City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News

Film of the Week: True Grit

True Grit

I had a brief discussion with a couple of friends shortly after seeing this and posed the question: are the Coen brothers massively overrated geeks or are they bona fide geniuses?

Council Grasping at Straws to Save the Trams tie Floundering.

The future of Transport Initiatives Edinburgh (tie) must be in the balance.   Not only do they have a highly

Master Class, King’s Theatre, Review

Stephanie Beacham as Maria Callas

Stephanie Beacham plays Maria Callas in a musical drama that celebrates the famous diva.

Annie, Edinburgh Playhouse, Review

Cast of Annie

While ‘Little Orphan Annie’ was created by Harold Walker in the form of a comic strip that had a long run in the 1920’s, it took another half century for it to reach the Broadway stage. The film version is rolled out almost every holiday but this repetition should not detract from the memorable songs and a plot that hovers between the plight of orphans, other social comment and pure musical theatre.

RSNO Great Symphonies: Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Review

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Anatoly Lyadov was an extraordinarily talented musician but lazy.

Braquage –Stick up!, Traverse Theatre, Review

Braquage at Manipulate

This fantastic one man show starring Olivier Rannou is a mad cap depiction of a heist by two dim criminals, Billy and, well, the other one (Olivier Rannou).

Snapshots: Creation and Play, Traverse Theatre, Review

Old Fangs - Manipulate Festival

A night of magic and fantasy at The Manipulate festival integrating film, animation, puppetry, and theatre.

Dracula, St Brides Centre, Review

The opening night’s weather for the latest production by Holyrood Amateur Theatrical Society (HATS) was reminiscent of the one that carried Count Dracula to Whitby as a black dog in the 1897 epistolary novel by Bram Stoker, as the arched roof of St Bride’s was battered and attacked by the howling wind like demons trying to enter.

Festival Director Jonathan Mills Extends Contract Until 2014

Jonathan Mills EIF director by James Christie

The Edinburgh International Festival today announced its director Jonathan Mills is to remain in his post until Festival 2014.

Audit Scotland Report Confirms the Public's Worst Fears

Carrick Knowe Viaduct Works - 3 Oct 2010

As someone who wrote to the First Minister back in June last year I very much welcome the Edinburgh Trams Interim Re

Greater Government Involvement Needed With Edinburgh Trams


Audit Scotland released its Edinburgh Trams Interim Report today. It was a day earlier than planned, after the report was leaked. The 44-page report provides an analysis of the trams work to date, although it does not express any opinion on the project’s management and contracts, or the cause and cost of time overruns due to the industrial dispute between tie and its contractors.

"No Delay" Expected For Scottish Election Result

Speculation that the vote count for the 5 May Scottish Parliamentry Election will be delayed has been rebutted by the body that runs the election operations.

Mountain Bike Areas Planned For Local Parks

Craigmillar Castle Park

Three areas of Edinburgh have been suggested as possible areas for mountain biking in new reports. Local community groups working in the areas commissioned the reports with the help of the City of Edinburgh Council Countryside Ranger Service and funding from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

Free Exhibition Gets Up Close With The Artist

Allan Ramsay

A new exhibition entitled The Artist Up Close will bring together a range of 32 portrait works of some of Scotland’s most admired artists created by themselves, their friends or family.

RoS: Edinburgh Homes End 2010 Up 3.9%

Roof tops

Edinburgh no longer has the most expensive homes in Scotland, according to the latest quarterly report from government statistician the Registers of Scotland (RoS).

Bring Out Yer Scams, Urges Council

Edinburgh City Council is encouraging residents to participate in the annual 'Scamnesty' month by bringing scam letters and emails to its Scam Mail Collection Bins in city libraries. The council is one of many local authorities participating in the national campaign, which is being run by the Office of Fair Trading and Age UK.

The Last Miner, Manipulate at the Traverse, Review

Tortoise in a Shell

Bring on the puppets! Annual visual theatre festival Manipulate gets underway at the Traverse with a play about an old miner who lives underground with only his memories.

RSNO Great Symphonies: Rachmaninov Two Review

Leila Josefowicz

Paul Dukas composed the nine minute piece The Sorcerer’s Apprentice in 1897 based upon Goethe’s ballad Der Zauberlehrling. But it was Walt Disney who made the tune so familiar to us today when he used it in 1940 for the animated Mickey Mouse film Fantasia.

Historic Scotland Starts Traffic Reduction Campaign in Holyrood Park

Holyrood Palace and road

A campaign to reduce traffic passing through Holyrood Park starts this month. The goal is to make drivers aware that the park's roads are for the sole use of non-commercial traffic. Coach drivers will also need a permit from April.

Peter Oundjian To Be RSNO’s New Music Director

Peter Oundjian (conductor)

Peter Oundjian will become the next Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO). The celebrated British-Canadian musician succeeds Frenchman Stéphane Denève, who departs at the end of the 2011/12 Season.

Alasdair Cameron, Queen's Hall, Review

The pianist Alasdair Cameron had a varied programme in his concert at the Queen's Hall.  He began with a selection of pieces by Mozart - Fantasy in D minor, Rondo in D major and Rondo in A minor - which were played with precision and a lightness of touch, enhancing the dynamic contrasts in the compositions.