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Issue 52 - Scotland Events

Scotland Magazine Issue 52
August 2010

 

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Scotland Events

National Museums Scotland 2010 History’s at the heart of 2010 with an exciting line up of new exhibitions at Scotland’s five National Museums. The Lewis Chessmen, the 200th anniversary of the completion of the Bell Rock Lighthouse and the women of the Land Army are just a few of the highlights of National Museums Scotland’s 2010 exhibition programme. See www.nms.ac.uk for more details Celebrating the Bruce Thursday 19th – Saturday 28th August 2010 Medieval attractions including a daring equestrian display, archery, falconry, live music and authentic battle re-enactments will take place in Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline, the proud ancient capital of Scotland. Stunt collective 'Combat International' are confirmed, fresh off the set of Ridley Scott's new Robin Hood epic. Saor Patrol, the Kings of Celtic rock will also be performing, having previously played at the Edinburgh fringe and T in the Park.

Edinburgh Book Festival 14 - 30 August 2010 The Book Festival opens with Philip Pullman debating his re-imagined story of Christianity, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, with Richard Harries, formerly Bishop of Oxford and Dean of Kings’ College London. Packed into the following 17 days are over 750 authors from 50 different countries including James Robertson, Nicholas Parsons, Candia McWilliam, Fay Weldon, Lydia Davis and Jo Shapcott who will all be launching their new books, while Vidal Sassoon, Seamus Heaney, DBC Pierre and Roy Hattersley will be giving sneak previews of books published in September.

The Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, will be previewing her new collection of poems to be published in 2011.

www.edbookfest.co.uk Big art ideas Friday 27th August until Saturday 4th September Kirkcudbright will host Big Art for Kirkcudbright – a Sculpture Symposium and the first of its kind to be held in a Scottish town. Seven sculptors, many of international status, will be working outdoors on large pieces of stone or wood sculptures in the ‘Artist’s Town’ of Kirkcudbright.

For further information, images or to arrange interviews with the sculptors and organisers contact: Nichola Hunter, Dinky Media dinkymedia@blueyonder.co.uk The Lammermuir Festival Friday 10 to 19 September 2010 An aircraft hangar housing Concorde, the 13th Century home of the Duke of Hamilton, a medieval church and a 16th century schoolhouse will all be deployed as venues during the first Lammermuir Festival in September. Featuring major artists, ensembles and orchestras, East Lothian will become a musical feast.

Offering visitors a wonderful mix of architectural, cultural, geological and literary history - Sir Walter Scott's historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor is set in the area – East Lothian nestles between Edinburgh, the Scottish Borders and the Firth of Forth.

Traditionally known for its 22 golf courses, including Archerfield Links represented by Catriona Matthew the 2009 British Open Champion, The Lammermuir Festival is determined to showcase the sheer diversity of the region by encouraging music lovers to discover what the area has to offer.