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Scotland to organise 2014 world ceilidh

People from across the world have been invited to join a 24-hour Commonwealth Ceilidh that aims to span the globe next summer as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.

The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, which has been commissioned by Get Scotland Dancing to create the Ceilidh, will work with centres in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen to create new 'fusion' dances, which will be performed with existing dances in a worldwide event on June 21.

The Ceilidh will start in New Zealand at 7.30pm local time; the next events will begin two hours later in Australia, then in Japan and onwards, with the dancing in Scotland starting at 7.30pm, 12 hours after the Ceilidh began. It is hoped ceilidhs will take place in hundreds of locations across Scotland and the UK.

The Ceilidh then continues over to the Americas, with the final event in Hawaii 24 hours after the first ceilidh call was made.

Organisers are especially interested in hearing from people who would like to organise a Ceilidh in their own community.

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RSNO gets two new directors

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has appointed two new directors.

From the online and gaming sector comes Chris van der Kuyl, chairman of 4J Studios and co-creator of the X-Box game Minecraft, and until recently chief executive of brightsolid.

Joining him is former chief executive of the Scottish Funding Council Mark Batho, who was recently appointed Vice-Principal of Abertay University.

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Dance to city's festive beat

However the halls are decked, this is a time of year to dance to hiphop, funk and rhythm and blues, as is traditional.

From tomorrow Glasgow will have a new clubnight serving exactly that. Too Nice's debut dance floor session is at 11pm (until 4am Friday) and has sets from Bessa, Heckter and J_Leslie.

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