Youth dance festival line-up is announced

Youth dance festival line-up is announced

YDANCE, Scotland's national dance organisation for children and young people, has announced the line-up for its three-day Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival to be held at Glasgow's Tramway in July. Eighteen youth dance groups from across the UK will take part in the event, alongside groups from Australia, Canada, India, Malta, Namibia and New Zealand.

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Plans are also being put in place to include a showcase of work by the young choreographers involved in the Hothouse project, a joint initiative with Scottish Ballet aimed at inspiring and developing the dance-makers of tomorrow.

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Folk-punk star set for city gig

MISSOURI-BORN singer-songwriter Austin Lucas returns to the UK this month after making a big impression with his sell-out show at Kings Place in London last month. Lucas, whose fifth album, Stay Reckless, was released late last year, has earned praise from critics and audiences alike for fusing alt-country, classic rock, folk, punk, indie rock and bluegrass into a unique brand of Americana.

He is touring with a full band and plays The Audio, Glasgow, on Thursday, March 27.

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Comic gathering looks to future

A SYMPOSIUM about the future of Scotland's comic book industry is to take place at the CCA in Glasgow on March 17. The Scottish Independent Comic Book Alliance (SICBA), along with Black Hearted Press and The Stirling Maxwell Centre at the University of Glasgow, is to host an open forum which will bring together more than 100 creators, retailers, publishers, and reviewers of the comic book industry.

A discussion will be led by a key panel including Dr Laurence Grove (director of the Stirling Maxwell Centre) with the aims of developing a "sustainable industry and aspirations of creating a National Comics Academy and Art Gallery in the currently unused McLellan Galleries".

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