The festivals in Edinburgh are non-stop, some of the most important international festivals of arts in the city have just finished but the Forth Bridges Festival has started and it runs until Saturday 13 September.
The Forth Bridges Festival this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the construction of the Forth Road Bridge, it is a suspension bridge in east central Scotland and it was declared a national monument in 2001. This year the festival coincided with the exciting Year of Homecoming 2014 so the events will be spread over 10 days. The Year of Homecoming attracts millions of tourists throughout the year and aims to highlight the main Scottish contributions in the history.
The program of include Scotland Welcomes the World to Lunch, a Birthday Boat Flotilla, Torch light Procession and a dramatic Light and Firework Show!
If you want participate as a volunteer in the organization of the festival, you can find on the official website a section with all the details to join the team.
Hurry up if you have not enjoyed yet this celebration!
Edinburgh International Festival is ending next Sunday 31st of August.
This year’s event presents compelling stories of wartime, the relationship between culture and conflict, about the ability of artists to overcome difficult environments and create something sublime, and the role of culture in the collation of cultural identity and sense of nationality.
Every summer, people from all over the world visit Edinburgh and enjoy three exciting weeks with the best of opera, more music, theatre, and international dancing.
The Sunday Times describes the festival like a “Meeting point of artistic excellence”, while The Scotsman calls it “Scotland's flagship”. Metro says “Glorious and essential ... for culture lovers who come from far away”.
The Scottish Government is betting on youth for its economic growth. Over the past 2 years, it has created a Youth jobs strategy in order to reduce the number of 16 to 24-year-olds who are out of work.
In fact Angela Constance, Secretary for Youth and Women’s Employment is meeting 60 young people this week in order to update this strategy and to adapt it with the current economic conditions.
Despite the good results (youth unemployment has fallen from 91,000 to 65,000 in the last two years), the Government is convinced by the idea that its approach has to evolve in order to make the most of the economic recovery.
She added: “History tells us that following a period of economic difficulty, it takes longer for the jobs market for younger age groups to recover, but I am determined to push beyond even the pre-recession levels of youth unemployment of around 13%.
“We share the commission's vision of a world-class system of vocational education and of a 40% cut in youth unemployment by 2020.”
Happy Students in Scotland
According to a new research about schools in UK and Ireland, Scotland students are the most satisfied in the UK. The survey canvassed around 321,000 final-year students from 156 higher education institutions and 166 further education colleges across the UK.
In fact, Levels of student satisfaction reach 87% which is the highest score in UK (concerning undergraduates’ students). England and Wales are not so far with 85%.
Better than that, 3 universities have scored more than 90% rate of satisfaction. St Andrews, Glasgow and Dundee Universities offer to their students a complete satisfaction due to their staff, their infrastructures and the level of their courses.
It’s a significant reason to study in Scotland!
Ready for Edinburgh International Book Festival?
Tomorrow, the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2014 will start.
Unlike most of the other festivals, this one is a place for calmness. It takes place in the calm surroundings of Charlotte Square, and it is not only about the written word, but also about innovative ideas for our times. Some of its previous participants were J. K. Rowling, Al Gore and Franz Ferdinand.
It is the largest celebration of its kind in the world, where writers and thinkers discuss words and ideas with each other and everybody. In fact, it gathers up more than 800 authors in over 700 events each year including novelists, poets, scientists, philosophers, sportsmen, illustrators, comic creators, historians, musicians, biographers, environmentalists, economists, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides.
This year you will be able to see Anne Cassidy, Emma Haughton, Kader Abdolah, Meena Kandasamy, S E Lister, David Eimer, Mai Al-Nakib, Tom Barbash, and Sue Lawrence.
Visit the official website to see the program.
Edinburgh Arts Festival has started! The largest annual celebration of visual art in Scotland is around 90% free to attend, reaching everyone.
Once again galleries throughout Edinburgh open their doors on a wide, exciting range of local and international work from artists at every stage in their careers.
Some of the artists that will show their work are Turner Prize winners Susan Philipsz, Martin Creed and Richard Wright, established figures such as Callum Innes and Andrew Miller, and new artists such as Emily Speed, Kevin Harman and Anthony Schrag.
With 40 exhibitions in 30 of the Scottish capital’s museums and galleries, August is shaping up to be a truly unmatchable celebration of visual art in all its diversity; exactly what we have come to expect from the UK’s largest annual festival of visual art.
For those looking to find out more about what inspires particular artists, there are Artists Talks and Guided Tours available to join every day of the festival.
This festival, which attracts over 250,000 visits each year, will last until the 31st August.
Here you have the programme.
Millions of passengers have helped one of Scotland’s biggest airports meet its targets. Three of the largest airports in the country this year have recorded an increase in passenger growth rates.
Edinburgh Airport said it was the busiest month that has been in its history with nearly 994,000 passengers during the month of June, 3.8% more than last year.
The airport, owned by Global Infrastructure Partners, international traffic increased 1.6%. The airports of Glasgow and Aberdeen also recorded increases compared to June last year.
Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: “Having 10 million passengers is fantastic. Giving our passengers choice and great service is working.”
“Any growth in this climate is difficult but it is even more special given the backdrop of the highest aviation taxes in Europe.”
Red-haired Scots could become extinct as a result of the climate change, according to experts.
Do not worry, it will not happen tomorrow! But it is true that there is a concern about this. The gene mutation that red hair and pale skin people have made them more vulnerable to sun.
Dr Alistair Moffat, managing director of Galashiels-based Scotlands DNA, said: “We think red hair in Scotland, Ireland and in the North of England is adaption to the climate.” And he added: “If it was to get less cloudy and there was more sun, then yes, there would be fewer people carrying the gene.”
As we all know, there is a very low percent of gingers in the world (1-2%), but there is a 13% of gingers in Scotland, which means 650,000 people have the gene mutation.
If your hair if red, auburn or mahogany, shall we say take care of your skin, especially in this summer months!
To celebrate the 50th birthday of the biggest naturist organisation in Great Britain, a naked boat cruise will go down the river Forth.
80 nudists will board a vessel owned by Forth Boat Tours for 3 hours on July 5 (tomorrow).
If you would like, you’ll be able to observe the naturists from above during their celebration since the boat will pass under the Forth Bridge.
The nudists will enjoy their time doing a barbecue and dancing on live music during the boat trip.
If you are into naturism, there are a few associations in Edinburgh such as Forth Naturist Club which is part of the British Naturism.
On Sunday 20th of July the Edinburgh Festival Carnival will take place. This free event opens the festival season in the Scottish capital. 400 local, national and international artists will be present in the city centre: dance, acrobatics, puppets and much more will be waiting for you.
If you like the atmosphere of festivals or want to have an experience in the event, you can help by volunteering. There are two possibilities. The first one is to be steward, if you like to be helpful and friendly, you can give information to visitors while ensuring the safety of the event. Otherwise, you can be the person in charge of the liaison of artists. You will ensure that artists have everything they need and you can meet different of them.
If you are interested and you are over 18, you can send an email to Anne Plant to email@example.com before the 4th of July, 2014 at 6:00 pm.