Wildlife returns

THE Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, will return to Edinburgh in the new year, opening at the National Museum of Scotland on 19 January next year.

The show will be on display in the museum's largest exhibition gallery for the first time.

It will feature 100 images from animal portraits to wild landscapes.

First run in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives almost 50,000 entries from 92 countries.

Dr Nick Fraser, Keeper of Natural Sciences at National Museums Scotland, said: "We are thrilled that the National Museum of Scotland will host the 53rd Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, from the Natural History Museum in London. These captivating images offer visitors new perspectives on the wonders of the natural world, and are as arresting as they are beautiful.”

Admission: £10 adults, £8 concession, children (age 12-15) £7.

Entry is free to National Museums Scotland Members and children under 12.


FilmG for BBC Alba

THE FilmG 2018 Awards set to be shown on BBC Alba for the first time.

Four previous winners’ films will be broadcast in the week leading up to the awards.

The the awards programme for Gaelic short films is scheduled for Sunday 11 February.

The chosen films will be revealed in January.

Both firsts come as FilmG – and BBC Alba – celebrate their tenth year.

The FilmG Awards will be presented by Fiona Mackenzie and Niall Iain MacDonald.


Sonica to London

THEATRE Cryptic’s Sonica Festival is to put on shows in London.

Over Friday 20 and Saturday 21 April, 2018, Sonica will offer a weekend of audiovisual work, installations and multi-sensory performances from Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Ireland alongside emerging talent from across the UK.

Robbie Thomson’s Infinite Lives will turn the venue into "a science laboratory with robots, kinetic sculptures, modified technology, real live sea monkeys and an irresistible electronic beat."

There will also be work from Glasgow-based US artist Heather Lander, called Nearer Future.


GFF industry returns

GLASGOW Film Festival has announced the return of its Industry Focus strand for the 2018 festival.

Highlights for Industry Focus 2018 will include a discussion on harassment in the workplace led by Women in Film and TV plus Alex Stolz hosting a live episode of his hit podcast Film Disruptors, looking at the players shaking up the way film is created, distributed and consumed.