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June 2017

Binos Live

binos live festival

Stirling Albion FC, The Scribbler’s Picnic and Prudential UK and Europe have collaborated to create an exciting new family friendly community event – Binos Live.

The trio have joined forces to create a day of football and music which kicks off at 11am and runs until 6pm on Sunday 25 June at Forthbank.

The event will include a range of football activities – some fun, some serious! – promoting Stirling Albion’s work in the community. There will also be opportunities to find out more about becoming involved in the club, a mascot race and a chance to meet some of the first-team players and management.

Stirling fundraising group The Scribbler’s Picnic will be hosting two stages of live music, a food village, stalls and activities for kids.

The Binos Live event is entirely non-profit making and funds raised will be donated to cancer-related charities as per the ethos of previous Scribbler’s Picnic events and the Stirling Albion Junior Academy.

The Scribbler’s Picnic announced last year that the 2016 music festival would be their last after they lost access to their established site at Stirling Rugby Club. However, Stirling Albion and Prudential approached the charity festival organisers earlier this year about a collaborative community venture.

Stirling Albion Chairman Stuart Brown said, "It is our absolute pleasure to present the first Binos Live. We are delighted to be partnering with the Scribbler’s Picnic on what will be a fantastic family day out. This is a great opportunity for people to find out more about Stirling Albion in general and in particular our community engagement and I would urge parents to bring their kids, of all ages, along."

Scribbler’s Picnic founder and Chairman Ted Christopher said, "We are delighted to be hosting the music stages at Binos Live. We look forward to welcoming many of the Scribbler’s Picnic’s loyal regulars and also some new faces to see a mix of excellent bands. It will be a great day with lots of entertainment. It will be different from our established festival set up as there won’t be as many stages but I’m confident it will be just as enjoyable. There will be a real family focus with great music and we will be raising some well needed funds for cancer charities and the Stirling Albion Junior Academy."

Early bird tickets go on sale from on 1 May priced, family £10 (2 adults 2 children)/ individual ticket £5/ under 5s free.

Tickets on the gate on the day will cost
family £20 (2 adults 2 children)
individual ticket £10
U16s £5
U5s free

details from From

April 2017

John Allan exhibition at Stirling Smith

Dean of Guild drawing for 29-31 Friars St

Dean of Guild drawing for 29-31 Friars St, 1902 by John Allan (Stirling Council Archives)

Currently at the Stirling Smith, Stirling City Heritage Trust has organised an exhibition as part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology to celebrate the life and work of Stirling architect, John Allan (1847-1922). Born 170 years ago, his striking and distinctive buildings include Wolf Craig, 29-31 Friars Street and numerous villas in the King’s Park area.

The exhibition will explore the architecture and materials used as well as the curious symbols and mottoes which are present on the facades of many of his buildings. The exhibition will include copies of Dean of Guild Court plans of his designs, held in Stirling Council Archives and incorporate new research undertaken by Stirling Local History Society.

Local school children from Allan’ s Primary School took part in an art project working with artist Iona Leishman and their lovely depictions of the buildings will also be on display.

The exhibition runs until 9th July.

For full details, visit the Stirling Smith section of the What's On guide.

Some People v Reginald D Hunter

Some People v Reginald D Hunter at the albert halls

Following a hugely successful year performing across Europe, Reginald D Hunter returns to the UK in 2017 with his highly anticipated brand new show. His UK Spring Tour visits The Alberts Halls, Stirling on Thursday 18th May.

In the years that he has been living and performing in the UK, Reginald’s searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fan base that spans the generations. In the past twelve months he has appeared in a critically acclaimed tour of Ireland as well as performing across Europe. His appearances on television have included 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and the hugely popular three-part BBC2 series Reginald D Hunter’s Songs Of The South which documented Reginald’s epic road trip from North Carolina to New Orleans through 150 years of American popular song.

Reginald has been in the UK for just under two decades and in that time he has become one of the UK Comedy industry’s best-known performers for his distinctive take on subjects including race and sexuality. His work can be brutally honest and is often considered to be controversial but it is always meticulously thought out and he has never been afraid to face challenging issues head on, even when the focus is on his own principles or beliefs.

He is a well-known face on primetime television shows such as 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and QI and is a frequent guest on Have I Got News For You. He has appeared in Argumental for Dave Channel and Would I Lie To You and Live At The Apollo for BBC1.

His highly popular debut DVD – Reginald D Hunter Live – was one of the top sellers in the DVD comedy charts as was his follow up DVD – Reginald D Hunter: In The Midst of Crackers.

"Reginald D. Hunter joins the top rank of stand-up comedians working today... a comedian going for broke, flying in the face of received opinion in a way that is simply exhilirating... this is comedy of a rare scope" Times

"Stand-up comedy's coolest customer" Telegraph

"Each succesive show crackles with anticipatory atmosphere" i Newspaper

For full details and to book tickets, visit the Albert Halls section of the What's On guide.

March 2017

7th annual Hippodrome Silent Film Festival in Bo’ness

Some People v Reginald D Hunter at the albert halls

Where Movies and Music Come Alive

Wednesday 22 March to Sunday 26 March

What better place to experience silent film than at the Hippodrome, Bo’ness - Scotland’s first purpose-built cinema that opened in 1912. Join us at Scotland's only festival dedicated to silent cinema, for world- class music, red carpet glamour, and rarely-seen silent era films.

This year’s festival programme offers a fantastic selection of rarely seen silent-era films accompanied by an outstanding line-up of world-class musicians. Each film will be accompanied by a range of extraordinary musicians playing a live unique soundtrack.

Films showing this year will take in the trenches at Flanders, the streets of Shanghai, Chicago in the Roaring Twenties, and revolution-torn Dublin. We’ll be in the company of big names like Gloria Swanson and Buster Keaton, as well as forgotten stars like Ruan Lingyu and Alexandra Khokhlova... even the artist Eduardo Paolozzi in a rare film role.

Until recently, many of the riches of silent cinema have remained hidden. These films are now presented in a fresh new way that we feel sure, the film makers would have approved. An experience not to be missed.

Visit the website at Hippodrome Silent Film Festival 2017 Tickets sell out fast.

February 2017

Phill Jupitus - Juplicity

Strange Behaviours at the Tolbooth

At the Tolbooth on 30th July 2017 at 8.00pm. Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funnyman smashes laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it.

Adult themes and situations, but delivered childishly.

Phill became a familiar face when he started as team captain on BBC2’s pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks in 1996, which went on to run for 19 years. Aside from Never Mind the Buzzcocks and live stand up shows all over the UK, he also appears as a regular guest on QI (BBC2) and Alan Davies As yet Untitled (Dave), and in 2012 returned to television stand-up for the first time since 2000 with an appearance on Live at the Apollo (BBC1).

On BBC Radio 4 Phill is a regular panellist of the award winning I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and The Unbelievable Truth and was resident curator on The Museum of Curiosity. In addition, he has presented numerous radio documentaries including, Phill Jupitus’ Comic Strips, Calvin and Hobbes and The Man Who Bought Hendrix’s Stage.

Phill toured the UK and Ireland with the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 2016 starring as Baron Bomburst / Lord Scrumptious and he played Bottom in the Bath Theatre Royal production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream in August. His other theatre work includes appearing alongside Jason Manford in the UK touring production of The Producers as Franz Liebkind.

Age Recommendation 14+

For full details and to book tickets, visit the Tolbooth section of the What's On guide.

January 2017

Strange Behaviours presents Taupe

with support from Yolo Manolo and Niamh Baker

25th February 2017 at Stirling Tolbooth.

Strange Behaviours at the Tolbooth

The first Strange Behaviours show of 2017 starts with an immediate tangent into the left field with free-jazz/math rock trio Taupe.

The regular indie/alternative night ‘Strange Behaviours’ kicks off 2017 with Taupe, a band who specialise in razor-sharp polyrhythmic play, exploratory improvisation and raw, high energy live performance.

An instrumental 3-piece (guitar, sax, drums) who blend math rock flavours with moments of free jazz and noise, Taupe are all subtlety and flow. Think tight jazz grooves descending into freeform tailspin, only to steer it out in perfect sync to float headily on soundscape/noise textures til you finally come to and realise your mouth has been hanging open the whole time.

With members spread between Edinburgh and Newcastle, the band are touring off the full endorsement of their adoring public, with a successful Kickstarter campaign allowing them to record and release the album they’ll be playing at this show. A jaw-dropping and utterly engaging live band, their approach is built on blurring the line between carefully constructed rhythmic compositions and explosive group improvisation. Taupe thrive on the danger of this ambiguity, deconstructing their music in real time to weave fresh and dynamic paths through their material with each performance.

In support are Glasgow’s Yolo Manolo, a band blending elements of indie pop with shoegaze dynamics and meandering, hypnotic bass grooves. The band have played just a handful of shows around their home city, with their debut EP garnering a reputation for bittersweet melodies and instrumentation leaning on the best of 90s US indie subculture.

Completing the lineup is Niamh Baker, a relative newcomer both to the Stirlingshire music community and gigging in general. A sweet voice obscured behind brash electric guitar and a burning energy, her songs are soaked in melancholy and guarded aggression.

"Encompassing all that is great about the exploration of music, Taupe take jazz, pull it apart, then put it back together without the instruction manual… There are moments of complete randomness, like a pigeon stuck in a post-box, then there are beautiful melodic interludes, maybe a quiet reflection, quickly followed by an angry tantrum". NARC. Magazine

For full details and to book tickets, visit the Tolbooth section of the What's On guide.

University of Stirling students help Scotland Welcome the World

Universities Scotland has launched a global campaign to showcase why international students should study in Scotland. Scotland's Universities Welcome the World showcases inclusivity and diversity in world-class higher education institutes across Scotland.

University of Stirling is supporting the campaign to celebrate that Scottish higher education is home to over 180 different nationalities amongst students and staff. Stirling has 120 nationalities on campus represented by students and staff, with 20% of students from overseas.

The campaign aims to share a message of welcome with the world and let it be known that Scotland is open and inclusive. Individuals can get involved by sharing a welcoming message on Twitter using #ScotlandWelcomesTheWorld or by visiting for more information.

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