Edition | Fault Lines

The horrors of war are evident in Roger Fenton’s powerful portraits from the Crimean War at the Queen’s Gallery, while Douglas Gordon indulges in an expensive one-liner

A dragon sculpture was Zoe Walker's contribution (with Neil Bromwich). Picture: Neil Hanna

Town planning pioneer celebrated in new art creations

When Toby Paterson was installing his new work for The Edinburgh Art Festival in Chessels Court, off the Canongate, he overheard a tour guide trying to explain Patrick Geddes. “How do you do that?” he muses. “Well … he was a sociologist and botanist and pioneering town planner, and kind of an anarchist …”

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Picture: Julie-Artacha

Tim Cornwell on Canada Hub, celebrating 150 years of the Federation

This being Edinburgh in August, there’s a lonely figure in a pigtail, drumming and chanting loudly to the sunset in the New Town garden below my rented room.

The 70th anniversary curtain-raiser will be staged over two nights in St Andrew Square.

Festival offers sneak preview of St Andrew Square spectacular

Organisers of the Edinburgh International Festival have given a sneak preview of their spectacular opening event which will transform on the city's most prestigious spaces this weekend.
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Spray, 1940 by Harold  Williamson is part of True To Life at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Picture: � Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth

Art review: True To Life: British Realist Painting in the 1920s and 1930s at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

Far from being an artistic cul-de-sac, British Realist painting between the wars was imaginative and original

Douglas Gordon at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Picture:  Neil Hanna

Art interview: Douglas Gordon – ‘I love the Flaxman sculpture of Burns, but I had to break it’

Douglas Gordon’s destruction of Robert Burns at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is an act of love, admiration and possibly envy, finds Susan Mansfield

St Andrew Square will be transformed for the two-day curtain-raiser for the Edinburgh International Festival.

Transformation of New Town square for Edinburgh Festival show revealed

Computer-generated images have been released showing how a New Town square will be totally transformed for the 70th anniversary curtain-raiser of the Edinburgh International Festival.
Jac Leirner, Leveled Spirit, 2017. PIC Ruth Clark

Art review: Jac Leirner, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

From cigarette papers to mountains, by way of a subtly different take on landscape

The Jacobite exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland explains the enduring fascination with the Stuart dynasty. Picture: Neil Hanna/JP Resell

Review: Jacobite exhibition explores legacy of the Stuarts

Portraits, armour, silverware and song help illustrate the history of the Jacobites in this extensive exhibition, writes Duncan Macmillan

Supper at Emmaus, 1601, by Caravaggio is one of the stars of Beyond Caravaggio at the Scottish National Gallery. � The National Gallery, London

Art review: Beyond Caravaggio at the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

It’s fascinating to see work by those inspired by Caravaggio, but none of them surpass the master

Work on the proposed expansion for the Scottish National Gallery was supposed to start in the spring of this year.

Scottish National Gallery extension abandoned after cost soars

A multi-million pound overhaul of Scotland’s flagship art gallery has had to be scaled back due to soaring cost over-runs and delays.
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 new-look Scottish National Gallery was due open to the public in 2019.

Scottish National Gallery overhaul runs into trouble

The £16.8 million project to overhaul the Scottish National Gallery has been hit by a delay and budget problems before work is even underway.
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Julia Amour is director of Festivals Edinburgh, the body overseeing 12 of the city's main events.

Edinburgh Festival leaders sound warning bells for the future

Edinburgh will need to build a host of modern new venues, reinvent historic ones and combine cutting-edge technology with culture to remain world-leading in future, according to figureheads of the city’s flagship events.
The Scottish Government is ploughing an extra �90,000 to provide the curtain-raiser to the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Festival and Festival Fringe in 2017. Photograph: Steven Scott Taylor

Let there be lights – and lasers – at Hogmanay tribute to 70th Festival

The 70th birthday celebrations of the Edinburgh Festival are to be heralded at the climax of the capital’s Hogmanay festivities, organisers revealed today.

Co-director Forest Fringe director with colleagues Andy Field, Ira Brand and Deborah Pearson. Picture: Contributed

Leading Free Fringe promoters pull plug on programming shows

One of the major promoters of free shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has pulled the plug on programming shows ahead of its 70th anniversary claiming the event has become too “exploitative” and difficult to stage shows at.

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The Jockey II by Paloma Proudfoot and Aniela Piasecka at Edinburgh Art Festival Kiosk as part of Platform. Picture: Rosie Harriet

Arts review: Edinburgh Art Festival

Jupiter Artland and Inverleith House make wonderful backdrops for exciting work, while the late Jo Spence’s art is as vital as ever

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