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SNOWBOARDING & SCRIBBLING
✽✽ Scotland’s Ski, Snowboard + Xtreme Show Winter warmers at the ready for this snow and extreme sports exhibition. See preview, left. SECC, Glasgow, 0844 395 4000, Sat 16 & Sun 17 Oct. ✽✽ The Big Draw – Your Edinburgh Get creative and make your own Edinburgh landscape based on the style of Richard Demarco’s line drawings, as part of this nationwide initiative. Royal Scottish Academy Library, Royal Scottish Academy Building, Edinburgh, 225 6671, Sat 9 Oct. ✽✽ Take One Action & The Edinburgh World Justice Festival The Take One Action festival rounds up in style with some extraordinary events before a week of discussions and interactive workshops debating climate change, politics, debt and economics as part of the Justice Festival. See picture caption. Various venues, Edinburgh & Glasgow, until Sat 23 Oct. ✽✽ The Making of Antony Gormley’s ‘6 TIMES’ It was much anticipated and has been well received. Philip Long describes the process behind the Angel of the North artist’s major sculptural installation in Edinburgh. National Gallery of Scotland: Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh, 624 6200, Tue 12 Oct. ✽✽ Supermercado Vintage, indie and altogether lovely happenings as the new weekly marketplace from stylish crafting collective Made in the Shade settles into its new home. Barras Market, Glasgow, 552 4601, Sat 9 & 16 Oct. 7–21 Oct 2010 THE LIST 33
Ice, ice baby
As Scotland’s Ski, Snowboard + Xtreme Show dons its ice boots for the SECC, Anna Millar suggests this is one event worth getting your skates on for
Y es, yes, we know: we’re bad people. Summer was barely there and autumn’s only just arrived, and off we go, blighters that we are, promoting winter, or more specifically all things snow. We would normally (honest) tell the freeze- friendly SECC to keep its winter woollies to itself but a quick peek suggests there’s ample fun to warm the soul, as Scotland’s Ski, Snowboard + Xtreme Show ploughs its way into the SECC this month.
Essentially a big old fair promoting some great places to slip on your boards/skis/boots, this brand new two-day event comes complete with ski jumping legends, freestyle shows and local bands, not to mention a cheeky bit of après-ski action.
For show director Josh Littlejohn, Glasgow seemed the obvious place to host the festivities: ‘I knew that there were some really good shows like this throughout the UK and just thought it was mad not to have a show in Scotland, where there’s this huge population of snowboard enthusiasts.’ Which is not, he says, to suggest that the show isn’t keen to bring together snow play fanatics with newbies of all ages: ‘We really wanted to make it something that would appeal to hardcore fans, as well as people new to the activities; equally, it was about showing people good places to get away and ski and board, as well as putting on some great shows for
them to come along and enjoy.’
As well as a plethora of stalls furnishing all of your needs, there’s plenty of entertainment to keep proceedings on course: Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards will be on site to wax lyrical about his experiences at the Winter Olympics. He’ll be joined across the course of the two days by some of the world’s leading professional ski and snowboarders, including Ally Watson who’ll perform a freestyle ski display as part of the line-up. ‘Eddie should be pretty amazing. He’s there to tell his story, so that should hopefully be really inspiring, and then you’ll have all the freestyle stuff on top of that.’ Extreme sports enthusiasts can also get in on the fun with the adventure area before rounding the weekend off with some music and drinks.
‘We wanted to create the kind of atmosphere that people are used to after a day on the slopes, so on the Saturday night we’re open until 10pm and inviting people along to enjoy some après-ski drinks with us, and enjoy some local bands: the hope is to get people interested in the various activities and give them access to the latest equipment and destinations, as well as just to have some good fun.’
SECC, Glasgow, Sat 16 Oct, 10am–10pm & Sun 17 Oct, 10am–5pm.