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May 15 2017

LeithLate nveil Leith’s newest mural

Leithlate mural

LeithLate mural

LeithLate is pleased to announce its latest public art initiative in Leith, part of the high-profile Mural Project, mentioned in the New York Times in 2016.

The latest mural in Leith was produced by The Too Much Fun Club,supported by The Friends of Pilrig Park, Leith Neighbourhood Partnership and Edinburgh Art Shop, and completed Thursday 11 MAY 2017. The Too Much Fun Club artists involved in the latest LeithLate mural are Nem Sarton, Ross MacRae, Shona Hardie and Ez Fordyce.

The Too Much Fun Club artists have been conducting workshops with the young people who attend Pilrig Park Special Secondary School and Pilmeny Youth Centre. The young people they have been working closely with have helped design Leith’s newest mural. The mural is located behind Pilrig Park School, in Pilrig Park.

Morvern Cunningham, LeithLate Director said:

“We were delighted to collaborate with the Too Much Fun Club and the Friends of Pilrig Park on this latest mural for Leith. We’ve been facilitating street artworks in Leith for the past 4 years now, and this is an excellent colourful addition to the growing number of artworks in the area. We hope that the young people involved and visitors enjoy our contribution to Pilrig Park.”

The full LeithLate 2017 programme is also available now.

Pilrig Park pupils

Pilrig Park pupils

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May 12 2017

It’s Good 2 Give’s Ripple retreat opened by Lorraine Kelly.

 

Lorraine Kelly and Grant Stott officially opened It’s Good 2 Give’s Ripple Retreat on the shores of Loch Venacher today.

A £1 million designer home gifted to families who have children with cancer, has opened its doors today (Friday 12th May 2017) to its first visitors following the fundraising success of a small Edinburgh-based charity.

The Ripple Retreat, an exceptional 3-bedroomed loch-side home at Loch Venacher near Callander, celebrates its launch today (Friday) after a fundraising campaign by a husband and wife team.

Lynne McNicoll OBE, founder of the charity It’s Good 2 Give, has raised over £2m in donations while working with her husband, Ian, who has project-managed the 18-month long construction process.

They were joined by television personality Lorraine Kelly and 120 guests this afternoon to celebrate the launch of the new home. Designed to exceptional standards by award winning architect Tony Kettle,

The Ripple Retreat has a unique wave-shaped roof, inspired by the ripples of the loch.

 

Photos from the opening by Gareth Easton Photography.

Lynne McNicoll, Grant Stott, Ian McNicoll, Lorraine Kelly and Young Ambassadors from It’s Good 2 Give at the opening of the Ripple Retreat.

Kira Noble, Lorraine Kelly, Alfie Byrne and Grant Stott

Lynne McNicoll and Lorraine Kelly

Lynne McNicoll stands outside the Ripple Retreat

Lorraine Kelly and 7 year old Young Ambassador Alfie Byrne.

Lorraine Kelly and 7 year old Young Ambassador Alfie Byrne.

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May 07 2017

Edinburgh Alphabet Exhibition, City Art Centre, until 8th October 2017

Edinburgh Alphabet: An a-z of the City's Collections

Edinburgh Alphabet: An a-z of the City’s Collections at the City Art Centre

An A-Z of the City’s Collections.

The city of Edinburgh is steeped in history. Stroll down the medieval closes of the Royal Mile or through the Georgian streets of the New Town and you are walking in the footsteps of some of Scotland’s greatest heroes (and villains). Collecting the material culture of this great city is the responsibility of the city’s museums and galleries service and this year, for the first time, visitors have the chance to sample the huge assortment of collections that form Museums and Galleries Edinburgh.

The service manages a range of venues across the city. Many of the collections are now ‘recognized’ by the Scottish Government as being of national and international importance. They vary from paintings, sculpture, tapestries, ceramics, silver and glass in the fine and applied art collections, to bronze age axe heads and medieval pottery in archaeology.  The childhood collections are among the best anywhere, and they have social history and literary collections full of fascinating objects, documents and photographs from Edinburgh’s past.

Edinburgh Alphabet opens at the City Art Centre on 19 May and runs through to 8 October.

The exhibition is free to enter and will feature more than 300 objects, assembled together for the first time.

Pantomime set from King's Theatre.

Pantomime set from King’s Theatre.

A comprehensive education and events programme will run alongside the show, ranging from performances by community choirs, family workshops, to talks and lectures by museum and gallery staff. The exhibition also includes a dedicated activity area designed especially for family groups.

Each letter of the alphabet has been given a theme around which objects have been grouped.

Edinburgh is the common thread that weaves through the exhibition. From Arts and Crafts, which includes work by Celtic revivalist John Duncan and a Phoebe Anna Traquair embroidered firescreen through to Zoo, that features ceramics from the short lived Zoo pottery as well as a magnificent painting by one of the founders of the city’s Zoo, the exhibition presents a unique opportunity to explore Edinburgh’s rich and diverse past. Visitors will delight in the beautifully crafted glassware from Holyrood Glass Factory or the 19th century Scottish jewellery on show, smile at the display of umbrellas and underwear, and uncover fascinating facts about life in Edinburgh and the people who have made it into the city we see around us today.

The City Art Centre is open Wednesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday 12pm – 5pm.

Highlights include:

  • Aspects of Edinburgh from the City Art Centre’s collection by major Scottish artists alongside works recently restored and on show for the first time.
  • Notable archaeological discoveries including Mesolithic (stone age) tools unearthed in Cramond – providing the first evidence of settlement in Edinburgh from what is thought to be Scotland’s oldest occupied site.
  • Favourites from the Council’s Museum of Childhood, Museum of Edinburgh, Writers’ Museum, Lauriston Castle and Queensferry Museum – including a knife discovered in the Forth which belonged to a diver working on the Forth Bridge.
  • Miniature models of some of the largest and most famous structures in Edinburgh – the Scott Monument, Burns Monument and Mercat Cross. A dolls’ house replica of Stockbridge House and elaborate stage sets of the city’s King’s Theatre.
  • Recent items created by Edinburgh people – from protest placards from Edinburgh’s recent Women’s Marches to a display of the winning images from the gallery’s Capture Edinburgh  photography competition.
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April 26 2017

Stockbridge Duck Race, Sunday 2nd July 2017

This year’s fabulous Stockbridge Duck Race will be taking place on Sunday 2nd July at 3pm.

This is a popular annual event is held to help raise money for local charities and 2017 is its 28th year. The monies collected for purchasing a duck will be donated to Lifecare and St Columba’s Hospice.

All ducks are numbered and released into the Water of Leith from the the main bridge at 3pm, then caught by duck wardens further down stream. The first lucky ducks to cross the line are noted and the owners are awarded a prize generously donated by many businesses.

Volunteers help guide the ducks down the Water of Leith

Volunteers help guide the ducks down the Water of Leith

Information on where to purchase ducks is coming soon.

Spread the word about the Edinburgh race of the year and contact the organisers via their Facebook group if you can donate any prizes. You can also now follow them on twitter @StockbridgeDuck.

A great fun day out for all the family with the added benefit of raising money for charity.

We’ve lost count how many duck races we’ve witnessed over the years, but whatever the weather, it’s always a fantastic family event.

This girl wanted to enter her own duck last year, but it's against the rules to use your own

This girl wanted to enter her own duck last year, but it’s against the rules to use your own

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April 24 2017

Blossom in The Meadows, 2017

Photos of the blossom in The Meadows looking incredible on 24th April.

The Meadows

The Meadows

The Meadows

The Meadows

The Meadows

The Meadows

The Meadows

The Meadows – 24th April

And a few days earlier.

Meadows blossom

21st April

Meadows blossom

21st April

21st April 2017

21st April 2017

21st April 2017

21st April 2017

17th April

17th April

16th April

16th April

 

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April 19 2017

Ocean Terminal – Edinburgh Airport Service 200 launches

 

Airlink 200

Airlink 200

Air passengers from the north of Edinburgh will soon have a more direct route to and from the Airport following the official launch of the Lothian Buses Skylink service. The service starts on 23rd April 2017.

Timetable PDF

Edinburgh Airport is Scotland’s busiest airport and one of the fastest growing airports in the UK, especially for international flights. In the last ten years it has invested £219m in new facilities, including £25m on the landside terminal extension and security hall.

Lothian Buses new route aims to capitalise on this growth and will provide flyers from the city with a convenient and cost-effective option of travel to and from the airport, reducing the pressure from increased traffic on surrounding roads.

The new service will not only benefit air travellers but also many of the Airport’s employees, airline crew, RBS staff looking to travel to Gogarburn and students attending Edinburgh College, helping to reduce the carbon footprint of all these major businesses.

The specially refurbished and newly liveried vehicles will provide a high quality, reliable and comfortable service for customers. They feature Wi-Fi, next stop audio announcements and ample luggage space.

Skylink 200

Skylink 200

The company also announced it will be making significant investment in a new fleet of vehicles for its current Airlink service later this year as customer journeys taken continue to mirror the Airport growth.

The service 200 will operate from Ocean Terminal through Newhaven, Granton, Clermiston and Drum Brae every 30 minutes between 4am and midnight.

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April 15 2017

EVENT – Edinburgh’s Film Fest in the City, 16 – 18 June 2017

 

Free outdoor films in St Andrew Square

Free outdoor films in St Andrew Square

Free outdoor films in St Andrew Square

June is officially movie month in Edinburgh with the 71st Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) taking place 21st June – 2nd July 2017.

Returning for 2017 is the Film in the City weekend in St Andrew Square.

Friday 16th June – Sunday 18th June sees FREE outdoor screenings return to St Andrew Square Gardens

Grab a picnic, pray for dry weather and enjoy free screenings of some classic films.

 

The full line up is still to be announced, but we will add it here as soon as it’s available.

Friday 16th June

TBC

Saturday 17th June

TBC

Sunday 18th June

TBC

 

Last year’s films included Muppets, Grease, Minions, Harry Potter and Jurassic park.

June sunshine during Film Fest in the City

June sunshine during Film Fest in the City

 

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April 11 2017

Edinburgh International Magic Festival 30th June – 8th July 2017

Kevin Quantum launches MagicFest 2017 on Calton Hill. Credit: Colin Hattersley

Kevin Quantum launches MagicFest 2017 on Calton Hill. Credit: Colin Hattersley

MagicFest Announces Biggest Programme to Date with Levitations Theme and New Events that will Bring Edinburgh’s Historic Venues and their Untold Secrets to Life

 

Building upon the success of last year, MagicFest has announced their biggest festival to date for their 8th year programme, inviting Edinburgh and magic fans from afar to ‘let their imagination fly’ 30th June – 8th July.

You can download a PDF of the programme.

Levitation on Calton Hill. Credit Colin Hattersley.

Levitation on Calton Hill. Credit Colin Hattersley.

MagicFest is celebrating the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017 by partnering with Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, Edinburgh Museums & Galleries and Edinburgh World Heritage to expand their sell-out show ‘The Secret Room’ from four to twenty shows, bringing three of Edinburgh’s unique historical venues and their untold mysteries and dark pasts to life with captivating magic tours.
Another new event for this year includes the UK debut of ‘From the Dark’, a show originally designed for the blind, which invites sighted and non-sighted audiences to experience the world’s only illusion show performed in complete darkness.
Highlights of this year’s programme include:
  • MagicFair at Summerhall returns after sell-out launch last year with family events and late night sessions
  • New ‘From the Dark’ show invites the audience to experience illusions while blindfolded in complete darkness – a show originally developed for the visually impaired
  • After four sell-out years ‘The Secret Room’ expands to Riddle’s Court, The Writers’ Museum and Lauriston Castle, bringing their untold mysteries and dark pasts to life through the wonder of magic
  • A ‘Levitations’ themed Gala Show brings MagicFest 2017 to a grand finale at Festival Theatre with international acts and gravity defying performances
  • Solo shows from Morgan & West, R Paul Wilson, David Stone, Dave Alnwick and Luke Eaton
Tickets:
By Phone – 0131 226 0006
In person – Fringe Box Office, 180 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QS
There are NO additional booking fees for MagicFest tickets 2017
Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Kevin Quantum commented… ‘I’m delighted to see more Scottish performers than ever before on the line-up for 2017, many of whom, in the Secret Room performance, are creating new work inspired by Edinburgh, her history and past residents and celebrating the year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. From overseas I’m hugely excited to announce the arrival of Chilean Juan Esteban Varela. Magicians have a real talent for problem solving, making the impossible possible.  Magic is fundamentally a visual art form but Juan’s “magic show in the dark” is truly ground-breaking, allowing us to reach an audience who have never experienced magic before, it’s really heart-warming.’

MagicFair: 30th June – 2nd July | Summerhall | From £8 | Under 5s free | Morning all ages | Afternoon 7+ | Lates 16+

After a sell-out launch last year, MagicFair returns to Summerhall with over 80 live magic shows and 20 of the greatest illusionists from around the world. Best described as a Magic Theme Park, the three-day event offers all ages a spellbinding day out across Morning, Afternoon and Lates sessions. One-ticket-in gives festivalgoers entry to up to seven 20-minute shows, where they will experience live magic in intimate groups of 10 or 120 seat theatres, plus drop-in events and courtyard fun. Whichever sessions visitors choose they are promised a thrilling ride on the MagicFair rollercoaster.
Under 5s go free to family-orientated morning sessions (10-2pm). Kids can enjoy Mini Magic School workshops, wand-crafting, Brilliant Beasts and six different magic shows including Morgan & West, Tricky Ricky and Monkey Magic with Gary Dunn. Alchemy themed Afternoon sessions (2-6pm) boast Mind Wizards, Fake Magic, Tech Tricks and Laboratory Experiment shows and the chance to get hands-on and learn magic tricks with the pros in new drop-in workshops. As the sun goes down, things take a darker turn for the Lates sessions (7.30-11.30pm) with horror magic, mind-control and daredevil stunts, plus street food, music and pop-up bars in the courtyard for revellers to party with into the wee witching hours.
 
Magic and Variety Gala Show: 8th July | Festival Theatre | From £24 | Age 5+
This year’s ‘Levitations’ themed Gala Show brings MagicFest to a grand finale at the spectacular Festival Theatre. This two-and-a-half-hour enchantment sees the greatest illusionists and circus acts from around the world defy the laws of gravity and perform visually stunning and dreamlike flights of fancy as they float, fly and soar through the air.
Highlights include French performers Cubic Act and their floating box – which Penn and Teller described as ‘ the best big illusion stage act we’ve ever seen!’ – the master of mystery and suspense Aaron Crow – who captures the audience without uttering a single word – black art illusionists Les Chapeux Blancs, and World Magic Champion Marko Karvo with his dazzling bird act – it has to be seen to be believed!
Secret Room: 3rd – 7th July | Lauriston Castle, Riddle’s Court and The Writers’ Museum £18/£16 conc/£12 child | Age 10+
Following a four-year sell-out run at Lauriston Castle, the hugely popular ‘Secret Room’ expands across the city this summer, bringing the colourful history and untold stories of Edinburgh’s hidden gems to life with magic-filled tours. New venues include Riddle’s Court and The Writers’ Museum, where magicians will take groups of secret-seekers on a magical adventure as they animate the dark past and unsolved mysteries of each with captivating magic. The growth of Secret Room from four to twenty shows comes from a partnership between MagicFest and the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, Edinburgh Museums and Galleries and Edinburgh World Heritage allowing more people than ever before to experience magic in an innovative way while exploring the historic architecture and cultural heritage of Edinburgh.
From the Dark: 2nd July | Assembly Roxy | £16/14 conc | Age 11+
Juan Esteban Varela invites the curious to experience illusions and the feeling of astonishment while blindfolded in complete darkness, at the UK’s debut of ‘From The Dark.’ Originally designed for the blind after 10 years of research, From the Dark has been adapted so both non-sighted and sighted people can experience this one-of-a-kind show, redefining the definition of disappearance.
Once blindfolded and guided to their seat, the audience are subjected to sensory-stimulation to activate their imagination and emotion and force their judgement to work against them to create deceptions of the mind. This is magic as never ‘seen’ before.
Magic School & Workshops: 4th – 7th July | Quaker Meeting House | £90/18| 7-10
Magic School offers budding young wizards the chance to graduate from the world’s most mysterious school and follow in the footsteps of 1000s of previous students, who are putting their magic skills to good use around the world. Under the supervision of Headmaster Gary James, students will learn, create and perform their own magic tricks during a 5-day course or one-off workshop, with each day focussing on a different area of magic and performance, from levitation to vanishing card tricks, with a graduation ceremony on the final day.
Special Performances and One-Off Events:
 
David Stone: 1st – 2nd July | Summerhall | £12/£10 conc/£8 child | Age 12+
David Stone is an award-winning crazy French magician specialising in comedy and misdirection. Spectators will be dumbfounded as they watch him multiply objects with the touch of his hand, make champagne bottles appear from thin air and produce glass after glass of water from his sleeve, while somehow stealing the audiences’ jewellery and making it reappear somewhere very unexpected.
 
Paul Wilson: 1st – 2nd July | Summerhall | £20/18 conc | Age 14+
Internationally acclaimed master of deception and star of BBC’s ‘The Real Hustle’, Paul Wilson, delivers 60 minutes of suspense, mystery and surprise as he shares his most cherished secrets, scams and fantasies with mindreading, conjuring, cons and manipulation.
Morgan & West: 1st – 2nd July | Summerhall | £12/£10 conc/£8 child | Age 7+
Time-travelling duo Morgan & West promise to leave no future unseen and no timeline unaltered as they celebrate their 10th anniversary with a show brimming with baffling magic, their favourite tricks, unparalleled powers and a totally genuine ability to travel through time.
Dave Alnwick: 1st – 2nd July | Summerhall | £12/£10 conc/£8 child | Age 12+
This ‘Ginger Ninja Wizard’ attempts to brainwash his audience with a devastatingly dangerous combination of brilliant mentalism and genius sleight-of-hand stunts. Fresh from two national tours and six consecutive sell-out years at the Edinburgh Fringe, cult magician Dave Alnwick entices his audience into a world of mind trickery and astonishment, meticulously delivered with sublime control and contagious enthusiasm.
Luke Eaton: 1st – 2nd July | Summerhall | £12/£10 conc | Age 14+
A maniac in the disguise of a magician. Those who enjoy horror dare to enter Luke Eaton’s The Horrible Magic Show as he delivers a stomach-churning repertoire of bizarre, disgusting and totally insane magic that will have audience members squirming in their seat or jumping out of it.
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March 31 2017

Opening The Covers of Edinburgh’s Book Tower

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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Red, Red Rose Street Festival, 21 – 27 January 2017

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