Edinburgh Festival of Politics 2011 - Highlights

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Festival of Politics 2011 Richard Holloway

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Richard Holloway, Sarah Boyack, David Greig and Midge Ure among highlights

Scottish culture & heritage

A panel discussion will take place about Scottish culture, its heritage and who actually owns it. Among the panellists will be acclaimed playwright David Greig, whose National Theatre of Scotland work, Dunsinane, (pictured) got the blood stirring earlier this year.
25 Aug, 10.30am, free.

Protest Songs? Who Cares?

In an age of manufactured 'talent' contests, technology overload and the return of Tory rule, you might think that the protest song would be on the cusp of a glorious return. But where is the new 'War', 'Fight the Power' or 'Strange Fruit'? Has the political song had its day? Burnsong creative director Ronnie Gurr chairs a discussion featuring Midge Ure, author of 33 Revolutions Per Minute Dorian Lynskey, and MSP Lloyd Quinan, to discuss the past, present and future of the form.
25 Aug, 1.30pm, free.

Has the time come for quotas to achieve gender balance in our Parliament?

Of our 129 MSPs, only 45 are women. Nan Sloane, director of the Centre for Women & Democracy and Sarah Boyack MSP will be among those debating the 'q' word.
25 Aug, 11am, free.


A touch of drama comes to the FoP from Blueprint, the new community company from Wave Theatre. Following the death of her father, Amelia is forced to question her place at the heart of the community and of her family.
25 Aug, 12.30pm, £6 (£3.50).

The media at a time of crisis: part of the problem or part of the solution?

What has the role of the mass media been in the transitions from authoritarian political systems before 1989? Bernard Margueritte is president of the International Communications Forum and chats here with Magnus Linklater.
25 Aug, 2pm, free.

Behind the Scenes at the Museum: V&A at Dundee

Due to open in 2014, the Victoria and Albert Museum in Dundee is one of the most internationally significant architectural projects in a generation. A panel of architects, curators and critics discuss the inspiration and vision for the building.
25 Aug, 4pm, free.

An evening with Midge Ure

Live Aid founder and songwriter Midge Ure visits the Parliament for an intimate solo performance. The Ultravox frontman performs work from his back catalogue of hits in an evening of song and conversation. 'Oh Vienna' etc.
25 Aug, 6.30pm, £20 (£17.50).

In Conversation with Richard Holloway

Richard Holloway is a Scottish writer, broadcaster and former Bishop of Edinburgh who is regarded as one of the most outspoken and controversial figures in the Church. Anthony Finn, the General Teaching Council's chief executive, chats to him.
25 Aug, 6.30pm, free.

Is the far north safe in Nordic hands?

The Arctic region contains a high proportion of the world's fish stocks and has huge untapped supplies of oil and gas. The Norwegian government has pledged to exploit natural resources without harming this precious environment. The debate is chaired by renowned broadcaster Lesley Riddoch.
26 Aug, 1.30pm, free.

Is Scottish education inspiring our pupils to reach for the sporting challenges?

With the Olympic and Commonwealth games on the horizon, the issues of sport in our schools and the wellbeing of our young people are becoming discussion points. Frank Dick OBE, the former coach of Boris Becker and Daley Thompson, and former Scottish international rugby player John Beattie join the debate.
26 Aug, 4pm, £6 (£3.50).

Burnsong Political Songhouse

Burnsong provides time and space for some of Scotland's most talented songwriters to collaborate and create new work. Tonight, Burnsong presents an evening of recently commissioned songs of conscience, protest and concern.
26 Aug, 6.30pm, £6 (£3.50).

Where Next for the Arab Spring

The Middle East and North African regions are going through dramatic changes, but what happens next and what is the potential impact on the wider world? BBC correspondent Allan Little will be joined by independent film-maker Omar Hamilton to chew the fat on this meaty topic.
27 Aug, 11am, £6 (£3.50).

Scotlands of the imagination: How we create our own future

How does the work of Scotland's playwrights, poets, novelists and illustrators make us think about our country and the direction we'd like to see it go in? Journalist and broadcaster Iain Macwhirter chairs this discussion.
27 Aug, 2.30pm, free.

What is the role of the war photographer?

Allan Little takes the chair once more, as we re-examine the role of the war photographer in documenting present-day conflicts.
27 Aug, 5.30pm, free.

Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire

The popular Glaswegian has collaborated with Ray Davies, Glen Campbell and Ray LaMontagne and tonight performs an intimate acoustic set with his band.
27 Aug, 6.30pm, £12 (£9).

All events at Scottish Parliament, Holyrood Road, 0131 473 2000.

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