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Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017

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The world's largest arts festival is back this August celebrating its 70th year in Scotland’s capital for the Edinburgh Fringe

With 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows in 294 venues in 2016, there are thousands of reasons to visit the Fringe next month to see a variety of creative talent.With 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows in 294 venues in 2016, there are thousands of reasons to visit the Fringe next month to see a variety of creative talent.

The festival begins on August 4 and last over three weeks with some of the biggest names in the world of entertainment in attendance as well as unknown artists looking to build their careers.

These include art forms such as theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children's shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.
Here are a few acts to keep an eye out for:

Tez Ilyas brings his third stand up show to Edinburgh following the successes of his critically acclaimed debut, TEZ Talks in 2015, and his follow-up smash hit, Made in Britain in 2016. 

His debut Edinburgh show, TEZ Talks, transferred to BBC Radio 4 for a full series and has already been re-commissioned for a second.

In 'Teztify' feels like he’s constantly on trial. In his new show, he’s decided to teztify against all the assumptions the world has of him.

Some are on the surface: he’s Asian; some, he’s never run from: he’s a working-class man of faith; and some he’s worn on his sleeve: he’s a total lefty liberal. 

 

Kae Kurd makes his Edinburgh debut at the Pleasance Courtyard with his hard hitting and hilarious show 'Kurd Your Enthusiasm'. 

Over the past 18 months this outstanding rising star has been making a serious name for himself. 
Last year he was part of the Pleasance’s prestigious Comedy Reserve showcase and supported Dane Baptiste on his nationwide tour. 

Kurd Your Enthusiasm takes us through Kae’s story of arriving in London as a refugee at six months old. 

Award winning stand-up comedian and presenter Aatif Nawaz is at the Edinburgh Fringe in August with 'The Last Laugh'.

His first two solo shows Muslims Do It 5 Times A Day and AATIFicial Intelligence both earned rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe and spawned sell-out runs in London. 

Earlier this year, Aatif launched his new podcast, AATIFicial Intelligence on iTunes that has grown in listenership every week.

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Hate crime at Scottish mosque

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EDINBURGH CENTRAL MOSQUE: The mosque and Islamic centre was designed by Dr. Basil Al Bayati and took more than six years to complete at a cost of £3.5m

EDINBURGH CENTRAL MOSQUE: The mosque and Islamic centre was designed by Dr. Basil Al Bayati and took more than six years to complete at a cost of £3.5m

Man arrested after flaming object hurled at place of worship

A man has been charged with wilful fire-raising aggravated by religious and racial prejudice after a fire broke out at Edinburgh Central Mosque in Potterow.

Thomas Conington, 28, appeared in private before Sheriff Kevin Drummond at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday after a flaming object was hurled at the mosque on the early hours of Sunday 18th September.

He was also charged with an offence under the Explosive Substances Act

No plea or declaration was made and the case was continued for further inquiry.

Mr Conington was remanded in custody.

Following the hate crime, around 200 people gathered to show solidarity the Muslim community on 20th September.

The rally was organised by Unite Against Fascism Scotland.

The front door of the building was damaged in the attack but no one was injured.

Speakers included members of the Muslim Women's Association of Edinburgh as well as local politicians.

Asian Express contacted Unite Against Facism Scotland for a comment and are awaiting a response.

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Campaigners demand answers for closure of NGO’s accounts

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COMMUNITY: Bradford West MP, Naz Shah, turned up in support of the demonstrators last weekend

COMMUNITY: Bradford West MP, Naz Shah, turned up in support of the demonstrators last weekend

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A group of protestors were joined by local MP, Naz Shah, outside one of the city’s high street banks last weekend, voicing their concern at the closure of a non-governmental organisation’s (NGOs) account.

On Saturday 16th January, demonstrators staged a two-hour protest after the Friends of Al Aqsa (FOA) group were informed that their accounts had been unilaterally closed by the Co-Operative group.

Following on from the closure of other charity and NGO accounts last year, Ms Shah labelled the Co-Op’s latest actions as ‘unethical and unfair’.

Ismail Patel, chair of FOA, added: “The protests show that people are very unhappy with the actions of the Co-Op bank.

“We hope to repeat similar protests up and down the country over the next couple of weeks to make a real positive impact, and compel the bank to engage in dialogue with us and others whose accounts have unjustly been closed.”

The group claim the bank has failed to present ‘substantiated reasons’ as to why their accounts have been closed and are calling for action to be taken.

Only realising the accounts had actually been closed when attempting to use them in mid-December, demonstrations have since been seen across the country.

A statement from the group added: “FOA is non-governmental organisation, it does not send funds abroad, it has never overdrawn on the account and it has been a customer of the Co-Op for many years now.

“The Co-Op has not only failed to communicate with FOA before the closure it now refuses to talk to the organisation and stands by its decision to close FOA’s account.

“Consequently a number of cities around the country have now come together to support FOA and a number of protests have taken place so far with more planned in the coming weeks.”

Protests have already taken place in Leicester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Bradford in support of FOA and the 'Free Palestine' movement in the UK.

Upcoming demonstrations will take place in London (23rd January), and Manchester (29th January) with more information available via the NGO’s Facebook page.

PROTEST: People gathered outside Co-Operative banks throughout the UK in opposition to their decision to close FOA accounts

PROTEST: People gathered outside Co-Operative banks throughout the UK in opposition to their decision to close FOA accounts

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From Bollywood to Scotland

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HONOUR: Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukh Khan, received an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh's Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal (pic credit: Douglas Robertson)

HONOUR: Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukh Khan, received an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh's Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal (pic credit: Douglas Robertson)

Shah Rukh Khan receives honorary degree

One of the world’s most popular actors - Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, has received an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh as he swapped his acting gear for a robe and graduation cap.

The 49-year-old world-renowned personality received his Degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University Chancellor HRH The Princess Royal in Edinburgh last week.

EDUCATION: Khan was honoured with his degree in recognition of his humanitarianism work

EDUCATION: Khan was honoured with his degree in recognition of his humanitarianism work

Khan, who has appeared in more than 80 films, was presented with the degree in recognition of his outstanding record of philanthropy, altruism and humanitarianism and his global reach as an actor.

His charitable work has included bringing solar power to rural villages in India, creating a children’s ward at a Mumbai hospital and supporting relief funds to assist areas devastated by tsunamis.

After receiving his honorary degree, the film-star gave a public lecture, which was attended by many of the University’s 400 South Asian students, along with South Asian community groups.

The University has been linked with India for nearly 250 years wih Professor William Robertson, Edinburgh's Principal from 1762 to 1793 and a noted Enlightenment thinker, writing one of the earliest European texts to focus on India.

The university’s first Indian student graduated in 1876 and by the 1920s its Indian student population was greater than that of any other UK University.

Receiving his honorary degree, Khan, said: “It is a pleasure to be honoured by the University of Edinburgh and tread in the footsteps of so many of the world’s illustrious thinkers, leaders and personalities.  

“To have the opportunity to address one of the most esteemed educational institutions in the world is a special moment.

“I look forward to the University continuing on its path as a great civic university, demonstrated by its partnership with India, addressing health, academic and research excellence and social justice.  

“I hope that many more of India and South Asia’s brightest minds get a chance to learn, think and grow at Edinburgh.”

Professor Charlie Jeffery, University of Edinburgh Senior Vice-Principal, said it was a ‘privilege’ to present the award on behalf of the university.

“The University of Edinburgh has very strong ties with India and I am delighted that we are able to recognise the philanthropic work and career of one of the most outstanding stars of world cinema.  

“It is a great privilege to present Shah Rukh Khan with one of our highest honours, a doctorate of the University.

“As India’s population and economy grow, so too does the demand for world-class education. Our aim at Edinburgh is to build partnerships and strengthen awareness that will reinforce our position as the partner of choice for the Indian knowledge economy.”

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Tesla opens first Supercharger in Scotland

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Tesla has opened a new Supercharger location at Edinburgh Airport, firmly establishing the company’s presence in Scotland. This location is part of a network expansion that will soon allow Model S owners to drive anywhere in the UK relying only on Superchargers. Supercharging is free for Supercharger-enabled vehicles.

The new Supercharging site is accessible from the M8, M9, and A720. The Supercharger is in the car park off Almond Road, near the terminal. Model S drivers gain access to the car park 24 hours a day by pressing the button on the barrier and requesting Supercharger access. One hour free parking is complimentary whilst Supercharging.

THE FUTURE: Tesla opens first Supercharger at Edinburgh Airport

THE FUTURE: Tesla opens first Supercharger at Edinburgh Airport

A Supercharger replenishes half a charge in about 20 minutes. Supercharger sites are strategically placed along well-travelled routes to allow Model S owners to drive long distances with minimal stops. They are located near amenities like motorway services, restaurants, cafes and shopping centres so drivers can stop for a quick meal and have their Model S charged by the time they’re done.

Tesla has energised 221 Superchargers worldwide with eight in the UK, making it both the largest and the fastest-growing fast-charging network in the world.

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