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Visual fest returns

Liverpool may be the European Capital of Culture, but clued-up Glaswegians will tell you that Britain’s real innovative epicentre is a lot further north. Creative juices flow freely in Scotland’s second city, as the line-up for the third annual Glasgow International festival attests.

Gi is a visual arts event with a difference, as the collaborative ethic so prevalent in the city takes precedence. There are over 60 events taking place across numerous venues during April, including, on a musical tip:

* Vancouver-based artist Rodney Graham playing a rare gig with his band, and employing something called The Amazing Rotary Psycho-Opticon.

* Turner Prize-nominated local Jim Lambie DJing at the launch of both the festival and his biggest exhibition yet, Forever Changes, named after the album by Love.

*Franz Ferdinand drummer Paul Thompson playing the Walleto launch party with his other band, Correcto.

Meanwhile there are clubnights and happenings occurring all over the shop. A fine fortnight in prospect.

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