Announcements, lineups and opinion Announcements, lineups and opinion

EDINBURGH’S CREATIVES REWARDED Creative Edinburgh’s 2018 Awards has used its nomination period to shine a light on the work they do to promote creative talent in the capital. The awards cover nine categories City, Collaboration, Commercial, Creativity, Independent, Leadership, Social, Startup and Student and are open to those who live in or have a connection to the city. The awards are announced on Wed14 Nov and will coincide with their 7th birthday bash.

MUSEUM LATES RETURN The National Museum of Scotland’s Museum Lates returns in November with a Rip It Up themed event (Fri 16 Nov). The evening features live music from Sacred Paws and The Pastels as well as the usual bars, food, activities and chance to explore the museum by night. The Museum’s major exhibition Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop closes at the end of the month (Sun 25 Nov).

MANIPULATE LAUNCHES 2019 PROGRAMME Puppet Animation Scotland has announced the 12th edition of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival (Sat 2–Thu 14 Feb), the international festival solely dedicated to visual theatre, puppetry and animated i lm. This year’s programme takes place across Scotland and features work from all over the world.

BRIGHTEN UP THE DARK NIGHTS An ambitious new festival called the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival is to take place in February 2019 on the Isle of Lewis. The event takes its inspiration from the fact that the Hebrides has some of the darkest skies in the UK and will put on a programme of arts, science and astronomy events. You might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

COLLECTIVE EDINBURGH OPENS The arts centre and restaurant on Edinburgh’s World Heritage- status Calton Hill has i nally been given an opening date of Sat 24 Nov. The site, which was not previously freely open to the public, has art organisation Collective at its helm and includes a restored observatory, fresh exhibition space, and a restaurant called The Lookout, run by the people at Gardener’s Cottage. The inaugural exhibition features works from artists Dineo Seshee Bopape, James N Hutchinson, Alexandra Laudo, Tessa Lynch, Catherine Payton and Klaus Weber.

PEOPLE’S PALACE PULLS PLUG The People’s Palace and Winter Gardens at Glasgow Green are being forced to close at the end of the year because of safety concerns from Glasgow City Council. The main issues are said to be with the structure of the Winter Gardens, which was built in 1898, and an estimated i gure of between £5–£7 million is needed to correct the issues. A spokesperson on the matter said the council is working on a plan to allow the People’s Palace to stay open, without the Winter Gardens, but do not currently know how long it will remain closed.

ALAN CUMMING RECOGNISED BY SCOTS BAFTA Hollywood actor, comedian and thespian Alan Cumming will be honoured with an Outstanding Contribution Award at the BAFTA Scotland Awards (Mon 5 Nov). The actor trained at the Royal Conservatoire and went on to win Tony and Olivier Awards, along with countless other award nominations. To mark the achievement, he is taking part in a live conversation with Janice Forsyth at Glasgow’s Oran Mor (Sun 27 Nov) to discuss his life, work and achievements.

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