Showing posts with label comedy. Show all posts
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Friday 9 September 2016

EDINBURGH festival 2016

As the tents start to some down in George street and the fireworks light up the skies over the castle to the strains of West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet… and another EF, the worlds biggest arts festival, inevitably draws to a close. There may be sadness, but while we know the show must go on, we also accept – perhaps not at this hectic level!

At CLUB CUMIING at The Hub, actor and musical star Alan Cumming – showed us clearly  why he became a number one star on Broadway. At Mozart’s romantic comedy opera Cosi Fan Tutte direct from festival d’ the festival theatre, there was also much to celebrate. At the Book festival, many famous authors and poets visited to give illuminating talks on their books.

Each EF I always visit some specific haunts – it replenishes my creativity and artistic heart – I hope anyway. To recharge, maybe open new windows, even renewals, to connect too.
*MUSIC at EF 2016
The Official festival has broadened it’s appeal under new Irish director Fergus Linehan with an expanded and diverse music program -
Emma Pollock with RM Hubbert, Bdy-Prts, Cairn Strap quartet,
Sigar Ros, Mogwai, Young Fathers
GRIT - 5 star reviews.  “masterpiece of arrangement” with “Fiona Hunters earthiness contrasting to ethereal voices of the Glasgow Chapel choir.”  I was lucky enough to hear this wonderful concert at the opening of Celtic Connections 2015.

Emma Pollock
Rodddie Woomble and Friends

On the Saturday Unbound evening - Roddie Woomble and friends – which included Andrew Mitchell dynamic on bass, Siobhan Wilson’s beautiful voice and on cello, and also kayboards
I wish I had recorded this event, what an enjoyable, top class band! Well done to all. 

EF is a celebration of where the different cultures meet – the more bazaar the better! Soul sustenance’

Follow them all, know them all, be able to hear, be able to know….
Explore those highways new or forgotten. The footsteps of Edinburgh festival – the sounds of George street, firework bangs, crowd cheers and claps, the laughter and song.

**is there A NEW Scottish Writers Museum
The saunter through the energy of the Fringe performers on the High Street – and I walk along George St and up the Mound and on down the high street. I eat at  Bilbos on the corner of Chambers St.

I stopped in at the very small Scottish writers museum up a small winding stair in a hidden close at the top of the High street. There are exhibits to Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Walter Scott. Apart from a few Burns paintings and a display of his Kilmarnock first Edition of his Poems - there is not a lot here.

I asked the lady there about a possible new museum. I said I have visited the Irish Writers museum which is housed in an impressive Georgian mansion and is 50 times bigger
There was talk of putting a decent size Scottish Writers museum beside the National library.

There are no modern authors or women writers or any of Scotland’s great philosophers of the enlightenment; Where is Robert Fergusson who wrote of Edinburgh and inspired Burns to write in Scots? Where is Arthur Conan Doyle, Hugh MacDiarmid, James MacPherson or JM Barrie?

At an Irish concert at Celtic Connections I mentioned to an Irish lady beside me about the interesting Irish Writers Museum – she said perhaps there weren’t enough good Scottish writers!  I hope one day she might be proved wrong and we might have as Scottish Writers Museum that truly reflects not only this great city of Literature but also the MANY great Scottish writers and artists.

Thursday 11 August 2016

Edinburgh festivals August!

I am looking forward to another great Edinburgh festival  and Fringe - and all the variety, colour, creativity, fun, (comedy, dance, theatre, music, books, more) and inspiration it brings! The weird and wonderful and the celebration of all the arts and culture.

Main venues – The Pleasance, Traverse, Gilded Balloon, Assembly Rooms, 

Each August I visit Edinburgh festival and I’m always amazed how my hometown is both strange and familiar to me. While most of my time is at the EIBF (edinburgh International book festival), I like to make excursions down the Royal mile and to venture through the packed crowds and savour the vibrant atmosphere of the many players performing the great variety of shows to be found here.

It is weird and wonderful, escapist and real, extreme, frivolous and serene.

I enjoy to venture off the main routes and I eat at least once at Bilbos on the corner of Chambers street.
I try to make a time out to shill, to regroup, recharge and re-collect.  And everything in-between.
I take the walk from the Gilded Balloon near the university, down along Forrest Road past the folk bar Sandy Bells, along the Bridges and the national library and then down the busy Mound, on along George street past the statues of Hanoverian kings – and eventually to the reflective hub for those who enjoy books at EIBF.  I also make time for a couple of ART exhibitions and several shows.

I grew up here and never realised how BIG the festival was worldwide! Some favourite photos from Edinburghfestival 2015! TICKETS available at

Monday 14 September 2015

Edinburgh Fringe festival 2015

Last year Robin Williams died during the start of EF. Williams suffered  from severe depression and he committed suicide. He was one of the most respected actors and it was felt as a sad loss. This year at EF themes of depressions were explored by several shows. I have read that isolation in today's society leads to depressions also.

**I am on the train, it’s August again and I’m off to Edinburgh festival. Another year gone. It’s been hectic.  It is a balmy hot day which is good – perhaps we’ll have a late summer? There’s a beautiful still fluffy blue reflection on the lake as we head over. I browse through the festival literature.

EIF is such a carnival of the extremes – from the sublime to the ridiculous, the daring to the intellectual; great thinkers to the clowns. It provides a platform for new creatives; brings together the great and the good and encourages collaborations.

Does it all matter? What does culture and the arts mean for societies? A great big fat and resonating yes.

At EIBF; Edinburgh International book festival 2015
‘Around the world’ brochure and Trading Stories. ‘We would be a much poorer culture had those wayfarers not persisted in gazing beyond the next horizon.’
The centre for the festival action is the Royal mile that leads from the Edinburgh castle to Holyrood (crag and tail volcanic formation). Here you can see performers from many of the fringe shows. It can be quite manic!! Mind you if you enjoy crowds it is great fun. Take change to give the performers something for their efforts. This year I saw some rather gay Australians in Mohawk headdresses; a South African high school choir; Korean dancers; more.... I have only a limited time on the high street.