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BBC: Late Junction

BBC Radio 3’s late night journey across musical time and space, Late Junction, hosts a special show with interviews and live performances by musicians appearing at the Edinburgh Festivals. Expect an eclectic mix of styles encompassing world, folk, alternative, electronic, jazz and more. Please note - This is a free…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Tue 12 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.

All Back to Bowie’s

David Greig and The Barnett Consequentials David Bowie said ‘Scotland, stay with us’. At the Fringe, a group of Scottish artists take him up on his kind invitation. So pull up a futon, it’s all back to Bowie’s for an #indyref mix of politics, poetry, polemic and pop. Different guests every day make for an hour of…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

£8 (£6)

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

£8 (£6)

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

£8 (£6)

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

Beacon of Light: The New Edinburgh International Festival and the Arts in Post-war Society

The development of the Edinburgh International Festival and how it promotes discussion.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

The Bearpit Podcast Podcast

John Pitt / Ipswich FM The Bearpit Podcast Podcast is recorded live at the Fringe on Ipswich FM. Hosted by Euan Raffles, there's a different theme every day of the week. The topics this year include comedy, film, This Is Your Life, crime, politics, sci-fi, and sports. Previous guests include Tommy Jumpers, Salmon…

The Mash House, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Just the Cask Room

£3 / 0131 220 2987

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Just the Cask Room

£3 / 0131 220 2987

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Just the Cask Room

£3 / 0131 220 2987

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Auditioning Effectively for the Camera

The New York Film Academy Roger Del Pozo is the director of Performing Arts enrolment at the New York Film Academy and a casting director in NYC. Employing insights gathered from over 10 years working for some of the New York's busiest casting companies, he will take you through every step of what it takes to audition…

Fringe Central, Edinburgh

Fri 15 Aug

Rehearsal Room

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 17 Aug

Rehearsal Room

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

A Brief History of Time-Lessness

Is the ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM wearing THE EMPEROR'S NEW ROBE? Time v Timelessness, "Does Time exist?", "What is Time?, “Can we Time-Travel?”… are these questions even answerable? Matt Welcome, comedian/science geek shows where Einstein, Hawking, Dr Who and Brian Cox got it wrong and how the universe may be literally TIMELESS.

Capital Bar & Club, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 12:20 – 13:20

Sun 3 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 12:20 – 13:20

Mon 4 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 12:20 – 13:20
…and 20 more dates until 24 Aug

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: Syrian without Syria

All refugee settings have layers of tragedy and no solution is perfect - Syria is the most complex humanitarian situation in recent memory. What can/should we do? Why do nation-states respond with camps? Whose interests are served? What are the long-term solutions? How do the media represent refugees and refugee camps?

St John's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

£5 / 0131 229 7565

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & just Festival.

Urbanscape + Ruralsprawl: Panel Discussion

A panel discussion about art and walking, with Ania Bas, Tim Knowles, Gill Russell and Alec Finaly. Moderated by curator Dave Beech. Spaces limited.

Creative Scotland, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Free / 01466 794494

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 14:00
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Four Beers and a Burger: Meet the Brewer

Knops Beer Company Ltd This year, as well as our lovely bubbly, the Pommery Bar is stocked with brilliant artisan beers from local lads Knops Brewery. We know you’ll love their awesome ales as much as we do. And we’re offering a chance not just to sample the beers, but also to meet the brewer and hear the tales behind…

Signet Library, Edinburgh

Mon 4 Aug

The Upper Library

£25 / 0131 225 0651

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 11 Aug

The Upper Library

£25 / 0131 225 0651

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 18 Aug

The Upper Library

£25 / 0131 225 0651

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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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.

Lunch with the Literati

Fencible Productions The Scottish Arts Club in Rutland Square hosts five encounters with Scotland's greatest masters of prose and poetry on 03-07 August. Each day of the series will present you with the illustrated life and works of James Boswell, Robert Burns, Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and Arthur Conan…

Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh

Sun 3 Aug

£12 (£10) / 0131 229 8157

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

£12 (£10) / 0131 229 8157

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 5 Aug

£12 (£10) / 0131 229 8157

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 7 Aug

The Martini Cocktail: Stirred, Not Shaken

Hosted by Duncan McRae Shaken or stirred? Gin or vodka? Olive or twist? Is the Martini the king of drinks, or an amusing antique? The Silver Bullet as it is affectionately known is perhaps the most celebrated cocktail that has ever been. Join us as we trace (and taste) our way through the family tree of this legendary…

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Thu 7 Aug

MA'AM

£12

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

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.

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