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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This unique event draws crowds (and performers) from all over the world with massed pipes and drums, massed military bands, display teams, dancers and the haunting lament of the Lone Piper set against the magnificent backcloth of Edinburgh Castle.

Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

Sat 8 Aug

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

Mon 10 Aug

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

…and 17 more dates until 29 Aug

Ex Machina

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • UK/US
  • 108 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Alex Garland
  • Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander
  • UK release: 23 January 2015

Ambitious young coder Caleb (Gleeson) wins a competition to take part in a research experiment at the hmoe of his CEO (Isaac) – where he meets the experiment itself, robot Ava (Vikander). The ensuing battle of the sexes is played out through dramatic, witty and provocative discussion, making for smart, accessible and…

Filmhouse, Edinburgh

Thu 16 Apr

£10 (£8) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Comedy Club 4 Kids

  • 4 stars

Top comedians play to the toughest crowd: kids. And they have to keep it clean.

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

Upstairs

£8 (£7) / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Upstairs

£8 (£7) / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Upstairs

£10 (£9) / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 30 Aug

Science Festival Lates

Fancy embarking on a Jungle Safari? Or having a go at keyhole surgery in A&E? Science Festival Lates is just the ticket as we turn our flagship children's venue over to adults for one very special night. Celebrate the opening of the 2015 Festival with us as we clock in at The Ideas Factory - we've got eyeballs and…

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Thu 2 Apr

£10 (£8) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Dr Bunhead's Exploding Easter Egg Show

Join Dr Bunhead for some serious Easter action with rainbow foam fountains, an Easter egg explosion and a bunny bazooka. Ages 7+.

George Square Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 10 Apr

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sat 11 Apr

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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Beardyman: One Album Per Hour

Mick Perrin Worldwide Total sell-out 2013 and 2014. Travelling at the speed of thought in his music production spaceship, the world-class multi award-winning musician and comedian transcends mere mimicry to produce studio quality compositions faster than most could imagine them. The vocal shaman emits and manipulates…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Thu 13 Aug

The Grand

£13 (£12) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 14 Aug

The Grand

£14 (£13) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 15 Aug

The Grand

£14 (£13) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 17 Aug

Carnival of the Mind

Roll up, roll up and step inside the  Carnival of the Mind  to discover the secrets of your brain! Visit our fortune teller to explore the function of your frontal lobe, take a turn on the high striker to uncover how you process pain and learn about vision at our coconut shy and hall of mirrors. Brand new for 2015, this…

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 7 more dates until 15 Apr

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

A crime has been committed; can you help us solve it? Become a forensic scientist in our special Crime Scene Investigation workshop. Study the crime scene and decipher the clues left behind by finding fingerprints, identifying soil samples and investigating blood. Can you solve the mystery and help us catch the…

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 18 Apr

Isaac, the Apple and a Bump of the Head

Not so long ago, a young man sat under a tree when' OUCH!', an apple landed on his head! Join storyteller* Mara Menzies *for an exciting exploration into the wonderful world of Sir Isaac Newton, who discovered the phenomenon of gravity. Come and try your hand at some fascinating gravity and anti-gravity experiments, and…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Big Bang Bash

An out-of-this-world party celebrating the wonders of space. Sample a space-themed cocktail from the Bar at the End of the Universe, discover the solar system in our portable planetarium then have a go at making your own space craft to take home. Challenge yourself to build an interstellar structure using Splatform, watch…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Fri 10 Apr

£12 (£10) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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De-extinctions: back to the future

De-extinction science is about bringing the extinct back in to existaance, and scientists are now developing technologies to make this possible. But can we and should we re-design animal life? Join CEO of Cyrenians Ewan Aitken with Errol Fuller, author of The Passenger Pigeon, a North American species which became extinct…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Tue 14 Apr

£8 (£6) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

The Road to Paris

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) summit in Paris in December this year sets out to take action to mitigate the effects of climate change. At the summit, 196 countries are set to sign a new global climate change agreement, but how likely is it that any action taken will be meaningful? Join Chair of…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 16 Apr

£8 (£6) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sufjan Stevens

To celebrate the release of his forth coming album Carrie & Lowell, Sufjan Stevens opens his European tour with a special date at the Edinburgh International Festival. Carrie & Lowell was recorded by Stevens alongside Casey Foubert, Laura Veirs, Nedelle Torrisi, Sean Carey, Ben Lester and Thomas Bartlett. The…

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Sun 30 Aug

£20 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Synaesthetic Drone Orchestra

The Synaesthetic Drone Orchestra project by sound artist Ed Devane  will create a collection of musical instruments that match pitch to coloured light and allow for the playing of continuous tones and textures. This concert is a 20-minute ambient music piece, composed by Ed and supported by Limerick City of Culture…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Thu 9 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Because You Know… It's All About That Brain

Between 2013 and 2014, 5,000 young people in Scotland became homeless due to family relationship breakdown and conflict. But what are the causes and effects of conflict and what role does the brain play? The Cyrenians' pioneering Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution (SCCR) collaborates with professionals in the fields…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Mon 13 Apr

£8 (£6) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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Born To Dance

Dr Peter Lovatt, psychologist and ‘Doctor of Dance’ at the University of Hertfordshire is back at the Science Festival by popular demand. He has partnered up with Bangor University's dancer-turned-neuroscientist Dr Emily Cross for an on-your-feet investigation of the mechanics of how we read the world when we get on…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Thu 16 Apr

£10 (£8) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Brainwaves Ceilidh

Following last year’s sell-out Science Ceilidh, join us to celebrate the British Neuroscience Association's Brainwaves  mini festival with all your favourite dances rejigged with a twist of neuroscience. Collaborating with local researchers and students from The University of Edinburgh, the Science Ceilidh Band will be…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 17 Apr

£10 (£8) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

DIY Mouse Taxidermy

Learn the process and techniques behind basic taxidermy as you skin, prepare, preserve, mount and position a mouse. You’ll use miniature accessories to transform your mouse into a fun parody of human life: standing, sitting or sleeping, holding a book or wearing a top hat. Your little mouse is yours to take home for your…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sat 18 Apr

£60 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Forever Young: can we cure ageing?

News articles about anti-ageing wonder-pills are becoming more frequent. Only last November rapamycin hit the headlines trials of its life-extending properties began in dogs. Discuss the facts around these elixirs of life with a panel of experts: Richard Barrett-Jolley from the Institute of Ageing and Chronic Diseases at…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 7 Apr

£8 (£6) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Full Spectrum

An audio-visual experience with light, sound and structure combining with top class DJs and live acts. Line-up includes Crazy P Soundsystem, Davie Miller and more.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 17 Apr

£10 (£8) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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Jane and Lizzy

Nonesuch Theatre Company Pride and Prejudice through the looking glass! In this offbeat interpretation, Jane Austen meets a Lizzy Bennet who flits between the character and the actress playing her. As Jane enlists Lizzy’s help to recall and reclaim her story, the familiar romantic fantasy of recent versions gives way…

theSpaces on the Mile, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

Space 3

£7 (£6) / 0845 508 8316

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Space 3

£7 (£6) / 0845 508 8316

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 10 Aug

Space 3

£9 (£7) / 0845 508 8316

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 15 Aug

LateLab: TRON v TRON: Legacy

Greetings programme. Welcome to the Grid. Kick off the LateLab *season by playing *Light Cycle to decide which of these two films gets the Atmosphere treatment in this special expanded cinema event to complement the Game Masters exhibition. Be transported inside the software world of a mainframe computer where interaction…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

£10 (£8) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

The Living Brain

How does your brain change throughout your lifetime? How do scientists study the ageing brain? Should we focus on ageing or living? Comedian  Susan Morrison will be joined by Dr Susie Shenkin, Dr Stuart Ritchie and filmmaker  Anne Milne to tackle these questions. Hear how Edinburgh scientists are leading the way in…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Thu 9 Apr

£8 (£6) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Max Richter

Pioneering British musician Max Richter inhabits an indefinable realm between contemporary classical and indie pop, creating achingly gorgeous soundscapes that combine the icy purity of minimalist composers Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt with the richness of contemporary electronica. Recomposed: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons…

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Mon 24 Aug

£10 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft

Absurd one-liners from telly regular Jones.

Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

Main Hall

£18 / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Main Hall

£18 / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 9 Aug

Main Hall

£18 / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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