May 2010 News Roundup
The final phase of a seven year project to convert a former military building in Edinburgh into an arts venue will be completed this month, following a £750,000 renovation. Multi-arts venue Out of the Blue, on Dalmeny Street, offers studio and production spaces, and is also home to an arts café and array of weekly classes, events and exhibitions. The last nine months has seen the former Leith Drill Hall transformed to create space for 30 artists, a spacious new music practice room, a garden and an extended café kitchen. Look out for their special open studio event from 28–29 May, as well as an exhibition of work by resident artists from 28 May–10 Jun.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival is set to showcase a selection of Scottish producers at four international festivals over the next year, as part of their 2010 Features Scotland programme. The initiative provides producers with training and promotional and networking opportunities, as well as the chance to work with a dedicated development adviser, who will help them create a personal development plan.
This year’s Slam Tent line-up for T in the Park has been released, boasting Carl Cox, Fake Blood, Erol Alkan, Adam Beyer, Plastikman, Slam, Sven Vath, Tricky, Gary Beck and more. In Glasgow, Piping Live! has launched its August programme, featuring Capercaillie and friends, The Treacherous Orchestra, Breabach, Finlay MacDonald & Chris Stout, The Battlefield Band and Julie Fowlis. Further afield, after seven years of Homegame in Anstruther, Fence Records have launched The Away Game, to take place over the weekend of 24–26 of Sep 2010, on the Isle of Eigg, hosted by King Creosote and The Pictish Trail. Lastly, The List, in association with Scottish Hydro, is launching a competition to give an aspiring journalist the chance to report direct from Rock Ness. Entrants must show some editorial panache, and be willing to blog their hearts out from the festival. The prize includes a free pair of tickets. See Reader Offers, page 7, for more details.
The Traverse Theatre continues its work with inmates from Scottish prisons as part of the six-week programme, Open Write. This year’s initiative looks at men entering the final stages of their sentences. Look out for the finished performances at the Traverse Theatre on 8 Jun. Right next door, the Royal Lyceum Theatre celebrate the West End success of Billy Elliot the Musical, with the Billy Youth Theatre initiative, which affords schools and youth groups around the country the opportunity to perform their own productions of the internationally award-winning show. Check them out at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh on 8 Jun.
And finally, Central Station is running a Member Fund, every month giving you the chance to get your hands on up to £1,500. They’re looking for innovative projects from all disciplines, so let them know if you’ve got something that might fit the bill. Find out more at: bit.ly/CSMemberFund.