Apr. The world‘s largest International Science Festival present their usual user- friendly selection of debates. discussions and interactive displays exploring the weird and wonderful world of science and technology. This year’s events at The Science Works in Adam House and the ever popular Science Dome in West Princes Street Gardens include; The Communications Dome; StarLab/Space Show and much more in the way of intriguing things to prod. poke and puzzle over. The festival is open to all and includes special elements for children. specialists and the public alike.
I Edinburgh Folk Festival 7—16 Apr. A promising programme shaping up for this year‘s Folk Fest. with Aly Bain. Phil Cunningham. Davy Spillane. Dervish and Eileen lvers topping the bill and a strong emphasis on Irish and Scottish folk throughout.
I Glasgow Mayfest 27 Apr—20 May. The winds of change whistle round Mayfest
ex-Citz man Paul Bassett pledge a return to the original spirit of Mayfest as a festivalfur the people of Glasgow. Not many names as yet. but expect a more localised festival with greater emphasis on Scottish acts and look out for a series of outdoorjamborees on Glasgow Green. Candleriggs and the banks of the River Clyde.
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l I Scottish International Children’s l Festival 22—28 May. Lots and lots of fun i in the park (weather permitting) for the l small people in your life. For seven whole ' days the grassy slopes of Edinburgh’s j lnverleith Park transform to a buzzing j carnival heaving with tents. shows. games I and activities guaranteed to keep you and ‘ your kids amused for hours | on end. I Glasgow Folk Festival 23 Jun—2 Jul. Bigger and better than ever before we're told and in fine fettle this year with a line- } up that includes The Clancy Brothers with Robbie 0' Connell and Ravi Shankir; innovative events such as folk operas and multi-media performance and a theme that will run throughout the festival pulling together folk traditions from North America. Word is that a visit to Glasgow by the legendary Ramblin‘ Jack Elliot is on the cards.
I Glasgow Jazz Festival 30 J un—9 Jul. No definite names as yet. but Stephan Grappelli. Carol Kidd. Martin Taylor. Bruce Adams and Alan Barnes have all been mentioned in the odds for this year‘s line up. The general flavour of the festival will be tilted towards three main themes which are: a tribute to Scottish jazz; new faces in Scottish jazz and a tribute to the late. great Charlie Parker.
I Edinburgh Festivals
International 13 Aug—2 Sept. Big names
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al as ever for the official Festival with The Kirov Opera; Martha Graham Dance Company; Pina Bausch; world class conductors Claudio Abbado and Pierre Boulez and renowned theatre directors l.uc Bondy and Peter Sellars are all lined tip to reach dizzy Festival heights in ")5. Fringe l3 Aug—2 Sept. Plans for this year's fringe include 500 plus productions in venues scattered far and wide across the city . . . sound familiar? Your guess as to what delights (and disasters) the 49th Edinburgh Festival Fringe has in store are as good as ours at this stage. but we think it safe to assume that Hilary Strong's second year as director will produce as much theatre. dance. music. comedy and all round entertainment as it‘s possible to fit between the covers of a Fringe programme. Don't say we didn't warn you.
Film 12—27 Aug. The annual Drambuie Edinburgh Film Festival looks set to enter a whole new phase this year with Mark Cousins succeeding Penny Thomson as Director. Cousins. a distinguished documentary-maker in his own right. was tipped for the top last year after a succesful year as the Festival‘s Head of Programming and is expected to add a dynamic edge to this year‘s event. The programme itself is still under wraps but Cousins hopes to include gems picked up off the beaten track as well as major international films.
Prime cuts from 1995 : the Year of the Pig
The year-at—a-view. What more could that 1995 diary. sitting on your desk waiting to be filled up, ask for to kick off the new year? While you lot have been busy recuperating from all that festive excess. we at The List have been consulting with our trusty oracles. And the result? This here handy little guide to the year ahead. This year we’ve divided the preview into nice, neat, little sections, like Festivals, film
and music so you can dive head first into the category of your choice. Some events, particularly those further on in the calendar, are a little sketchy on detail at this stage, but don‘t worry, you’ll get the usual explicit, all the way coverage nearer the time.
Jan and Blues 5— l 3 Aug. The finer points of Edinburgh's annual jazz fest are not available at this stage. but all the signs point towards an influx of artists from the European community. as well as the usual bevy of international stars. 300k 12—28 Aug. The bi—annual book extravaganza hits Charlotte Square once more with a knockout list of the world’s fittest authors. Book signings. readings. discussions and demonstrations are also on the agenda.
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Ballet will perform at the Edinburgh lntemational Festival I Fotoleis 5 ()ct-—5 Nov. Scotland's bi- annual feast of photography kicks off in October and runs for a full month. featuring a rich mix of established stars and newcomers from all over the globe in series ofexhibitions that span the whole of Scotland. Advance programme information will be released in earlv spring from l"otofeis. ' I Edinburgh’s Hogmanay so Dec—l Jan. Last year's event has been deemed a winner by local and visiting revellers alike. and let's face it. anyone who can successfully organise an event around a Scottish Hogmanay deserves a pat on the back (and a stiff drink). Word is that the backers for Edinburgh's official Hogmanay are equally pleased with the proceedings and are considering a move to extend the festivities to four days with a similar mix of processions. live entertainment and activities as last year's three-day event.
14 The List 13—26 January 1995