The Helix project created by Falkirk Council and Scottish Canals, will be home to a number of permanent artworks - notably Andy Scott's Kelpies - and an outdoor venue.
For the opening day Glasgow's UZ Arts has asked a number of artists to animate the park. Alex Rigg, Conflux, and Mischief La-Bas are among those creating performances and installations for Helix Day.
Artist Darren Wilson will invite local schoolchildren to seed-bomb the park's fallow flowerbeds by firing wild flower grenades from cannons and a giant catapult, in the opening salvo towards a blooming future.
THE fifth Lennoxlove Book Festival at the country house in Haddington will feature the first John Muir Lennoxlove Lecture in honour of the great naturalist from the county, whose centenary is next year. Speaking will be mountaineer Chris Bonnington, above.
Other attractions include William McIlvanney, Chris Brookmyre, Maggie O'Farrell, Kate Mosse, John Lloyd, Rory Bremner. and Patsy Kensit.
The festival will also be hosting the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Awards with presentation of the category awards, which will be followed by the result of the public vote, announcing which author has won the title of Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book of the Year and £30,000, Scotland's largest literary prize.
Music radio station Classic FM has thrown its weight behind a campaign to back UK theatres in the face of cuts to their funding by supporting an award which will be chosen by public vote and presented as part of the Theatre Management Association's UK Theatre Awards.
My Theatre Matters! is a nationwide campaign launched in March of this year and aimed at galvanising public support for theatres in the face of pressure on local government funding.
The My Theatre Matters! Most Welcoming Theatre Award, which Classic FM is supporting, will be chosen by the result of an on-line ballot which opened yesterday and runs to midnight on Monday September 30.
Theatregoers can vote for any venue, from the tiniest studio to the 3000-seat Edinburgh Playhouse, but results will be weighted by theatre capacity, the number of votes being divided by the number of seats.
The result will be revealed at the awards ceremony in London's Guildhall on Sunday October 20.
To vote for your candidate as Most Welcoming Theatre in the UK, visit classicfm.com/theatre.