A Mile in their Shoes

A Mile in their Shoes

Beyond Borders
1 September - 31 October 2015

This installation by the artist Siemon Scamell-Katz was produced by The Knitting Circle and Beyond Borders Scotland in response to the capture and persecution of Yazidi girls and women by ISIS/Daesh. Inspired by photographs taken by Falah Shakarm of the …

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Demarco Foundation 2015 Programme

Demarco European Art Foundation
5 August - 5 October 2015
11:00 - 18:00

This year the Foundation presents an overview of Richard Demarco’s archive, focusing on his work with artists, theatre makers and the cultural dialogues he initiated. Exhibitions include: Paul Neagu and Friends Artists include: Paul Neagu, Joseph Beuys, Fred Stiven, Ainslie …

SULAIMANIYAH, IRAQ: Female Peshmerga train at their base in Sulaimaniyah.

The Peshmerga are Iraqi Kurdistan's military forces. Unit 70, based in Sulaimaniyah, has a detachment of female Peshmerga who train to be combat ready and in theory may face ISIS on the frontline. The unit also performs an important political and social role, standing for the relatively progressive thinking that many Kurds pride themselves on.

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Women at War

Beyond Borders
21 August - 31 October 2015

Women at War is a collection of photographs about the challenging and sometimes brutal situations faced by women in times of war. Women and girls in conflict-affected countries face unimaginable risks, danger and challenges, experiencing war as victims and survivors, …

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The Beer & Spirits FestivALE

Fri 6th (18:00 - 00:00), Sat 07 (12:30 - 18:30) & Sat 7th (19:30 - 00:00) November 2015

We welcome back Williams Bros, The Rum Bar, Summerhall’s Bizarre Bottle Bar – our own experimentally curated selection of only the most extraordinary flavours – and of course, the home grown strengths of Pickering’s Gin and Barney’s Beer.


The Edinburgh Sound Collective

Mon 5th Oct 2015-Mon 7th Oct 2015
1930-2100 (1 hour 30 mins)

The Collective welcomes ALL instrument types and singers of mixed abilities to join and enjoy learning new music together.

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Goodnight Press
9th October 2015
19:30 (doors) - 10:30 (2.5 hours)

*PLEASE NOTE THIS PERFORMANCE HAS MOVED TO THE RED LECTURE THEATRE* Exploring the recesses of poetics, language and sound since 2012. Experimental writing and sonic spelunking in intimate performances by Maggie O’Sullivan, Colin Herd, Wounded Knee and Dominic Hale. // …


Dive and Luminate present the Queerest Cabaret in Town

Fri 9th Oct, 2015
19:30-21:00 (1.5 hours)

Dive team up with Luminate – Scotland’s creative ageing festival – to present a timeless queer cabaret for all ages and persuasions. Join Dive Hostess and EmCee MISS ANNABEL SINGS as we celebrate the history of queer culture in Edinburgh, …

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Faber Social and Book Week Scotland presents ‘For the Record’

Book Week Scotland
27th November 2015
19:30 - 23:30

Faber Social and Book Weeks Scotland presents ‘For the Record’, a night of storytelling, performance and the secrets of the Scottish music scene with Fence Records and Fife’s finest, James Yorkston, music journalist and radio DJ, Vic Galloway and Richard …

The Silence of the Flies

The Silence of the Flies (El Silencio De Las Moscas)

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival
12th October 2015
19:00 - 21:00 (film 92 mins + discussion)

Since the 1990s, a mysterious suicide epidemic has been spreading in rural communities across the Venezuelan Andes. Having lost their daughters to suicide, Marcelina and Mercedes are two women who share a tragic fate with many others in the region. …


Romanian Film Season by Mark Cousins: Stone Wedding

Romanian Cultural Institute
15th October 2015
19:00 - 21:00 (2 hours )

With characteristic idiosyncratic flair, acclaimed director and author Mark Cousins curates a series of Romanian film, revisiting 100 years of cinematic haunting eeriness, delicious sarcasm and groundbreaking miserabilism, which have been amassed some of the highest distinctions of the seventh …


The Last Freakshow 2015

Birds of Paradise Theatre Company
16 October, 2015
18:00 - 19:00 (1 hour)

Birds of Paradise Theatre Company present The Last Freakshow 2015 Directed by Robert Gale and Garry Robson Text by Mike Kenny and The Company Music by Mat Fraser, Sally Clay and The Company A delightfully sticky pudding of fear, fun, …

Soil, the Earth's Tender Skin

Soil, the Earth’s Tender Skin

CIFAL Scotland
3 September - 2nd October 2015
11:00 - 18:00

This month long exhibition presented by CIFAL Scotland celebrates and preserves the health and diversity of Scotland’s soils. The exhibition marks the UN International Year of Soils and provides a creative platform for showcasing Scotland’s engagement with the Earth’s tender …


Out of Sight/Out of Mind Presents…

Out of Sight/Out of Mind Presents…
COMING UP: 10 - 31 October 2015

A unique and powerful multi-media exhibition featuring work by artists, both professional and amateur, with experience of mental health issues. Works will include projection, sculpture, painting and photography. Part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, this exhibition aims …

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The Demarco European Art Foundation’s Romanian Artists

Demarco European Art Foundation and Romanian Cultural Institute, London
UPCOMING: 10 - 31 October, 2015
11:00 - 18:00

The legendary curator Richard Demarco, who launched the Western careers of legions of extraordinary Eastern European artists, opens the vaults of his inestimable collection housed at Summerhall for a vivid initiation into modern Romanian visual culture. The showcase represents influential …

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Vampirology: An Evening With Teeth

Romanian Cultural Institute
16th October
20:00 - 01:00

A quest of immortality in a thematic extravaganza of music, dance and palatal discoveries, inspired by the famous nocturnal Transylvanian entertainment. Fake teeth and flaunting capes welcomed. Featuring DJs brought to you by Balkanarama Kolektiv. Samples of Romanian food and …

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Nothing Ever Happens Here: Son Lux

Nothing Ever Happens Here
22 October 2015
20:00 - 01:00

Founded by producer-composer Ryan Lott in 2007, Son Lux “works at the nexus of several rarely-overlapping Venn Diagrams” (Pitchfork). With the recent additions to the band of guitarist-composer Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang, Son Lux is now a ferocious …


Africa in Motion Opening and Birthday Party

Africa in Motion
Fri 23 Oct 2015
20:00 - 01:00 (5 hours)

Following the opening screening of Hyenas (Filmhouse) everyone is warmly invited to celebrate AiM’s 10th birthday in style at Edinburgh’s number one arts venue, Summerhall. Join us for an evening filled with African beats, dancing, circus acts and African cocktails …

The Photographer's Collective's 'Collection 4'

Collection 4

The Photographer's Collective
COMING UP: 13 - 25 October, 2015

Inspired by visits to les Rencontres d’Arles and charged with furthering photography’s role within contemporary artistic practice, The Photographers Collective was established in 2011 to promote and nurture the talent of photographers working in Edinburgh and further afield. The Collective’s …

PCAO's 'Waves'


Polish Contemporary Art Organisation
COMING UP: 6 - 27 November, 2016

Polish Contemporary Art Organisation present their first annual group exhibition ‘WAVES’, showcasing artists from Poland and of Polish descent at different stages in their practice, working in various mediums – photography, written word, painting, installation, collage and film. Waves is a metaphor for …

Cruickshank and Diamond's 'ekphrasis' at Summerhall


Malcolm Cruickshank and Paul Diamond
COMING UP: 6 - 12 November 2015

Ekphrasis is commonly recognized as the mechanism for producing a prosaic description of a work of art. The artists, Malcolm Cruickshank and Paul Diamond, interpret this as an interchangeable concept, making art from a vividly described written text. Cruickshank and …


NEHH presents…East India Youth + PIXX

28th Oct, 2015
20:00 - late

East India Youth When William Doyle first performed live as East India Youth in November 2012 to a dozen people in a tiny Dalston basement venue, it was remarkable that he made it through the entire 25 minute gig without …

The Moonlit Road

The Moonlit Road and other ghostly tales

Peapod Productions
28th - 31st October
20:00-21:00 (1 hour)

A young man crouches in a darkened room late one night and waits. He waits. He waits, for something terrible to come for him. This unfortunate family has witnessed many a strange tale. Disturbing events, skeletons in closets, things half …


Africa in Motion: WAZI?FM

Africa in Motion
Thurs 29 Oct 2015
20:15 - 21:20 (1 hour 5mins)

MoMo is a Somali urban refugee living in Eastleigh, Nairobi where he runs the community radio station Wazi?FM with his Kenyan friend Kevo. Everything is going well until one day the team stumble upon a dark secret in their community and MoMo suddenly vanishes.


Africa in Motion: Hope

Africa in Motion
Fri 30 Oct 2015
18:00 - 20:20 (1 hour 20mins)

A young man from Cameroon and a Nigerian woman find themselves in the harsh landscape of the Sahara desert along with hundreds of others making the desperate and dangerous journey across Northern Africa.


Africa in Motion: A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake

Africa in Motion
Fri 30 Oct 2015
20:45 - 22:30 (1 hour 45 mins)

South Africa’s transition from oppressive white minority rule to inclusive democracy in 1994 is often spoken about as having been miraculously peaceful. A crucial aspect of this was the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, in which the victims and perpetrators of violence faced each other in a series of hearings in pursuit of healing.

Das Orgien Mysterien Theater

Das Orgien Mysterien Theater

Hermann Nitsch
5th August - 31st October 2015

“i want to understand the concept of dionysian in a more up-to-date way, more scientifically, more psychologically. what is the dionysian phenomenon, this instinctual upsurge, this growing importance of intoxicating orgiastic sensual feelings, this onslaught of the unconscious, of unconscious …


A Lady’s Not A Gent’s

Curated by Julian Spalding and Glyn Thompson
5th August - 5th October

The Urinal is the first great feminist work of art, created by Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven in 1917 as a protest against America’s declaration of war on Germany. Long after she died, Duchamp appropriated it and robbed it of its meaning. …


After A.D

Derrick Guild
5th August - 5th October

Long fascinated by Albrecht Durer’s Young Hare (1502), a painting unquestionably viewed as an icon of naturalistic painting, Derrick Guild decided to make a series of paintings in the same composition but observed from different angles. He required a subject, …


One Million Years of Laughter

David Sherry
5th August - 5th October 2015

One Million Years of Laughter is a new series of performances and paintings finding humour in the contradictions that exist within commonplace actions and experiences. Using what is known about the early ‘Homo’ as the basis for this body of …


Africa in Motion: Incorruptible

Africa in Motion
Sat 31 Oct 2015
18:00 - 20:20 (2 hours 20mins)

E. Chai Vasarhelyi | Senegal/US 2015 | 1h30m | French with English subtitles | Documentary | 15 When President Abdoulaye Wade changed the Senegalese constitution in 2011 to allow for a third term, the country’s young people responded loudly and …


Three Go Adventuring Again

5th August - 5th October 2015

Social cohesion, togetherness, individuality and trying to make work together without falling-out is the three sister collaboration Ortonandon. With the figure as a central motif, they consider body-form in relation to social politics and how identity can be represented through …



Katherine Araniello, Richard Butchins, Nicola Canavan, Jez Colborne, Lea Cummings, Claire Cunningham, Tony Heaton, Sheila Hill, Simon Mckeown, Aidan Moesby and Pum Dunbar, Bekki Perriman, Craig Simpson
5th August - 5th October 2015

Unlimited’s first exhibition at Summerhall is a series of ambitious mixed media installations by the UK’s leading disabled artists. The exhibition deals with historical and contemporary issues, offering insight into the lives of others whilst also exploring topics which affect …


Demarco European Art Foundation

5th August - 5th October 2015

Email info@summerhall.co.uk to request a viewing of the exhibitions. This year the Foundation presents an overview of Richard Demarco’s archive, focusing on his work with artists, theatre makers and the cultural dialogues he initiated. Exhibitions include: Paul Neagu and Friends Artists …


Little Apocrypha

Al White, Jamie Johnson and Lindsay Todd
5th August - 5th October 2015

A multi-disciplinary exhibition staged across The Living Mountain record store and neighbouring unique space exploring the mysterious fictional ocean from Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris. Through a combination of print, video and sound installation the artists have used the 1961 science-fiction novel …



ACTINIC Alternative Photography Festival
3rd - 21st July 2015

Alternative Photography Scotland, in partnership with Summerhall, are proud to present LUX SHIFTER – a new exhibition as part of the ACTINIC alternative photography festival. The ACTINIC Festival is a new series of exhibitions and events featuring Scottish and international …


Happy Ears @ The Zoom Club: The Kazoo from Outer Space

Happy Ears
Thursday 15th October (one-off holiday session)
11:00-11:50 (50 minutes)

A completely live and interactive music experience for 0-3s. Lots of quality Instruments provided, colourful hand made props, comfy cushions and original songs (as well as some classics).

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Locked In Edinburgh

Locked In Edinburgh

‘Locked In Edinburgh’ opens at Summerhall, making it the fifth escape game in the city – but this one is unique! It’s the only one themed and built around a real room. Discover for yourself the secrets hidden within the …



Harper Theatre Production
Wed 10 June- Fri 12 June 2015
19:30-21:15 (1 hour and 45 minutes)

Highlighting the struggles of depression in young people, Clouds follows the story of student Nick, whose symptoms are covered up by the tragic death of his younger sister.


SALSA for ICS Charity

Sara Wagner
25 May 2015
15:00-16:00 (1 hour)

Come along with your friends for a Latin afternoon and dance some salsa! All money raised from the tickets will be donated to Challenges Worldwide International Citizen Service (ICS), which brings young people together to fight poverty and make a …

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Andrew Carnie
4 April - 22 May, 2015
11:00 - 18:00

Andrew Carnie’s practice involves interaction with scientists, regarding themes based around neurology. He will exhibit two works; Slice, a slide-dissolve work that explores the body as a theatre of action, and Magic Forest, a dream-like journey through a sea of developing neurones.

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Mini Zoomers (0-3 years)

The Zoom Club
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
10:00-12:00 (2 hours, drop-in)

Drop in, pay on the day Zoom into action by exploring our drop-in sensory play space for ages 0-3. Promoting independence, imagination and creativity Mini Zoomers offers a safe and welcoming space to explore materials, try out new things and …

Mini Zoomers Messy Mondays

Messy Zoomers (1-5 years)

The Zoom Club
12:30 - 13:30 (1 hour)

Pack a change of clothes and get ready to get messy! Offering a different play material each week we splash, scrape, sprinkle, slide, squish, scatter and scoop to make, create and explore. Suitable for ages 1-5 years. For more info: …


The Ceilidh Club at Summerhall

The Edinburgh Ceilidh Club
Every Tuesday at Summerhall
20.00 - 23.00 (3 hours)

Every Tuesday evening we have the best of Scottish ceilidh bands.


The Zoom Club: Movers (5-7 years)

The Zoom Club
14:00-15:00 (1 hour)

Roll up your sleeves and join us on an adventure into the world of animation and storytelling through play! For further information or to make a booking, please contact us here. Like us on Facebook: The Zoom Club Follow us …

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The Zoom Club: Makers (8-12 years)

The Zoom Club
Fridays 4-6pm and Sundays 10-12 noon
(2 hours)

Delve deeper into animation, photography and film as you create your own digital arts projects and enjoy our innovative hands-on making activities! The Zoom Club Studio is Arts Award accredited and participants are invited to complete the Explorer and Discover level …



Goodnight Press
Friday 14th November 2014
(Doors Open 19:30) 20:00 - 22:00 (2 hours)

A series of events that explore experimental writing and performance through stripped-back, often anarchic, performances.


THE FIRST MOVIE – Popup screening for Kurdistan, Mark Cousins/Aso Fotoohi with Q&A

Tue 02 Sept, 2014
19:00-21:30 (150 minutes )

In 2009 Mark Cousins went to N Iraq (Kurdistan) to make a magical film about children and imagination and storytelling. A film about life when the wartide is out. The screening is free, but the company would like to suggest donations of £10 for those who can afford it, or whatever you feel you can give.

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The Zoom Club: Studio (12+ years)

The Zoom Club
Wednesdays 4-6pm & Sundays 1:30 - 3:30pm
(2 hours)

Explore your own creative digital arts projects, with support from experienced makers and creators in our thriving studio space for young people. Project themes include: Animation Photography Film-making Gaming The Zoom Club Studio is Arts Award accredited and participants are …

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The Glorious Return of Emperor Andrew

Andrew Gilbert
7 June - 11 July 2014
11.00 - 18.00

Emperor Andrew’s Imperial Palace is inspired by the 19th century ‘Colonial Exhibitions’ which toured Europe – presenting the ‘exotic and primitive’ indigenous people in a mock recreation of their natural environment.


12 Shoes for 12 Lovers

Sebastian Errazuriz
7 June - 11 July 2014
11:00 - 18:00

Artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz has created 3-D printed shoes inspired by his former flames, with each shoe representing how he remembers its counterpart: either by a nickname, a personal attribute or sexual behaviour.



Michele Marcoux
7 June - 11 July 2014
11:00 - 18:00

Michele Marcoux explores ideas surrounding personal identity, specifically female identity as a form of haunting. Marcoux’s starting point is a dream she had in 1979.

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Georgia Rose Murray
7 June - 11 July 2014
11:00 - 18:00

Georgia Rose Murray creates narratives inspired by the painting process. Her surreal landscapes are informed by intuition; her gestures depict a desire to understand the role of the conscious and subconscious within our awareness of experience.


Fun just wants to have Girls

Sally Hackett
7 June - 11 July 2014
11:00 - 18:00

Sally Hackett creates contemporary ceramics documenting the social rituals and habitual acts associated with current youth generation. Taking on the role of an alien, Hackett adopts the task to represent today’s culture through artworks.


Invisible Empire

Company of Wolves
Sat 26 & Sun 27 Apr 2014
19:30- 20:30 (55 mins)

Invisible Empire takes us on a journey from conformity and alienation to extreme acts of resistance. It is a live interrogation of our conflicting tendencies to conform and to rebel, and explores our astounding ability as human beings to justify …


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A Neu! Reekie! Event
Fri 28 Feb 2014
19.30- 22.30 (3 hours)

Brought to you by Michael Pedersen and Kevin Williamson, February’s starring stack is sizzling: MOMUS – LUKE WRIGHT – PATIENCE AGBABI – THE BAND OF HOLY JOY

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Circus Alba @ The Zoom Club (2-5 years)

Circus Alba
Every Thursday (during term-time)
10:30 - 11:15 (45 minutes)

Roll up, roll up and join Circus Alba who’ll help you jiggle and juggle whilst learn amazing circus skills. Develop proprioception, hand-eye coordination, fine and gross motor skills in a fun and playful way! For further info please contact suzy@circusalba.co.uk …


Circus Alba @ The Zoom Club (5-12 years)

Circus Alba
Every Tuesday (during term-time)
16:00 - 17:00 (1 hour)

Roll up, roll up and join Circus Alba who’ll help you jiggle and juggle whilst learn amazing circus skills. Develop proprioception, hand-eye coordination, fine and gross motor skills in a fun and playful way! For further info please contact suzy@circusalba.co.uk …


Moving Minds – Community Led Dialogue

8th October, 2013
10:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 17:00 (6 hours)

An attempt to dispel myths, promote dialogue and reflect on the impact prejudice can have on mental health and well being.

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FAILURE (& other opportunities for non-linear success)

Mary Pearson
Sat 07 Dec 2013
19.30-20.40 (70 mins)

A new solo performance bringing together visual absurdity with contemporary dance, comedy and social commentary. Fashion victim, aspiring pop diva, and chronic underachiever is consumed by delusional fantasies of commercial success.

Teresa Flavin

Hickory and Dickory Dock

Wee Stories
5 May, 2013

Once upon a time…that’s the way most good stories begin and this story starts that way too, which is just as well as it is a story all about time.

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Drink ‘n Draw at Summerhall

26th June, 3rd July & 10th July
19.00 (2 hours)

Always wanted to learn to draw but a longtime sufferer of beginner nerves? Bored of traditional drawing classes? Drink ‘n Draw at Summerhall aims to put the fun back into life drawing.


One Giant Leap

4 May, 2013 @ 7.30pm & 5 May, 2013 @ 4pm
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One Giant Leap is an impossible attempt to bring the whole universe into a theatre and into our understanding.

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Mardi Gras Edinburgh

Oi Musica & Return To The Hearth
10 February, 2013
16.00 (6 hours)

A riot of drums, brass, street bands, dressing up, authentic New Orleans cuisine revelry and dancing!

Featuring for one night only distinguished members of ORKESTRA DEL SOL & HORNDOG BRASS BAND and selected renegade horn players masquerading as the MARDI GRAS ALLSTARS.


Conflux presents PITCH

1 February, 2013
18.00 (2 hours 30 mins)

A quarterly event for artists, companies, producers, venues and anyone else interested in the physical performance community

This month’s PITCH works-in-progress/business event will be held at Summerhall, in Edinburgh

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Neu! Reekie! 29

1 March, 2013
7pm (03.15)

Brought to you by writers Michael Pedersen and Kevin Williamson, Neu! Reekie! is a medley of spoken word, film, animation, performance and music – now seen to be Scotland’s best attended mixed-arts night and ‘a key piece of mother Caledonia’s cultural puzzle’.


Anatomy 4

8 March, 2013
20.00 (3 hours)

Edinburgh’s night of cutting edge art returns to Summerhall with another line-up of performance in all its wonderful and myriad forms. A contemporary take on the music hall variety show, ANATOMY is a platform for performance artists of all disciplines. …

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Puppet Animation Scotland - Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival
3 February, 2013
19.00 (2 hours 30 mins)

Join us to learn about the potential future of humans alongside robots…. meditate on the politics of growing older and in our lively and welcoming bar experience the intimacy of a one-to-one table top performance provided by solo artists from five different decades.

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Life Drawing Classes at Summerhall

Stephen Thorpe
Every Monday and Tuesday starting the 4th March, 2013
Mondays: 10 am - 12pm & 6pm - 8pm, Tuesdays: 6pm - 8pm (2 hours)

Multi-award winning artist Stephen Thorpe instructs a master class in life drawing from the intimate setting of his studio. The classes begin the first week of March 2013.

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Summerhall Yoga

Summerhall Yoga
Every Day: Timetable Available

  Here at Summerhall we have a yoga room up in the attic with sky lights, windows facing north east and west. An ideal setting for peaceful yoga practice, meditation and relaxation. Bearing all to the sounds of nature. A …

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Auricle Ensemble: The City

Auricle Ensemble
28 January, 2013
20.00 (2 hours)

The Auricle Ensemble performs live alongside a showing of seminal documentary ‘The City’. Produced for New York’s 1939 World Fair, it was written by Lewis Mumford who was greatly inspired by Scot, Sir Patrick Geddes. Aaron Copland’s accompanying score has …

Womens Aid

Edinburgh Women’s Aid Benefit Event

6 December
8pm till 10.30pm

Celebrating Edinburgh Women’s Aid achievements over the last 40 years. A unique one off gathering of artists, writers and performers including, Kate Fox satirical poet from Saturday Live BBC Radio 4, UrBanter: Anita Govan (Stirling Makar), Paul Mills(…)


Celebrate St Andrew’s Night with fine Whiskies: Hurricane Sandy Benefit

30th November
7.30pm till 10.30pm

Enjoy St Andrew’s Night, with some of the finest single malt whiskies, and live Bluegrass music! The informal whisky tasting event will take place at Summerhall – Edinburgh’s buzzing creative hub for the arts. Whisky tasting notes will be provided …


Santa’s Toy Making Workshop

8th and 9th December 2012
11am - 3pm

As part of the Noir! Christmas Fair, Summerhall together with Alchemy Arts presents two joyful afternoons of toy-making, singing, dancing, storytelling and face-painting for kids aged 2 to 12. Come and join us in Santa’s Grotto to make Christmas toys …

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Edinburgh-Unite Against Fascism: The Love Comedy Hate Racism gig

24 November
Door 7.30pm First act 8pm

This comedy packed evening will start with the BAFTA nominated rapper Northern Xposure who has performed with Dizzee Rascal and Amy Winehouse. Then Scottish Comedian of the Year runner up Rick Molland will MC a night of four rowdy comedians, …

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Edinburgh-Unite Against Fascism: Love MultiCulture Hate Racism Festival

24th November
3pm till 7pm

Edinburgh-Unite Against Fascism proudly presents the Love MultiCulture Hate Racism festival, celebrating our multi-cultural society with music, song and dance. The festival line-up just gets better and better. In the last week we have confirmed; Bollywood dancers, award winning singer …

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Bassment Carousel

1st December
8.30pm till 1.00am

On the first Saturday of every month Bassment Carousel offers an eclectic mix of new sounds from bands and guest DJs from around the country alongside diverse live art performances. Featuring the best live music and atmosphere in Edinburgh, Bassment Carousel brings a slice of festival fun to the darkening nights ahead.


Neu! Reekie! 27 (The End of Year Bash)

30th November
7pm till 10.15pm

Michael Pedersen and Kevin Williamson bring you the Neu! Reekie! end of year bash. Readers: GEORGE GUNN – – EMER MARTIN
Music: THE PASTELS – – TEENCANTEEN (with Eugene Kelly/The Vaselines). Team also includes: Spotlight Captain Gavin Fraser, Sound Stud Mike Lithgow and Digital Diva Carla Easton.


Catalan Film Festival: Bicycle, spoon, apple (2010) by Carles Bosch

30th November 2012

A very special night of cinema, hope and life with another documentary that will focus this time on popular leader for the people of Spain Pasqual Maragall -once former mayor of Barcelona and president of Catalunya- in his actual struggle to fight Alzheimer’s disease. ‘Bicycle’, ‘spoon’, …


Catalan Film Festival: Listening to judge Garzón (2011), by Isabel Coixet

29 November 2012

The celebrated Spanish Human Rights investigator Baltasar Garzón was convicted in February 2012 by Spanish supreme court for his enquiries over the systematic repression of Franco’s iron-fisted regime alongside his will to uncover the biggest corruption case in modern Spain …

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Anobii First Book Award

29 November

Do you remember the first time… …you read a book? …you wished a book would never end? …you cried at a book? Or the first time you wanted to write a story? First day at school. First time you got …


No Hate State – An anti-racism art making workshop

17th November

In line with our exhibition of Punk Politics Posters, which showcases a wide range of posters from 35 years of fighting racism with music, and together with Alchemy Arts, Summerhall presents an opportunity for youth to create vibrant melodic artwork …


Prologue at Summerhall: Artist and Curator Award

Prologue is a project that awards three emerging visual artists & one emerging curator based in Scotland a significant visual art exhibition to be realised at Summerhall, Edinburgh’s newest and biggest arts venue.Through an open application Prologue identifies, supports and …

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Amalgamate 2012

An exhibition of the work of Louise Gibson
11.00 till 18:00 (Opening 7pm 27 October, daily from 28th October -24th November )

Industrial resin in different combinations and formulas. Worked out in co-operation with chemical researchers, the work combines various nostalgic or manmade fabrics and materials, inventing their existence and revising their identity, creating organic and complex forms.


Puppet Animation Scotland and the Federation of Scottish Theatre Seminar,

19 November 2012 - 20 November 2012

We’re delighted to announce booking is open for Puppet Animation Scotland and the Federation of Scottish Theatre’s two day seminar, during which the choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker Liz Lerman, and delegates, will talk in depth about her Critical Review Process.

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A Hero Of The True West

Photographs of Johnny Cash by Jim Marshall
6 October - 24 November 2012
11.00 till 18:00

Legendary photographer Jim Marshall met Johnny Cash in 1963 in New York and quickly became not only the ‘Man in Black’s favourite photographer (being allowed unprecedented access to Cash and his family both at work and at play) but also a close …

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Bob Dylan in the “Judas” years

Photographs by Barry Feinstein
6 October - 24 November, 2012
11.00 till 18:00

In 1965 Bob Dylan was a celebrated folk musician much loved by those who treasured the tradition of a music which was primarily acoustic in form. On May 17, 1966 in Manchester’s Free Trade Hall that tradition was challenged head-on by …

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Mama Baer Kommissar Hjuler & Violet Storm: Flux+(st/p) or (m/n)

6 October - 24 November 2012
11.00 till 18:00

Kommissar Hjuler (a career policeman in his homeland) creates small boxes containing sculptures which star fictitious animals made of bread (Brotkatze or “bread cats”) which have adventures in a world of degradable materials such as toast, liquorice, long separated milk/strange liquids and …


Punk Politics Posters

35 years of fighting racism through music
6 October 2012 - 24 November 2012
11.00 till 18:00

Rock Against Racism and the Anti-Nazi League were formed in 1977 and 1978 to combat the rise of Nazi parties in Britain and their subsequent attempt to hijack popular music for their own ends. ANL and RAR created fun campaigns with …


OU OU OU: Henri Chopin and Revue OU

6 October - 24 November 2012
11.00 till 18:00

Henri Chopin was a French avant garde musician, concrete / visual and sound poet, critic and publisher of the Revue OU – one of the most influential music publications of the 21st century. Born in Paris in 1922 but deported to …

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A Little Harmonic Labyrinth

A video installation by Harry Whalley
6 October - 1st November 2012
11.00 till 18:00

“A violin duet, created out of re-combining short video fragments of a single musician. All possible pathways though a harmonic maze were also composed. A computer generates the shape/pathway through the variants. The result is a movement of music, with complete internal consistency but never …


Skin Music: A music installation by Lauren Sarah Hayes

5 November - 24 November 2012
11.00 till 18:00

Music can touch us by arousing the emotions or triggering a memory. Skin Music is a new work that explores how music also touches us physically, through vibrations in the air, which our ears perceive as sound, but which are felt, often unconsciously, by the entire body.

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Collective Dreaming

Jonathan Freemantle and Frode Bolhuis
10 October - 16th October 2012
11.00 till 18:00

Bolhuis and Freemantle studied together in London in the 1990s and have remained close friends ever since. This is the first time they have exhibited together. Bolhuis is an Amsterdam based sculptor who’s work has already gained prominence in Holland …


Demarco European Art Foundation – Exhibition Series

3 August - 24 November 2012
11:00: 18:00

The arrival of the Richard Demarco European Foundation archive at Summerhall will be celebrated by an exhibition of works, photographs and documents from the preeminent history of the Richard Demarco Gallery and Demarco’s close and influential relationship with the Edinburgh …


Pain Thing

Robert Kuśmirowski
3 August - 24 November 2012

Pain Thing is a powerful yet playful installation relating directly to the existing fabric of the former veterinary hospital at Summerhall. Witness an unsuccessful experiment, as it starts to live its own life.

Art & Language

Art & Language Exhibition

Art & Language
3 August - 24 November, 2012 by appointment only please contact mail@heartfineart.com

Art & Language was the foremost conceptual art grouping of the 60s and the 70s. Formed at Coventry School of Art in 1968, the group took on an international flavour with Joseph Kosuth, James Collins and other American conceptual artists …


The Secret Exhibition

3 August-24 November, 2012
By appointment only please email mail@heartfineart.com

During the Festival, Summerhall will be staging an exhibition of works by a well known British contemporary artist. That exhibition will be hidden in the building in a locked room – only those people who purchase five separate tickets for …


7x7th Street

Jean Pierre Muller
3 August - 24 November, 2012
11.00 (All day )

Belgian neo-pop artist, Jean Pierre Muller’s new show “Seven x 7th Street” opens at Summerhall. Legendary musicians Robert Wyatt, Terry Riley, Nile Rodgers, Archie Shepp, Sean O’Hagan, Mulatu Astatke and Kassin join with Muller to create a stunning visual and audio mix



26 October 2012
19:00 (22:15)

Neu! Reekie! is a mighty mixed medley of avant-garde animation, spoken word and music. After nearly two years tingling toes and ruffling feather Neu! Reekie! are now seen to be a key piece of Scotland’s cultural puzzle. Brought to you …

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Bassment Carousel-Halloween Party

3 November 2012 and first Saturday of every month thereafter
20:30- 01:00

Bassment Carousel- a new monthly eclectic club night launches with a Halloween special double bill in Summerhall’s amazing ‘Dissection Room’ on Saturday 3rd November, featuring hell bound Chicago blues ten piece, The Black Diamond Express (Celtic Connections Danny Kyle 2012 …


William McGonagall Exhibition

Charles Nasmyth
30th September - 14th October

To mark the 110th anniversary of William McGonagall, ‘The World’s Worst Poet’, an exhibition of the original artwork from Charles Nasmyth’s acclaimed book ‘The Comic Legend of William McGonagall’ . The Comic Legend of William McGonagall is a very personal …


McGonagall Supper

Saturday 29th September, 2012
7pm (All evening)

A celebration of the 110th anniversary of the death in Edinburgh of the world’s worst poet, William McGonagall. A night of fun frivolity,  recitations, singing and an exhibition of the original artwork from Charles Naysmyth’s book ‘The Comic Legend of William …


Neu! Reekie!

Friday 28th September, 2012
7.00pm (4 hours )

Neu! Reekie!’s avant-garde noise making is to relocate to the stunning home of Summerhall (host to Neu! Reekie! Records and oor mysterious Headquarters). Brought to you by Michael Pedersen and Kevin Williamson, Neu! Reekie! is your monthly meeting of avant-garde …


Anatomy #2

Friday 28th September, 2012
7.30pm (3.5 hours)

Further to the sell-out success of ANATOMY #1, Edinburgh’s new night of cutting edge performance returns to Summerhall with another line-up of performance in all its wonderful and myriad forms. Live film soundtrack, nauseous puppetry, tender dance, dystopian crooning, barnacled …

Festival Club - 22 August

Summerhall Festival Club – FREE

22 August, 2012
22.00 (5 hours)

Festival Club is hosting late night international music and theatre for three nights in a row this week; 21, 22 & 23 August. All free events, all non-ticketed. Wednesday 22 August WOVOKA A soulful ensemble that pays tribute to the …

Festival Club - 21 August

Summerhall Festival Club – FREE

21 August, 2012
22.00 (5 hours)

Festival Club is hosting late night international music and theatre for three nights in a row this week; 21, 22 & 23 August. All free events, all non-ticketed. Tuesday 21 August ALTE ZAHEN Alte Zahen is a new project from …

David Michalek Talk at The Stills Gallery

rare opportunity to get an in depth perspective on the entire making of the multi-faceted visual work Figure Studies by celebrated American artist David Michalek.

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Borcher Runway Show

19 August, 2012
20.00 (5 hours (including after- show party))

Imagined as a dark fairy tale, this dramatic runway show by celebrated young Danish fashion brand, Borcher will showcase the most striking pieces from their recent collections. Christina Borcher is a young designer based in Denmark.  Her creative process is …

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Fresh Cuts 2012 Runway Show

19 August, 2012
15.00 (2 hours)

Edinburgh International Fashion Festival is proud to present  ‘Fresh Cuts’, our selection of the nine most exciting fashion graduates from Edinburgh’s Heriot Watt University and the Edinburgh College of Art. Presented together, this show celebrates the freshest new talent from …

Cher Potter

Cher Potter Talk

19 August, 2012
13.30 (1 hour )

Cher Potter is a design and fashion forecaster leading Creative Direction at WGSN where she analyses changing tendencies in arts, design, architecture and new media in relation to fashion. She is a Research Fellow at the V&A museum on Design …

Matthew Clark

Matthew Clark (United Visual Artists)

19 August, 2012
12.00 (1 hour )

UVA’s work has been exhibited at institutions including the V&A, the Royal Academy of Art, the South Bank Centre, the Wellcome Collection, Opera North Leeds, Durham Cathedral and The British Library. Their artworks have also toured internationally to cities including …

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Pam Hogg Runway Show

18 August, 2012
20.00 (5 hours)

Scottish born Pam Hogg is fashion royalty, an iconoclast and ‘one of the most original, inventive, creative designers in Britain’. Her thrilling collections over the years have gained plaudits and awards, each collection eagerly awaited. Hogg has moved freely between the …


Fash/On Film (British Fashion Council)

18 August, 2012
15.00 (1 hour )

A screening and panel discussion organised by the British Fashion Council Fash/On Film panel, with guest speakers: Alyn Horton  Marketing Director, TEST and TEST Presents Kathryn Ferguson Film Maker and Curator of the BFI’s Birds Eye View Film Festival’s ‘Fashion Loves …

Jackie McGlone

Panel Talk: The Fragility of Ideas

Jackie McGlone with Aimee McWilliams, Zoe Bedeaux, Porky Hefer, Sissel Tolaas and Katie Nicoll
18 August, 2012

This panel discussion, moderated by highly respected Scottish journalist Jackie McGlone, will look at the genesis of the creative idea and ask the question; how can we protect the best ideas, manifest them and communicate them to the audience? With …

Aimee McWilliams

Aimee Williams Runway Show

17 August, 2012
21.00 (4 hours (includes after-show party))

For the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival, luxury designer, consultant and creative director Aimee McWilliams presents a diverse archive showcase that embodies the multiple facets of her past work, from designs for couture houses in Paris to one-off pieces commissioned by private …

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Amanda Harlech Talk

17 August, 2012
18.00 (1 hour )

“The dust of a Spanish street in a stray breeze, spiraling like a flamenco dancer in the wavering midday heat, the sound of the bullfight on a black and white TV high on a shelf in a dark shuttered bar …

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Hamilton & Inches

17 August, 2012
12.00 (1 hour )

Join some of Hamilton & Inches’ award-winning team of silversmiths and become familiar with the finer details of the art.  Show them how it’s done – all will be revealed at the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival, 2012. Hamilton & Inches, Scotland’s leading …


Bebaroque Runway Show

DJ: Hobbes
16 August, 2012
20.00 (2 hours)

Espousing a broad music policy that’s simply ‘future-retro’, Hobbes knows exactly how to rock the party and always recognises a good groove when he hears one, no matter what musical pigeon-hole people are stuffing it into this week. Promoter of …


Sissel Tolaas Talk

16 August, 2012
15.00 (1 hour )

Sissel Tolaas was born and raised between Norway and Iceland and has degrees from Scandinavia, Poland and Russia in sciences, chemistry and fine arts; Tolaas is a leading expert on everything related to scents, odours, and smells. She is a …


Endless_Lessend No.01

16 August 2012 - 27 September
11.00 (all day)

Witness a fascinating collaboration between celebrated fashion designer, Kostas Murkudis and leading expert smell researcher/artist, Sissel Tolaas. ‘The Endless Dress  – The Endless Smell’ A collaborative artwork commissioned specifically for the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival, this exhibition is the result …

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Fashion Revolution China

curated by Athony Bednall
1 August 2012 - 31 August 2012
11.00 (all day)

This stunning exhibition of garments, images and objects examines the changes in Chinese Fashion during three distinct periods of the 20th Century.  Many of the exhibits were archived by the curator over a ten year period when he lived and …

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Bucket of Tongues

Neu! Reekie!
17 August, 2012
20.00 (120 mins)

Neu! Reekie! host a one-off, no holds barred, literary shoot out between Irvine Welsh’s Team Chicago and Kevin Williamson’s Team Alba. Featuring Irvine Welsh, Kevin Williamson, Alan Bissett, Jenni Fagan, Gordon Legge, Bill Hillman, Enid Maldonado, Brian Murphy and John …



Balkanarama Productions
10 & 24, August, 2012
22.00 (til late)

Balkanarama gives its audience an opportunity to properly indulge in the tastes and sounds of the Balkans: dance, jump, sing, cry, scream, laugh, drink, sigh – party proper Balkin style! All accompanied by exquisite Gypsy dancing, live visuals and home-made …



Special Guest Hosts: CLAUDE AND MAUD
14, August 2012
22.00 (til late)

Obscene inverts! Sexless termites! Hermaphroditic spinsters! Some of the things they’ve been called while touring the world with their timeless lavender cabaret (read: grubby lesbo freakshow).

You lucky Fringe goers can bask in the squalid sapphistry of your filthy hosts, Claude and Maud, presiding over a cabaret of the weird and the wonderful, all for free, ‘til the wee small hours in Summerhall’s incredible Dissection Room

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Summerhall Festival Club – FREE

A night of spoken word and musical marvels!
9 August, 2012
22.00 (til late)

As part of their 2012 Minifest, Inky Fingers brings a showcase of the best in UK spoken word to the Festival Club. With top poets and performers alongside fantastic musical acts, it’s a night of words and wonders.

Molly and Me

Summerhall Festival Club – Free

A night of spoken word and musical marvels!
8 August, 2012
22.00 (til late)

As part of their 2012 Minifest, Inky Fingers brings a showcase of the best in UK spoken word to the Festival Club. With top poets and performers alongside fantastic musical acts, it’s a night of words and wonders.


The Making of Figure Studies: An illustrated talk by David Michalek

4 August, 2012
13.00 (1 hour )

Celebrated American artist David Michalek pairs his exhibtion ‘Figure Studies’ with a special and very comprehensive discussion about the genesis of the concept, the research and development of the methodology, the casting process and production of the work which pays homage to the cinematic …

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Edinburgh International Fashion Festival

16 - 19 August, 2012

The Edinburgh International Fashion Festival presents a diverse program that includes catwalk shows, salon shows, exhibitions, talks, screenings, concerts, gala parties and workshops. This overdue addition to Edinburgh’s International Festivals will be a stimulating environment for some of the most respected …

Canadian Poetry

True North – A Night with Award-Winning Canadian Poets

Ian Burgham
14 August, 2012
18.00 (1 hour 30 mins)

Four of Canada’s finest award-winning poets will read from their widely acclaimed work and discuss the nature of Scottish and European sensibilities on Canadian writing and the crucial role poetry plays in the world. Through short readings of poems that …

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Brand New Ancients: Scratch

Kate Tempest
11 August, 2012
23.00 (1 hour)

A BAC and Kate Tempest co production, co-commissioned by the Albany. ‘The gods are in the betting shops, the gods are in the café, the gods are watching telly in their flats… the gods are at the doctors, getting something …

LolFest with Josie Long and friends

LOLfest with Josie Long and Friends

Shelter Scotland
10 August, 2012
23.00 (1 hour )

Following the success of last year’s sold out show, LOLfest returns with another special, one-off night of comedy and music. Josie Long heads a top cast of some of the UK’s brightest stars in entertainment to raise money for the …

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Only Wolves And Lions

Unfinished Business
24 & 25 August, 2012
22.00 (3 hours)

A meal. A conversation. A performance provocation. Mixing cooking, performance and a good chat, Only Wolves And Lions takes a fresh look at human behaviour in the pursuit of happiness. Drawing on research surrounding community, isolation and the meaning of the word crisis, Leo Kay …

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White Rabbit Red Rabbit

Aurora Nova Productions
18, 20 & 22 August, 2012
20.30 (1 hour)

I was born on Azar 19th, 1360 in Tehran. That’s Tehran, December 10th, 1981 in Christian years … ’ Imagine being 29 and forbidden to leave your country. Nassim Soleimanpour dissects the experience of a whole generation in a wild, utterly original play …


Archie Shepp in Concert

Presented by Summerhall as part of 7x7
1 August, 2012

Summerhall is thrilled to be able to launch its 2012 Festival programme with a unique performance by a very special artist. Archie Shepp – jazz saxophonist, writer, radical – will be performing a rare intimate set in the Dissection Room, accompanied by the exciting …