Our What’s On guide to the most vibrant, most unusual and most unmissable events in Scotland this weekend and in the coming week
There’s still time to check out this lively Glasgow-based festival from the August. 11 – 13! Discover the history of Scotland’s trademark instrument, and experience live performances, and have a go at playing them yourself! More info here.
Running until August 27 this unique Edinburgh-based festival presents Scotland’s place within global culture, and the role of the arts as a catalyst for change. ‘Just’ incorporates questions of social justice, race, class, and more, aiming to foster conversations. Check out the full programme here.
Edinburgh International Book Festival
Returning for 2017 with themes including the ‘Age of Political Earthquakes’, ‘Visions of the Future’, and ‘Spoken Word’, the Edinburgh book fest runs August 12 – 28, and boasts an enviable line-up of both established and emerging literary talent from around the globe. Browse the line-up here.
This exhibition runs throughout 2017 at the McManus Galleries showcasing behind the scenes look at methods used by curators and conservators during their 150-years documenting Dundee. A wide variety of objects are on display, from ceramics to taxidermy – allowing for a fully rounded picture of the city through the ages. More info to be found here.
Edinburgh Art Festival
This festival once again makes visual arts accessible for everyone with mainly free events running until August 27. Have a look around Edinburgh based photographer Wendy McMurdo’s latest installation, ‘Let’s Go to a Place’ at the Museum of Childhood, then pop by to show support for emerging contemporary artists at ‘Platform: 2017’. Info here.
Poolewe Ceilidh Nights
There’s a unique kind of magic in traditional village ceilidhs – the band playing into the wee hours, warm home-baked treats, and the spark of connection between friends and family both old and new. This is something Poolewe residents understand all too well, so join them at their next one at the Village Hall on August 16. More info here.
Pop along to Glasgow Women’s Library until August 12 for the last couple of days of this youth-led exhibition, highlighting achievements of Scottish women. Ranging in scope from political campaigners to artists, this exhibition reclaims history to inspire and embolden the next generation of great Scottish women.