2022 All the big Scottish cultural projects and events to look forward to is finally and carefully listed as follows:
Celtic Connections, across Glasgow, 20 January – 6 February
A year after musicians played to empty venues across Glasgow, but were viewed by a 30,000-strong online audience more than 60 countries, the Celtic Connections festival is set to return “in full force” over 18 days in January and February.
All of the event’s most popular venues, including the Royal Concert Hall, the Old Fruitmarket, the Barrowland Ballroom, St Luke’s and Drygate, will be welcoming back the crowds the festival has become famed around the world for.
Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Kris Drever, Rachel Sermanni, Le Vent du Nord, Kate Rusby, Old Blind Dogs, Capercaillie, Niteworks, Talisk, Elephant Sessions, Rura and Mànran are among the audience favourites lined up the festival’s comeback.
Special events include tribute concerts honouring the singer-songwriters Nanci Griffith and Jackie Leven, the Orcadian poet and author George Mackay Brown and the Indian musician Ravi Shankar.
Key strands in the festival include a showcase of the latest music emerging from Wales and a celebration of Shetland.
Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer, 26 February – 4 September.
The first major exhibition confirmed for V&A after the appointment of new director Leonie Bell is also the first ever dedicated to the groundbreaking Scottish dancer and choreographer Michael Clark and the first show at the waterfront attraction to focus on a single Scottish cultural figure.
Born in rural Aberdeenshire in 1962, the routes of Clark’s career can be traced to when he was just four years of age and nagged to join in with his older sister’s Scottish dancing lessons. By 1975 he had been accepted for a place at the Royal Ballet School n London and he became one of the leading figures in British dance after launching his own company in 1984.
The exhibition, originally staged at the Barbican Centre in London, explores how Clarke’s work was influenced by punk, fashion and club culture.
Feauring films, sculptures, paintings and photographs, showcases his collaborations with filmmakers Peter Greenaway and Derek Jarman, fashion designers Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, and musical acts like Wire and Scritti Politti.
Cyrano Cyrano de Bergerac, Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 18 – 26 March.
The one thing Scottish theatre will definitely not lack in the early part of 2022 is star power.
That was guaranteed from the moment it was confirmed that James McAvoy, one of Scotland’s leading film and TV stars over the last two decades, would be making a rare stage appearance in in his home city to reprise his lead role in Cyrano de Bergerac, three years after his acclaimed performance in the show in London’s west end.
McAvoy will taking to the stage in the Theatre Royal, on the other side of the street from his old drama school, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he has funded a 10-year scholarship programme.
The Theatre Royal will be one of three venues in the world to secure a run of director Jamie Lloyd’s Olivier Award-winning production.
Dandelion/Unboxed, across Scotland, March – October.
Dogged by controversy since it was instigated by then Prime Minister Theresa May in the aftermath of the EU referendum vote, the UK’s biggest ever celebration of culture and creativity since the 10 projects chosen for the £120 million programme were unveiled in March.
Scotland’s major contribution to Unboxed will combine food growing initiatives with music, culminating in the staging of dozens of harvest festival across the country in September.
Musicians, sound artists, scientists, designers, food producers and community groups are expected to be involved in the six-month Dandelion project. More than 250 “cubes of perpetual light” – from which specially-commissioned music will emanate – will be distributed to island communities, redundant industrial sites, parks and schools.
Scotland will play host to five other Unboxed projects, including About Us, an opening event for the UK-wide programme in Paisley, where buildings and landmarks will become a canvas for cutting-edge an imation and projection mapping taking audiences on a 13.8 billion year journey from the “Big Bang” to the present day.etc.