"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, 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.
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.
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, the stunt cyclist who became an overnight YouTube sensation in April last year with Inspired Cycles, is back at his old tricks.
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.
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."
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?
It was an evening in late August when I found myself taking part in a live, interactive game show.
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.
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.
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.
Former Edinburgh Trams chief's comments about Bilfinger Berger being a "delinquent contractor" has not gone down well with the German firm.
A report from the annual Scottish conference of the Voice of the Listeners and Viewers in Edinburgh Friday 5 November 2010. Part 1.
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.
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.
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.