Ten Things You Cannot Miss: April 6 – 12

Tilda Swinton in Pringle Scotland, 2010. Image: Ryan McGinley

Our team have swept the length and breadth of Scotland to find you the most vibrant, most unusual and most unmissable events on offer this week . . .

Dundee Rep’s Children Festival

Young theatre lovers can enjoy a feast of shows this Easter with Dundee Rep’s Children Festival. The 2015 programme includes Eco Drama’s The WormAn Underground Adventure, Komedia’s Pitschi, The Kitten with Dreams and The Pine Tree, Poggle and Me presented by Macrobert and Barrowland Ballet.


Sing-A-Long Frozen

Get ready to experience Disney’s Frozen like never before with the world famous Sing-a-long event at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre on April 6 and 7. Dressing up is encouraged and the whole family can join in with on-screen lyrics to your favourite songs such as “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Let It Go.” Check the Sing-a-long website for later dates around Scotland.


Arthur’s Secrets

Take a walk up Arthur’s Seat from April 7 and discover its past and present with a guided walk from Historic Scotland. Find out about the people who lived and worked in Holyrood Park as long ago as the 1300s right up to the present day, and discover the rare wildlife that makes it so special. Free event, but booking essential.


Dance ‘Til Dawn

Join Strictly Come Dancing favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow, from the 7-11 April. Dance ‘Til Dawn will transport you to seductive Los Angeles in the 1940s, with its fusion of big band hits, dance, romance and comedy.


Nip Festival

Previously the Inverness Whisky Festival, Nip has grown to include a gathering of both whisky and gin distillers. Events run from the 7-11 April and include a whisky tour, an evening with Gin ambassador Brooke Magnanti and a dinner at Bogbain Farm showcasing the quality of produce in Scotland.


Look Again Festival

Look again at some of Scotland’s iconic figures with a special celebration of art and design in Aberdeen. From 8-12 April, see statues of Robert Burns, William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and more transformed by six artists. There’s also a series of workshops and events including a pop-up design shop and the chance to create futuristic costumes.


The Science of Game of Thrones

The Edinburgh International Science Festival continues this week with more mind-blowing treats guaranteed to both educate and entertain. Learn about the science behind television smash hit Game of Thrones on April 10 at Summerhall; it might just prepare you for a special interview with star Iain Glen in our forthcoming May issue (available from April 16).


Fully Fashioned – The Pringle of Scotland Story

From April 10, find out more about Scotland as the birthplace of knitwear with a new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland celebrating the 200th anniversary of the iconic Pringle brand. See iconic garments and explore archival records and film footage with this special insight into the history of one of the world’s oldest fashion manufacturers.


Irvine Welsh: A Decent Ride

Spend an evening with Irvine Welsh as he discusses his brand new novel A Decent Ride at the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee, on April 12. This special pre-publication event includes the opportunity to get your hands on a copy of the book.


Women of the Necropolis Heritage Walk

Discover the history of some of the women buried in Necropolis cemetery with Glasgow Women’s Library on April 12. Tour guides will unearth tales of Victorian society and reveal the achievements of both notorious and forgotten women buried in this renowned Glasgow spot. Places are limited, but look out for a further date on May 23.


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