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M AG I C F E ST 2 0 1 4 U N V E I L E D Now in its i fth year, Edinburgh’s International Magic Festival has revealed its 2014 programme, with Scottish-based magicians and mentalists mingling with acts from Germany, South Korea, the US and Spain. As well as a gala magic show and magic dinner, festival founder Kevin McMahon (above) also announced interactive events, a magic school and street magic masterclass. Details at magicfest.co.uk
S C OT T I S H A L B U M O F T H E Y E A R LO N G L I ST R E V E A L E D CHVRCHES, Boards of Canada, Mogwai, Biffy Clyro and Edwyn Collins are among the 20-strong longlist announced for the 2013 Scottish Album of the Year awards. Each of the longlisted albums will be streamed on the SAY Award website (sayaward. com) until 26 May, with the shortlist revealed on 29 May and the winner announcement on 19 June.
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for Waverley Station the location for a brand new market the Scottish capital. Platform 2 Market will take place from 11am until 7pm every Friday from 6 June, with around 50 stalls. More details at localmotivesmarkets.co.uk
T E R E N C E DAV I E S F I L M S C L AS S I C S C OT T I S H N OV E L British i lmmaker Terence Davies (The Long Day Closes, Deep Blue Sea) has begun photography in Scotland on his new i lm, based on Lewis Grassic Gibbons’ 1932 novel Sunset Song, and starring Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan and Kevin Guthrie.
S COT T I S H N AT I O N A L G A L L E RY OV E R H AU L A N N O U N C E D A multi-million-pound transformation of the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh will double the space devoted to Scottish art, it’s been revealed. The designs will create a new entrance hall overlooking Princes Street Gardens, and transform existing ofi ce space into gallery areas. The project will last four years.
The Edinburgh International Festival will move forward a week in 2015 to coincide with the Fringe, director designate Fergus Linehan has announced. He also plans to expand the musical styles on offer, and Juliette Binoche will star in a new production of Antigone.
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for Three Glasgow School of Art graduates are among the four artists shortlisted the 2014 Turner Prize. Duncan Campbell is nominated for his i lm It for Others; Ciara Phillips is shortlisted for a print project; and Tris Vonna- Michell is nominated for an installation based on his mother’s Berlin childhood. The i nal nominee is i lm artist James Richards.
C ATS A N N O U N C E S 2 0 1 3 –1 4 F I N A L I STS Sandi Grierson, Blythe Duff, Orla O’Loughlin, Stewart Laing and John Tiffany are among the i nalists in this year’s Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland. Full details at criticsawards.theatrescotland.com
EDINBURGH ART FESTIVAL: COMMISSIONS UNVEILED
A i lm about military drones, lines painted on the city’s streets, and breezes produced by discarded computer fans are the unusual products of the Edinburgh Art Festival’s three 2014 commissions. And the locations they’re being shown in – including a gothic kirk and a disused police box – are just as unexpected. ‘We’ve always been interested in bringing artworks out of the gallery and into new contexts,’ says EAF director Sorcha Carey (pictured). The Drummer and the Drone by
Edinburgh-based artist Craig Coulthard is a video work on the evolution of the military drone, to be shown in 15th- century gothic kirk Trinity Apse, just off the Royal Mile. ‘Craig has specii cally chosen a site that will invoke a sense of ritual and ceremony to show his new i lm exploring what and how we choose to remember,’ says Carey.
Edinburgh-based artist and musician Yann Seznec’s Currents will be housed in a former police box on Easter Road. Using instruments constructed entirely from computer fans, the work will draw on real-time weather information from around the world to move air around the visitor and generate an experience that’s both sonic and physical. And Glasgow-based Jacqueline
Donachie’s Mary and Elizabeth takes in the whole city, connecting key physical, historical and political points in Edinburgh through a series of lines on the ground, which all converge at a central point. With its historical title, is the work nodding towards the impending referendum? According to Carey, this ‘extraordinary context’ l avours the whole programme: ‘This is a year when Scotland remembers the past and asks its citizens to imagine their future, and this permeates the programme.’ ■ Edinburgh Art Festival, Thu 31 Jul– Sun 31 Aug, edinburghartfestival.com
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