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The print edition of The Skinny is a monthly free magazine covering the best in culture and lifestyle across Scotland and beyond. In October 2005 the first issue of The Skinny Scotland hit the streets providing up to date listings, previews and in depth features about events and artists in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and nearly 150 issues later we still provide the best way to keep up to date on the best of your local scene. Find out what’s in this month’s magazine by reading the digital edition below, along with this month’s editorial introducing what’s inside.

THE SKINNY: March 2020

Turning our eyes optimistically towards what currently feels, from the perspective of an office a week deep into broken heating in a seemingly endless winter, like a fictitious summer – it’s time for The Skinny’s annual music festival special!

This year we’ve taken the position that we want to celebrate the festivals who are working hard to make the world a better, more equal, more sustainable place. We want to focus on the people working to find a solution rather than fixating on the problem. So we open with the Keychange pledge – obviously gender balance on festival bills is desirable for all involved. We want to hear women play music and tell their stories because obviously everyone in the population deserves to be able to relate to shared experience and art and the fact that anyone is still debating this is quite frankly ridiculous. Keychange is good, major international festivals have managed it (hiya Primavera), find out more on p20.

In a world which is struggling to address its relationship to consumption it is natural that festivals – large gatherings of people in temporary spaces – are a flashpoint for waste. We take a closer look at France’s We Love Green, who have worked hard to build a model which offsets their carbon footprint in every facet of the organisational process. We’ve also got a short guide to some simple things you as a punter can do to reduce your festival footprint, from using public transport to taking your tent home rather than leaving it in a field. Easy!

Our festivals calendar gives you a rundown of the many many line-ups we’re excited about in Scotland and beyond. We take a look at some of the multi-arts programmes that make festivals challenging, constantly evolving places for discovery, and celebrate sound system culture at home and around the world. Moving beyond music, we look forward to a pair of festivals arriving in Glasgow this month. Glasgow International Comedy Festival fills the city with some much-needed laughter, while Glasgow Short FIlm Festival has another stellar line-up including a celebration of a decade of Scottish shorts courtesy of your favourite local cultural magazine (YES THAT IS US DON’T SAY THE LIST I WILL COME FOR YOU).

Film also meets Levan Akin, the director of And Then We Danced, to hear more about this love story between two male dancers set in Georgia. Art talks to a pair of artists exhibiting in Scotland this month – Sulaïman Majali is on show in Collective and shares some background on the cultural erasure their work kicks back against. Inuit Artist Shuvinai Ashoona will be displaying her drawings in CCA, virtuosic renderings of memories and fantastical scenes which she discusses in the context of living as part of her community in Cape Dorset.

Books meets Graeme Armstrong, whose debut The Young Team, inspired by his own experiences, in an Airdrie gang, is an instant Scottish classic. Theatre talks to Denise Mina whose gender-swapped adaptation of Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti comes to the Lyceum stage this month. Gaelic company Theatre Gu Leòr are presenting an exciting collaboration with the band WHYTE. MAIM (meaning panic), a production examining the erasure of language and land, will tour Scotland this month. Intersections reveals the creative expression happening around the university strikes fighting for the future of higher education, and meets some of the people who make Govanhill a diverse area which actively resists the forces of gentrification.

We close the magazine with The Skinny on… Caitlin Moran, marking the premier of the film version of her How To Build A Girl by sharing wild tales of Welsh sourdough, spotty bums and vomiting up oysters. How the other half live. [Rosamund West]

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