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Clare Grogan to Present Critics' Award for Theatre in Scotland

Clare Grogan

Scottish actor, singer and presenter Clare Grogan will lead the festivities - and the revelations - as this year’s star host at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS nominees).

London Roll Into Town For Major Test of Edinburgh's Derby Mettle

Blazing Pheonix of the ARRG' Twisted Thistles

Edinburgh's very own roller derby team is set to take on one of the top teams in the country this Saturday.

Fringe Programme Launched, Web Site Goes Down

Fringe site down

The Festival Fringe Society launched its brochure for Fringe 2011 with customary hype this morning. This year's Fringe is "bigger than ever before". There is a staggering 2,542 "events" over the month of August. 

Festival Fringe 2011 Launches its 65th programme

Kath Mainland launches Fringe 2011 Programme

Kath Mainland announced the launch of the new 2011 Edinburgh Fringe programme this morning and it's bigger than ever with 2,542 shows. Fringe 2011 has an estimated 21,192 performers giving 41,689 performances, an increase of about 4% on last year, which reaffirms the Edinburgh August Festivals as the largest art festival in the World.

Edinburgh Methodist Church Sell Central Hall to Morningside Baptist Church for Over £1 Million

Earl Grey Street, Central Hall

Acting on behalf of The City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, An Edinburgh surveyors company has sold the Central Hall at Tollcross in Edinburgh city centre to Morningside Baptist Church for over &p

Demolition of Art Deco Odeon Cinema Gets Thumbs Down

Odeon Clerk St

Plans to demolish the auditorium of the former Odeon Cinema on Clerk Street and build an "arts hotel" were given the thumbs down by Edinburgh city councillors yesterday.

Edinburgh to Build New Autism Unit

A brand new specialist unit is to be built in Edinburgh to cope with the growing number of people with Autism and learning difficulties.

Fringe Brochure Hits the Street Tomorrow

Festival Fringe poster (cropped)

The Edinburgh International Film Festival starts a week tomorrow. The EIFF moved from August to June for more "breathing space", but this month's Edinburgh events calendar is still brimming with "festivals" of one kind or another.

It's Official! Nature Worth More Than We Thought!

Leave it to the wonks at DEFRA to come up with an answer to one of life's imponderables: what is the true value of nature? The short answer, outlined in a new report entitled the UK National Ecosystem Assessment, is that "nature is worth billions of pounds to the UK economy."

Come to Edinburgh. See the Museum of London

Museum of London

As the promoters of the Great Edinburgh Run say, a 5k or 10k jog through the capital is a great way to see the Old and New Towns in all their glory in a fun, energetic fashion. "Make a weekend of it in Scotland's historic capital city," says the web site.

Exhibition Shows Influence of Renaissance Artist Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Durer, Landscape with Cannon

A National Gallery of Scotland exhibition, opening this Thursday, looks at the enduring influence of 16th century German artist Albrecht Dürer.

Edinburgh Trams PR Chief Resigns

Tram on Princes Street - Driver's view

The beleaguered Edinburgh Trams project lost another key member of its team, it was announced today. Director of Communications and Customer Services for Tie, Mandy Haeburn-Little will step down following two years of working on the project. The announcement follows a series of recent resignations and growing doubts about the future of the project.

Film of the Week: X Men: First Class

X-Men First Class

Bryan Singer’s X2 was one of the best examples of the comic book superhero genre; made with considerable panache and came with great dialogue delivered by a fine ensemble cast of young talent and Shakespearean giants. It was also peppered with unexpectedly moving scenes that gave its outlandish mutant superheroes some depth.

New Filmmakers and Composers Invited to Philip Glass Masterclass


Here's an opportunity for emerging filmmakers and composers: the Edinburgh International Festival is running a workshop where filmmakers create short pieces of film with music score, culminating in a masterclass with the minimalist composer Philip Glass. The short projects are supposed to be inspired by the Qatsi Trilogy of films (Koyaanisqaatsi, Naqoyqatsi, Powaqqatsi), which are being screened with live performances by Philip Glass and his ensemble in Edinburgh. 

Beetle Larva Found in Kebab

An Edinburgh kebab shop owner has been fined £1350 after cooked beetle larva was found in a kebab sold from his takeaway.

Irish Dance Show Comes to your Doorstep

Edinburgh-based Absolutely Legless are taking their full show of Irish Music, Song & Dance to the Netherbow Theatre on Saturday 11th June. Their show continues to entertain audiences in Scotland, Europe and beyond. They have just returned from the Riviera and will soon travel to Slovenia to take part in an international festival of music, song and dance.

Princes Street Tramworks Put Back From July to September

Tram Works, Princes Street and Castle

The fresh round of tramworks on Princes Street, originally planned for July, will now begin in September.

Edinburgh International Film Festival Preview: Aristotle Recall


The Greek philosopher, Aristotle, was no stranger to intrigue. Controversy and rumour weave seamlessly into a life story that also includes great works of poetry, tragedy and ethical musings.

Central Hall Tollcross now a Baptist Church

Central Hall in Tollcross is the new home to Morningside Baptist Church, which they have bought from the Methodist Church.

Edinburgh's Best Beaches

Fun Boards at Gullane

Bathing season may have arrived late this year, but with hotter weeks expected, now is the time to consider what beaches to head for.

Edinburgh Trams - Crisis Deepens as TIE Board Members Walk Out

In the aftermath of the departure of the chief executive, Richard Jeffrey, the four non-executive directors of TIE have now left the board. This would seem to indicate that TIE itself is heading for disbandment.