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A TA L E O F T W O C I T I E S City Link Festival is launching in Edinburgh this September. The event aims to link cultural communities from Copenhagen and Edinburgh, focusing on how grassroots and people-led initiatives in the arts can help make fairer, more democratic cities. The festival itself takes place Thursday 24–Sunday 27 September and features a wide programme of events, including talks, debates, workshops, art exhibitions, performances and bike tours, all of which have been co-curated between the two cities.
S M H A F F F T W The Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival which takes place Saturday 10–31 October, aims to celebrate the artistic achievements of people with experience of mental health issues. Highlights include Cora Bissett’s In Her Shadows, UK i lm debuts like Dancing with Maria, and a live performance from SAY Award winner Kathryn Joseph. Full programme details can be found at list.co.uk
T R AV E L L E R S ’ TA L E S A new travelling gallery is currently touring Scotland, in order to celebrate the staging of the Turner Prize in Glasgow later this year. Entitled Eyes on the Prize, it aims to showcase a selection of contemporary work from past Scottish Turner Prize winners and nominees in advance of the announcement of this year’s
victor at the Tramway on Monday 7 December. Exhibiting artists include Christine Borland with Brody Condon, Martin Boyce, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Douglas Gordon, Callum Innes, Jim Lambie, Ciara Phillips, Lucy Skaer and David Shrigley.
T H E A R T O F B I G Y I N A selection of artwork by legendary comedian Billy Connolly is being displayed at the People’s Palace in Glasgow. The exhibition, which features over 40 drawings as well as a selection of objects, charts his career as a comic and musician. Speaking about his art, Connolly said: ‘They’re little pals of mine. I’ll always draw, I’ll always do it.’ You can catch his buddies until Sunday 21 February.
W H AT A S T R A M A S H Edinburgh’s new live music venue, Stramash, is due to open on the Cowgate in September. It will take over the building that was once home to Wilkie House, which has also been known as Faith and the Sin Club. It’s set to be operated by Bruce Taverns and has a capacity of 900.
N O M O R E WA I T I N G F O R G O D OT TO S TA R T The Lyceum Theatre’s 50th anniversary programme kicks off on Friday 18 September with a production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, directed by the theatre’s artistic director, Mark Thomson. The play stars none
other than Brian Cox and Bill Paterson, and will be the i rst event in the specially-curated season to take place at the venue. Altogether, the programme features eight plays, including The Crucible, The Iliad and Tipping the Velvet, and will run until Saturday 11 June 2016. For more details, see page 30.
U K N E X T F O R W W E N X T A selection of lycra-clad wrestling divas and superstars will be coming to the UK in October for the i rst time, as the WWE NXT tour highspots onto the SSE Hydro. The show seeks out new talent, those young pro-wrestling types with dreams of big ring stardom. As it stands, the tour is set to feature the likes of Samoa Joe, Bayley, Tyler Breeze, Dana Brooke and Emma, although this may change. Ah, the i ckle world of wrestling.
AU L D L A N G S I N G -A- LO N G A new Robert Burns musical, written and directed by Tish Tindall, is set to make its debut in a New York Theatre just off Broadway after premiering in Aberdeen earlier this year. The play, entitled Robert Burns the Musical, tells the Scottish bard’s story, and is due to embark on an international tour with a host of performances in Edinburgh this September before going on to New York. The play is set to be performed during the city’s Tartan Week, which celebrates all things Scottish.
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