Arts and Culture

It could be said in the present day that Scottish patriotism is now more rampant than at any time since the Wars of Independence” – Professor Allan MacInnes of Strathclyde University 
A major new series chronicling the rise of Scottish Nationalism is to be broadcast this month on BBC Radio Scotland.
In The Cause, Billy Kay explores themes of identity, culture, history and politics to trace the development of Scottish nationalism and its political expression in the rise of the SNP. 

By a Newsnet reporter

Scotland’s largest teaching union, the EIS, which represents the majority of the country’s music teachers, has submitted evidence to the Scottish Government’s Education and Culture Committee which shows that Scotland’s local authorities are making a profit of nearly £3 million pounds from provision of instrumental music tuition for school children.

By Ashley Husband Powton

Dear Professor Louise Richardson,

Since its inception in 1969 there have been 45 winners of The Man Booker Prize. Only one of these was a Scot.  In the same period only five other Scots have even made the shortlist.  In accounting for a negligible 0.2% of the population of the Commonwealth, it could be contested that this displays, if anything, an over-representation of Scotland.

Take One Action, the UK’s global change film festival, is back celebrating its 5th birthday in Edinburgh and Glasgow this month with two weeks of the most moving and acclaimed films about the big issues of our time.

It’s your chance to see award-winning Sundance and other acclaimed independent movies before anyone else in the country.

  People across the globe will now be able to enjoy one of Orkney’s most enigmatic Neolithic monuments after Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon unveiled a new ‘virtual’ tour of Maeshowe chambered tomb at Winter Solstice.
The Deputy First Minister unveiled the animation of the 5,000-year-old tomb at a special reception in Kirkwall on Tuesday evening (August 28), held to celebrate the ‘2012, Year of Creative Scotland’ programme.

By Bob Duncan

The First Minister has told an audience of television producers and executives that Scottish viewers and producers are being failed by out-dated Westminster attitudes.
Alex Salmond told the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival that broadcasting policy – which is currently reserved to Westminster – is decades out of date.

By Lesley Riddoch
After much talk about the need to debate Scotland’s future, and the prospect of a Scottish debate-free zone on the Fringe, land reform campaigner Andy Wightman and myself have decided to join forces and stick our heids o’er the parapet.
So we’ll have a show on at six o’clock every weekday night August 14-24 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of the Festival of Spirituality.