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Bruce's Sunday Social Fund. while Susan Morrison will appear monthly in Auld Reekie's Oxters.

Big name weekend headliners confirmed for the coming year include 2002 Perrier winner Daniel Kitson 128

Jan. Edinburgh). Richard Ayoade l 1 i' &

18 Jan. Glasgowr Adam Bloom (Mar. Glasgow and Edinburgh). Natalie Haynes it 1—16 Mar. Glasgow (‘4 Edinburgh). Tony Law if Mar. Edinburgh), Simon Munnery l 1:") Mar. Edinburgh). Andrew Maxwell. Andy Parsons. Scott Capurro it 1 t; 1?. Apr. Edinburgh). Chris Addison and the Priorite a Gauche Special iMar. Glasgow and Edinburgh).

Students in Edinburgh can look forward to a laughter-filled semester over at the Harry Watt Comedy Club ifortnightly from 14 Jan. Heriot Watt Union) and at the Pleasance Cabaret Bar ifortnightly from 28 Jan. which stars the

effortlessly/r brilliant Paul Foot).

Staying in the capital. the Traverse's alternative comedy programme continues with Christ- a-Iike Dan Antopolski (17 Jan). and a double-header from Fringe starlets John Oliver and Rob Deering it?) Mar).

Over on the national circuit. The Lists comedian of the year Ross Noble is off trekking around the UK again. stopping off at Paisley Town Hall mid—February. Meanwhile. Noble's former flatmate Ed Byrne continues his mammoth UK tour with a date at the Usher Hall if) Apr. Edinburgh). Camp impresario Julian Clary goes back on the road late May with dates at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh and Glasg()\.'.r's Pavrlron. And last. but not least. 1996 Perrier winner Dylan Moran pops up early February to puryey his morose stand-up at the Tron in Glasgow and the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh.

The comedy hotbed that is the Edinburgh Festival 1 ringe I)‘ 2):”) Aug) will again spoil us with the very best comedians the world has to offer. One particular highlight is Kandi Kane's new show. Cabaret

Casualty. which features a yideo starring Ewan McGregor. of all people. Funny peculiar. or what?

Fashion, music, theatre and mayhem. \“r’orrls: Anna Millar

eltic Connections '15) Jan 2

let) kicks off ;2(;’():‘i.f§ flurry of

festiyal mayhei)‘. with its inimitable brand of traditional and Celtic music in Glasgou‘x. ‘.'.’llll(§ the diverse sounds of lriptych arriyes hot on its heels in April.

M(?£tlf‘.'.’llll(?. the t_dinburgh

International Science Testin'al it 1 ()2 Apr) continues to wt chi’dren and

adults alike. as !; returns th s year with Gericr'atior‘. Science. lf you fancy somethir‘g of a more outdoor persuasion. the Beltane l we Festival i151 Apri at ()alton llsll returns to light up the skies in the spring.

And theatre connoisseurs needn't hold out until the onslaught of the fringe ‘or' their injection of kiddie theatre. as the eyer )rnpiessi\.'e Children's International Theatre festival 47/ May .1 Jun. returns to Edinburgh's doorstep.

Prepare to get suited and booted courtesy of Scottish fashion spectacular. lnte".'ent)on itluni care- of the Arches. for some of the country 's most cutting edge designs.

Edinburgh International Science Festival

If that's got you in the party mood. take a dander down the road and immerse yourself in the fun and frolics of Glasg()\.v's West End Festival (Jun). Likewise. keep an eye out for Big In Falkirk rdate the) as it returns for its fourth yea with three brand new commissions. Those looking for cool sophistication should keep 'em peeled for Glasgo\.'-/'s International Ja// Festival (2-6 Juli.

Old timers such as the Edinburgh International Festival 11030 Aug) and the Fringe (i 9:") Aug) are back with a vengeance. Tilt} Ell-"s set to present the first two stagings of the complete cycle of Scottish Opera's production of Vilagner's Der Hing (/es i\.li.‘)e/ririger). while the Fringe rs sure to mesmerrse. tantalise and beguile. The International Book Festival «9—213 Aug) will have its first double—decker tent. an expanded debates strand. an open public forum. a consideration of the west's vexed attitudes towards lslarn and events celebrating George Orwell's centenary. The International Film Festival 1:1- 2:”) Aug) and the Jazz and Blues festival 12:") Jul—(3 Aug) both return to the capital. Keeping '.v)th an international theme. check out the Glasgow Mela iJuli '.‘.’l‘.l(ill annually showcases the yeiy best of Asian arts as does the l dinburgl) Mela a month later.

Back 1)) (.‘ilasgow's fair city. The Merchant ()ity T'estiyal (Sepi and First Nights Oct Nov) should offer a hotpot of theatre. dance and revelry

If music is more your thing. fear not

the old stalwarts are back. Kinross is set to be its usual host for musicfest. l in the Park MS 81 1-1 Juli. with REM headlining. closely followed by (‘ilasgoxzr's euplionic offering. Gig on the Green 12-17-25) Aug). Music fans can also get excited about Musica'xorks. the LJK's New Music Conyentior‘. and Festrxal i2)E)Ocl-1 Now). ‘.'.’lll(3l‘. is back with a bang f()ll()‘.'./|llt] the success of its inaugural outing last year.

(Eet your boas at the ready for (‘rlasgay Now before the l logmanay fun starts all met again. And you'll need a dram after you've tu'orked your way through this little lot.

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