What's On Scotland 17-24 Nov: Spit It Out Festival & more

Shae Myles' Polly Pocket-themed exhibition kicks off at Strange Field next week, complete with opening night performance. Elsewhere, Hybrid Fest plays in Glasgow and Nooriyah plays Sneaky's

Feature by Anahit Behrooz | 17 Nov 2023
  • Hush Lil Baby by Shae Myles

Forget about Barbie, it's Polly Pocket's moment. 16 Nicholson Street’s autumn exhibition, hosted at Strange Field, features the first solo exhibition by rising star visual artists Shae Myles, inspired by the 90s-drenched world of the Polly Pocket compact. Featuring interactive sculptural works that invoke femme and consumerist aesthetics, Hush Lil Baby is an playful, mesmerising inquiry into collective nostalgia and memory.

The exhibition runs 24 November-17 December, but you can catch the exhibition opening night and preview on 23 November, complete with DJing from queer Glasgow collective Mojxmma (spun by resident DJs Jam Eye and Halal Kitty) and a commissioned performance from Myles and Femme Castratrice. Tickets for the opening night are available here, and you can drop by the exhibition Thu-Fri 12pm-7pm and Sat-Sun 12pm-6pm.

Hybrid Fest
Drygate Brewing Co., Glasgow. 17 Nov, 12pm
There's a brand new all-day DIY music festival in town, organised by local indie-folk outfit Peach Crumb. Featuring a gorgeous multi-genre lineup, including the likes of Queen of Harps (pictured), Junk Pups and Ruby Gaines, all proceeds go to charities handpicked by each of the acts. Image: Courtesy of artist.

Creative Edinburgh Awards
The Biscuit Factory, Edinburgh. 17 Nov, 7pm
What better way to celebrate the wealth of creativity in the capital than at the Creative Edinburgh Awards, complete with free drinks and drag performances. The list of nominees is insane: think The Spit It Out Project's Bee Asha Singh (pictured) and Intercultural Youth Scotland. Image: Greg Hall.

Havana Glasgow Film Festival
Various venues, Glasgow. Until 19 Nov
There's just a few days left of the Havana Glasgow Film Festival, with screenings split between the CCA and Glasgow Film Theatre. Our weekend picks include a talk by Cuban animator Ivette Ávila Martín and a screening of Cantadoras – Musical Memories of Life and Death in Colombia. Image: Ivette Ávila Martín.

Julie Byrne
Mono, Glasgow. 17 Nov, 8pm
New York-based indie folk singer Julie Byrne returns with her first album in six years following the success of her first two studio albums. The Greater Wings is a testament to grief, devotion, and intimacy written in the wake of the passing of her musical and life partner. Image: Jonathan Bouknight.

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RARE: Nooriyah
Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh. 21 Nov, 11pm
Nooriyah's globally influenced take on dance music – influenced as much by music from the SWANA region as UK club – takes centre stage at Sneaky's next week, with support on the night from Glasgow Hiba and producer Nadia Summer.

Halina Rice
Summerhall, Edinburgh. 17 Nov, 7:30pm
In a show described as part-rave, part art happening, London-based producer and electronic musician Halina Rice blends emotionally raw electronica with mixed reality visuals and a stunning light show.

James Rowland: Learning to Fly
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. 17-18 Nov, 8pm
The runaway Edinburgh Festival Fringe show returns – find master storyteller James Rowland at the Traverse, telling the heartwarming tale of a remarkable friendship that shaped his life.