Festival of Politics tackles devolution and the Arts

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  • 6 August 2009

This article is from 2009.

Festival of Politics

The Scottish Parliament’s annual festival of issues and debate is back again, with lectures on everything from the legality of Facebook to diabetes and time travel. Other events catching our beady little eyes include a discussion on Devolution and the Arts with James Kelman and the National Theatre of Scotland’s Vicky Featherstone, a night of salsa and song looking at the after-effects of the Cuban Revolution 50 years on, and our own favourite feminist Germaine Greer on sustainable Scotland.

Festival of Politics, Scottish Parliament, 0131 473 2000 or www.festivalofpolitics.org.uk, 18–22 August, times vary, prices range from free–£6.

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Diabetes and Time Travel

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