Archie Shepp interview

The legendary sax-man talks bagpipes, gospel and reggae before his Summerhall show. Archie Shepp came to prominence in the mid-1960s as a leading light of the black avant-garde, playing with Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon and Don Cherry, among others. John Coltrane sponsored Shepp’s contract with Impulse! records and invited him to play on the monumental

Arts head: Sorcha Carey, director, Edinburgh Art Festival

From the British Council to BBC break-ins, Sorcha Carey talks about directing the Edinburgh Arts Festival. Could you tell us a little bit about the Edinburgh Art Festival? We are Scotland’s largest annual festival of visual art, with an unparalleled offering of major exhibitions by leading Scottish international artists shown alongside the best early career

Marilyne MacLaren swaps the political fray for the Fringe

SHE was one of the most controversial and outspoken characters at Edinburgh’s City Chambers over the last decade. Now, just weeks after leaving the capital’s political scene, Marilyne MacLaren is about to enter the fray of the Fringe. The capital’s former education leader is to produce a show at one of the festival’s hippest new

Iconic America artist Carolee Schneemann appearing at the Edinburgh Art Festival 2012

Carolee Schneemann, the iconic American visual artist, known for her discourses on the body, gender, sexual expression and liberation, is exhibiting at Summerhall during the Edinburgh Festival. Her seminal works, ‘Meat Joy’ (1964), ‘Fuses’ (1967) and ‘Interior Scroll’ (1975) have firm places in art history books. Schneemann is thrilled to be working back in the

Summerhall to host second Scottish Independent Music Fair

The event brings together Scotland’s finest independent labels and artists. Local, lovingly reared, carefully selected, packaged with care. Nope, it won’t be organic food being laid out across the stalls in Summerhall’s Dissection Hall. Just quality produce of the musical kind. Stuart Thomas from the Scottish Music Industry Association is organising it again this year,

Feature: Summerhall 2012 / Teatr Piesn Kozla & Fringe highlights

Saviour of the Fringe In 2010 producer Rupert Thomson set out to save the artistic integrity of the Edinburgh Fringe. Now his Summerhall project is bringing some of Europe’s best theatre back to the festival, writes Mark Brown Two years ago a young Edinburgh theatre producer by the name of Rupert Thomson wrote an article

Summerhall’s hip new venue doubles its offering

Her one-woman show Mother Tongue comes to at Summerhall, the new Edinburgh art centre established this year in the former Dick Vet building, this summer. Regarded as the Fringe’s hippest new venue, Summerhall has doubled the number of shows this year to 53.

A little help from my friends

Big things have small beginnings, as Michael Fassbender’s sinister robot says in Prometheus. In the case of Whatever Gets You Through The Night, the big (but hopefully not sinister) thing is an epic new project involving 16 Scottish bands and singer-songwriters (including Emma Pollock, Errors, Eugene Kelly and Meursault), and, at the last count, 11

Edinburgh festival fringe 2012: my early tips

Anybody predicting that the 2012 Edinburgh fringe will turn out to be a damp squib will have been silenced by the publication of the Edinburgh festival fringe programme yesterday. A quick flick through suggests that this is a year where there’s no shortage of quality or quantity. It’s the former that really interests me, and while the following

Summerhall’s special brew proves a refreshing change

The Summerhall venue at the old Dick Vet building came to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time last year in a new and deliciously offbeat style, with stand-out shows like Hotel Medea and These Silences. Now back in a more permanent fashion, as patron Robert McDowell follows through his ambition to turn the complex