2012 | THE GUIDE TO SCOTLAND’S FESTIVALS
way of contrast, there is the schlock selection of FrightFest and the multimedia events of the Glasgow Music and Film Festival. In the days before the festival proper starts, there are two equally entertaining seasons: the Glasgow Youth Film Festival (5–15 Feb), showing everything from The Muppets to Napoleon Dynamite; and the Glasgow Short Film Festival (9–12 Feb). See feature, page 8.
ARIKA12 EPISODE 2: A SPECIAL FORM OF DARKNESS MULTI-ARTS Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow, 0845 330 3501, arika.org.uk
See panel, page 24. 24–26 FEBRUARY
MARGINS BOOK AND MUSIC FESTIVAL LITERATURE / MUSIC The Arches, 253 Argyle Street and various other venues, Glasgow, marginsfestival.com
The hip young nephew of the Scottish lit scene is run by cuttingedge imprint Cargo Publishing, with an emphasis on new writing talent. Newly moved to the suitably funky Arches, it is a bookish event with a live soundtrack and some very cool attendees. Includes a production of Alasdair Gray’s Fleck at Òran Mór.
MARCH 2–4 MARCH
BACH COLLEGIUM JAPAN MUSIC Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth, 01738 621031, horsecross.co.uk
The Bach Collegium Japan takes up residence in Perth Concert Hall for a weekend for its only Scottish performances in 2012. The group, accompanied by various virtuoso soloists including soprano Joanne Lunn, are performing three new programmes of baroque music programmed by Masaaki Suzuki.
2 MARCH–28 APRIL
BEHAVIOUR THEATRE & DANCE The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow, 0141 565 1000, thearches.co.uk
An intelligently cool festival of performance and theatre, built around the Arches’ sturdy reputation for pushing platform boundaries. With a mix of international and local talent, Behaviour was developed with NTS and the Traverse to push original talents into the spotlight. 3–17 MARCH
DUNDEE WOMEN’S FESTIVAL POLITICS Various venues, Dundee, d-v-a.org.uk
Built around International Women’s Day on Thu 8 Mar, the Dundee
Women’s Festival has over 80 events dedicated to thinking about the history of women’s rights and where things stand today. Events scheduled for 2012 include a screening of The Lady – the recent biopic of Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi, a talk by Edinburgh novelist Sarah Sheridan, as well as a range of workshops, discussions and activities. 3–5 MARCH
TORRIDON WINTER WALKING FESTIVAL OUTDOOR Torridon, by Kinlochewe, Highlands, 01445 791242, thetorridon.com/activities/walking -festival
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