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What Presence! The Rock Photography of Harry Papadopoulos (3 May - 11 August 2013)

What Presence! The Rock Photography of Harry Papadopoulos gives visitors to The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery & Museum an extraordinary glimpse behind the lens of one of Scotland's most legendary music photographers.

Take a step back in time and dive into the allure and grit of the 1980s post punk music scene with Harry Papdopoulos's latest exhibition.

Showcasing more than 300 images, this exhibition provides an impressive range of images taken between 1979 and 1984. The exhibition features an astounding list of music icons and ranges from the traditional band portraits to the live-action shots. However, be prepared to see a large number of more unique captured shots.

What Presence! The Rock Photography of Harry Papadopoulos

Harry Papadopoulos was a self-taught photographer who launched his diverse photographic career by selling gig-goers photographs outside the Apollo back in the late 1970s. He then went on to become an employed photographer for Sounds magazine where he captured a number of rock stars on film. During this time Harry has photographed everyone from Blondie to The Clash, to David Bowie, to The Specials, Suicide, Penetration, Bryan Ferry, The Cramps and not to mention ABC and even Wham!

The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum opens its doors and invites the public to view this unique exhibition giving you a rare insight in to the rock and roll life lived by so many famous performers. The photographic exhibition will also be accompanied by an exhilarating series of impromptu music events, talks and creative learning opportunities.

Find out more at www.themcmanus-dundee.gov.uk

Location: McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum, Dundee, DD1 1DA

Champions of Tennis Edinburgh

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Champions of Tennis Edinburgh (20 - 23 June 2013)

If you're a tennis fan who yearns for the heroes of the past like Lendl, Borg, Leconte, Becker, this event is big news for you. Even if you only have a passing interest in the sport, it's hard to ignore the excitement surrounding this event. The ATP Champions Tour is coming to Edinburgh, and the line-up is like a five-set showcase finished off with one outrageous winning smash.

To give you a hint at the calibre of the payers involved, look at the eligibility criteria. Players have to be retired from the ATP circuit and to have achieved one of the following during their career:

  • ranked as World No. 1
  • reached a Grand Slam singles final
  • been a singles player in a winning Davis Cup team.
  • Or, if they're really lucky, there are two wild card places for others invited by the host tournatment or qualifying players. The level of talent is almost intimidating.


     So who can we look forward to in Edinburgh?

    Not just much loved Goran Ivenisevic, who famously won Wimbledon as a wildcard in 2001 after suffering a reputation as nearly-man of Wimbledon after reaching the semifinals in 1992, 1994 and 1998. He's joined by Wimbledon and US Open finalist Mark Philippoussis, nicknamed "The Scud" after his thundering serve.

    It gets better. The Brits are are coming: Greg Rusedski and Tim Henman, who reignited the nation's hope for a British Wimbledon champion. Rusedski's last match at a Major was actually a defeat at Henman's hands; imagine the possibility of a rematch in Edinburgh.

    Even with this major British interest, for many fans one competitor's name will stand out: John McEnroe.

    McEnroe's rivalry with Bjorn Borg is legendary. It was inevitable they'd keep it going after retiring from competition and in the 2008 ATP Champions Tour they finally met again. The tour has seen most of the big names in tennis toe the baseline after retirement, and while the competitive instinct never goes away, there's a noticeably warmer and easier atmosphere about the tournament which the players and fans enjoy equally. The chance to see McEnroe and friends amicably slugging it out in Edinburgh is a rare treat.

    More player announcements are expected, but with such big names already confirmed tickets will sell out soon.

    Find out more and buy tickets at www.championsoftennis.com.

    Venue: Edinburgh Academicals FC, Portgower Place, Edinburgh, EH4 1HQ.

    City of London Festival 2013

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    City of London Festival (23 - 26 June 2013)

    Every summer the City of London Festival brings to light the City's distinctive buildings and outdoor spaces with a wide-ranging artistic programme of film, music, visual arts, walks and talks. The event will enjoy some of the Square Mile's best kept secrets as the City reveals its unrivalled collections, buildings and heritage like never before.

    Established in the 1960's to revitalise and rejoice the cultural life of the City, the City of London Festival has established itself as one of the UK's leading public events. The festival celebrates some of the Square Mile's best kept secrets and best of all most of it is free to the public!

    Featuring concerts at St Paul's Cathedral and more

    The 2013 Festival will consist of of three intertwined themes which will be brought to life through various dynamic performances hosted in the city's most famous and historical spaces. This year's themes are:

    • Conflict and resolution
    • City walls
    • Trees

    The three day festival will entertain and excite all those that live, work and visit this extraordinary City, with exclusive events and world-class artists performing in stunning surroundings. The festival highlights include:

    World class concerts

    St Paul's Cathedral will be hosting three high profile concerts including a unique performance from the renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

    Bringing the City to life

    In addition to concerts held in the unique and beautiful Livery Halls, the city's outdoor spaces, squares and gardens will also come to life. Filled with a diverse programme of music, street theatre, circus and dance the city will be a vibrant display of music, dance, sculpture and puppetry - free for everyone to enjoy!

    Walks, talks and debate

    Get ready to explore a vast agenda of walks, talks and debates that compliment this year's Festival themes.

    The City of London Festival will be offering over 100 free events across a wide range of art forms set to truly celebrate the City of London and demonstrate to everyone that it's not just the London West End that has all the fun!

    Location: Various Venues

    Find out more at www.colf.org

    Dundee June 2013

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    What's on in Dundee in June 2013?

    Event of the month

    What Presence! at The McManus

    What Presence! The Rock Photography of Harry Papadopoulos (3 May - 11 August 2013)

    Outstanding photography of rock icons across the years frlom the prolific photographer - Find out more in our What Presence! blog post.

    Let the Right One In (5 - 29 June 2013) - A brand new production, Let the Right One In will be performed at the Dundee Repertory Theatre. Let The Right One In is a stage adaptation by Jack Thorne and is based on the Swedish novel and screenplay of the film by John Ajvide Lindquist. The world-class production is a tender, funny yet fierce love story of a lonely boy and a vampire. - Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee, DD1 1PB - www.dundeecity.gov.uk/event/12399

    The City of Discovery Charity Concert (8 June 2013) - The Caird Hall stage opens its doors to welcome The Royal Scottish National Orchestra performing with the renowned soprano Lesley Garrett. Joining them on stage is the Discovery Youth Choir, formed by pupils from Dundee's Secondary school. The City of Discovery Charity Concert was formed to inspire local young people by giving them the opportunity to perform with leading professional musicians and now you too can be inspired. - Caird Hall, Dundee, DD1 3BB - www.cairdhall.co.uk/event/?id=12501

    Strathmore Highland Games (9 June 2013) - The annual gathering of the Strathmore Highland Games returns to Glamis Castle. Set against the dazzling backdrop of the Castle, this is a great family day out bringing all the caber tossing, hammer throwing and tug-of-war action you would expect from Highland games. Tickets it to this historical games will also give you access to the grounds of the Castle. - Glamis Castle, Angus, DD8 1RJ www.glamis-castle.co.uk/event_detail.cfm/event_ID/54/title/title=THE-STRATHMORE-HIGHLAND-GAMES-9th-JUNE-2013

    Tayside Classic Motor Show (9 June 2013) - For one day only, the Tayside Classic Motorshow opens its doors to all classic car enthusiasts on the 9th June. Come along for a great family day out and observe some iconic classic cars and other vehicles from the 1920s onwards. There will also be entertainment and various trade stands, making it a great day out. - Errol Airfield, Perthshire, PH2 7TB - www.taysideclassiccarclub.co.uk

    Vicar of Dibley (13 - 22 June 2013) - Get ready for an evening full of fun, giggles and laughter as the production of the Vicar of Dibley comes to town and is not one to be missed. Performed at the Monifieth Theatre the team behind Allo Allo, Dads Army and Fawlty Towers are proud to present Geraldine and friends, from the award winning television series. - Monifieth Theatre, Angus, DD5 2AE - www.monifieththeatre.co.uk

    Be Your Best Foundation Rock Challenge - Scottish Final (14 June 2013) - The Rock Challenge returns to Caird Hall to host the Scottish Finals this June. The finalist performing in this amazing show include Alness Academy, Kemnay Academy, Baldragon Academy, Fraserburgh Academy, Montrose Academy and Westhill Academy Kinross High School. The event provides audience members with an unbelievable showcase of talented young people from all over Scotland, all competing for that title. - Caird Hall, Dundee, DD1 3BB - www.cairdhall.co.uk/event/?id=12772

    Flash of Inspiration (15 June 2013) - The Flash of Inspiration exhibition displays portraits, photo-etchings, collages and other unusual forms of photography. All the pieces displayed are taking from the University of Dundee Museum Collections and includes work from artists such as Albert Watson, Emma Hamilton, Susan Hiller and John Kirkwood. University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN - www.dundeecity.gov.uk/event/12830

    Father's Day (16 June 2013) - Dundee is a great city where dads can truly be spoiled this year as there is something for all dads including everything from sightseeing to shopping. Book a table at our Metro Bar and Brasserie to celebrate Fathers Day and kids will eat free. Sit back and enjoy the stunning views of the Dundee City Quay. - Metro Bar and Brasserie, Dundee, DD1 3JP - Metro Brasserie at Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa

    Singing Kettle: Rumble in the Jungle (22 - 23 June 2012) - There is a rumble in the jungle this June at The Whitehall Theatre, as the Singing Kettle begin their greatest adventure deep into the jungle undergrowth. Experience a great family evening out, where the whole family can enjoy the jungle beat. If you're lucky, your child may even get the chance to dress as fluffy creatures and help out on stage. - The Whitehall Theatre, Dundee, DD1 5JA - www.whitehalltheatre.com

    Do You Hear the People Sing? (6-7 June 2013) - Looking for a night packed with extravagant music and dance? Then look no further as the West End comes to Dundee. Uniting talent from both adult and you sections, the 'Do You Hear The People Sing' performance showcases songs including classic hits such as West Side Story through to current West End musicals such as Matilda and Rock of Ages. - The Whitehall Theatre, Dundee, DD1 5JA - www.whitehalltheatre.com

    Edinburgh June 2013

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    What's on in Edinburgh in June 2013?

    Event of the month

    2013 Brodies Champions of Tennis

    Champions of Tennis (20 - 23 June 2013)

    We can't quite believe this, but the ATP Champions of Tennis tour is coming to Edinburgh. These much loved events bring the tennis greats of the past together to settle their differences on the court once more, and recent player announcements for Edinburgh have cranked the excitement level to 11. - Find out more in our Champions of Tennis blog post.

    The House of Annie Lennox (23 March - 30 June 2013) - This retrospective exhibition, curated in partnership with the V&A, pulls together artwork from throughout the career of Scottish singer, songwriter and political activist Annie Lennox. From her years in Eurythmics to her solo career, it includes work from leading photographers, music video directors as well as some stunning costumes. - Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD - www.nationalgalleries.org

    Ilana Halperin - The Library (24 May - 29 September 2013) - Ilana Halperin is an artist who is fascinated by geology. This exhibition introduces the alphabet of geology to visitors, and investigates how they record events and information, from agates that share her birthday through to a 1.3 ton stone library of 'books' of mica. - National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF - www.nms.ac.uk/our_museums/national_museum/exhibitions/ilana_halperin_the_library.aspx  

    3 Harbours Art Festival (1 - 9 June 2013) - Does the idea of a festival mixing art, seafood, boats and wandering into people's houses make your mouth water? This innovative festival caters for all of these tastes. The town of Cockenzie's Open Houses walking trail gives you the chance to see art in the unique setting of houses scattered around the town, from painting to sculpture and stonemasonry. There's much more to this diverse festival throughout the week, though: music, dance, architecture, community events and even yarnbombing (the strange practice of sneakily decorating street objects with colourful knitting). Oh, and plenty of boats and tasty seafood. - various venues in the towns of Cockenzie, Port Seton and Prestonpans, just outside Edinburgh - www.3harbours.co.uk

    Eliza Carthy & Jim Moray (3 June 2013) - This rather special event sees two of the UK's folk legends play a a career-spanning, supergroup-backed one-off tour. With thirty-one years of material between them, there are plenty of songs to choose from. - Summerhall, Summerhall Pl, Edinburgh, EH9 1QH - www.summerhall.co.uk/2013/eliza-carthy-jim-moray

    Billy Bragg (3 June 2013) - Once branded the strident "spokesman of a generation" in the heavily politicised 1980s, Bragg's latest songs have taken on more personal themes. He's touring an album that's tinged with Americana and which was recorded in only five days, but whose immediacy has prompted very warm reviews. On this tour he's accompanied by some outstanding musicians cherry picked from the bands of acclaimed artists like Lana Del Ray and Bon Iver, carrying on his ability to spot interesting collaborators. - Queens Hall, 85-89 Clerk St, Edinburgh EH8 9JG l - www.thequeenshall.net/whats-on/shows/billy-bragg-2013

    Edinburgh Moonwalk (8 June 2013) - Walking 26.2 miles is one thing. Doing it for charity at night in a spangly bra is quite another. The fundraising event for Breast Cancer Care has chosen a psychedelic 60s theme this year, so if you're taking part it's time to look out your Go-Go boots and wear a flower in your hair. - start/finihs in Leith Links, Edinburgh - www.walkthewalk.org/Challenges/TheMoonWalkEdinburgh

    Leith Festival (8 - 16 June 2013) - Leith was a separate town from Edinburgh until 1929 and had a rich history as a centre of maritime trade. Leithers, as it's residents prefer to be known, still consider themselves a distinct community from the rest of Edinburgh and this festival celebrates the culture, talent and community of people and groups in the area. Major events include a Tattoo with pipes and drums, Gala Day and a Pageant/Parade, but there's also lots of theatre, music and even the Edinburgh Short Film Festival - various venues, Leith, Edinburgh - www.leithfestival.com

    Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors and Vile Victorians (11 - 15 June) - Not one, but two shows from the Horrible Histories team, bringing to life the popular books and carrying on their success in making history exciting for children. Innovative live 3D effects combined with genuine educational passion mean that these two separate shows will be deservedly popular with both adults and kids. - King's Theatre, 2 Leven St, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ - www.edtheatres.com/horriblehistories

    Ghost (14 May - 1 Jun 2013) - Set your potter's wheel spinning with this musical adaptation of the ever-popular supernatural romance. The phenomenal magical stage effects and a score by Dave Stewart of Eurythmics and Glen Ballard (who previously co-wrote songs with Michael Jackson and Alanis Morisette) really sets this apart from other musicals. - Edinburgh Playhouse, 18 – 22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA - http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/ghost-the-musical/edinburgh-playhouse

    Race for Life Edinburgh (16 June 2013) - This event in the famous series of women-only road running races in aid of Cancer Research UK takes place in the astounding surroundings of Holyrood Park. The 5k and 10k routes both take in Holyrood Park, with Edinburgh's mountainous Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags towering over the runners, so it's aspectacular place to run for a good cause. - Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, EH8 8HG - raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/choose-your-event/edinburgh-holyrood.html

    Edinburgh Interational Film Festival (19 - 30 June 2013) - With a history of supporting both Scottish and international independent film as well as attracting big-name premieres, this was actually one of the world's first film festivals. The programme isn't released until 29 May, but as always it will be a major event in the Edinburgh festival calendar. - various venues in Edinburgh - www.edfilmfest.org.uk

    Royal Highland Show (20 - 23 June 2013) - This farming and countryside showcase is actually one of the biggest events in Edinburgh. It might not sounds like something you'd take the kids to, but there's much more to it than highland cattle. While the farmers compete for prestigious prizes in the agricultural show, it also brings together a mothwatering array of the country's best food producers, artisan crafts and even international producers of wines and fine foods. While you munch on tasty food samples, you can keep yourself and your kids entertained with the entertainment availably, from music and dance to watching countryside activities like tug-of-war, sheepdog trials and horse riding. - Royal Highland Show, Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB - royalhighlandshow.org

    Man Ray Portaits (22 June - 22 September 2013) - He may have considered himself a painter, but Man Ray is probably best known for his unique photography. This exhibition pulls together some outstanding examples of his portraiture, featuring some very recognizable names from the first half of the 20th century, including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Lee Miller and Ernest Hemingway. - Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD - www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/exhibitions/man-ray-portraits

    Edinburgh International Magic Festival Opening Gala (28 June - 5 July 2013) - Magic has undergone a resurgence in recent years, with new acts changing perceptions of the art form and pushing the boundaries. The festival, now in its fourth year, brings award winning acts from around the world to Edinburgh, and the opening gala features major groups from Portugal, Spain and France among others and showcases everything from street magic to comedy. - Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AX - www.lyceum.org.uk/whats-on/production/magic-and-variety-gala-show  

    London June 2013

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    What's on in London in June 2013?

    Event of the month

    Kazimier Krunk Band

    City of London Festival (23 -26 June 2013)

    This vibrant annual festival brings film, music, visual arts and more right into the Square Mile's buildings and public spaces - Find out more in our City of London Festival blog post.

    Rod Stewart (4 - 6 June 2013) - The rock legend Rod Stewart will be performing at The O2 this June, bringing his eagerly anticipated 'Live The Life' Tour to London. With a performance packed with all the classics from his early Faces' days, through to 'Maggie Mae and including his recent American songbook classics, this is one centre set to bring The O2 alive and luckily for Apex guests The O2 can be easy accessed from Apex London Wall Hotel. - The O2, SE10 0DX - www.theo2.co.uk

    Spitalfields Music Summer Festival 2013 (7 - 22 June 2013) - This June the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival will bring together world class artists to one of the most creative, remarkable corners of London. Expect a broad range of evening concerts, family events and open air music performances in the market all set to change perspectives and engage the mind, body and soul. - Various venues around Spitalfields, London, E1 - www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk

    Open Garden Squares Weekend 2013 (8-9 June 2013) - For one weekend only over 200 gardens will unlock their gates and invite the public in, giving you the chance to visit exclusive gardens including the grounds of Number 10 Downing Street, Eaton Square and the National Trust's Carlyle's House. Providing podcasts, guided tours and gardeners on hand to give you advice this is one special event for you and the family to enjoy this June. - Various Locations around London - www.opensquares.org

    Trooping the Colour - Queen's Birthday Parade (15 June 2013) - Join in with the Queen's birthday celebrations and witness the impressive display of pageantry. Dating back to the 17th Century during the time of Charles II, the custom of Tropping the Colour is carried out to celebrate the Sovereign's birthday by her personal troops and the Household Division. Get ready to see the Queen herself and witness that iconic wave! - Horse Gauds Parade, St James, London, SW1A 1DH - www.trooping-the-colour.co.uk

    Father's Day (16 June 2013) - London is beyond doubt the city where all dads can truly be spoiled this year, whether it is the London museums and art galleries, or the great outdoor parks and gardens, there is something for all dads. Book a table at any one of our London Restaurants to celebrate Fathers Day! - Addendum Restaurant, Off the Wall Restaurant, Chambers Restaurant

    Greenwich & Docklands International Festival (21 - 29 June 2013) - The Greenwich & Docklands International Festival returns this summer with some of best acts from all over the UK and the rest of the world will bring astonishing sights and sounds to Greenwich and East London. Expect the unexpected this year with the ten day festival showcasing breath-taking night-time exhibitions, spectacular theatre productions and captivating dance performances. - Greenwich, London, SE10 8RE - www.festival.org

    Shubbak (22 June - 6 July 2013) - Returning to London, the Shubbak Festival celebrates the very best of the Arab world, showcasing an astonishing programme packed with dance, film, music, literature and visual arts. Shubback means 'window' in Arabic, and the festival really will provide a window for you to experience a slice of Arabian life and celebrate the contemporary Arab culture. - Various locations around London, SE1 2AA - shubbak.co.uk

    Wimbledon Tennis 2013 (24 June - 7 July 2013) - This June, the world's most prominent and celebrated lawn tennis event returns to Wimbledon once again. Wimbledon is famous for its green grass and white clothing, making the heritage of Wimbledon almost as alluring as the game itself. All eyes will be on British contender Any Murray and we will all be behind him take home the title this year. - The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, London, SW19 5AE - www.wimbledon.com

    Pride London - Love (and Marriage) (25- 29 June 2013) - Founded almost a decade ago, Pride London has grown to be Europe's largest non-ticketed event and is one of London's most energetic and vibrant events in the yearly calendar. This year's iconic, flamboyant and colourful parade is themed around love and marriage and expected to attract over one million visitors. - Commencing at Baker Streets, London - londoncommunitypride.org

    Hard Rock Calling (29 - 30 June 2013) - The Hard Rock Calling will be the first show held at the Olympic Park since the 2012 Olympics. Set in such an iconic venue and with such an electrifying line up confirmed, including Kasabian, The Black Crowes, Paul Weller, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Klaxons and Tribes, this is one rock performance that is not to be missed. - The Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2ST - www.hardrockcalling.co.uk