What's On Scotland 15-21 Sep: V&A Dundee and Collective Gallery turn five

The V&A Dundee and Collective Gallery in Edinburgh celebrate turning five this month with fun-filled birthday parties happening this weekend. While over in Glasgow, you can have a right nosey through tonnes of great buildings with Glasgow Doors Open Days

Article by Jamie Dunn | 15 Sep 2023
  • V&A Dundee

It feels like just yesterday – and in other ways, like aeons – since the V&A Dundee opened their doors. This weekend marks the design museum's fifth birthday, and to celebrate they're throwing a shindig this Saturday (16 Sep). From 10am to 10pm, entry to all the exhibitions will be free, including the museum’s brilliant Tartan, which features more than 300 tartan objects from around the world on display.

There’s plenty more planned, including live performances from Terra Kin, Queen of Harps, Kintra and a special collaboration between Be Charlotte and Andrew Wasylyk. There are free workshops too, including one where you can make your own party hat. You can join a Tartan Tea Party or take a tour of the beautiful V&A building designed by Kengo Kuma. This weekend is also a chance to get a first look at new permanent exhibition Stories from the Building, all about the architecture, design, engineering and construction of the V&A Dundee. Read a full list of the day's activities here

Photo: Mihaela Bodlovic

Collective Gala

Collective Gallery, Edinburgh. 17 Sep

V&A Dundee aren’t the only ones turning five this weekend. Collective mark five years since opening the City Observatory on Calton Hill as a contemporary art space with a busy programme of events, including a new performance by Edinburgh-born artist Zoë Gibson, which involves sky creatures being drawn in a playful procession to the observatory.

Glasgow Doors Open Days

Various venues, Glasgow. Until 17 Sep

Glasgow buildings are once again throwing open their doors so people can have a good look around. As well as getting to have a nosey inside the likes of City Chambers, Arlington Baths (pictured) and Bridgeton Bus Garage, there are loads of walking tours on offer, from a Red Clydeside tour to a guided introduction to the legendary Barras Market.


Queen's Hall, Edinburgh. 20 Sep, 8pm

AMPLIFI, the gig series showcasing the sounds of modern Scotland from curators Arusa Qureshi and Halina Rifai, returns for a third season. On the bill is the spell-binding songstress India Blue, FIZA (pictured), who always provides an infectious live show, and R&B/Soul singer Wenge.B.

Photo: Joseph Hayes

Nabihah Iqbal

King Tut's, Glasgow. 21 Sep, 8.30pm

Nabihah Iqbal’s latest album, Dreamer, emerged out of near-impossible circumstances – lockdown, illness and the burglary of her studio – and the resulting record is appropriately miraculous, full of gorgeous synths and gentle yet raw emotion. Live, expect to take a hallucinatory journey into her dream world.

↪ Matthew Bourne's Romeo + Juliet

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh. 19-23 Sep, various times

Genius choreographer Matthew Bourne takes on Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet of Shakespeare's tragic romance. Set at a Verona Institute for problem youths where hope is in short supply, this is an electric interpretation, with the wonderful ensemble cast bringing Prokofiev's 88-year-old ballet thrillingly to life.

→ Women Life Freedom film screening and night march

Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh. 16 Sep, 6.45pm

On the anniversary of Jina Amini’s death, Edinburgh’s Women Life Freedom collective will host a screening of the film The Art of Living in Danger by Mina Keshavarz, and the short film I Am Trying To Remember by Pegah Ahangarani. The screenings are followed by a panel discussion and night march.

→ Strut Quiz Night

Coco Boho, Edinburgh. 21 Sep, 6.30pm

Strut Safe are an amazing UK-wide free phone line for women who find themselves walking home alone at night – they provide a friendly voice to keep you company and help you feel safe until you are through the door. Proceeds from this quiz go to keeping this vital, volunteer-led support line up and running.