July 17-25. See website for price and ticket details. Durham Hall, Durham Wyned, Lower Largo, KY8 6DL.
The Largo Arts Week Arts Festival kicks off this weekend in the coastal village of Fife after being postponed last year due to Covid. There is a mix of internationally renowned artists and Scottish artists featured during the week-long event. The full lineup includes artists, performers and musicians such as folk music legend Rab Noakes, as well as international sculptor David Mach and many more.
Robert Burns Allocation Festival
July 21-24. See website for details on prices and tickets. Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Murdoch’s Lone, Alloway, Ayr, KA7 4PQ.
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and Cottage where Burns was born is holding a five-day festival to mark the 220th anniversary of the first Burns Supper. The festival will offer daytime and evening activities for enthusiasts of all ages, including free events. Although Burns’ suppers today are observed on the poet’s birthday on January 25, the first supper was held on the 5th anniversary of his death on July 21, 1801. The festival begins on the 21st with the summer supper, organized under a marquee on the Cottage site, where the first Burns supper took place.
Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival
July 16-25. Pay what you can. Various locations, see event website for details.
Scotland’s largest rural performing arts festival returns with a program of outdoor and online performances celebrating the people and creativity of Dumfries and Galloway. By combining an outdoor traveling stage, pop-up performances in unexpected places and a digital program with world-class artists, there are 60 events over the ten days of the festival. Highlights include a stand up from comedian Mark Nelson, a presentation of Smith & McClennan’s new album, and a glimpse into the exciting world of emerging five-piece group The Lucky Doves.
Hebrides Film Festival
July 19-24. Ticket prices can be viewed on the website and must be reserved in advance. Various locations across Lewis, Harris, North and South Uist and Barra.
Returning for its seventh year, the Hebridean International Film Festival celebrates independent world cinema in theaters of the Outer Hebrides. More than 40 films from 16 countries will be shown at 10 locations along the chain of islands from Ness on Lewis Harbor to Castlebay on Barra. The festival will see UK premieres of films from around the world and closer to home. The program also features Ice on Fire, produced and directed by Leonardo DiCaprio, to audiences in the Hebrides.
July 18-19. Tickets start at £ 12. 40 Edington Street, Glasgow, G4 9RD.
Combining love of good food and love of opera, Scottish Ensemble and Social Bite are teaming up this summer to offer you Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with a picnic organized as part of Live at No. 40
Outdoor party. Charity and
social enterprise Social Bite has created a delicious themed picnic box inspired by music
so that you can enjoy the outdoor concert. William
Grant Still’s Summerland will also be in attendance.
The comedy of mistakes
July 17-24. Tickets from £ 20. 40 Edington Street, Glasgow, G4 9RD.
Part of the Live at No.40 open-air festival is the Citizens Theater performance of Shakespeare’s comedy of Mistakes. The play, directed by Citizens Theater Artistic Director Dominic Hill, will be a fun production performed by a talented ensemble. With live music and burlesque humor, all in an atmospheric outdoor setting, this is the perfect opportunity for artists and the public to rediscover the magic of live performance.
Dream of a summer night
July 19. Tickets from £ 18. Edinburgh Zoo, 134 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6TS.
Another event for theater fans is this performance of Shakespeare’s most beloved romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Located in the magical setting of Edinburgh Zoo, this is another great opportunity to enjoy the open-air theater. There will be a range of food and drink to purchase throughout the show, but be sure to bring mats or chairs with you.
Search Party Edinburgh – A Brand New Summer Mission
July 17 – August 29. Tickets start at £ 10.50. Departure point Bristo Square, Edinburgh
Search Party Edinburgh is back with a new mission. You and your teammates will experience some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and locations, while finding clues, playing games and solving puzzles to complete the mission and find Edinburgh’s long lost spirit animal, “The Reekie Beastie”.
Snake summer at Deep Sea World
July 17 – August 21. Admission from £ 16. Deep Sea World, Forthside Terrace, North Queensferry, KY11 1JR.
Taking place in the temporary exhibition hall, Deep Sea World featured over 15 interactive exhibits focused on the often secret lives of snakes. Take a look at the different areas full of taxidermy models and skeletons, with activities for kids and adults.
Installation: Philippa Tomlin
July 19 – August 7. Free admission. Artspace37, Unit 37-38, The Piazza Shopping Center, Paisley, PA1 1EN.
Philippa Tomlin presents her latest exhibition “My Place in the Crowd” at Artspace 37. Remembering all the overcrowded live events that we have taken for granted over the years, this exhibition features paintings and recorded stories from the last experiences of crowd of locals before Covid.