• Burns Unbroke

    Thur 25 Jan - Sat 10 March 2018

    A new contemporary multi-arts festival offering diverse creative responses to Burns. Featured are over 30 visual artists, an Alternative Burns Night, a Flyting competition, a tailor made programme of music as well as children’s performance and workshops as well as a series of Whisky Masterclasses.

  • Rachel Sermanni

    Fri 26 Jan 2018

    A live music event especially curated to fit with the themes of the Burns Unbroke festival. Folk-noir balladeer Rachel Sermanni’s work has been described as ‘Stately, Poetic, Rooted in the Traditional’ (Clash) and she cites Burns as an inspiration.

  • Liima

    Thu 1 Feb 2018

    Liima was born as much of breaking old habits as building new habits, and their second album, ‘1982’, provides a masterclass in pushing beyond one’s established comfort zones. See them live when they return to Summerhall's Dissection Room.

  • Incinerator: Electro Disco

    Fri 2 Feb 2018

    Deep in the basement, beneath the galleries and lecture theatres, something new fuels the boiler room and ancient generators. Strobe and haze through neon pipes ignite the Former Women’s Locker Room back to life. Down the corridor awaits INCINERATOR; Electro, Disco, Dance and Techno.


Upcoming Events


Wed 17 Jan 2018

From The Horse's Mouth - Spoken Word @ The Dick

Our monthly celebration of all things spoken.  We have guest speakers and the opportunity for anyone to sign up and perform whatever they like from poetry to political speech to bedtime stories.  All are welcome!!
20:30 (sign up from 20:00)

Tue 23 Jan 2018

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

Book in advance to avoid disappointment. Due to high volumes of demand, websales may not be available at time of day release.
Every Tuesday evening we have the best of Scottish ceilidh bands.
20.00 - 23.00

Thu 25 Jan 2018

Oor Rabbie by Andy Cannon and Wendy Weatherby

Featuring Burns' most popular works - including Tam O'Shanter, Tae a Mouse, Tae a Louse, Address to a Haggis – and with lots of audience participation, poetry, storytelling and live music, Oor Rabbie is the perfect introduction to the life and works of Rabbie Burns for everyone aged 7 and over.
19:00 - 20:00

Fri 26 Jan 2018

NEHH presents... Rachel Sermanni + Jamie Sutherland

Standing only. 27 stairs up to venue
A live music event especially curated to fit with the themes of the Burns Unbroke festival. Folk-noir balladeer Rachel Sermanni’s work has been described as ‘Stately, Poetic, Rooted in the Traditional’ (Clash) and she cites Burns as an inspiration.
20:00-23:00

Sat 27 Jan 2018

Flint & Pitch: A Flyting

Five poets respond critically, wittily, whimsically and bitingly to a Burns poem of their choosing. With bespoke sets, and a raised eyebrow (and a raised glass) to Rabbie, come join five of Scotland’s best loved poets and spoken word acts as they take on and respond to Burns’ work with their own provocations and verse.
16:00-18:00

Sat 27 Jan 2018

Neu! Reekie! - Burns Eruption

27 stairs up to venue
"Scotland's favourite avante-garde noise makers" (The Skinny) present a Burns Night like no other. Line up to be announced, but expect an eclectic mix of musicians and poets, haggis, veggie haggis and nips of Arran Whisky.
19:30-23:30

Sat 27 Jan 2018

David Mach - Artist Talk

David Mach RA discusses his fascination with Robert Burns, discussing his recent work merging collage and poetry, performing some of his lyrical works.
12:00

Sat 27 Jan 2018

The Neil Mackenzie Memorial Ceilidh and Talks

A Burns weekend ceilidh in aid of The Neil Mackenzie Trust (SC046080) will be held in the Main Hall, Summerhall Edinburgh.
17:30 - 19:00 (talks) 19:00 - 01:00 (Ceilidh)

Sun 28 Jan 2018

Commissioned Artists Panel

Commissioned artists panel with Derrick Guild, Ciara Veronica Dunne, Ross Fleming and Robert Powell, co-chaired by ‘Burns Unbroke’ Festival Director Sheilagh Tennant and Exhibitions Facilitator Holly Knox Yeoman.
14:00

Sun 28 Jan 2018

Kenny Hunter - Artist Talk

Kenny Hunter will discuss his practice as an artist in relation to the life and work of Robert Burns. Looking at shared areas of interest such as history, politics and the natural world.
15:30

Sun 28 Jan 2018

Robert Burns: Rough Cut

Premiered to critical acclaim on the 2010 Fringe, Robert Burns: Rough Cut is based on Donald Smith’s controversial novel ‘Between Ourselves’.  Recreating Burns’s lost (or unwritten) diaries it tells the story of his short, but pivotal stay in Edinburgh.  Robert Burns’s six months in the capital saw him at full creative stretch, but in crisis and contradiction.  Robert Burns: Rough Cut presents the man behind the myth.
18:00-19:15

Sun 28 Jan 2018

Cinemaattic

Cinemaattic presents... Psiconautas + Q&A

Access to venue via 29 stairs
Guerrilla film collective Cinemaattic presents the special screening of Psiconautas, first feature by renowned animator Alberto Vazquez.
19:00 - 21:00

Tue 30 Jan 2018

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

Book in advance to avoid disappointment. Due to high volumes of demand, websales may not be available at time of day release.
Every Tuesday evening we have the best of Scottish ceilidh bands.
20.00 - 23.00

Thu 01 Feb 2018

NEHH presents... Liima

Standing only. 27 stairs up to venue
Liima was born as much of breaking old habits as building new habits, and their second album, ‘1982’, provides a masterclass in pushing beyond one’s established comfort zones. See them live when they return to Summerhall's Dissection Room.
20:00 - 23:00

Fri 02 Feb 2018

Incinerator

Incinerator: Electro Disco

Deep in the basement, beneath the galleries and lecture theatres, something new fuels the boiler room and ancient generators. Strobe and haze through neon pipes ignite the Former Women’s Locker Room back to life. Down the corridor awaits INCINERATOR; Electro, Disco, Dance and Techno.
22:00 - 03:00

Sat 03 Feb 2018

Catherine Sargeant & Tom Houston - Artist Talk & Performance

Award winning text artist Catherine Sargeant will discuss her involvement with the poetry of Burns and reveal why the ‘e’ was dropped. She is joined by Tom Houston, an original and compelling Scottish singer songwriter. Tom – a mischievous musical poet – draws on a variety of genres and shades of mood. Catherine Sargeant Biography:
15:00

Tue 06 Feb 2018

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

Book in advance to avoid disappointment. Due to high volumes of demand, websales may not be available at time of day release.
Every Tuesday evening we have the best of Scottish ceilidh bands.
20.00 - 23.00

Fri 09 Feb 2018

World Headquarters & Nat Turner Live

Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours': Performed by the Transatlantic Ensemble

Standing only. 27 stairs up to venue
Click & scroll down to see this shows trailer movie - Fresh off the back of their outstanding sell out December show, The Transatlantic Ensemble are returning to Summerhall by popular demand, performing Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours Album, live & in its entirety.
19:00 - 23:00

Fri 09 Feb 2018

Creativity for Wellbeing

Creativity for Wellbeing Workshop

Booking essential
A process art workshop where the emphasis is on using creativity to connect with ourselves and each other. The group will engage in structured settling, making and reflective exercises
17:30 - 19:30

Sat 10 Feb 2018

Greg Moodie and Chris Cairns - Artist Talk

Cartoonists Greg Moodie and Chris Cairns have been tearing up the Scottish and UK political scene since 2012, Cairns as part of Wings Over Scotland and Moodie in the pages of The National. Here they discuss politics, satire, and their latest books Send In The Clowns and Cool Scots. Greg Moodie Biography: Greg Moodie is
15:00

Tue 13 Feb 2018

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

Book in advance to avoid disappointment. Due to high volumes of demand, websales may not be available at time of day release.
Every Tuesday evening we have the best of Scottish ceilidh bands.
20.00 - 23.00

Wed 14 Feb 2018

From The Horse's Mouth - Spoken Word @ The Dick

Our monthly celebration of all things spoken.  We have guest speakers and the opportunity for anyone to sign up and perform whatever they like from poetry to political speech to bedtime stories.  All are welcome!!
20:30 (sign up from 20:00)

Sat 17 Feb 2018

Brigid Collins & Kirsty Gunn - Artist & Novelist Talk

Artist Brigid Collins and novelist Kirsty Gunn discuss the concept behind the book ‘For A’That’, illustrated by Collins and edited by Gunn alongside Anna Day, Cultural Project Manager for the University of Dundee. They will discuss the myriad of responses by invited contemporary writers to the work of Burns.
15:00

Sat 17 Feb 2018

NEHH presents... Meursault 'Pissing on Bonfires/Kissing with Tongues' 10th Anniversary Show

Standing only. 27 stairs up to venue
Meursault celebrate the 10th anniversary of their first record, 'Pissing on Bonfires/Kissing with Tongues' by performing it in it's entirety.
20:00-23:00

Tue 20 Feb 2018

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

Book in advance to avoid disappointment. Due to high volumes of demand, websales may not be available at time of day release.
Every Tuesday evening we have the best of Scottish ceilidh bands.
20.00 - 23.00

Sat 24 Feb 2018

Adrian Wiszniewski - Artist Talk

Adrian Wiszniewski will talk about his practice with particular focus on his large body of work related to Burns he has produced over the years and what he has found so inspiring about the Bard's life and work.
15:00-16:00

Tue 27 Feb 2018

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

Book in advance to avoid disappointment. Due to high volumes of demand, websales may not be available at time of day release.
Every Tuesday evening we have the best of Scottish ceilidh bands.
20.00 - 23.00

Sat 03 Mar 2018

Graham Fagen - Exhibition Tour

Graham Fagen gives a tour of his Burns Unbroke exhibition in the Meadows Galleries. Graham Fagen studied at The Glasgow School of Art (1984-1988, BA) and the Kent Institute of Art and Design (1989-1990, MA) and is senior lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee.
15:00-16:00

Sat 03 Mar 2018

A Man's A Man For A' Whit? (work-in-progress)

As part of the Burns Unbroke festival, the “fiercely curious” (The Herald) young theatre company Wonder Fools present the first performance of a new work in development, a contemporary response to the work of Robert Burns.
19:30-20:30

Tue 06 Mar 2018

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

Book in advance to avoid disappointment. Due to high volumes of demand, websales may not be available at time of day release.
Every Tuesday evening we have the best of Scottish ceilidh bands.
20.00 - 23.00

Sat 10 Mar 2018

Calum Colvin & Rab Wilson - Artist & Poet Talk and Performance

At times witty, controversial and tender, Calum Colvin’s images are presented alongside poems in response by poet Rab Wilson, which equally reflect on the life and aspects of Burns to dwell on who we are, and where we have been, toward what we may become.
15:00-16:00

Tue 13 Mar 2018

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

Book in advance to avoid disappointment. Due to high volumes of demand, websales may not be available at time of day release.
Every Tuesday evening we have the best of Scottish ceilidh bands.
20.00 - 23.00

Wed 14 Mar 2018

From The Horse's Mouth - Spoken Word @ The Dick

Our monthly celebration of all things spoken.  We have guest speakers and the opportunity for anyone to sign up and perform whatever they like from poetry to political speech to bedtime stories.  All are welcome!!
20:30 (sign up from 20:00)

Sat 17 Mar 2018

NEHH presents... Out Lines + Lomond Campbell

Standing only. 27 stairs up to venue
Three of the country's most intriguing, exciting artists come together as Out Lines to release Conflats, a gorgeous set of songs inspired by stories of hardship and sorrow, redemption and hope.
20:00-23:00

Tue 20 Mar 2018

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

Book in advance to avoid disappointment. Due to high volumes of demand, websales may not be available at time of day release.
Every Tuesday evening we have the best of Scottish ceilidh bands.
20.00 - 23.00

Tue 27 Mar 2018

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

Book in advance to avoid disappointment. Due to high volumes of demand, websales may not be available at time of day release.
Every Tuesday evening we have the best of Scottish ceilidh bands.
20.00 - 23.00

Tue 03 Apr 2018

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

Please note this event is OFFSITE at Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Pl, Edinburgh EH8 9SU
Every Tuesday evening we have the best of Scottish ceilidh bands.
20.00 - 23.00

Tue 10 Apr 2018

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

Please note this event is OFFSITE at Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Pl, Edinburgh EH8 9SU
Every Tuesday evening we have the best of Scottish ceilidh bands.
20.00 - 23.00

Tue 17 Apr 2018

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

Please note this event is OFFSITE at Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Pl, Edinburgh EH8 9SU
Every Tuesday evening we have the best of Scottish ceilidh bands.
20.00 - 23.00

Wed 18 Apr 2018

From The Horse's Mouth - Spoken Word @ The Dick

Our monthly celebration of all things spoken.  We have guest speakers and the opportunity for anyone to sign up and perform whatever they like from poetry to political speech to bedtime stories.  All are welcome!!
20:30 (sign up from 20:00)

Thu 19 Apr 2018

Synergy Concerts

Courtney Marie Andrews

Standing only. 27 stairs up to venue
Courtney’s been a session and backup singer and guitarist for nearly 40 artists, from Jimmy Eat World to Damien Jurado. She never stopped writing her own material, though. Picking up admirers like Jurado and Ryan Adams along the way, she has quietly earned a reputation as a songwriter’s songwriter.
19:30-23:00

Fri 20 Apr 2018

NEHH presents... Hollie McNish

Unreserved seating. 27 stairs up to venue.
Hollie McNish will be joining us to perform poems, read from and chat honestly and openly from her latest poetry collections. Expect strong language as she talks fruit and flesh, guilt, sex, politics, death, breasts, transformers and more.
20:00-23:00

Thu 26 Apr 2018

NEHH presents... Broken Records

Standing only. 27 stairs up to venue
Having recently celebrated their 10th anniversary, Edinburgh’s Broken Records return in 2018 with the release of their fourth studio album entitled ‘What We Might Know’, released 30th March.
20:00 - 23:00

Tue 01 May 2018

NEHH presents... Shonen Knife

Standing only. 27 stairs up to venue
Shonen Knife are a ground-breaking all-female Japanese, pop-punk rock trio formed in Osaka in 1981, when Naoko Yamana first heard late ‘70’s punk-pop, particularly The Ramones.
20:00-23:00

Wed 16 May 2018

From The Horse's Mouth - Spoken Word @ The Dick

Our monthly celebration of all things spoken.  We have guest speakers and the opportunity for anyone to sign up and perform whatever they like from poetry to political speech to bedtime stories.  All are welcome!!
20:30 (sign up from 20:00)

Wed 13 Jun 2018

From The Horse's Mouth - Spoken Word @ The Dick

Our monthly celebration of all things spoken.  We have guest speakers and the opportunity for anyone to sign up and perform whatever they like from poetry to political speech to bedtime stories.  All are welcome!!
20:30 (sign up from 20:00)

Wed 18 Jul 2018

From The Horse's Mouth - Spoken Word @ The Dick

Our monthly celebration of all things spoken.  We have guest speakers and the opportunity for anyone to sign up and perform whatever they like from poetry to political speech to bedtime stories.  All are welcome!!
20:30 (sign up from 20:00)