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Pillow Talk and Sweet Nothings

Hosted by 5x15 Ernest Hemingway - Boxer, bullfighter, soldier … romantic? Naomi Wood explores the four marriages, inflammatory letters, billet-doux and sensual telegrams that reveal the softer side of renowned hard-man Ernest Hemingway. Tickets include one delightful cocktail.

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

BBC: Shaun Keaveny

6 Music Breakfast show legend Shaun W Keaveny will be presenting his show live from the BBC venue at the Edinburgh Festivals. Join him and his special guests. Please note - This is a free event ticketed via a random draw. To enter the draw please visit www.bbc.co.uk/tickets.

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

BBC: Free Thinking

BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3’s Arts and Ideas programme, in Edinburgh for cutting-edge debate, conversation and interviews about the ideas shaping our lives today. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit bbc.co.uk/tickets. Follow @BBCEdFest for listings. This is a…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Sun 17 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Breaking Down Barriers: Early Years Arts @ the Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society and Starcatchers Presenting work specifically for early years audiences isn’t that commonplace in the Fringe. What’s stopping companies/artists and is there a way to overcome these obstacles? Join us for a conversation on why early years arts are important and how we make the Fringe…

Fringe Central, Edinburgh

Sat 16 Aug

Lecture Theatre 1

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Champagne Tutored Tasting

Sara Hicks, UK Ambassador Pommery Champagne A unique experience for champagne lovers and novices alike. A tutored champagne tasting in the stunning surroundings of The Signet Library, a historic Edinburgh venue. Consistent top quality, Pommery is renowned for its variety and innovation afforded by nine different crus…

Signet Library, Edinburgh

Wed 13 Aug

The Upper Library

£50 / 0131 225 0651

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 14 Aug

The Upper Library

£50 / 0131 225 0651

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 15 Aug

The Upper Library

£50 / 0131 225 0651

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Conversation with William Kentridge

The South African artist discusses his role in the creation of Ubu and the Truth Commission.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Fri 29 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Jim Al-Khalili: Quantum – Still Crazy After All These Years

Lakin McCarthy / The Assembly Rooms A whirlwind tour of the quantum world, highlighting just why it is so strange and how physicists have come to terms with what it all means. All seating is unreserved. Late comers may not be admitted. Age category: PG

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Tue 19 Aug

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Whisky Tasting

Bennets Bar Informal demonstration on Scotch Malt Whiskies in one of Edinburgh's oldest and most historic pubs. Learning about the differences between Scotch and other world whiskies. Find out more about typical characteristics of each of the whisky producing regions of Scotland and some other interesting facts of…

Bennets Bar, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Bennet's Bar

£12 / 0131 229 5143

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Bennet's Bar

£12 / 0131 229 5143

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Bennet's Bar

£12 / 0131 229 5143

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 31 Aug

BBC: Bridget Christie Minds the Gap

BBC Radio 4 Bridget Christie returns to BBC Radio 4. In the first episode of her new series, she presents her unique take on the state of modern feminism. Fred MacAulay plays a man. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit bbc.co.uk/tickets. Follow @BBCEdFest for listings. This…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Sun 24 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

BBC: The Infinite Monkey Cage

BBC Radio 4 Physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince bring the monkey cage to the Fringe, with their witty and irreverent look at the world through scientists’ eyes, ably assisted by a panel of scientists and celebrities. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Beyond a Joke? Comedy, Culture and the Public

Big Difference Productions Lecture and discussion series by prominent academics exploring comedy's response to contemporary cultural issues. Supported by the Centre for Comedy Studies Research, Brunel University. Confirmed speakers include John Roberts (Laughing about Free Speech: How Humour Helps Free Speech Thrive in…

Just the Tonic at the Community Project, Edinburgh

Wed 13 Aug

The Old Foundry Room

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 14 Aug

The Old Foundry Room

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 15 Aug

The Old Foundry Room

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 17 Aug

Bitter Music: Harry Partch’s Diary with David Moss

David Moss presents part of the musical text to accompany the staging of his last great opera Delusion of the Fury.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Fri 29 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Chocolate, Whiskies and Cocktails

Annabel Meikle - The Whisky Belle Love chocolate? Not sure about whisky? Fancy trying something different and matching it to carefully selected chocolate? The Whisky Belle, Annabel Meikle has brought together two of Scotland’s finest producers to create a luxurious experience for an indulgent Sunday afternoon. Our…

Signet Library, Edinburgh

Sun 3 Aug

The Upper Library

£25 / 0131 225 0651

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 10 Aug

The Upper Library

£25 / 0131 225 0651

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 17 Aug

The Upper Library

£25 / 0131 225 0651

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

The Upper Library

£25 / 0131 225 0651

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

It Might Get Ugly

Live Nation The night that challenges comedians to be honest to the point of regret. Karl Schultz hosts a different line-up every night, inviting an eclectic mix of the Fringe's most exciting talent to perform a set unlike any other. Established already in London and Copenhagen, featuring acts from Harry Hill to John…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Upstairs

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Upstairs

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Upstairs

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 24 Aug

James McVeigh: Head of Marketing and Innovation at Festivals Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Entrepreneurship Club at the Festival The Edinburgh Entrepreneurship Club, the active networking club based at the University of Edinburgh Business School, is delighted to host James McVeigh as part of our Fringe series. James joined Festivals Edinburgh following senior management roles with a number of…

University of Edinburgh Business School

Tue 5 Aug

Business School Auditorium

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Seymour Mace presents Questionable Time!

Seymour Mace Get down to The Stand for a brand-new psychological, philosophical and largely nonsensical comedy panel show. Join prize idiot Seymour Mace and guests for a show designed to stimulate, cogitate and masticate the myriad of mirthful monsters populating their fevered imaginings … or they might just talk…

The Stand Comedy Club V, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

£7 (£6) / 0131 558 7272

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

£8 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

£8 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 24 Aug

Single Malt Sundays

Take a journey around Scotland in a glass. Sample four regional single malt whiskies and a selection of Scottish tapas as experts guide you through a variety of styles.

Pleasance at Essential Edinburgh

Sun 3 Aug

The Upper Library

£40 / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 10 Aug

The Upper Library

£40 / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 17 Aug

The Upper Library

£40 / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

The Upper Library

£40 / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Signet Library, Edinburgh

Sun 3 Aug

The Upper Library

£40 / 0131 225 0651

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 10 Aug

The Upper Library

£40 / 0131 225 0651

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 17 Aug

The Upper Library

£40 / 0131 225 0651

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

The Upper Library

£40 / 0131 225 0651

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Skeptics on the Fringe

Daily informal talks from the Edinburgh Skeptics, exploring myth, superstition and pseudo-science. Ages 18+.

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Chamber Room

Free / 07896 745991

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Chamber Room

Free / 07896 745991

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Chamber Room

Free / 07896 745991

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 23 Aug

The Anatomy of Murder

Hosted by Antique Beat and A Curious Invitation With the increase in anatomy schools in the eighteenth century, a growing demand for bodies for dissection provided ideal conditions for the infamous body snatching serial killers, Burke and Hare. Join The Museum of London's Jelena Bekvalac and Edinburgh Museum of…

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

39 years

"39 years is the average age of death for someone on the streets. Streetwork are on the streets 365 days of the year reaching those in desperate and destitute situations. Damaged and damaging people rough sleeping, begging, drinking, and involved in sex work all at risk on the streets. Join Streetwork to consider the…

St John's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

Free By donation / 0131 229 7565

Part of just Festival.

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£500,000? Fine! Why Data Protection Matters

bto As you hire a cast for your latest production, send out mass promotional e-mails from a database or blog into the wee small hours, do you stop to consider whose personal data you are processing and whether what you are doing is subject to data protection laws? The specialist Data Protection Defence Team from BTO…

Fringe Central, Edinburgh

Tue 19 Aug

Lecture Theatre 1

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 20 Aug

Lecture Theatre 1

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

5x15

Hosted by 5x15 Five speakers, 15 minutes, one high-octane evening of enlightening, and inspirational spoken word cabaret. Join 5x15 for their signature event, bringing speakers from diverse backgrounds to reveal their most innovative ideas and abiding passions. Tickets include one delightful cocktail.

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

A Century on the Edge: From Cold War to Hot World, 1945–2045

A talk by Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies, University of Bradford about the lessons of war. Chaired by Dr Andrea Birdsall.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Wed 27 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

A Forensic Investigation

Hosted by 5x15 Join forensic expert Professor Sue Black OBE as she discusses her fascination with the astounding inner workings of the human body and her illustrious career in forensic science. From identifying human bodies in Kosovo to uncovering evidence for the UN’s War Crimes Tribunal, listen in awe as she recounts…

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

A Novel Cure

Hosted by Canongate In need of life rejuvenation? Join School of Life bibliotherapist Ella Berthoud as she offers advice and inspiration from the world’s most renowned writers and prescribes much needed literary tonics to cure life’s ills and ails.

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Thu 7 Aug

MA'AM

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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