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Lonely Planet is making a jaunt north of the border to host screenings of the 1969 cult classic The Italian Job and offbeat French romantic comedy Amelie on Thursday 22 and Wednesday 28 March at Edinburgh’s Cameo cinema. The films are being shown as part of the first ever Lonely Planet Film Festival, a UK-wide event, which aims to encourage travellers to experience a destination in a different way, through movies. For a chance to win tickets, click here.

Libraries across Edinburgh have reported that demand for the free editions of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped, published as part of the UNESCO City of Literature Trust’s One Book - One Edinburgh Citywide Reading Campaign, has been overwhelmingly high. The majority of the 25,000 copies have been claimed by city residents, but can now be purchased from all reputable booksellers. See listings for details of related events.

Eighteen of Scotland’s finest bands will descend on Austin, Texas next month for the 2007 South by South West (SXSW) festival, one of the largest music industry showcases in the world. They include The View, Mogwai, Paolo Nutini and The Fratellis as well as a horde of up-and-coming acts. ‘Showcase Scotland’ takes place on Friday 16 March. For those who can’t afford to travel, the Road to SXSW gigs will take place in Glasgow’s King Tut’s on Monday 26 February and Dundee’s Reading Rooms on Friday 2 March. The gigs will be broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway Show on Monday 12 March.

Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, which re-opened last year following a refurbishment, has been shortlisted for this year’s Gulbenkian Prize for museums and galleries. Fans can show support by taking part in an online vote that will be passed on to the judges. The winner of the £100,000 award is announced in May.

This year’s Burnsong Live festival has launched The Gathering ‘07, a nationwide search for songwriting talent to commemorate the spirit and legacy of the bard. The previous Gathering, in 2005, attracted more than 800 entries, the 16 winners ranging from a 12-year-old girl to an ambulance driver. For more information on how to apply visit, or phone 01387 253383. The closing date is Monday 15 May and winners will be invited to perform their work at the Burnsong festival in November.


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