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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.

Art Late Central

Get guided around the art festival exhibitions in the centre of the city with music, drinking and merrymaking thrown in for good measure. With performances from Craig Coulthard and Chris Devotion & the Expectations, and a look at the work at the Old Royal High School, Trinity Apse and City Art Centre. Presented in…

Various venues, Edinburgh

Thu 7 Aug

Free

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

BBC: Simon Mayo Drivetime

BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo broadcasts live from the BBC's Edinburgh venue. Join us for a mix of live music, in-depth interviews and a daily dose of the Radio 2 Book Club. 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 free event…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 19 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 20 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 21 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Carnival of Curious Animals

Hosted by 5x15 Discover the bizarre stories and examine specimens of some of the world’s most celebrated and strangest animals, from Lonesome George the bachelor tortoise, Chi-Chi the pre-eminent panda to Ham the astrochimp. Join scientific journalist Henry Nicholls and Paolo Viscardi of the Horniman Museum to discover…

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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.

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Consciousness

Hosted by Guerilla Science Are you awake? Are you dreaming? How much of our world is a construction of our brain, a mere figment of our imagination? Join neuroscientist Anil Seth as he reveals what science can and cannot tell us about the mysteries of consciousness. Tickets include one delightful cocktail.

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Sat 9 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Gavin Esler

Business School @ The Fringe: The Media Series Gavin Esler is an award-winning BBC broadcaster, journalist and author, and Chancellor of the University of Kent. Chris Carter talks to him about the implications of the public's loss of trust in many key institutions. Age category: 12+

University of Edinburgh Business School

Sun 17 Aug

Business School Auditorium

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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.

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.

Just Conversations: Adding Gender Equality to Your Shopping Basket

Women across the world still face extraordinary discrimination in education, work and decision-making. Looking at Equal Exchange’s Coffee Grown by Women, the work of Get Paper Industries in Nepal and Weaving Destination’s work with trafficked women in India, we examine what more could be done in the world of Fair Trade…

St John's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh

Thu 7 Aug

£5 / 0131 229 7565

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & just Festival.

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Be a Media Be a Media Darling: How to Make the Press Love You and Come Back for More

Elaine Liner Need more media coverage? Can't afford a publicist? (Not happy with the one you have?) Learn to generate positive publicity in print, online - everywhere! - with easy steps from media expert and arts journalist Elaine Liner. Insider tips on story pitches, 'listicles', Q&A's, photo ops and more.

Fringe Central, Edinburgh

Wed 6 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.

Fear and Loathing

Hosted by Canongate Why do we marvel in the macabre and delight in the deathly? Why do our eyes deceive us and see things which aren’t really there? And why do our brains make up stories which expose our deepest fears? Renowned screenwriter Jeremy Dyson and psychologist and author Richard Wiseman examine the dark and…

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Thu 7 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Gusset Grippers

Because, sometimes, laughing is no laughing matter. Written and performed by Elaine Miller, physio/comedian/recovered incontinent. Learn what your pelvic floor is, why it matters and how to have a smashing one Winner – “Weirdest show of the Fringe 2013”, “a triumph of using humour to tackle a difficult issue” – Three Weeks

George Next Door, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

space 2

Free, with a collection afterwards

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 19:40 – 20:40

Sun 3 Aug

space 2

Free, with a collection afterwards

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 19:40 – 20:40

Mon 4 Aug

space 2

Free, with a collection afterwards

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 19:40 – 20:40
…and 8 more dates until 12 Aug

Robert Lewellyn: Electric Cars Are Rubbish. Aren't They?

Lakin McCarthy / The Assembly Rooms Environmentally friendly? Sustainable? More like greenie hogwash! Red Dwarf star Robert Llewellyn suggests we take off our Clarkson ear muffs and hear a different take. All seating is unreserved. Late comers may not be admitted. Age category: PG

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Thu 7 Aug

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Will Pickvance: The Anatomy of the Piano

Pianist, composer and all-round entertaining guy Will Pickvance anatomises the piano for your listening pleasure.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Anatomy Lecture Theatre

£8 / 0131 560 1581

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Anatomy Lecture Theatre

£8 / 0131 560 1581

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Anatomy Lecture Theatre

£8 / 0131 560 1581

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 24 Aug

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.

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.

Carnival of Lost Emotions

Hosted by Guerilla Science Travel back in time and explore long obsolete emotions from history, with the help of an amazing machine. Discover how the emotions we have been able to experience are fundamentally historical and ever changing as you to get to grips with the richness and complexity of feelings throughout the…

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Sat 9 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Just Conversations: What's with Good Society?

What does it mean to be a Good Society?: an exploration of the values which underpin a “Good Society” project and what we can do as individuals to put these values into practice. Join the conversation that will allow for a wider debate concerning the role of the Church and faith in society.

St John's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh

Wed 6 Aug

£5 / 0131 229 7565

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & just Festival.

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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

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.

Sun 3 Aug

£8 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 24 Aug

TalkFest 2014: 01

Join Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland to explore what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Edinburgh Festivals. Sharing the Experience chaired by Gary McNair: The audience is increasingly an integral part of the theatrical experience – as participants or even as protagonists in the story. How is this immersive style…

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

Traverse 2

£6 (£4) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Power of Smell

Hosted by Guerilla Science Mice can undergo smell-induced abortions. Horses can tell how related they are to other horses by sniffing them. What about humans? Encounter the sensational power of smell with scientist Ed Bracey as he explores how our marvellous brains interpret scent, how we compare with other animals and…

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Sat 9 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

What Shall We See Today?

Mat Wills / Free Festival Join little Mat Wills and friends at this positive review show which includes the audience sharing their favourite experiences at this year’s Fringe. Guests will include people involved with the Fringe discussing their own shows as well as their personal highlights. Featuring a no more worries…

Laughing Horse @ The Three Sisters, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

The Staff Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

The Staff Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

The Staff Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug

BBC: Radio 4's Bookclub

BBC Radio 4 Led by James Naughtie, a group of readers talk to acclaimed authors about their best known novels. 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 free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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