Our What’s On guide to the most vibrant, most unusual and most unmissable events in Scotland this weekend and in the coming week
Scotland’s most popular modern art gallery, Glasgow Museum of Modern Art has opened a display charting the development and life of the building since its construction in 1777. Head to the first and second balcony to see the changes it has witnessed.
Fife’s newest festival, Defend Dunfermline World War II will showcase the thrilling story of Fife’s secret defence points for the very first time, with street theatre, exhibitions and toe-tapping music on August 19 – 20.
Dance With The Stars
Rhythm & Blues legend Movin’ Melvin Brown, and Edinburgh tap dancer Tamzin Burgess, are hosting a dancing class on Saturday, August 19! Tap Into Health – Movin’ With Melvin begins at the Assembly Checkpoint.
Composer Ned Bigham and BAFTA award-winning film director Gerry Fox have produced STAFFA for orchestra and three huge screens, featuring drone footage of Fingal’s Cave. Catch it at the National Library of Scotland until August 27.
Highland Games Round Up
There’s a great offering of traditional games and gatherings across the country this weekend. Head to Nairn, Glenfinnan, Stirling, and Helmsdale.
Doune The Rabbit Hole
The intimate, independent music & arts festival is back this weekend amidst the glorious ancient oak trees of the Cardross Estate. Catch the likes of Songhoy Blues and Liars across August 19 – 21.
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Tap-Tastic Melvin Gets Movin’ with Top Teenage Edinburgh Dancer
Rhythm & Blues legend Movin’ Melvin Brown, aged 72, and 17-year-old Edinburgh tap dancer Tamzin Burgess got together to compare moves in the heart of the capital.
Movin’ Melvin is not only performing a high-octane Fringe show, Chuck Berry Lives! but will be teaching Edinburgh folk the basics of tap at special classes this Saturday.
Melvin, from the USA, loves to dance with talented local people everywhere he goes on his worldwide tours – and was mightily impressed with Tamzin who this month won the Leigh Anderson Memorial Trophy and the Edinburgh Tap trophy and was second in the Tap World Cup in Germany in May.
The Dancing With The Star – Movin’ With Melvin masterclass, which offers a fun route to health and fitness, will take place at Assembly Checkpoint on Saturday, 19 August at 11am.
And for those who love it and want to carry on with classes there’s the Mary Phelan school, where Tamzin trained, which has been in Edinburgh for 40 years. And tap classes are also available at Dance Base, Scotland’s National Centre for Dance in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket.
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