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best of Scotland: 24 November - 1 December 2005, Brussels

DescriptionBrochure detailing events of Best of Scotland week in Brussels
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateOctober 31, 2005


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    Supported by Scotland's MEPs
    Elspeth Attwooll
    Ian Hudghton
    David Martin
    John Purvis
    Alyn Smith
    Struan Stevenson
    Catherine Stihler

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    various Scotland photosBest of Scotland Week

    Scotland is playing a full part in the UK Presidency. In recognition of this the seven Scottish MEPs, the Scottish Executive and Scotland Europa are proud to bring you the "Best of Scotland" - a week of events that will showcase the best of Scottish business, industry, art, science, culture, food and drink. The week will run from 24 November to 1 December, with the Taste of Scotland Gala Reception on St Andrew's Day, the day of our patron saint.

    Throughout the week we will be exploring, discussing and debating a wide range of issues including better regulation, rural and urban development, the Scottish justice system and research and development.

    The "Hooked on Scottish Film" series gives you the opportunity to see Scottish films for free during Best of Scotland week. These films range from Film Noir, to quirky romance, to thriller, and star actors such as Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton and Peter Mullan.

    We will be showcasing at the European Parliament the work of one of Scotland's most influential artists, John Bellany CBERA, throughout the Best of Scotland week. We are also delighted to have Alexander McCall Smith, the Scottish author of bestselling 'No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' series, to deliver the year's St Andrew's Lecture.

    And what would a celebration of Scotland be without the flavour of Scottish food and drink! We will be providing the very best of food and drink sourced from Scotland at our receptions in the European Parliament.

    Finally, a big thank you to all our sponsors for their kind contributions and support.


    All events are by invitation. Please use the contact details below to express an interest in an event.



    28 Nov

    People, Places, Prosperity - How can we make our cities work better?

    This event will present the results of a seminar of the same name to be held on 26 October.
    The seminar brings together leading individuals to discuss new perspectives and ways forward
    to create sustainable urban communities which will support and drive greater European
    development. Held in cooperation with ERRIN, British Council and RICS.

    Slainte Scotland

    An evening of live music, Scottish canapés and drinks to launch the Best of Scotland week.
    Hosted by Catherine Stihler, MEP, with guests Trish Godman MSP, Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, and Commissioner Charlie McCreevy. The event is sponsored by Diageo plc.

    29 Nov

    St Andrew's Lecture

    Delivered by Alexander McCall Smith, Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh
    and author of the bestselling 'No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' series. This event will also launch
    the Scottish Writers' series in Brussels.

    He also read from his works including Expresson Tales

    "Our tiny planet, viewed from afar, is a place of swirling clouds
    And dimmish blue; Scotland, though lodged large in all our hearts
    Is visible at that distance, not much perhaps
    But to us it is our all, our place, the opposite of nowhere
    Nowhere can be seen by looking up
    And realising with shock , that we really are very small"

    Exhibition of Scottish Artist John Bellany CBERA

    An exhibition of one of Scotland's most influential artists followed by a drinks reception
    and canapés. Hosted by David Martin MEP and Struan Stevenson MEP, with special guest
    Commissioner Peter Mandelson. The event is sponsored by HBOS plc and the Open Eye Gallery
    of Edinburgh.

    30 Nov

    Presentation on the Scottish Legal System

    A seminar designed to give an introduction to the separate Scottish justice system to policy
    makers based in Brussels. The seminar will include presentations on both the civil and criminal
    law in Scotland and on the Scottish police forces and Scottish Drugs Enforcement Agency.
    The seminar will be followed by a reception sponsored by the Scottish Law Society.

    Delivering Rural Development in the EU: Scottish and other European Models

    A seminar chaired by Elspeth Attwooll MEP on the comparative models of rural development
    from European regions with keynote speakers Ross Finnie MSP, Scottish Minister for Environment
    and Rural Affairs, and Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel.

    St Andrew's Night "Taste of Scotland" Gala Event

    An evening celebration where you can taste the very best of Scottish food and drink hosted
    by Struan Stevenson MEP and Ross Finnie MSP, Scottish Minister for Environment and Rural
    Affairs,with special guest Commissioner Joe Borg and thanks to the kind sponsorship of the
    Scottish Executive, Royal Mail, Scottish and Newcastle and Pernod Ricard.

    1 Dec

    Better Regulation Sub Rosa

    High level discussion on increased transparency and clarity in EU Regulations. Limited to 40
    invited participants. The outcome of these meetings is published on the following page: www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Government/International-Relations/15181/18474

    Collaborate to Compete: Technology Collaboration in Scotland and Europe

    Scottish Enterprise, the main economic development agency for Scotland, manages a number
    of successful initiatives that enhance academic-industrial collaboration. The experience of
    participants in such programmes in Scotland and elsewhere will be presented at this seminar.
    The European dimension of technology collaboration will also be discussed in the context of the European Commission proposals for university-driven research and FP7.



    14 - 30 Nov

    HOOKED ON SCOTTISH FILM at the Musée du Cinéma

    28 Nov - 2 Dec

    JOHN BELLANY EXHIBITION at the European Parliament

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    24 Nov

    Foighidinn (The Crimson Snowdrop)

    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    Drama - 116mins

    A liberated young schoolteacher at an Edinburgh girls' school in the period between the two wars, instructs her girls on the ways of life. Ignoring the more mundane subjects, she teaches them of love, politics and art. Her affairs with two male teachers become known and she finds herself fighting to keep her job. She believes that she can always count on the 100% support of her favourite pupils, but one of them does not feel that Miss Jean Brodie is in her "prime" any more. No longer swayed by her teacher's eloquence, she begins to learn about life and love herself.

    25 Nov

    Rogue Farm

    Ae Fond Kiss
    Romance/Drama - 100mins

    Arranged marriage in a Muslim family in Glasgow, and the problems which arise from the differing opinions of two generations. How a break from tradition to find true love throws everything into chaos.

    26 Nov

    Baldy McBain

    Gregory's Girl
    Comedy/Romance - 91mins

    Acclaimed comedy, Gregory and his friends are starting to discover the mysteries of girls.

    27 Nov

    Bon Voyage

    Local Hero
    Romance/Comedy - 111mins

    A Scottish classic! A remote part of Scotland is the setting for a new American oil refinery.

    28 Nov

    Tumshie McFadgen's Bid for Ultimate Bliss

    Young Adam
    Romance/Thriller - 93mins

    1950's Glasgow - starring Ewan McGregor. The discovery of a dead body throws up a police investigation, some twists and a passionate affair.

    29 Nov


    Can't Stop Breathing

    Shallow Grave
    Drama/Thriller - 93mins

    Three young people looking for a flatmate - after rather unorthodox interviews they agree on someone - but this turns into a nightmare for the 3 flatmates - to say more would ruin it!

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