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Stars support concert for Gaza medical aid fund

Stars support concert for Gaza medical aid fund

A LINE-UP of comedians, musicians and Fringe acts are holding a show to raise money for medical aid for Gaza tonight.

The show at the Assembly Rooms venue includes Elaine C Smith - who is compering the event - Frankie Boyle, Shappi Khorsandi, Shooglenifty, The Poozies, The Bevvy Sisters, Dean Owens, Playtime and Black Diamond Express

This one-off concert is taking place to raise money in aid of Medical Aid For Palestinians (MAP).

The benefit night has been put together by Edinburgh-based collective Artists For Gaza.

l www.arfringe.com

Gilded Balloon heads west

ONE of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe's best- known venues, the Gilded Balloon, is to open a new comedy club in Glasgow this month.

It is expanding west to the Drygate Brewing Co in Glasgow, with a run starting on August 29.

Curated by Gilded Balloon artistic director Karen Koren, the club will feature comedic talent including Rob Rouse, Mark Nelson, Romesh Ranganthan and Felicity Ward.

Two three-act shows will run from 7.30pm until 9.30pm and 10pm until 12am every Friday, led by club comperes Zoe Lyons, Micky Dwyer, Ray Bradshaw and Scott Agnew.

l www.gildedballoon.co.uk

Libraries offered funding boost

PUBLIC libraries in Scotland and across the UK are being offered the chance to apply for new funding from the Carnegie UK Trust.

The three-year funding programme, which is worth £200,000, will benefit up to 15 public libraries.

The initiative will also pilot a new programme of online learning material to encourage innovation and leadership among library staff.

Any librarian applying for the funding must submit an innovative idea that "finds a new way of using library space".

Funding decisions will be made in 2014 and 2016, with the chosen projects running between 2014 and 2017.

l www.carnegieuktrust. org.uk

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