Arts and Culture

At the beginning of 2011 Newsnet Scotland ran a series of ten articles chronicling the history of Scotland’s languages.  So impressive were the pieces that the First Minister himself wrote in praise of them.
Since then Newsnet Scotland has acquired a considerable number of new regular visitors, many of course will not have had the opportunity to read this excellent series.  As a result we have decided to re-run the original ten articles, this time in five ‘doubled up’ instalments.

A history of Scottish languages – by Paul Kavanagh

A delegation from the campaign to save the “Introducing In…” radio programme comes to London tomorrow [Monday].  Campaigners fighting to save the show will meet MPs, Ministers and Radio 1 executives and hand over the petition to the BBC Trust.

Biffy Clyro, Two Door Cinema Club and Frightened Rabbit, senior figures in the UK music industry and politicians are all backing the campaign to stop the BBC axing Radio 1’s Introducing shows in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Scots Musicians who have been building a movement to save Radio One’s ‘Introducing in Scotland’ will meet with the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Fiona Hyslop today [14th December] at Holyrood.
The young musicians, bloggers and promoters and are raising concerns about the future of the Scottish music industry if the flagship Radio 1 show, hosted by Ally Macrae, is scrapped.

This festive week: Newsnet Scotland’s Greatest Album update; and a selection of unusual Xmas albums that will warm the winter season.

NewsnetScotland’s Greatest Album – (Update)
Our quest for the quintessential ‘Newsnet Scotland’s Greatest Album’ continues unabated.  Great suggestions and a myriad of surprises abound.

By a Newsnet reporter

First Minister Alex Salmond, currently visiting China as part of a Scottish government delegation, has overseen a series of agreements which he says have strengthened business and cultural ties between the two countries.

Mr Salmond said the links are helping to “open doors” which are bringing “lasting benefits” to Scotland.

All 1,000 tickets for the 2011 Scottish Traditional Music Awards ceremony were sold in the blink of an eye – highlights of the awards event will be shown on BBC ALBA’s Freeview slot Monday (5th Dec) for the first time and is expected to have its biggest TV audience tomorrow ever.

Simon Thoumire added: “All of the awards are decided by a public vote, and we had almost 100,000 people voting this year, which was much more than ever before – the event was a complete sell-out”.

by a Newsnet reporter

A rare copy of the Declaration of Arbroath has been presented to the National Archives of the United States by the Scottish government’s Culture and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

Ms Hyslop is currently on a short visit to Canada and the USA to promote Scotland’s global capabilities and foster economic opportunities for the country in the important North American market.