THE operator of a new film studio, backed by Screen Scotland and located in Leith, will chosen by the end of April.

The time period to make a tender for the operation of the studio complex in Edinburgh, based in a substantial building in Leith docks, is now over.

Creative Scotland declined to say how many companies or groups had made bids for the operation of the studio.

The building chosen is the old Pelamis Building, currently a substantial blue building which has enough room for five sound stages.

It is also unknown whether there have been any Scottish-based bids or whether groups from further afield are in contention.

Iain Munro, acting Chief Executive at Creative Scotland said: "We have had an encouraging and positive response to the call out for tender submissions.

"Following evaluation of eligible submissions, a preferred partner will be selected.

"The intention is that a conclusion on the final operator will be made by the end of April 2019.

"We will then work to support the operator to deliver the studio as soon as possible during 2019.”

MORE than 70 bands will take part in the Aberdeen Jazz Festival this year, which will take place from 21 to 31 March.

The 2018 festival increased its audience by 20% and in 2019 the festival is hoping for a similar increase.

It will launch the first Aberdeen Blues Weekend which features performances from Maggie Bell, ex-Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden and Kenny Neal.

There will also be a triple-header featuring Del Amitri guitarist Kris Dollimore, Nicole Smit and Aberdeen's Gerry Jablonski.

Jazz on the Green will take place on 24 March.

There will be performances in Union Square and Bon Accord, whilst singer Mary May tours in Aberdeenshire to venues in Portsoy and Stonehaven, before playing in Aberdeen during the West End Jazz Trail.

Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired said: “Aberdeen Inspired is proud to support the Aberdeen Jazz Festival, which is a highlight of the year for many, both locally and nationally. As well as increasing footfall, the impact of events to local businesses and the wider city centre is hugely beneficial and a diverse cultural offering is an essential part of this.

"We are committed to bringing exciting and ambitious festivals to the city, and also to supporting those we feel make a positive and transformational difference to Aberdeen. Larger events like the Aberdeen Jazz Festival undoubtedly contribute to bringing a positive economic impact to the area and we would encourage residents and visitors alike to come along and enjoy the eclectic range of talent being showcased throughout the event.".

SHETLAND Youth Theatre is to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Previous Shakespeare production on Shetland include Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth in Scalloway Castle, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Walls Community Garden.

Shetland Arts will be running a series of workshops designed to make Shakespeare accessible to young people.

This series of workshops are booked as a block and will allow participants to further develop their drama skills.

SYT operates an open-door policy and participants aged from 11-25.

Tickets are available from Mareel.