News in Brief
This article is from 2006.
? The List is delighted to report that our intrepid Festival columnist, Jane Bussmann won the Best Comedy category at this year’s Tap Water awards. Jane received her prize at a glittering ceremony at the Bongo Club hosted by Mikelangelo of The Black Sea Gentleman.
? While the 60th Edinburgh Fringe closed with over 1.5 million tickets sold, Director Paul Gudgin has again called for the City Council and Scottish Executive to act to safeguard the festivals’ future. ‘In a climate of growing competition from other UK and international festivals, Edinburgh must remain the most attractive option for performers,’ he said.
? The beleaguered 7:84 theatre company has received a stay of execution following a successful appeal to Holyrood’s public petitions committee. Having been told that its funding was to be withdrawn by the Scottish Arts Council, the company will now be kept afloat until March 2007.
? Scotland’s six cities - Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Stirling - are to pull their distinctive cultural resources to host the country’s first nationwide design festival (17 May-3 June 2007). Local organisations are invited to submit projects for possible inclusion in the programme of events and exhibitions. Further details are available from Roland Gulliver on 0141 225 5833, and the closing date is 16 October.