A Winter’s Oresteia

Aulos Productions
Tues 3rd March - Fri 6th March 2015
19:30 - 21:30 (2hrs inc. 10 min interval)

From award-winning playwright, James Beagon (First Class, Best New Writing 2014, Buxton Fringe) comes a chilling new adaptation of an ancient Greek classic: a family tragedy of honour and revenge.


Iain Macwhirter Presents, Disunited Kingdom

Cargo Publishing
Sat 07 March 2015
19:30 - 21:00 (1h 30m)

What does the future hold for Scotland? On the 18th September 2014, Scotland voted to stay in the Union. In this provocative new book, Iain Macwhirter argues that the UK will never be the same again.


Botany and Mixology

Trotting Fox Events
Sat 07 March 2015
19:00 - 21:30 (2.5 hours)

Learn about the ancient art of botany, before combining this with mixology to shake up your own Pickering’s Gin ‘Peacocktails’. Your tutor and mixologist will walk you through the skills of infusion, muddling and garnish making before you relax and enjoy your creations.

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Pròiseact nan Ealan
Tue 10th March 2015
13:00 - 14:40 & 19:30 - 20:40 (1h 10m)

Sequamur is a multimedia Gaelic language play by DS Murray reflecting on the life of Lewis educationalist William Gibson and his inspirational leadership which led many young Hebridean men to leave the classroom and go to war in 1914.

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The Effect by Lucy Prebble

Firebrand Theatre Company
11th - 14th March 2014 (Matinee at 14:30 Sat 14th)
19:30-21:50 (125 minutes (includes 20 mins interval))

Firebrand in partnership with Heart of Hawick present THE EFFECT By Lucy Prebble All the symptoms of real love Following the critical and popular success of their productions of Iron and Outlying Islands, award-winning Firebrand present the Scottish premiere of …

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Nothing Ever Happens Here Presents: Broken Records + Garden of Elks + Fuzzy Star

Thurs 26th March 2015
20:00 - 01:00 (5 hours)

Join us for a exciting evening of live music. Nothing Ever Happens Here is a live music campaign brought on with the purpose of promoting Edinburgh’s live music scene. Headlining the kick-off event is Broken Records. An alternative band formed in 2007 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Supporting bands include Garden of Elks and Fuzzy Star. Doors open at 8pm.


I Hate The Indifferent

Michele Ciacciofera
Sun 7th Dec 2014 - Sun 22 March 2015
11:00 - 18:00

Michele Ciacciofera (1969-, Sardinia) for many years studied human impact on the landscapes and human portraits to find their typus. His works have existential themes, with central or appended political and social questions employing a complex, intensely symbolic, visual language.


Keeping The Balance

George Wyllie
Mon 1st Dec 2014 - Sun 1st March 2015
11:00 - 18:00

George Wyllie (1921-2012) was a remarkable artist who reached out beyond the confines of the art gallery and connected with people all over the world through his thought-provoking art. Wyllie represented Scotland as part of Glasgow-Berlin 1988 with two major …



Saturday 13th December - ∞
11:00 - 18:00

I.D.S.T **if destroyed still true A perpetual multi-screen video installation powered by the submissions of moving-image makers. I.D.S.T will serve as a platform for established and emerging practitioners working in the field of moving image to display their work. An …

Berlin Wall

Berlin, 1989

David Ruston
Sun 4th Jan - Sun 22nd March 2015
11:00 - 18:00

David Rushton – Berlin 1989 I was visiting Berlin when those on the Western side had started chipping away at the wall’s concrete. By November 1989 we were relatively free to travel between east and west. My photographs were taken …



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 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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Neu! Reekie!
Tues 09 June 2015
18:00 - 23:30 (5.5 hours)

STARRING:::::::::: YOUNG FATHERS Headline; White Men Are Black Men Too Tour; 2014 Mercury Music Prize Winners: http://www.young-fathers.com ANDREW WEATHERALL Internationally renowned DJ, Remixer and Producer: http://www.rottersgolfclub.co.uk FINITRIBE WITH A FINIFLEX PRODUCTION Iconic Scottish electronic / dance music group: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finitribe TWO …


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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

Sounding Out

Sounding Out

The PALM Ensemble
6 & 8 August, 2012
17.30 (1 hour)

Teresa Brayshaw and friends perform extracts of experimental writing and sound works by artists including Samuel Beckett, Peter Handke, Kurt Schwitters, Gregory Whitehead, Charles Amirkhanian, Gavin Bryars, and Laurie Anderson. We promise word play at its very best – you …

A Multimedia Thing

A Multimedia Thing

Dir: Karina Piwowarska, Written by: Boguslaw Schaeffer, Music by: Boguslaw Schaeffer
16 - 18 August, 2012
14.30 (1 hour 30 mins)

A Multimedia Thing premiered in 2007, at Teatre Bajka in Warsaw. Three actors—two males, Wal (played by Waldemar Obłoza) and Mar (played by Marek Frąckowiak), and Agn, a woman (Agnieszka Wielgosz)—are trying to hold a rehearsal for a play, while …


Scottish Independent Music Fair

4 August, 2012
12.00 (16.00)

The Scottish Independent Music Fair returns to Summerhall for a second year, with the country’s finest purveyors of independent and exciting music will be setting up their stalls and selling their wares. With live music from the label artists and DJs throughout the …

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Music Hack Scotland

24 August, 2012
15.00 (3 hours)

A hack event for musicians, makers, experimentalists and digital tinkerers to make ingenious musical projects in 24 hours. Launching with a series of inspirational talks from Matthew Herbert and other pioneers of music technology Organised by the Scottish Music Industry Association


KinoKlub presents: Les Yeux Sans Visage + short

25 August, 2012
22.15 (1 hour 40 mins)

KinoKlub, Edinburgh’s surreal film collective, is proud to present Georges Franju’s surreal horror masterpiece Les Yeux Sans Visage (Eyes Without A Face), screening in the environs of Summerhall’s Victorian anatomy theatre.  Made in 1960, Franju’s tale of a celebrated plastic surgeon …

A Gift For Demarco

A Gift for Richard (Demarco)

The PALM Ensemble
6 & 8 August, 2012
14.15 (1 hour)

Teresa Brayshaw and friends perform material for RICHARD DEMARCO, which will use some of his own writings, his favourite authors and friends – there could be letters, diary entries, diatribes… It is a tribute to an amazing man and entrepreneur …


An Evening with Richard Demarco, CBE

Festival University & Demarco European Art Foundation
5, 7 & 9 August, 2012
17.30 (90 mins)

Enjoy an evening with Richard Demarco, CBE. Demarco has attended, or been extensively involved with, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since its inception in 1947. He was a co-founder of the Traverse Theatre and over the years he has put on …


Acrostudio: Acrobatics Workshop with Tim Lenkiewicz

Artistic Director of Square Peg Contemporary Circus
18 - 20 August, 2012
9.00 (90 mins)

This workshop is offered to professionals. Tim’s teaching experience is extensive, he has taught on the degree and youth programmes at Circus Space, and spent a year as head Equilibristics (balancing disciplines) teacher at Chapito, the Portuguese National Circus School in …


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Financial Crisis but Was Afraid to Ask

Speaker: Robert McDowell
10, 15 & 23 August, 2012
19.30 (2 hours)

Is our economic crisis caused by stupidity, greed, political muppetry, ideological conflict, institutional failure, or merely inevitable within Capitalism? Are Euro Zone governments prevented by bankers and others from restoring jobs and economic growth? Is the crisis destroying the EU? It excites every political bandwagon …

The Art Particle

The Art Particle

An illustrated talk by Dave Rushton
24 August, 2012
19.00 (90 mins)

While quantum mechanics questions the universal scope of Newton’s 17th century physics the interaction of the material paradigm in art remains, like Newton’s gravity, a good enough explanation of how visual art appears to be held together. This talk, illustrated …

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William Blake – Ghost Dancer

Ian Smith
4 & 25 August, 2012
15.00 (1 hour)

William Blake was a visionary poet, painter and printmaker who envisaged a place of universal love and peace – a New Jerusalem. Originally, he sought that in ‘England’s green and pleasant land’ but having recently heard rumours of intense optimism, …

Theatre Jukebox

Theatre Jukebox

Stand & Stare
14 - 18 August, 2012
11.00 (7 hours)

Theatre Jukebox is an arcade-style cabinet that plays stories instead of records and allows you to choose the chapters you want. Take a seat at the jukebox, slip on some headphones, choose a photograph and delve into a treasure trove of memory.

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Tinderbox Orchestra take to the stage!

On Saturday 23rd June, the Queens Hall will be transformed into an Audio-Visual feast! The Tinderbox Orchestra are staging their most exciting and ambitious gig yet, introducing a new 30 piece choir to their 50-piece orchestra, and collaborating with 3 of Scotland’s finest bands of the moment – Broken Records, North Atlantic Oscillation and G-Code.

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Alan Gillis (poetry, Belfast)& Thomas McCarthy (poetry, Cork)

Part of Disassociated States; writing from the North and South of Ireland. Five of Ireland's leading writers come to Summerhall.
26 August, 2012
1.30pm (90 mins)

ALAN GILLIS was born in 1973 in Belfast and is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast and Trinity College Dublin. He is the author three poetry collections, most recently Here Comes the Night (Gallery Press, 2010) He teaches in the …

Mike McCormack

Mike McCormack (fiction, Galway) & Jean Bleakney (poetry, Belfast)

Part of Disassociated States; writing from the North and South of Ireland. Five of Ireland's leading writers come to Summerhall.
25 August, 2012
12.30pm (90 mins)

Born in 1965, Mike McCormack is the author of one collection of short stories, Getting It in the Head (Henry Holt, 1998), and two novels, Crowe’s Requiem (Henry Holt, 1999) and Notes from a Coma (Vintage, 2006). He currently lives …

Literary Ball

Literary Ball/ Le Bal Littéraire

La Cooperative d'Ecriture
22 August, 2012
10.30pm (90 mins)

Five playwrights (three French, two Scottish) meet to tell a story – a story with songs, songs we all know, songs we can dance along to. Over two days (20 and 21 August), the playwrights will write this story and …

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Edinburgh International Fashion Festival
16 August - 6 September, 2012
11:00 (All day)

A sensory feast, this exhibition presents fashion as art and is a vital element of the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival, also taking place at Summerhall, 16th – 19th August. The exhibition features work by Juergen Teller, video installations by Hussein …

The nabokov Arts Club

The nabokov Arts Club

11 August, 2012
21.00 (5 hours)

An extravaganza of live theatre, music, cabaret, comedy, poetry and visual art wrapped up in a big fat party, the Arts Club, previously featured in The Guardian, Time Out’s Hot Picks and Critics’ Choice, and The Independent’s ‘Best Nights Out’, showcases the best new work, first, from the most exciting emerging artists alongside some of the biggest names in the business.

Macbeth on Inchcolm Island

Macbeth on Inchcolm Island

University of St Andrews, Hands in the Air & the Demarco European Art Foundation
10, 11, 16, 17, 19 August, 2012
18.30 at Summerhall or 19.00 at Hawes Pier

Meet us at Summerhall and journey with us by coach and boat to the stunning island of Inchcolm, in the Firth of Forth, for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Inspired by Richard Demarco’s 1989 production and taking Inchcolm’s twelfth century abbey for its stage, this promenade performance is Macbeth as you’ve never seen it before.


Kapitalism: Our Improved Formula

Dir: Alexandru Solomon
22 August, 2012
21.30 (76 mins)

What would Communist leader Ceausescu make of Romania today? Twenty years after he was executed Romania looks, on the surface, to be a democratic, capitalist country but on closer inspection it is characterised by mass poverty with wealth concentrated in the hands of a few corrupt elite.


Lost in the City: Chain & London

17 August, 2012
19.30, 21.30 (99mins, 85mins )

A journey into the modern day city, a place of alienation and disharmony, awkwardly navigated by its inhabitants. A double bill about the strange entity that is the contemporary city.

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Writing Masterclass with Mike McCormack (prose) and Jean Bleakney (poetry)

Part of Disassociated States; writing from the North and South of Ireland. Five of Ireland's leading writers come to Summerhall.
25 August, 2012
14.00 (3 hours)

An intensive workshop with two of Ireland’s foremost writers. Places should be booked in advance with the Education Officer at Summerhall (email: education@summerhall.co.uk ). Open to all. Writing samples (for discussion during the workshop) should be sent to the Education …


Wanderlust: Vagabond & Morvern Callar

8 August, 2012
19.00, 21.15 (105mins, 97mins)

Two women attracted to the open road and a life of drift. A double bill of films about wandering and the quietly rebellious act of leading a life free from constraints.


Borderlands & ID:000

21 August, 2012
21:30 (28mins & 18mins)

Two short films from Jordan concerned with ideas of identity. Borderlands (2007) by Sawsan Darwaza considers the relationship between contemporary artists and images of the MIddle East, while ID:000 (Widad Shafakoj, 2010) is a short documentary about the life of orphans and the problems they face once they become adults.

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I Was Born, But…

in association with Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema
4 August, 2012
16.00 (100 mins)

A special film and music event chosen by our friends at The Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema. From the great Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story) comes a beautiful and funny tale of 2 mischievous brothers on a mission to …


Little Black Riding Hood & other surreal stories

Adam Mickiewicz Institute
9, 16 August, 2012
23.15 (81 mins)

Late night animation embracing the surreal and unexpected. In this selection of stories you’ll discover lost characters in labyrinthian landscapes, cannibalistic clams attacking dinner party guests and a version of Little Red Riding Hood that has to be seen to …

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Reels From Life Two or How We Learned To Love Postmodernism

Screen Bandita
5 August
19.30 (90 mins)

Screen Bandita is a collective that strives to create an environment where previously abandoned film and visual ephemera can be given a new lease of life. They will present the second installment of their exploration of previously abandoned Super 8 …

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Song of The Goat Theatre : Workshop by Grzegorz Bral

Songs of The Goat Theatre
15 - 17 August, 2012
9.00 (2 hours)

Led by the artistic director of Teatr Piesn Kozla, Grzegorz Bral, this workshop will give you practical experience of co-ordination – the fundamental training method of Teatr Piesn Kozla. Co-ordination consists of the organic linking together and integration of voice, …

Damascus With Love

Damascus with Love

Dir: Mohammed Abdulaiz, 2010
21 August, 2012
19.30 (95 mins)

A journey into multi-cultural Damascus through the story of Rima, a Syrian-Jewish Girl. About to emigrate from the country, her father reveals a secret which causes her to cancel her plans and instead investigate her past. A film that explores ideas of memory, place and identity in contemporary Syria.