This section gives details of special selected events taking place within Edinburgh and Glasgow and around the central belt this fortnight. Listings are compiled by date, place and then event. Listings compi ed by Brian Donaldson. .



Great British Winter Festival ()ld Fruitmarket. Albion Street: City Hall. Candler'iggs. info: 0I4l 287 55l I. tirttil Sat 22. noon—I Iprn. £3. Irt their inaugural national winter ale festival. the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA). are laying on a wide selection of stouts. ales and light beers witlt special enrphasis on homegrown tipples. Special attention should be given to the Champion Winter Beer of Britain prize and the live entertainment to be laid on.


Restoring Degraded Habitats Paisley Natural History Society Museum and Art Galleries. Iliin Street. info: 0I4l 889 315 I. 7.30pm. free. A talk by Millennium Forest Project representative Nick Marshall on the work likely to occur through the implementation of the Habitats Directive and Biodiversity Plans. Your contact at the above number is one David Mellor. It can't be'.’


Renfrew GOO Various venues. Renfrew. info: 0I4l 88o l‘)‘)7. Until 3| l)ec. A year-long celebration to mark Renfr'ew's status as a Royal Burgh will see the good people of the town sharirtg many platforms with various artistes in celebration of their own talents.

achievements and heritage. This fortnight's events include a Clubbers' Scots Night with a ‘touch of tartan' acting as the theme (Fri 2 I I. an Indian Cookery Demonstration to get you otrt of the habit of ordering from the carry-out (Wed 26) and the Renfrew Trefoil Guild coffee morning (Sat I).


Orkney Pictures and Poems Stirling Castle. info: 0| 786 450000. I0arn—4pm. £3.50 (£2/£l ). The ways of life and glorious scenery of ()rkney are captured in a new exhibition irt Stirling Castle. The srtaps have been taken by Gunnie Moberg who has lived and worked irt Scotland since moving from Sweden in 1960. The photographs are accompanied by the poems of recently-deceased ()rcadian writer George Mackay Brown. The exhibition is also available irt book form with the publication of ()I’A‘IIH' Pictures and Poems which will be on sale for £20. The show goes on until Sunday Mar Io.

SATURDAY 22 GLASGOW Great British Winter Festival See l~‘i~i 2|.

SUNDAY 23 GRANGEMOUTH The Scottish CD and Record Fair ()xgang House Hotel. info: ()I4I 954 093 l. l0am—5pm. L‘ I. This massive roadshow makes it into its second year with the promise ofcollectors. dealers and fans from across Iiurope getting their kicks on discovering or selling that elusive rarity. livery genre is represented from 50s rockabilly to Britpop imports.


BOWI’IIII Estate Visitor Centre. Bowhill. info: 0I835 83028 I. 2--4pm. L'l (free). Your chance to find out how Bowhill listate looks and ftrnctions. Have a stroll through the mixed woodland around the house and learn all about its history. land use and wildlife.

EDINBURGH ONE WORLD FESTIVAL Various venues, info: 0141 226 4392. After ten years the capital’s largest peace event is now called the Edinburgh One World Festival emphasising a more global theme. The

highlight should be the

'Big Day' on Sunday 16 March with workshops,

speakers and assorted activities to mark the European Year against Racism. other events include International Women's Day, an Amnesty cerlidh, Srr Chrnmoy (above) and the traditional ecclesiastical contribution

to conclude the festival, Interfaith.

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CREATIVE STITCHES SECC, Finnieston Quay, Glasgow, info: 01425 272711, 9.30am-S.30pm, £4.90 (£3.90/£1). With over 100 stands and a vast array of merchandise, this incredibly popular craft fair can lay claim to be the finest of its kind in the UK. A special attraction will be displays from costume dramas such as Sense and Sensibility (above) and Pride and Prejudice while there will be workshops galore providing an ideal i opportunity to see top sewers in action.


Clydesdale's Gaelic Promotion Week

Various venues. info: 0l555 770308. The 7 growing interest in Gaelic in Clydesdale

has led to a series of events. talks. music

j arid fun running through to Saturday Mar

I to celebrate Scotland's ancient Celtic

tongue. ()n the menu are workshops for kids and teachers in local schools. a

storytelling event where traditional

Highland and Hebridean tales are told in

Iinglish with the festival winding tip with a liers ~ a day of ‘coming together" with the commurtrty living it tip with food arid a fair.


Morningside Justice and Peace Group Open Door. Morningside Road. 0131 445 l()28/0l3l 22‘) I020. l0.30—l I.30am.

I 50p. During the autumn and spring

months. this group meet every Wednesday morning as art open forum to discuss issues of local. rtational and international importance. Today's heated debate is entitled Referendum or Representative Government for Scotland: how do the people say 'yes".’ with Reverend Robert Waters. deep breath. from the Co-ordinating Committee ()f

g The Constitutional Convention. Witlt the

election speedily approaching. this issue will become more prominent by the day. Icebreakers Cafe Kudos. Greenside Place. info: 0| 3| 556 404‘). 7.45pm. free. Rtrn by I.othian Gay arid Lesbian Switchbtxrrd. this group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. providing an irtforrnal and friendly atmosphere for gay men. Further information is available from the Switchboard on 0I3l 556 404‘). operating nightly 7.30—I()prn.


Clydesdale’s Gaelic Promotion Week Various venues. info: 0|555 770308. See Tue 25.


Clydesdale's Gaelic Promotion Week Various venues. info: 0|555 770308. See Tue 25.

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Clydesdale’s Gaelic Promotion Week Various venues. info: 0I555 770308. See Tue 25.


Life In The Freezer George Square Theatre. George Square. info: (>50 840l. 7.30pm. £5 (£3.50). Not the tragic tale of the fate of some past their use by date fiin fingers bill a behind-tlie-scenes look at the TV series of the same name. There will be :

slides and a talk by Ben ()sborne on

Antarctic expeditions. including one i which took place on a yacht. Blirney. I Proceeds for the event will end tip in the coffers of the RSPB with the lidinburgh Members Group acting as your genial


Clydesdale's Gaelic Promotion Week Various venues. info: 0I555 770308. See

TUESDAY 4 GLASGOW A Socialist Alternative Mitchell Theatre. Granville Street. 0|4I 287 4855. 7.30pm. free. An open public rally discussing both specific issues related to the workplace and the broad state of political life iii the UK this election year and beyond.



Creative Stitches Sl-ZC‘C‘. l-‘imiiesron Quay. info: 0|425 2727] l. ‘).30am—5.30pm. £4.90 (£3.‘)()/£ I ). Scotland‘s biggest textile and craft fair opens up its doors with everything to satisfy your fabric needs. The event continues until Mar 9. See photo caption.


Edinburgh One World Festival Various venues. info: 0I4I 226 4392. From now until Mar 22. the event formerly known as the Edinburgh Peace Festival will be supporting the theme of ‘Think globally. act locally.‘ See photo caption.