With Edinburgh festival 2011 sashaying into the spotlight, there are many celebrations designated in this year’s festival brochure. With a unique explosion of creativity being, this year’s festival offers an opportunity for everybody to look forward to this event with a lot of enthusiasm and surprises! Displaying a variety of entertainment, new talents and also established names, those of whom who are on a trip to Scotland are sure love the country’s festivals and programmes. With a collection of independent festivals taking place in the same city at the same time, this largest cultural event in the world is everybody’s favourite. Here’s a look at some of the top festivals and entertainments in the country…
- Edinburgh Art Festival will be conducted at various venues and will be held from August 4th to September 4th, 2011. Featuring big game group shows with plenty of space for British and Scottish emerging talents to showcase their skills.
- Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from 5th to 29th August, 2011, portraying an array of cultural performances including dance, comedy, and circus. Burlesque has also being added to the most awaited cabaret which is a definitive category of entertainment. The festival will be conducted at various venues across the city.
- Edinburgh International Book Festival, a festival of big ideas will be conducted from August 13th to 29th, 2011 that will unveil a selection of international authors, Scottish novelists, top non-fiction scribes, children’s writers and a series of interesting innovations.
- Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a festival of martial music, entertainment, ceremony and theatre which will take place from August 5th to 27th, 2001. With a series of military drum performances performed by International and Commonwealth military bands; one will be able to learn about Scotland’s tradition.
- With the festival on the go, the Edinburgh’s watering holes will be overflowing with drinks offering a special treats in10 of the best cocktail bars namely Bon Vivant, The Raconteur, Bramble, Under the Stairs, Dragonfly, Reverie, The WestRoom, Bond No9, Underdogs and Bar Missoni.
- Apart from just enjoying, each day of the week can be looked at different aspects and one among them is the best literary haunts in Edinburgh. These prominent places is known to have inspired writers like JK Rowling and Ian Rankin and are Edinburgh Books, Inky Fingers @ Forest Cafe, Literary Salon at The Wash, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Analogue Books, Elvis Shakespeare, Scottish Poetry Library, Scottish Storytelling Centre, The Oxford Bar and Spoon Cafe Bistro.
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Ahead of 2014 Commonwealth Games, a programme to exhibit Scotland creativity has been created by the Arts development agency Creative Scotland. A multimillion-pound plan, the designing of the programme that costs £6.5m will be taken from the National Lottery cash. With the purpose of showcasing Scotland’s creativity to the whole world, this three year plan has a series of programmes. ‘Creative places awards’ is one among them, which is meant to celebrate the various communities that has a track record of organising rich cultural events.
Relying on the goodwill of this programme which is sure to increase international and domestic tourism, the organisers hold a view that it could develop new partnerships between the cultural, tourism and heritage sectors. It will be seen that the cultural showcase will begin next year and continue into 2014. With creativity on show, 2012 will be a year of nationwide display of Creative Scotland’s cultural assets and outstanding new work.
Known to have a rich culture and heritage, Scotland is increasingly recognised for its contemporary and creative cutting edge. This new programme will set the eyes of the world on UK during 2012 and 2014.
Engineer Sir Robert McAlpine who designed Glenfinnan Viaduct situated in Scotland would have been proud if he had lived to see his construction being recognised all over the world due to it being pictured in many of the Harry Potter movies! The Viaduct which was built in 1897–1901 offers fans of the Harry Potter series to enjoy a trip in the Jacobite Steam Train which was transformed into the Hogwarts Express in the movies.
Known to be a part of the railway line that connects to the West Highlands of Scotland to its largest city of Glasgow and then to its capital of Edinburgh, the Viaduct has grown to become a hideout for thousands of Harry potter fans all over the world. The steam train which offers a ride through the rail line has been depicted in many movie scenes such as the flying car sequence and the one which shows the Hogwarts Express crossing over the viaduct. Not alone does the viaduct add to the glory of Glenfinnan but the place itself has many accolades to its credit.
The author of Harry Potter, JK Rowling has cast her influence all over Scotland and especially in Edinburgh where she began writing this world renowned series of book. Many of her ideas were raised from the beautiful surroundings, the cities and castles of this exotic country Scotland. Here’s a great link for Harry Potter fans.
With the completion of the book and the final series of the movie set to roll out this month, it would be hard for many to accept the fact that there won’t be any entry into the magical world in the future. But don’t worry it’s never fading with Scotland showcasing many of its Harry Potter havens which offers a growing series of prolonged excitement by just watching and exploring these wizardry haunts. So hurry to Scotland and make it a magical celebration with the final movie of the series!
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The 39th most populous settlement in UK, Dundee has once again been positioned as the place with the highest rate of teenage pregnancies in Scotland. A part of the NHS Tayside area, the city has a recorded rate of girls among 13 to 15 getting pregnant, registering the place with the worst teenage pregnancy rate in the country. Recent statistics for the years 2007 to 2009 records Dundee to be the 4th largest city with this undesired title.
Updated by the Information Services Division of NHS Scotland, the figures clearly estimate that one of the causes for the pregnancy rates to be higher is poverty. Girls under the age of 15 to 17 have a recorded rate of 73.7 pregnancies per 1000 and girls among 17 to 19 is seen to have a record rate of 73.8 pregnancies per 1000. As the population rate of Dundee is small, the higher number of expectant mothers has added an extra flare to the title.
The larger cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh also records huge pregnancy rates. But the records show that Dundee has been named with the infamous title since 1994. Whereas the lowest pregnancy rate for the same period was recorded in the East Renfrewshire Council area that includes the suburbs of Glasgow, Clarkston and Newton Mearns.
With all their collections telling tales, the new look of the National Museum of Scotland unveils a display of animals which will be considered a major attraction once it reopens in July. Though the highlights of the Museum are the paintings, sculptures and the graphic arts, this new feature would be a great hit among the visitors. Reopening after a £46.4 million overhaul, the Museum that showcases the Natural World section will include the evolution, diversity and the various capabilities of the animal species and also depicts the extinction of species through natural or man-made causes.
Vast number of new collections in the old Royal Museum building will be accessed through a revamped grand gallery which has an 18 metre tall with a “Window on the world Feature” that consists of 800 objects from the museum’s collection. Exhibiting tons of creatures flying, swimming, gliding and floating among other 44 new exhibits, the collections in the Natural World section will be of major benefit to the public.
It is not alone the wildlife panorama that will be depicted in the museum but also stories about Scotland and the Scots, their prehistoric developments to their travel to the 20th century. The fully reopened Museum next month will brandish the story of the place, its cultural, political and also the natural world with its 20, 000 items.
Reflecting the natural habitat with the many galleries, these new features will surely fascinate families, tourists and children of all ages.