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SMHAF: The festival exploring mental health through creativity

Now in its 11th year, the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF) is one of Scotland's most diverse cultural events, covering everything from music, film and visual art to theatre, dance, and literature. Here, we take a look at five different events running thoughout this year's festival, which use creativity to open up a dialogue surrounding mental health.

11 October 2017

Talisk: 'We hope that WOMEX gets how progressive the music in Scotland is'

Multi award-winning Glasgow-based trio Talisk have been selected to perform in the official programme at WOMEX 17 World Music Expo in the UNESCO City of Music Katowice, Poland. We spoke to the band ahead of their performance to find out how it feels to be selected, what they're hoping to take away from the experience and what's in store for the future.

11 October 2017

We Have Met Before: unlocking the shared history of the Caribbean and the UK

The Caribbean and the United Kingdom share a deep and complex history. Now, that shared past is being explored in We Have Met Before: a group exhibition organised by the British Council and the National Gallery of Jamaica.

5 October 2017

Helping cultural organisations contribute to Scotland's sustainability

From April 2018, Regularly Funded Organisations will need to develop plans to reduce their carbon emissions, with other recipients of funding encouraged to do the same. Find out about the support available for this new area of work.

29 September 2017

Africa in Motion: bringing African cinema to Scotland

For the last 12 years, the Africa in Motion film festival has been bringing the best of African cinema to Scotland - making it possible for Scottish audiences to engage with African stories and industry professionals from the continent. We spoke to Festival Producer Justine Atkinson to hear more about 2017's programme, and why this festival is so important. Africa in Motion was funded through Creative Scotland's Open Project Funding.

26 September 2017

Wigtown Book Festival: Accessible, inclusive and packed with top authors

The Wigtown Book Festival is one of the UK's best-loved literary events. Now in its 18th year, the programme is packed with over 200 events and activities for all ages, including music, theatre, food and visual arts. After a sucessful trial in 2016, Wigtown has now fully implemented StageText: an initiative which uses live subtitling at key events. We spoke to Adrian Turpin, the festival's Artistic Director, to find out more about StageText, the programme, and what he is looking forward to this

20 September 2017

Scottish makers get set for London Design Festival

The world-famous London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world. But this year, the city isn't the only thing being showcased. Attending the festival is a raft of Scottish makers, working with textiles, furniture, jewellery and more. Here, we take a look at a selection of the exhibitors who are celebrating and sharing Scotland's crafty talent.

20 September 2017

Five must-see commissions at the Borders Heritage Festival

The Borders Heritage Festival is, as you might expect, a celebration of history, heritage and archaeology. In this way, the festival looks to the past, and celebrates all that has come before us. But through its commissions programme, the festival also looks to the future.2017 marks the ninth year that the festival has been in operation, and as such it has a reputation for hosting unique and special events. This year is no exception. Here are five commissions which capture the spirit of the

1 September 2017

Rapture Theatre gears up for Streetcar Named Desire 70th anniversary tour

This autumn, Rapture Theatre’s new production of the iconic American masterpiece, Streetcar Named Desire, will transport Scottish audiences to the sultry surroundings of New Orleans. A Pulitzer-prize-winning play by Tennessee Williams, this new production features a cast of ten top class performers. Under Michael Emans’ direction, it swiftly on his critical and popular success earlier this year with Rapture’s Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? The staging is particularly timely,

29 August 2017

10 events to book at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Readers, writers and bibliophiles of all stripes have been flocking to this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival since it opened on 12 August. And while the last week-and-a-bit has been packed with impressive events, there are still plenty of talks and readings to attend before the festival wraps up on 28 August. Here, we've picked a selection of readings and talks with tickets still available, if you're looking for a last-minute literary jaunt.

22 August 2017

Banging the drum for Scotland's creativity

The arts have a huge impact on Scotland, both economically and socially, and we need to talk more about it, says Creative Scotland’s Chief Executive Janet Archer.

6 September 2017

Paisley's bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 is now Scotland's bid

After making the official shortlist, Jean Cameron, project director for Paisley 2021, explains how Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 is now Scotland’s bid.

31 July 2017

Scotland's music on the world stage

In this article originally published by The Herald on Friday 9 June 2017, our Head of Music Alan Morrison reflects on Scotland's music's place on the global stage...

13 June 2017

Alan Morrison: Showcasing Scotland at The Great Escape 2017

Alan Morrison, Head of Music at Creative Scotland, reflects on two busy days of Scottish Showcases at The Great Escape in Brighton...

20 May 2017

Craft Scotland becomes a Scottish Living Wage employer

In this guest post, Craft Scotland explores the wide-reaching benefits of the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation.

4 May 2017

Surveying Scotland's Games Industry - The Next Level

Morgan Petrie, Creative Industries Manager, provides an update on our efforts to better understand Scotland’s Games Industry, and reports on future plans to take this work to the next level.

2 March 2017

Getting creative with care

Creative Learning Officer Sarah McAdam takes a look at some of the creative initiatives aimed at helping young people in care.

28 February 2017

Rosie Crerar on why Screen Equalities Matter

The Glasgow-based producer explains what Creative Scotland's Equality Matters Review could mean for Scotland's Screen Sector.

31 January 2017

Guest Blog: Jo Verrent welcomes Tramway's Unlimited Festival

Jo Verrent is a speaker, writer, activist and the senior producer for the UK Unlimited Commissions programme. As we look forward to Tramway's Unlimited Festival opening tomorrow, Jo shares some thoughts on the festival running from 15-25 September…

14 September 2016

Anticipating the Edinburgh Book Festival

Kaite Welsh, Literature Officer, gives us a few reasons why she's looking forward to this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival.

12 August 2016