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Edinburgh, United Kingdom. 26 August, 2019 Pictured: The spectacular Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, which marks the end of the Edinburgh International Festival, brings together the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and fireworks specially choreographed by international pyrotechnics artists, Pyrovision all set against the magnificent backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Credit: Rich Dyson/Alamy Live News
Edinburgh, UK. 23 August, 2019 The inimitable Pulp frontman and solo artist, Jarvis Cocker remains a startlingly vital force in music, playing songs from his glittering career. He returns to the International Festival with his new project JARV IS Credit: Rich Dyson/Alamy Live News
The graduates from the Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation (SCF) have taken classic Chinese silhouettes, fabrics and colour and given them a modern twist. The fashion showcase – From Shanghai with Love – is a collaboration between Donghua University and the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh. The shows take place on 23 and 24 August as part of the Festival Fringe.
A dance piece which looks behind the masks of violence and machismo to the inner lives of Belfast hard men and strong women. Cast in four episodes, Hard to Be Soft features solos from Oona Doherty, a warrior-like hip-hop dance group, and a choreographed wrestling match for a male duet. Using rich, sometimes unsettling imagery from Belfast street life and religious ritual, and set inside a massive, gleaming cage, it contrasts shocking power with meditative stillness. Hard to Be Soft: A Belfast Prayer runs as part of the Edinburgh International Festival at Lyceum Theatre from 21-24 August
Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is interviewed by Matt Forde at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. During the hour long interview the FM said if the UK crashed out of the EU with No Deal that Jeremy Corbyn should shoulder part of the blame.
Chronicling Jackie Kay’s 20-year search for her biological mother and father and her quest for them to recognise her own existence. National Theatre of Scotland’s Red Dust Road is adapted from the soul-searching memoir by Jackie Kay, poet, playwright, novelist and Scottish Makar. It’s a journey full of heart, humour and profound emotion, exploring race, identity and family secrets, with a deeply human curiosity and compassion. Red Dust Road is adapted for the stage by Tanika Gupta, winner of last year’s James Tait Black Prize for her drama Lions and Tigers. Completing the creative trio is Dawn Walton, director of the acclaimed salt. by Selina Thompson. Red Dust Road is at the Edinburgh International Festival from 14 - 18 August Pictured: Sasha Frost
Komische Oper Berlin return to the International Festival for Tchaikovsky’s best-loved opera, based on Alexander Pushkin’s classic verse novel. Tchaikovsky’s heart-breaking love story uses the author’s poetry to create lyrical scenes that contrast the austerities of country life with the excesses and opulence of the Russian imperial court. Playful, radical and perceptive, Kosky is one of the most renowned directors working in opera today. Rising star Asmik Grigorian, whose performance as Strauss’s Salome at the Salzburg Festival recently met with universal adoration, takes the central role of Tatyana. Eugene Onegin is conducted by Latvian-born Ainārs Rubiķis, Komische Oper Berlin’s recently appointed Music Director. Eugene Onegin is at the Edinburgh International Festival from 15 - 17 August
LBC presenter, Iain Dale interviews Sir John Curtice and Michael Crick as part of his All Talk series at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Pictured: Michael Crick who suggested that Boris Johnson could be Prime Minister for at least 8 years
A dizzying fusion of dance, music and revolution, inspired by the supercharged music and scandalous life of Fela Kuti. Kalakuta Republic was the name that legendary Afrobeat pioneer and radical political activist Fela Kuti gave to his communal compound in the suburbs of Lagos. Pioneering dancer and choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly takes Kuti’s life and beliefs as inspiration for this visually stunning, hypnotic dance work for the seven performers of Faso Dans Theatre that draws lines from African revolution in the 1970s to today’s political resistance. Kalkuta Republic is part of the Edinburgh International Festival and runs from 8-11 August at The Lyceum Theatre
Theatre Company Ockham’s Razor perform This Time at St Stephen’s Church in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
The 2019 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo launches its 2019 show Kaleidoscope. Staged on the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade between 2-24 August, the show marks its 69th year. Pictured: La Musique de lÕArtillerie
Underbelly launches its 20th year at the Edinburgh Festival with a preview hosted by Rhys Nicholson Pictured: Compere Rhys Nicholson
Previews for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival start with the official start date of 2 August. Performers Zeroko’s Teatime hope that the rain will stay away as they perform on the Royal Mile.
Prime Minister and Conservative Leader, Boris Johnson visits Bute House to meet First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon. Earlier in the day, Johnson announced £300m of funding for projects to boost the economy in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Pictured: Boris Johnson and Nicola Sturgeon on the steps of Bute House
The 2019 Edinburgh International Film Festival is brought to a close with the World Premiere of Mrs Lowry & Son starring Venessa Redgrave & Timothy Spall. Pictured: Timothy Spall
Consisting of work by anonymous amateurs, famous artists and forgotten figures alike, Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage is the first survey exhibition of collage ever to take place anywhere in the world. This wide-ranging exhibition dispels the myth that collage is a 20th-Century invention set in motion by cubist artists such as Pablo Picasso and Juan Gris, and points to a richer and much more diverse history. Pictured: Peter Blake's The Toy Shop, 1962. Wood, glass, paper, plastic, fabric and mixed media
Freedom from Torture supporters are taking on a mammoth cycle ride across Britain in aid of torture survivors who have been forced to flee their home country and are rebuilding their lives in the UK. The ride, beginning in Hastings on the 1 July and finishing in Edinburgh on 28 July, is broken down into 19 stages; Moira Dunworth, aged 65, and Shelagh King, a semi-retired doctor aged 64, are riding the whole way and other participants have signed up to some of the stages. Supporters across the country who are riding include Violet Hejazi, a young Syrian refugee who learnt to ride a bike specifically to take part in ‘Cycle against Torture 2019’. Pictured L to R: Moira Dunworth and Shelagh King
The Scottish Premiere of the new Danny Boyle film, Yesterday, takes place at Vue Omni in Edinburgh. Attending the premiere was Director, Danny Boyle
Artistic Director, Mark Adams launches the 2019 Edinburgh International Film Festival at the Filmhouse. The festival runs from 19 June to 30th June
The results of the European Parliamentary Elections for the Scotland Region are announced at the City Chambers in Edinburgh. Scotland's six new MEPs will be the SNP's Alyn Smith, Christian Allard and Aileen McLeod, Louis Stedman-Bruce of the Brexit Party, Sheila Ritchie of the Liberal Democrats and Baroness Nosheena Mobarik of the Conservatives. Pictured: Christian Allard, Alyn Smith and Aileen McLeod of the SNP celebrate after the declaration of the European Parliamentary Election results
The counting of votes in the European Parliamentary Election for the City of Edinburgh counting area takes place at EICC, Morrison Street, Edinburgh.
On the eve of the European elections Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable rallies activists and campaigners in Edinburgh. At the start of a day-long UK-wide tour Vince Cable states that Liberal Democrats are set to make gains, including in Scotland, as the strongest party of Remain in the UK.
SNP Party Leader, Nicola Sturgeon and European Parliament Election candidate Alyn Smith take to the streets of Leith to campaign for the forthcoming EU elections
The Brexit Party holds a rally at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh attended by party leader Nigel Farage
Leader of the Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party, Ruth Davidson, joins the candidates for the European Parliament Elections at Deanston Distillery in Doune near Stirling
Plans to increase Scotland’s exports are unveiled by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the 22nd National Economic Forum in Edinburgh. The First Minister officially launched ‘A Trading Nation’ an export plan which aims to grow the value and range of Scottish products, services and businesses in overseas markets. Pictured: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Bonhams Sporting Sale will take place on Wednesday 1 May in Edinburgh. The sale will include the oldest golf scorecard in the world. Pictured: The oldest scorecard in the world. Framed and mounted, the card dates from 2 December 1820. It shows that a Mr. Cundell played the five holes within the Musselburgh Race Track twice, a total of ten holes in 84 strokes. Estimate: £2,500-3,500.
Iconic characters from much-loved family films will be brought to life as part of a spectacular showcase of costumes created by students in the Edinburgh College of Art Performance Costume Show. Many performance costume graduates have gone on to successful careers in cinema, TV and theatre. Recent graduates have worked on children’s blockbuster Paddington 2, Disney’s Artemis Fowl and Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs. Others have gone on to work at the Royal Opera House, the V&A Museum, Scottish Opera and Northern Ballet. The ECA Performance Costume Show takes place on 17 and 18 May in Edinburgh College of Art Sculpture Court. Pictured: Ruth Nichols-Pike’s enthralling costume has a seafaring theme. Based on a Finnish epic poem, her design features a giant hat in the shape of a ship, a silk slip painted with marine imagery, sequin leggings and gloves made to look like fish.
RSA New Contemporaries takes place at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, from 9 March to 3 April 2019. Showcasing 63 graduates selected from the 2018 degree shows, this exhibition offers an opportunity to see the best of Scotland’s emerging talent under one roof. Pictured: Plough by Alice Dudgeon of Edinburgh College of Art being examined by Olivia Turner, Project Assistant at the RSA
A suspect package was discovered in the Halifax premises on Edinburgh's Princes Street. The road was closed for over an hour whilst Bomb Squad attended before declaring the location safe.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Services staff tackle a blaze on Edinburgh's Salisbury Crags
Youngsters paid tribute to one of Dumfries’ most celebrated former residents when they unveiled a new water refill tap in the town. The high tech Top Up Tap has been installed by Scottish Water as part of its national initiative to encourage people to carry a reusable bottle and stay hydrated on the go. Pictured: Brian Gibson from one of the town’s oldest businesses, whisky and wine specialists TH Watson. The experts, who run the area’s Drambusters Whisky Club, sampled water from the new tap.
Councillors in Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh, vote on proposals to introduce a tourist tax of £2 per person, per night. The proposals, if approved, will also need legislative change by the Scottish Government which was signalled in the recent Budget. Pictured: One of the many Free Tours sellers on Edinburgh's Royal Mile under a statue of free-market economist, Adam Smith
A 21-gun salute is fired by 32 Regiment Royal Artillery to celebrate the 67th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne.
Fashion designer, Orla Kiely, opens her exhibition Life in Pattern at the Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh on 7 February. The exhibition draws on Kiely’s archives, offering visitors an unparalleled insight into her methods and concepts, with sketches, mood boards, and samples spanning 20 years of work. Pictured: Orla Kiely with a selection of her clothing
Luke Jerram's 7 metre wide installation, The Museum of the Moon goes on display at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh. The installation is part of the Burns & Beyond Festival which runs from 22 - 27 January in multiple venues across Edinburgh
Former Scottish Labour leader, Kezia Dugdale celebrates the 147th anniversary of the death of the famous Greyfriar's Bobby with her dog Brodie. The event, organised by The Dogs Trust, celebrates the dog which spent many years sitting on it's masters grave.
Bonhams in Edinburgh will be holding its Home and Interiors sale on 16th January 2019 at 11am. Highlights include a splendid Liberty twelve-piece silver and turquoise mounted dressing table set. Made in the early years of the 20th century the set comprises a rectangular tray, two frames, three brushes, a hand mirror, glove stretchers, and a small tray with two pin jars, each set with cabochon turquoises. Estimate £1,000-1,500. 36 Views of Edinburgh Castle: Edinburgh Festival by the celebrated Scottish sculptor and installation artist, David Mach who is also well known for his collages. Estimate: £3,000-5,000. A cased Victorian Silver Claret jug with connections to Lord Byron whilst at Newstead Abbey. Estimate £600-900. Pictured: Martha Lloyd-Morgan with the mirror from the Liberty 12 piece silver dressing table set
The traditional Loony Dook took place at Portobello just outside Edinburgh. Revellers dressed in costumes take a dip into the Firth of Forth to welcome in the New Year.
The traditional curtain-raiser to the Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations, the torchlight procession, lights up the streets of Edinburgh led by PyroCeltica
The most popular baby names in Scotland have been announced at Leith Library in Edinburgh. The most names for 2018 are unchanged from 2017 with Jack and Olivia taking the top spots. Pictured: 12 month old Lyra Rose Mackay holding a book titled with the most popular girl's name, Olivia
One of the most famous of all twentieth-century sculptures, Salvador Dalí’s Lobster Telephone (1938) has been acquired by the National Galleries of Scotland, and is set to go on display this week at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. This iconic sculpture is one of the most instantly recognisable masterpieces of Surrealism, the art movement that emerged in Paris in the 1920s, which explored the world of dreams and the subconscious mind. It consists of an ordinary, working telephone, upon which rests a plaster lobster, specially made to fit directly over the receiver. Lobster Telephone was acquired for the sum of £853,000, supported by the Henry and Sula Walton Fund (£753,000), and Art Fund (£100,000). Henry Walton was a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh and Sula Walton (née Wolff) was an internationally renowned child psychiatrist. They were passionate devotees of the arts and left their art collection to the National Galleries of Scotland. They also established an independent, charitable fund, designed to help the Galleries acquire major works of modern art.
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay visits the Edinburgh St James Centre development ahead of the 2019-20 Scottish Budget. Mr Mackay will present the 2019-20 Scottish Budget on Wednesday 12th December. Edinburgh St James is a 1.7 million sq ft city centre development and one of the largest and most significant regeneration projects currently underway in the U.K. and the largest city-centre development Edinburgh has seen for decades. The scheme will strengthen Edinburgh’s global standing by transforming the city’s east end into an inspiring, attractive and vibrant destination. *PICTURES EMBARGOED UNTIL 00:01 ON WEDNESDAY 12 DECEMBER 2018*
Scottish Ballet's winter performance of Prokofiev's Cinderella choreographed by Christopher Hampson runs at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre from 8 December 2018 to 30 December 2018 before touring throughout Scotland in 2019.
Joyce W. Cairns PRSA has been elected President of the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture, the first woman to be elected to the position in the 192-year history of the RSA. Born in Edinburgh, Cairns studied painting at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen (1966-71), and at the Royal College of Art, London (1971-74). Following a fellowship at Gloucester College of Art and Design she studied at Goldsmiths College, University of London. In 1976 she returned to Aberdeen to teach Drawing and Painting at Gray’s School of Art until 2004 when she left to complete a substantial body of work culminating in the exhibition War Tourist at Aberdeen Art Gallery.
The winter sun lights up Dunstanburgh Castle on the Northumberland coast
The Krampus Run, a costumed event with St. Nicholas' and his dark counterpart of Krampus takes place on the streets of Whitby.
First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon takes part in the conference closing session of Eurocities 2018.She shares the stage with Young Ambassadors as they reflect on their conclusions from the three day conference in a session chaired by BBC journalist Allan Little.Established in 1986, EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities, bringing together local governments that are responsible for 130 million citizens across 39 countries. Over 500 delegates from 120 cities are taking part in the event, including 70 Young Ambassadors. The theme of the conference is exploring how culture and creativity can deliver successful, inclusive and prosperous cities that enrich the quality of citizens’ lives.
Shops on Edinburgh\'s Princes Street start to advertise Black Friday deals offering up to 60% of items.
Entertainer Phill Jupitus launches the Andy Warhol and Eduardo Paolozzi | I want to be a machine, a major NGS exhibition which explores the mutual fascination for automation, machines and mechanical processes of two of Pop Art’s giants, Andy Warhol (1928-1987) and Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005). Running from 17 November 2018 to 2 June 2019, Andy Warhol and Eduardo Paolozzi | I Want to be a Machine will consist of two parallel displays devoted to each artist, examining the development of their work from the 1940s onwards. Highlights will include striking images like Warhol’s famous multi-coloured prints of Marilyn Monroe and Paolozzi’s dazzling, kaleidoscopic prints of the ’60s and ’70s.
This winter an exhibition of new paintings, drawings and prints by one of Scotland’s most celebrated artists, John Byrne RSA, will be on view in the Academicians’ Gallery. Well known as a polymath of prolific output, producing plays, screenplays and stage design alongside his artistic practice, Byrne’s idiosyncratic style has brought him significant renown in recent years. Titled Rogues' Gallery, the exhibition presents a cast of motley characters, fashioned from memories of Byrne's childhood growing up in Paisley combined with his vast imagination. The exhibition opens on 17 November 2018 until 23 December 2018 at the RSA Academicians' Gallery, The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh
The Bonhams Asian Art Sale takes place on Thursday 15 November at 22 Queen Street Edinburgh starting at 11 am. It features Japanese and Chinese Art including: bronzes, jades, snuff bottles, porcelain, textiles, lacquer, paintings and furniture.Pictured: A gilt bronze group of Guanyan and Sudhana valued between £6,000 and £7,000 viewed by Jaine Heggie of Bonhams
The Scottish Parliament will commemorate the centenary of the Armistice by hosting a projection designed by Ross Ashton of The Projection Studio.The projection, set to Sir John Blackwood McEwen’s String Quartets Volume 1 by the Chilingrian Quartet, will include the names of the 134,712 men and women listed in Scottish National War Memorial Roll of Honour. It will also feature images and designs that tell the story of the global war which ended 100 years ago.
Following the restoration of the Ross Fountain in Edinburgh's Princess Street Gardens in July, the water feature has now been fitted with a low energy, state of the art, waterproof LED system integral within the fountain pools which will project ripples as the water is moved by the wind, creating a shimmering effect after dark.
One of the most expensive bottles of whisky in the world was sold at Bonhams in Edinburgh. The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 60 year old fetched £700,000 and was bought by an online bidder.Although 12 bottles of The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 were produced, it is not known how many of them still exist. One is said to have been destroyed in an earthquake in Japan in 2011, and it is believed that at least one of them has been opened and consumed.