The Libertines

23 November. Tickets from £45. O2 Academy, 121 Eglinton Street, Glasgow, G5 9NT.

Despite the band splitting up almost 17 years ago, mere months after the release of their second album, they are back performing and taking the stage in Glasgow. For fans of the band, right, there’s sure to be some familiar favourites.

The Great Eastern Festival

27 November. Tickets from £28. Various venues around Edinburgh (see website).

This new multi-venue event follows on from the success of The Great Western Festival, which debuted in Glasgow’s west end in 2019. Continuing in the spirit of the festival’s theme of musical exploration and discovery, The Great Eastern will host over 40 acts across a variety of unique spaces in the capital.

GinFall Festival

27 November. Tickets from £15. Pollokshields Burgh Hall, Glasgove, G41 4LL

The GinFall Glasgow event is set to be bigger and better than ever, with more gins from around the world, new cocktails, street food, cocktail masterclasses, the big gin raffle, gin cake bakes, live music, a chance to meet the distillers. Plus, new for 2021, GinFall, right, will have a Vodka Room, where you can sample a huge range of exclusive vodkas, vodka liqueurs and vodka cocktails.

Blas Thròndairnis

20-27 November. Ticket prices and locations vary (see website).

The life and work of Màiri Mhòr nan Òran, a nurse and prolific songwriter from Skye, will be celebrated in a two-day community gathering. Her poetry celebrates many aspects of Gaelic culture, as well as shinty – the sport of the Gaels. In addition to presentations on Màiri Mhòr from Dr Priscilla Scott, Professor Alan Riach and Cailean Maclean, Anne Martin and Myles Campbell will bring to life some of the songs from the Trotternish area and the people who composed them.

Night Walk for Edinburgh

20-27 November. Free. Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BS.

Night Walk for Edinburgh is a 50-minute walk through the Old Town of Edinburgh after dark. Following a film on your tablet or smart phone and a soundtrack on your headphones, you will walk up Advocate’s Close and along a route that weaves around the Royal Mile before returning to where you started. Follow Janet Cardiff’s voice for a journey unravelling a disjointed tale – part game-playing, part surrealistic poetry, perhaps even a murder mystery – layered with history, invention and memories.

Family Kite Making

20-21 November. £65 per household. House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, Dumbreck Road, Glasgow G41 5BW

This intergenerational art class, below, invites adults and young people to learn together and create collaborative artwork. The designs will be inspired by a variety of different cultures, to experiment with kite making to create both individual and collaborative decorative kites.

Havana Glasgow

Film Festival

20-21 November. Tickets from £15. Various venues across Glasgow (see website).

The Havana film festival returns to Glasgow for a celebration of Cuban film and culture in Havana’s twinned city of Glasgow. The spotlight this year is on Cuban Director Arturo Sotto, who will attend the festival and present four of his films, including Nido de Mantes, also known as The Wasp Nest.

Howardena Pindell:

A New Language

20 November - 2 December. Free. Fruitmarket, 45 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DF.

This is Howardena Pindell’s first solo exhibition in a public organisation in the UK, and it takes its cue as well as its title from her. The exhibition brings together a significant selection of her work, doing its best to communicate and celebrate her vision, in the hope that we might all be able to respond to her urgent call for change.

Castle of Light

20 November - 9 January. Tickets from £20. Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, EH1 2NG.

There’s stunning visuals, state of the art lighting installations and Rex, the famous red lion, back to guide you at Edinburgh Castle this festive season. Watch as the untold history of this landmark illuminates the very walls that saw it unfold.

Forgan’s Weekend Ceilidh

20 November. Free. Forgan’s, 110 Market Street, St Andrews, KY16 9PB.

The Forgan’s Ceilidh is back for 2021. Join them on Saturday for Forgan’s Hoolie Club, featuring some of Scotland’s best ceilidh bands. The ceilidhs will take place every Saturday from now until February 2022.

Charlotte Cohen