Arts and Culture

  By a Newsnet reporter
 
The decision to exclude the independence referendum from next year’s Edinburgh Festival has caused anger and concern amongst some artists and journalists in Scotland.
 
Dismay and bewilderment followed a surprise announcement this weekend from the festival director, Sir Jonathan Mills who said that next year’s festival will not commission any performances about the 2014 referendum debate.

  By Lynn Malone

The Scottish Youth Theatre “proudly” presented Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off at the Tron Theatre  – and rightly so – as part of their Summer Festival.

The young cast gave a performance which was so good it made Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, “proud to be Scottish”, she told Newsnet Scotland.

  Joan McAlpine MSP has welcomed the announcement from Ofcom on the future of channel 3 TV in Southern Scotland as a step in the right direction.
 
The SNP MSP said that the regulator’s decision to instruct ITV to provide relevant Scottish and regional programmes, including news, was a victory for her campaign to improve the TV offering for constituents in The Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

My name is Ross Colquhoun and I am the director and a co-founder of National Collective, the arts campaign for an independent Scotland.

We believe that art and creativity has immeasurable power to influence people, to inspire ideas and to motivate change. And we envision a scenario in which independence would bring a new cultural confidence to Scotland.

By Norrie Hunter

Inchcolm Island in the middle of the Firth of Forth may not be as well known as the Isles of Bute, Arran or Cumbrae in the Firth of Clyde but this small outcrop has one of the best preserved 12th century ruined abbeys in Scotland … and a history that many will find difficult to trace in traditional books on bygone Scotland.

Alan Bisset at the Augustine Church, Sunday 3 March 2013, talks about the cringe, culture, Scottish literature and how Scots look at themselves.

The talk was part of an evening on Scottish Self-determination & Independence.

  Jolene Cargill caught up with Joy Dunlop (pictured) to have a chat about Celtic Connections, her new album and recruiting for MI5!
 
Joy Dunlop has many strings to her bow.  The Scottish singer is in demand as a teacher, translator, speaker and presenter. 

Currently filming a series on Scottish weddings for BBC Alba, Dunlop jokes that she will not be short of a gig in future. “If I ever need an alternative career maybe I could become a wedding coordinator!”