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10 things to do across Scotland this weekend

Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors

Old College Quadrangle, Edinburgh, from tomorrow

In 1974, thousands of life-sized terracotta soldiers were unearthed from the tomb of Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang. This special outdoor exhibition inspired by the discovery is being held at Edinburgh University's Old College Quadrangle to celebrate tomorrow's Chinese New Year. The installation consists of around 90 brightly coloured replica figures - warriors, women, children and horses - which double as lanterns, lit daily from 4pm to 9pm until next Friday. Created by artist Xia Nan for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it's the first time the pieces have been seen in Scotland. http://www.ed.ac.uk/news/2014/warrior-lanterns-100114

Kingussie Food on Film Festival

Kingussie, until Sunday

Back for a seventh year, this four-day winter food and cinema festival gets underway in the Highlands tonight. Screenings include Japanese culinary comedy Tampopo, country house murder mystery Gosford Park, and piquant Spanish melodrama Volver; fans of grisly French dystopian farce Delicatessen might be pleased to note that that dinner is being served before rather than after a showing tomorrow night. Elsewhere, there's a festival food hall hosted by Radio Scotland's Pennie Latin, demonstrations, talks, whisky tastings, children's activities, baking and recipe competitions, and food and drink producers from across Scotland. www.kingussiefoodonfilm.co.uk

Manipulate Festival

Edinburgh and Aberdeen, from tomorrow

Also returning for a seventh time, Puppet Animation Scotland's annual showcase of innovative visual theatre and film starts tomorrow at Aberdeen's Lemon Tree. Continuing right through next week there and at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, Manipulate embraces the artier end of puppetry, animation and performance. Spanning the weighty and poignant to the comic and fascinatingly weird, there's work being presented from Austria, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, and Scotland. www.manipulatefestival.org

Scottish Music Weekend

Hard Rock Café, Glasgow, Friday to Sunday

The new Glasgow branch of the US diner chain launches this weekend with a series of live performances from Scottish acts. As well as sets from Glasgow favourites Kassidy (Saturday) and The Fratellis (Sunday), tomorrow sees KT Tunstall play an afternoon Radio Clyde listeners party, with We Were Promised Jetpacks on stage in the evening. Also, free music masterclasses and a showcase of emerging Scottish talent. www.facebook.com/hrcglasgow

Apple Go Lucky

Mugdock Country Park, Saturday and Monday

Lend a hand for an hour or two to help develop a community orchard in Mugdock Park near Milngavie. Instigated as part of a six-month biodiversity campaign called CSV Action Earth, the orchard contains apple and pear trees, and there are plans to introduce hardy varieties of quince and plum; volunteers will be planting new trees this weekend. Meet at Mugdock Visitor Centre at 10am on both days. Contact Mugdock Country Park Ranger Service on 0141 956 6586 or email rangers@mugdock.org for more information.

American Football Varsity Game

Meggetland Stadium, Edinburgh, Sunday

Over in the US it's Superbowl weekend, and along with headline-grabbing entertainment and expensive adverts starring top celebs, TV audiences will be tuning in to watch some aggressive chaps in pads chucking a ball around for several hours. If you like the sound of that, the annual showpiece match between Edinburgh and Napier University gridiron teams could be the perfect way to get in the mood. Kick-off is 2.30pm, and entertainment includes charity face painting, the Napier Cheer Squad and Edinburgh Brass Band. Tickets are £4, including entry to a post-match Superbowl Party at Three Sisters in the Cowgate from 8pm.

Dundee Record, CD and Music Memorabilia Fair

Maryatt Hall, Dundee, Sunday

For music fans of a more analogue vintage, this long-running, semi-regular record and CD fair returns on Sunday. The emphasis is on exclusive pre-download-era collectables, but there are retro bargains to be had if you don't mind digging. Browsers can flick through racks of vinyl from dealers across the UK, while those looking to clear out old collections can utilise a free valuation service. www.grouchos.co.uk/Dundee-Record-Fairs

Cherry Bombers vs. Leithal Weapons

Meadowbank, Edinburgh Sport Centre, Sunday

Another alternative US-inspired sports option for the weekend, with the latest bone-crunching competitive fixture for Edinburgh-based women-only roller derby league Auld Reekie Roller Girls. Underway from 2pm at Meadowbank, Sunday's bout sees Cherry Bombers face off against Leithal Weapons in the first round of 2014's Home Season championship. Along with an afternoon of fast paced action, there's the promise of half time entertainment, stalls, crafts, cakes and merchandise. Tickets are £5 (under 14s free). www.arrg.co.uk

Glasgow Youth Film Festival

Glasgow, from Sunday

Ten days of exclusive cinema, talks, and creative workshops for young people, starting on Sunday with a family gala screening of new Dreamworks animation Mr Peabody and Sherman. Based mainly at the GFT, the festival's official Opening Gala - We Are The Best!, the latest from acclaimed Swedish director Lukas Moodyson - is on Monday. Along the way there's a live Q&A with the team behind Channel 4s My Big Fat Mad Diary (which stars Glasgow-born Sharon Rooney), a red carpet Cosplay event, and a Closing Band Night with up and coming Scottish acts. www.glasgowfilm.org/gyff

Edinburgh's Winter Fashion Swap

99 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, Sunday

Up-cycle unwanted Christmas gifts and hunt for bargains at this eco-friendly swap-shop event in the capital from noon on Sunday. Aimed at fashionable ladies of all ages, and billed as a more affordable and sustainable way to enjoy fashion, organisers I Heart Swapping have pledged any leftover items to Shelter Scotland, and 50% of ticket sales to Alzheimer's Scotland. You can bring up to ten items along, and tickets are £5-£7, depending on how many things you decide to swap. www.iheartswapping.com/events

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