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National Galleries of Scotland 2011 Exhibitions Announced

National Galleries of Scotland

"Austerity" may be the watchword when it comes to public funding but the Scottish Government said yesterday that it wishes to maintain free entrance to National Galleries and Museums such as the permanent art exhibitions at the Scottish National Galleries. Shortly after the government's budget announcement - which saw a 4% cut to National Galleries of Scotland funding - we received details of next year's NAS programme.  Many of the exhibitions in Edinburgh are free, at least for now.

Susan Boyle Goes Into Record Books With New Album

Susan Boyle, the spinster from Blackburn in West Lothian, has been catapulted into the record books again as her new album The Gift goes to number one on the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

In The Penal Colony, Traverse Theatre, Review

In the Penal  Colony

Seated in the usual critical position in front of the lighting box of Traverse One, this reviewer observed to his (considerably more) learned colleague from Opera Now that Phillip Glass’s music is something of a Marmite test – you either think it some of the most exciting music of our times, or you … well, don’t. That the auditorium was near capacity for this single performance of Glass’s opera ‘In The Penal Colony’ suggest a considerable following in this city at least.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Edinburgh Playhouse, Review

Keith Jack is 'Joseph'

All good things come to he who waits and Keith Jack, having previously toured the country as the Narrator, has taken the lead role and the famous costume at long last. After four months on the road, Keith Jack finally got to show a home audience what they always knew: that he has the voice and stage presence to wear the coat with pride.

Danny MacAskill Tricks His Way From Edinburgh to Skye

Danny MacAskill, the stunt cyclist who became an overnight YouTube sensation in April last year with Inspired Cycles, is back at his old tricks.

Edinburgh Exhibition Shows Solidarity With Imprisoned Authors

A new exhibition inspired by imprisoned writers and banned publications joins the permanent exhibition dedicated to Scott, Burns, and Stevenson at the Edinburgh's Writers' Museum in Lady Stair's Close.

Leith Memorial to Merchant Navy Unveiling

memorialHRH The Princess Royal is heading to the port of Leith today to unveil a new monument to Scotland's Merchant Navy personnel.

Edinburgh International Festival 2011 Holds Far Eastern Promise

National Ballet of China

Next Summer's Edinburgh International Festival will focus on the cultures of Asia and the influence of Eastern cultures on artists in the West. Announcing the Festival 2011 theme ‘To the Far West’ in Beijing today, Festival Director Jonathan Mills promised "a heady three weeks of exquisite artistic exploration which I hope will intoxicate audiences."

RSNO: Fantastique! Review

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We are used to Stéphane Denève wishing us a good evening and then telling us a thing or two about the evening’s programme. Last year a red carpeted podium was presented to the Orchestra but it does not often appear at the Usher Hall. But there it was - with Stéphane Denève on it. Why then was there a second microphone?

Preview: It's Funtime!

Funtime Image by Danny Carr

It was an evening in late August when I found myself taking part in a live, interactive game show.

Trams Still In Limbo After War of Words

Tram at the Gyle

When the long-running tram dispute boiled over into a public row this week, we got a brief insight into just how rancorous relations have become between Edinburgh trams company Tie and its contractor Bilfinger Berger.

Enron, King's Theatre, Review

Some of us remember the lines of disbelieving refugees exiting Enron’s headquarters when disaster struck, carrying the memorabilia of their working lives in cardboard boxes. It’s an image that refuses to be deleted, perhaps because we suspected that this was not the end, merely the beginning of the end.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay Announces Full 1.1.11 Celebrations

Hogmanay Fireworks

Edinburgh's Hogmanay organisers this morning unveiled the remaining details of the New Year's festival programme. The Winter Festival takes place from Thursday 30 December 2010 to New Year's Day 2011, with a rugby match on the 2nd January.

Thoughts on Edinburgh Airport Revamp

Airport bus

For those who fly frequently to and from Edinburgh, most will have welcomed the upgrading and development of Edinburgh Airport, although some will have reservat

Scrooge, Edinburgh Playhouse, Review

Cast of Scrooge

Christmas has come early to Edinburgh in the form of the musical ‘Scrooge’ playing sadly for only one week at the Playhouse. Based on Dickens’ classic story A Christmas Carol, it tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge's Yuletide transformation, and is a vehicle for the talents of the evergreen Tommy Steele.

Preview: Edinburgh Pantomimes and Christmas Shows 2010

Nuns in Traverse's Three Muskateers

Now that Edinburgh's Christmas programme is out of the bag, it's time to look at what festive shows city theatres have planned for us.

The Victorian tradition of pantomime is still very much alive and well with several theatres returning with new shows that have the classic panto ingredients of cross-dressing, singing, and audience participation, wrapped in a modern adaptation of a classic fairy tale.

Contractor Threatens Legal Action Against Former Edinburgh Trams Chief

Edinburgh Trams Arriving 2011

Former Edinburgh Trams chief's comments about Bilfinger Berger being a "delinquent contractor" has not gone down well with the German firm.

ConDem Broadcasting Minister Jeremy Hunt gets Big Brother powers

A report from the annual Scottish conference of the Voice of the Listeners and Viewers in Edinburgh Friday 5 November 2010. Part 1.

RSNO: Paganini Variations, Usher Hall, Review

The scene was set in the talk beforehand. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Principal Trombone player who is in his late twenties, Dávur Juul Magnussen, gave his maiden speech and how absorbing and enthralling a pre-concert talk it was.

Edinburgh's Christmas 2010 Programme is Launched

Christmas tree in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh New Town

Thoughts have turned to Christmas with the launch earlier today of Edinburgh's Christmas Festival, which starts on 25 November with Edinburgh Light Night. Returning to the city centre for the duration of the wintry months, is the big Ferris wheel, the ice rink (re-branded from a "Winter Wonderland" to "Edinburgh's Ice Rink"), the Santa run, and the traditional German Christmas market. 

Don't Keep Home Fires Burning Wood and Coal, Warns Council

The fires of Bonfire Night may be burning bright tonight, but Edinburgh City Council has been reminding people that they can only burn wood and standard coal to heat their homes this winter with certain kinds of smokeless appliances and stoves which are up to a government standard.