What’s on in Scotland: Top 10 events of the week
Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty

There’s plenty to whet your cultural appetite in Scotland this week. Here are our picks of the week’s best events throughout the country…

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty
Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Crystal Castles

O2 ABC, Glasgow  – Monday (26 Nov)

Canadian duo Crystal Castles kick off the week with some demented electro from their latest critically acclaimed album III.

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Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Edinburgh Festival Theatre – Tuesday – Saturday (27 Nov – 1 Dec)

Edinburgh will this week welcome the world premiere of Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, his third in a trilogy of reworked Tchaikovsky ballets. It promises to be a modern and imaginative take on the classic fairy tale.

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Canongate Talks Series: Alasdair Gray launches Every Short Story 1952–2012

Summerhall, Edinburgh – Wednesday (28 Nov)

One of Scotland’s most acclaimed authors talks about his latest book, a collection of every story he has written in the last 60 years. Part of Book Week Scotland.

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Sparrow and the Workshop & Withered Hand

Nice ‘n’ Sleazy, Glasgow – Wednesday (28 Nov)

A headline set from Glasgow-based trio Sparrow and the Workshop featuring the countrified vocals of Jill O’Sullivan, as well as a support slot from Edinburgh’s squeakily eloquent Withered Hand.

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RSA Open 2012

RSA, Edinburgh – Monday – Sunday (26 Nov – 2 Dec)

The Royal Scottish Academy invited submissions from artists across the country for this free showcase, all of which must be no bigger than 80cm. Expect a diverse selection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints and photographs.

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Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography

The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum – all week

This major exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum features classic works by celebrated photographers including Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, David Bailey, Corinne Day and Rankin.

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GiftED: The Edinburgh Book Sculptures Tour 2012

Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh – all week

Exhibition of the intricate book sculptures which mysteriously appeared in various Edinburgh venues last year.

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Neu! Reekie!’s End of Year Bash

Summerhall, Edinburgh – Fri (30 Nov)

Cross-genre night Neu Reekie bring their year to a close with a typically eclectic event at Summerhall’s Royal Dick Bar. The Pastels and TeenCanteen provide the music and there will be readings from George Gunn and Emer Martin.

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“Shhhh…” Festival

Platform, Glasgow – Saturday (1 Dec)

An ‘all day celebration of quiet music and art’, Shhhh is a joint effort from The Local, RM Hubbert, Platform and The Line Of Best Fit, with performances by the likes of Gravenhurst, Seamus Fogarty, Wounded Knee and eagleowl.

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Pressure

The Arches, Glasgow – Friday (30 Nov)

Slam’s regular club night Pressure celebrates its 14th birthday with appearances by Green Velvet and DJ Yoda.

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