Festivals 2016

I will be writing features and some reviews of the 2016 festivals for The Scotsman’s daily festival supplement in 2016, and will hope to add occasional reviews of my own on this site.

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale in Kerala, India

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale in Kerala, India

The Latvian artist Andris Eglitis stood at the door of a structure that in shape resembled an over-sized house-tent you might find at a drive-in camp site.   It was constructed with poles and wires to hold up the roofs but large enough to walk inside, with a couple of interlocking rooms.   Except that it was made of […]

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The First Edinburgh Festival

The First Edinburgh Festival

“For some time previous to the Festival, the concourse of strangers towards Edinburgh was unexampled.”   The year was 1815. “From England, and the remotest parts of Scotland, individuals and whole families poured into the city.   Every house and every room that could be obtained was occupied by persons of all ranks and ages…” […]

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Broken Palmyra

Broken Palmyra

Syria’s director general of antiquities sent me these photographs of broken statues at Palmyra, taken on his mobile phone after the site’s recapture from ISIS. Here is the link to my story on our interview at the Art Newspaper.  It leads off on anti-smuggling seizures but includes an update on the situation at Palmyra.   […]

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Edinburgh Fringe – The End is Nigh

Edinburgh Fringe – The End is Nigh

Sprinting for the Finish Sarah Richardson’s round-up, what to see  heading into the last weekend.. You’ve laughed, you’ve blubbed, and you’ve destroyed at least one half decent pair of shoes. But there are still a few days of the Fringe to go, so where should you direct your last remaining energy? Here, especially for those […]

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Van Gogh Find Yourself

Van Gogh Find Yourself

  I am taking my new best friend Vincent Van Gogh to the gala for mental health at the Pleasance tonight.    We met on the mile in the first week of the Fringe. Please note:  This is a post from the 2016 Festival.   His show Van Gogh Find Yourself is at the Natural Food […]

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First Week on the Festival

First Week on the Festival

Written in haste, a quick run-down of what I’ve seen and liked in the 2016 Edinburgh festival thus far. With some shades of the film Source Code, Stop the Train is a grown-ups’ musical,  sexy and sophisticated in issues and attitudes.   Its sharp, singable and selling out.  The action starts when an old and eccentrically white male threatens lives on an […]

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Shocked – 2016 Fringe

Shocked – 2016 Fringe

In the front row of an intimate Fringe venue on Saturday night audience a young woman kept turning around to look at me,  and others  behind her,  with her eyes open wide, her expression clearly asking – what is going on here?  How am I meant to react?  What am I watching? In show I witnessed in my […]

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Art Festival Fringe contd

Art Festival Fringe contd

Scotland’s oldest private art gallery says it may seek a festival listing next year – in the Fringe programme. The Scottish Gallery is one of three major  galleries on Dundas Street, centre of Edinburgh’s art trade, that are out of the Edinburgh Art Festival this year.   The Fine Art Society is another grand dame of the Scottish trade, […]

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Art Festival Fringe

Art Festival Fringe

Call it ‘beyond the art festival’, or the Edinburgh Art Festival Fringe. Within Edinburgh, there are several  private galleries with significant exhibitions, particularly for the collector in various budget ranges,   that  are not in the line-up of this year’s festival. Outwith the city, there are also several promising shows, perhaps for mid-August, when you need a […]

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Edinburgh Fringe – The Empire Builders

Edinburgh Fringe – The Empire Builders

In the bear pit of 2,500 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe,  this multi-award winning play from Istanbul may be making festival history,  but it’s just another production struggling for a bit of attention.   On the other hand, it has a bear of an actor at the heart of it. NOTE:  This was my review of the Empire Builders in […]

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