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March 23 2017

Edinburgh International Children’s Festival 27 May – 4 June 2017

Formerly Imaginate

Formerly Imaginate Festival

Newly renamed Edinburgh International Children’s Festival programme unveiled

Highlights:

  • 15 shows from 9 countries
  • Free festival opening weekend at the National Museum of Scotland
  • A brand new international co-production to tour all over Scotland for 3 weeks

The newly renamed Edinburgh International Children’s Festival (formerly Imaginate Festival) which is running from 27 May to 4 June 2017, launched its programme to the public today. The new name reflects Imaginate’s wider role in the sector: supporting artists to make new work year round and producing the flagship Edinburgh International Children’s Festival.

The 2017 festival programme offers children, young people and their families the opportunity to see some of the world’s best theatre, dance, multi-media and puppetry performances made especially for them. The festival includes 15 shows from 9 countries – all curated to stimulate and inspire children and young people to consider their identity and place in the world.

As well as catering for the very young with hypnotic shows including Primo, an underwater performance installation in a large inflatable swimming pool and Grass, a dance exploration of the earth and its wriggling inhabitants performed on real turf, this year’s festival includes exciting productions for older children such as Falling Dreams, an exciting multi-media production taking the audience inside the mind of a teenage girl and Evil, with its real life unflinching exploration of bullying in a Swedish boarding school.

Following last year’s success, the festival, which is funded by Creative Scotland, will once again open with a family weekend at the National Museum of Scotland with free drop-in events all day including live music, pop-up performances, storytelling, hands-on arts activities and more.

Festival tickets are on sale now. For full programme and booking information, go to www.imaginate.org.uk . Tickets can be booked online or at 0131 228 1404.

Edinburgh International Children's Festival

Edinburgh International Children’s Festival

Festival Director Noel Jordan said:
“2017 will witness changes and new beginnings at Imaginate. As Edinburgh celebrates its 70th anniversary as festival city, we are now firmly established in the yearly calendar of festival offerings, presenting our 28th international festival. I am thrilled that 2017 will see the staging of my first program in the role of Festival Director and am genuinely excited by the calibre of local and international artists presented at the festival. No two productions are alike and in no other city in the world is there an opportunity to see this incredible array of work which is electrifying, stimulating and continually surprising.”

Festival on Tour
The festival will go beyond Edinburgh with a 3 weeks tour of Scotland of Night Light, a beautiful new co-production for 3-6 year olds by the creator of runaway success White and the internationally renowned Teater Refleksion from Denmark. The audience will be immersed in a magical universe, following the journey of a curious little girl who wants to explore the night. The intimate setting with stunning sound design is sure to be a big hit. Night Light is funded by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund through Creative Scotland.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, said:
“This year’s festival will deliver a diverse, high-quality programme of work in Edinburgh and beyond including Night Light, which was funded through £80,000 provided by the Scottish Government EXPO fund. Research has provided strong evidence on the value of young people experiencing culture from an early age, and the Children’s Festival ensures their exposure to high-quality arts. As Edinburgh celebrates its 70th anniversary as a festival city, it is a time for our artists to dream, reflect, invent and celebrate, bringing Scotland to the world and the world to Scotland through arts and culture.”

Janet Archer, Chief Executive of Creative Scotland said:
“The Edinburgh International Children’s Festival has, over the past two decades, made it possible for children from all backgrounds to enjoy theatre and dance made especially for them, stimulating learning and confidence through creative experiences. This year’s festival continues this important work and boasts a truly international programme which will inspire children of all ages, artistically, emotionally and intellectually.”

Wee Night Out
The festival will also be the culmination of a special initiative which gave a group of 10-15 year old children from Craigmillar the opportunity to work with the Festival Director. Together, they attended eight productions at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and following heated discussions about what they had seen and liked, selected two productions that have been included in our 2017 programme: Evil and Into the Water. The project was funded by The City of Edinburgh Council.

Festivals Champion Councillor Richard Lewis said:
“In the 70th anniversary year of the Festival City, the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival will play an important role promoting, developing and celebrating the city’s festival spirit. Imaginate has established itself as the most successful programme of children’s theatre and dance in the world, influencing the next generation of festival artists and audience members, performers and producers.”

Edinburgh International Children's Festival

Edinburgh International Children’s Festival

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March 16 2017

Edinburgh’s Little Free Libraries

Edinburgh’s first Little Free Library opened back in May 2016 in the Stockbridge Colonies.

Edinburgh’s first 24 hours little free library

Edinburgh’s first 24 hours little free library

The Little Free Library initiative started in America in 2010 with a mission to build 2,510 Little Free Libraries – as many as supported by Scottish Philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie. There are now over 36,000 Little Free Libraries world-wide. Their mission is:

To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.

A second one popped up in Scotland Street last year.

On Scotland Street

On Scotland Street

And more recently, one in The Botanics.

Little Free Library in The Botanics.

Little Free Library in The Botanics.

Their website hosts a map of all the Little Free Library locations around the world. More information can be found at: littlefreelibrary.org

Popping up over Edinburgh.

Popping up over Edinburgh.

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March 15 2017

Competition captures imagination of city’s photographers

Six striking shots of Edinburgh have been chosen from almost 400 entries to be displayed in a major new exhibition at the City Art Centre this summer.

Photographers with a keen eye for the Capital were invited to ‘Capture Edinburgh’ for the chance to see their work displayed alongside favourites from the city’s museum and gallery collection.

Judges were so impressed with the quality and individuality of submissions from professional, amateur and student photographers that 12 runners up will also see their work exhibited in an accompanying display within the Council gallery. Sponsored by Jessops, the images will also be showcased in the window of Jessops’ Castle Street store.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Culture Convener, said: “With hundreds of fantastic entries, the judging panel found it incredibly difficult to narrow the winners down. Edinburgh must be one of the most photogenic and photographed cities in the world – yet these images manage to capture the feel of the Capital in new and unique ways.

“The top six photographs will be enlarged and displayed alongside some of the masters of Scottish art. The resulting display will span Edinburgh’s historic museum and art collections and celebrate some of the contemporary work taking place in the city today. A huge thank you to everybody who entered and the judging panel and finally well done to the winners.”

The chosen winners by category are:

EDINBURGH AFTER DARK

Winner – ‘View Down Princes Street at Night’ by David Tomlins
Runners up – ‘Forth Road Bridge’ by Neil McDade and ‘Escaping’ by Colin Lindsay

View down Princes St at night by David Tomlins

View down Princes St at night by David Tomlins

CHANGING CITY

Winner – ‘Canal Dreams’ by Sue Williamson
Runners up – ‘Old Meets New in Portobello’ by Drummond Fyall and ‘Wavy Blue’ by Adam Robertson

Canal Dreams by Sue Williamson

Canal Dreams by Sue Williamson

ON THE INSIDE

Winner – ‘Vaseline Hair Tonic’ by Paul Henni
Runners up – ‘A quiet Chat’ by Scott Liddell and ‘Art and Religion’ by Areesha Khan

Vaseline Hair Tonic by Paul Henni

Vaseline Hair Tonic by Paul Henni

A FESTIVALS AND EVENTS CITY

Winner – ‘Hogmanay’ by Mengqi Du
Runners up – ‘Festival Nights’ by Callum Ollason and ‘Surprise’ by Ken Steven

Hogmanay by Mengqi Du

Hogmanay by Mengqi Du

IN ALL WEATHERS

Winner – ‘Snow on the Way’ by Fiona Johnson
Runners up – ‘Engulfed by Fog’ by Edinburgh Spotlight and ‘Man in Black’ by Mike Avern

Snow on the way by Fiona Johnson

Snow on the way by Fiona Johnson

FASHION AND RETAIL

Winner – ‘New Wave Coffee Shop to a Tea’ by MJose Fernandez
Runners up – ‘Deep Euphoria on Princes Street’ by Stephen Bridger Photography and ‘Flying Clothes’ by Jonathan Cruickshank

‘New Wave Coffee Shop to a Tea’ by MJose Fernandez

‘New Wave Coffee Shop to a Tea’ by MJose Fernandez

The Capture Edinburgh judging panel consisted of Edinburgh Museum and Gallery officers, Ben Harman, Director of the Stills Centre for Photography and Kayt Turner, Picture Editor of the Scotsman.

All 372 entries can be viewed at the City Art Centre Facebook page . Details of the City Art Centre’s summer exhibition, Edinburgh Alphabet: An A-Z of the City’s Collections, will be revealed later this month.

Our runners up image is this one.

Engulfed by Fog

Engulfed by Fog

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FESTIVAL EVENT – The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, Monday 28th August 2017

Edinburgh International Fireworks 2015

Edinburgh International Fireworks.. Photo by Dave Stewart.

The 2017 Edinburgh International Festival Fireworks Concert will take place on Monday 28th August at 9.30pm.

In a celebration of dance, the concert sets stirring and delightful music with an outstanding and sparkling visual extravaganza. The breathtaking fireworks display is specially choreographed by international fireworks artists Pyrovision.

Tickets are available for the Ross Bandstand and Princes Street Gardens will be available through the Edinburgh International Festival website.

Over 400,000 fireworks choreographed to live orchestral music played by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra will light up the sky over Edinburgh against the unique backdrop of the iconic Castle. The event – the largest fireworks concert of its type in the world – is enjoyed by around 250,000 people all over town.

 

Full details to follow.

 

Viewing around Edinburgh 

Tickets are not required to watch the Fireworks at the viewing area at Inverleith Park.

You can also watch the Fireworks from locations such as Calton Hill, Salisbury Crags, Bruntsfield Links etc. Anywhere with a view of Edinburgh Castle is good as the fireworks light up the Edinburgh sky.

Visible from around town

Visible from around town

This year it takes place on Monday 31st August

This year it takes place on Monday 28th August, photo by Don Munro.

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March 09 2017

PHOTOS – Spring 2017 in Edinburgh

Our gallery of photos from the first signs of spring around town!

The most recent images are at the top.

Blossom in front of Queen Mary's Bath House.

Blossom in front of Queen Mary’s Bath House.

Floral display outside The Balmoral hotel.

Floral display outside The Balmoral hotel.

Reflections on the Union Canal

Reflections on the Union Canal

Crocuses galore in Silverknowes and Muirhouse Parkway

Crocuses galore in Silverknowes and Muirhouse Parkway

Crocuses in front of St Mary's Cathedral

Crocuses in front of St Mary’s Cathedral

A beautiful spring morning

A beautiful spring morning

Crocuses below the Scott Monument

Crocuses below the Scott Monument

King's Stables Road

King’s Stables Road

Snowdrops below the Castle

Snowdrops below the Castle

A purple Dundas House as part of Georgian Shadows.

A purple Dundas House as part of Georgian Shadows.

Portobello sunrise

Portobello sunrise

Princes Street Gardens

Princes Street Gardens

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January 21 2017

PHOTOS – Frozen fog over Edinburgh, January 21st 2017

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