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A scene trom last year's Edinburgh Fringe hit Architecting

Expo expectations

Edinburgh's festivals to benefit from increased government funding

Won ls: Mark Fisher

omegrown art is in for another

boost as the lidinburgh festivals share a second slice of the Scottish (iovermnem's t‘bm lixpo Fund. This year. the capital‘s lZ festivals have been given film to spend on projects of special ambition with the aim of raising the international profile of Scottish artists. ()ne of the lirst to announce its award is the lidinburgh Art Festival. which will be building a {250.000 fund over the next two years to commission and promote work for Atigust lelfl. This is a step tip from the {45.000 it invested last year in

Secret Affair. .lim Lambie‘s series of

keyhole-shaped sculptures in the Royal Botanic (iarden.

‘lt means we can better support our

partner galleries to do what they do best.‘ sa_\\ director .loanne Brown. 'And it means we can extend the reach of the festiyal to as broad an audience as Possible. The criteria will be for work of a high quality by Scottish artists that is out of their normal practice. It‘s a huge boost for us and the sector.‘

()ne of the most prominent beneficiaries will be the lidinburgh Festival Fringe. which. through its Made in Scotland scheme. is expected to welcome a down Scottish theatre and dance companies to its August line-up. This will have a noticeable impact on the complexion of an event that many local companies find too

costly. The extra funding from Made in Scotland will be enough tojustify the risk. The winning companies have been selected by a panel put together by the Scottish Arts (‘ouncil and will be announced upon the launch of the Fringe programme in .lune. After the chaos of last yearns box oil-Ice fiasco and the welcome appointment of Kath Mainland as administrative director. it is a sign of the Fringe returning to its creative best. Before that. in April's lidinburgh International Science Festival. designers. writers and scientists are using £l2l).()()()

of lixpo cash to create the Wee Wonder

World exhibition a scientific adventure for the under-sixes in the (‘ity Arts Centre. And looking ahead. Pete Irvine told The List he‘s planning an event on a breathtaking scale for lidinburgh's llogmanay.




.. ..: i of Scotland has announced tours of Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off by Liz Lochhead and Our Teacher's a Troll by Dennis Kelly. See www.nationalthea for more details.


DO YOU HAVE a favourite work by Scotland's national poet Edwin Morgan? The Scottish Poetry Library wants to know as part of their Edwin Morgan Archive project, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. To vote, see the online form at http://www.spl.,v morgan/

1m nun gr. are offering. in conjunction with Waterstone's and Little, Brown Book Group. tea for two at The Ritz, plus travel and a night in a London hotel to mark the screening of The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. \fisit teatime


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I The List is heartened to see a new two-year national marketing and training initiative to develop audience attendance for the performing arts. The Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST) has announced details of a project entitled The Source. The scheme will be developed using the Scottish Arts Council and will involve collaborations with Scotland‘s audience development agencies, Glasgow Grows Audiences (GGA) and The Audience Business (TAB).

CUPCAKE DELIGHTS Edinburgh cupcake emporium Ever 30 Sweet is holding a free birthday bash at Cabaret Voltaire on Sun 22 Mar from 7-10pm. As well as proceeds from cake sales going to Shelter, there will be live music from a number of local acts.

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