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Art Culture

Visionary Palaces

Scottish National Gallery: Until 17th June Karl Friedrich Schinkel was a nineteenth century pioneering architect responsible for many landmarks in Berlin today. The new exhibition, Visionary Palaces Designs by Karl Friedrich Schinkel at The Scottish National Gallery on the mound presents two of Schinkel’s unrealised projects for palaces executed in the 1840s. The first is […]

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Comment

The Tory Housing Bill will attempt to dismantle the welfare state

The latest planning bill of 2015-16 currently proceeding through the House of Lords contains some of the most controversial housing policies since Margaret Thatcher’s 1980 Right to Buy act. The current bill questions the relationship of state-provided housing within society. To surmise its contents, the bill proposes three key actions with the aim of obliterating […]

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Music

David Bowie: Cultural Catalyst

In a seminal 1973 television interview with a provocative Russell Harty, Bowie was asked, ‘Do you indulge in any form of worship?’ he answered ‘Life, I love life very much indeed’. Bowie’s worship of life defined his eclectic being and colossal creative output. Born David Jones, he transfigured into David Bowie and left a mark on people personally and […]

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Art Culture

RSA Open

Royal Scottish Academy: Until 14th February The RSA Open is an annual event of small-scale work created by contemporary artists living or working in Scotland, judged by a panelists of RSA Academicians. The exhibition evokes the spirit of the Victorian salons; legions of artwork jostle for attention in the Neo-classical rooms on The Mound. Everything on […]

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Art Culture

Genius beyond the career built on stardust

The ever expanding Edinburgh festival draws in, like a whirlpool, established and emerging talent from around the world. It seems that it also has the power to pry the heavyweight exhibitions from London too. Bailey’s Stardust, fresh from The National Portrait Gallery in London is a mammoth retrospective for arguably the master of 20th century […]

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Fringe Theatre

Down and Out in Paris and London

Satire, Pleasance Courtyard, Venue 33, 18:30 until the 31st August.  Down and Out in Paris and London brings George Orwell’s seminal novel up to date while retaining half of his original story. The play follows the novel’s Parisian plot, but for the London leg of the book the play follows a Guardian journalist and her modern […]

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Fringe Theatre

Be Better

Theatre, Bedlam Theatre, Venue 49, 13:30 until the 30th August.  Be Better by Urban Foxes Collective is a physical manifestation of a quarter-life crisis, complete with menstrual blood, glitter and Sainsbury’s prawn sandwiches. The protagonists Elena and Saskia confront the audience with hyper intense lifestyle mantras such as ‘MeDonna’, ‘Girl Goddess’ and of course ‘Be […]

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Art Culture

George Wyllie: Keeping The Balance

Located in the creative warren of Summerhall is the posthumous exhibition of Scottish artist George Wyllie’s work, entitled Keeping The Balance. Aged 90 when he died, Wyllie didn’t enter the art world until his 50s. His art, mainly sculpture, can be summarised as a combination of wit and political poignancy. Wyllie described himself as a […]