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  1. The Equal Opportunities Committee took evidence on homelessness
  2. MSPs quizzed minister's during general questions
  3. Opposition party leaders questioned Alex Salmond
  4. MSPs debated Scotland's pollinator population
  5. MSPs debate Scotland's Festivals, Festival 2014 and Culture 2014

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Ailsa Brown

All times stated are UK

That concludes our coverage of Holyrood today, we will return on Tuesday 19th August.

MSPs unanimously pass the motion and amendment from the Scotland's Festivals, Festival 2014 and Culture 2014 debate.

MSPs are voting on the motion and amendment from the very consensual debate on Scotland's festivals.

Fiona Hyslop

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop is closing the debate, praising the many festivals Scotland is hosting this year.

Patricia Ferguson

Labour MSP Patricia Ferguson is closing the festivals debate for her party, saying "there is something remarkable about sharing a live performance with others".

Cameron Buchanan

Conservative MSP Cameron Buchanan is making his speech at the moment saying as an Edinburgh local and representative of Lothian, he takes pride in all aspects of the festivals in the capital.

SNP MSP Sandra White says the whole debate has been a "really great showcase for Scotland".

Edinburgh Television Festival

John Bishop, Frankie Boyle and Gary Lineker
L-R: Bishop, Boyle and Lineker head the three-day event's star-studded line-up

John Bishop, Frankie Boyle and Gary Lineker will be among the celebrities at the 2014 Edinburgh Television Festival, its organisers have announced.

Lineker will take part in a celebration of Match of the Day's 50th anniversary, while Liverpudlian comic Bishop will host a prize-giving evening.

Controversial comedian Boyle will close the celebrations with a talk on the state of the television industry.

The festival, sponsored by The Guardian and YouTube, runs from 21 to 23 August.

Labour MSP Elaine Murray highlights how much regional festivals contribute to their local communities.

SNP MSP, Nigel Don, who represents Angus North and Mearns tells MSPs of events at Stonehaven town hall.

Festival statistic

The economic, cultural and social value of the Edinburgh Festivals generates £261m to the Scottish economy, with £41m spent on accommodation and £37m in our cafes and bars, according to the culture secretary.

An otter
IOSF supports otter conservation efforts in Scotland and abroad

The finale of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe's week-long Charity Chuckle will raise money for an otter rescue centre on Skye, it has been announced.

The International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF) in Broadford is the only cause outside of the capital to benefit from this year's fundraising effort.

IOSF looks after young otters found orphaned and abandoned in Scotland, and supports world-wide conservation work.

The line-up for Sunday's finale includes Seann Walsh.

Also performing are Romesh Ranganathan, Joel Dommett, Jim Holland and compere Joe Wells.

Labour MSP Hanzala Malik, who represents Glasgow, praises the efforts of people working in all the festivals and highlighted the Glasgow Mela as one of his favourites.

Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh International festival
Work celebrating the 20th anniversary of democracy in South Africa opens with a new ballet Inala

Work celebrating democracy in South Africa opens with the world premiere of a new ballet Inala.

Composer Ella Spira has collaborated with the group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo who will be creating the soundscape for dancers from Rambert and The Royal Ballet, choreographed by Mark Baldwin

Fiona McLeod, the SNP MSP from Strathkelvin and Bearsden, is using her speech to highlight local festivals allowing people to "indulge our passions" and "stretch our horizons" with a cultural workout.

SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson, who represents the Banffshire and Buchan Coast says "culture is often small-scale and local".

Festival of Politics


Festival of Politics, which is in to its 10th year, runs from 15-17 August at the Scottish Parliament.

Festival of politics

Lib Dem Liam McArthur highlights the consensual nature of the debate and focuses on the festivals in Edinburgh and his constituency in Orkney.

SNP MSP Willie Coffey has the floor.

Edinburgh festival
Edinburgh festival
Edinburgh festival

Acts don't need a venue for the fringe, the Royal Mile becomes a stage.

Frank Skinner at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The Edinburgh Festival brings together all the big stars.

Conservative MSP Nanette Milne, who represents North East Scotland, is talking about the Aberdeen International Youth Festival.

SNP MSP Rob Gibson congratulates the cultural festivals in association with the Commonwealth Games.

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
Simon Williams
More than 140 concerts by performers from all over the world took place in Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival has achieved record box office ticket revenues with a 40% increase on 2013.

Ticket sales were up by 31,000 - a 15% increase on last year - taking box office revenue to more than £500,00 for the first time.

Attendances at free events, the Mardi Gras and Festival Carnival, are also estimated at a record-breaking 30,000.

Labour MSP Rhoda Grant says festivals and shows can have a "huge impact on local economies".

SNP MSP Colin Keir, who represents Edinburgh Western, says he loves the atmosphere in the capital at this time of year.

Labour MSP Sarah Boyack, who represents the Lothian region, is celebrating the Edinburgh festivals.

SNP MSP Clare Adamson says: "Scotland is simply one of the most exciting places to be this year".

Festival photos

Dinosaur Zoo

Dinosaur Zoo is one of the 3,193 shows currently running on the fringe in Edinburgh, the most ever.

Liz Smith

Conservative MSP Liz Smith is opening the debate for her party.

Labour amendment

Ms Ferguson's amendment:

"congratulates EventScotland on the contribution that it made to Scotland's thriving festivals scene; considers that the initiative of Festivals Edinburgh in commissioning a further edition of the report, Thundering Hooves, will be an important and helpful contribution to the continuing development of the Edinburgh festivals; congratulates Sir Jonathan Mills on his major contribution to the Edinburgh International Festival and to the cultural life of Scotland as he prepares to hand over to Fergus Linehan, and wishes both men well for the future".

"Edinburgh in August is the place to be" says Ms Ferguson, adding it is a show case for established artists and an apprenticeship for the new.

Patricia Ferguson MSP

Labour's culture spokesperson Patricia Ferguson is making the opening speech for her party.

"This is perhaps the greatest year ever for festivals in Scotland" says Ms Hyslop.

The culture secretary praises the continued success of Scotland's festivals, including the Edinburgh festivals, Festival 2014 and the ongoing Culture 2014 on enabling people across Scotland to share in the cultural celebration of the Commonwealth Games.

Fiona Hyslop

Ms Hyslop says the Edinburgh festivals are "a platform to the wider world".

Edinburgh Festivals

ed fest

One city, thousands of performers, and one extraordinary month... This August the BBC brings you

the best of the Edinburgh Festivals across TV, radio and online.


Ms Hyslop's motion:

Scotland's Festivals, Festival 2014 and Culture 2014-That the Parliament recognises that Scotland's culture is in vigorous health and that this is reflected in the continued success of Scotland's festivals, including the Edinburgh festivals, which are internationally renowned for their excitement, vision and artistic ambition; congratulates all of those involved in the successful Festival 2014 and the ongoing Culture 2014 on enabling people across Scotland to share in the cultural celebration of the Commonwealth Games; celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of Scotland's music festivals; acknowledges the importance of all of Scotland's festivals, both large and small, across all the country, and notes the enjoyment that they bring and their impact on tourism and local economies, and is especially appreciative of the hard work that communities contribute to ensure that smaller regional festivals are a success.

Scotland's Festivals, Festival 2014 and Culture 2014

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop will shortly lead a debate on Scotland's Festivals, Festival 2014 and Culture 2014.

This ends our coverage of Scotland's pollinator population debate.

We will return at 2:30pm with a debate on Scotland's Festivals, Festival 2014 and Culture 2014.