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The Science of Game of Thrones

A new series of dazzling skullduggery, bloodshed and frozen-zombie-warrior-creatures begins! Join us for an evening of Ice and Fire (though if we're honest about it, mostly Fire). Award-winning comedian Helen Keen and explosive science communicator *Ian Simmons *from Newcastle's Centre for Life, bring you experiments and…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 10 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.

Lost in Space

What is it like to grow up in the vastness of the Milky Way? Should we love or fear the universe? What happens when two galaxies collide? Lose yourself in the depths of the cosmos in an immersive and interactive experience complete with music and zooming images of the universe and remote sensing interactive technology.

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sun 5 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 2 more dates until 8 Apr

Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation

Mick Perrin Worldwide in association with Chambers Management Following a sell-out debut UK tour with his critically acclaimed show, The Racist, South African megastar and Daily Show regular Trevor Noah returns to Edinburgh with a brand new show. His sharp wit, intelligent commentary and unmistakable charm have…

Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Mon 24 Aug

Main Hall

£13 (£12) / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 25 Aug

Main Hall

£13 (£12) / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 26 Aug

Main Hall

£13 (£12) / 0131 651 2120

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 4 more dates until 30 Aug

The Whispering Mind

Edinburgh Medal recipient Mary Midgley is one of the most important moral philosophers working today. Over the last thirty years, her writings have informed debates concerning animals, the environment and evolutionary theory. This festschrift event will celebrate her work, featuring contributions by Emeritus Professors of…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Wed 8 Apr

£8 (£6) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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Mozart's Requiem

Budapest Festival Orchestra Iván Fischer Conductor Edinburgh Festival Chorus Christopher Bell Chorus Master Miah Persson Soprano Barbara Kozelj Mezzo soprano Jeremy Ovenden Tenor Konstantin Wolff Bass Mozart Symphony No 38 ‘Prague’ Mozart Requiem Two late, visionary masterpieces by Mozart…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Tue 18 Aug

£12 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Pioneer

It’s 2029. The first human mission to Mars disappeared without a trace. A reclusive Indian billionaire has funded Ghara I, a new attempt to achieve this dream. Follow two Russian brothers travelling across Siberia, a Dutch marine biologist on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean and two astrobiologists on the surface of Mars.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 2 Apr

£16 (£13) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Fri 3 Apr

£16 (£13) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sat 4 Apr

£16 (£13) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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

The Alphabet Girl

Moxie Under Fire Fringe First winner 2010 with Bare, Renny Krupinski returns with Manchester Theatre Awards Best Fringe Performance and Edinburgh Festival Dark Chat Best Actress nominee Kaitlin Howard as The Alphabet Girl. A predatory grannie, a good-at-parties mother, a shed-load of spineless male role-models and the…

theSpaces on the Mile, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

Space 2

£9 (£8) / 0845 508 8316

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Space 2

£9 (£8) / 0845 508 8316

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 9 Aug

Space 2

£9 (£8) / 0845 508 8316

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 29 Aug

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.

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Black Gold, White Lies: the truth about North Sea oil

North Sea oil was a big issue in the run-up to the Scottish independence referendum. Now the referendum is over, we want to know how much oil is really left in the North Sea and what its value is. Can we find a way to extract it all in a commercially and technologically viable way? Or perhaps we should concentrate our…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 14 Apr

£8 (£6) / 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

How to Build a Dinosaur!

Dinosaurs ruled the Earth for over 170 million years, but some of their skeletons defy our understanding of engineering principles, with their vast necks and giant bodies. Join Prof Phil Manning and Dr Victoria Egerton as they build a complete skeleton of Gorgosaurus, from the ground up, in under an hour. As they assemble…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Into the Impossible

Only a generation ago many modern devices were unimaginable and as techonology progresses, so does the reach of reality. All of a sudden the everyday incudes wonderous objects that were previous merely dreams. Invisibility cloaks, quantum physics, hoverboards and time machines sound futuristic today but what about…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

£10 (£8) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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.

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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.

Adam Long's Dickens Abridged

Newbury Productions (UK) Ltd By Adam Long (co-founder of The Reduced Shakespeare Company), Dickens Abridged is a high-speed comic journey through Dickens' greatest hits, including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations (complete with flaming bride), David Copperfield, Bleak House in less than 60 seconds, A Tale of Two Cities…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 5 Aug

Pleasance One

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 6 Aug

Pleasance One

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Pleasance One

£13.50 (£12.50) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 24 more dates until 31 Aug

Alex Yellowlees Hot Club Jazz Quartet

'Simply outstanding jazz musicianship' (Turin International Jazz Festival). Scottish violinist Alex Yellowlees is a modern day Grappelli whose musical journey has taken him from classical to folk and bluegrass to swing jazz. Alex performs with three of Scotland's premier jazz musicians, guitarists Ged Brockie and Mike…

Acoustic Music Centre @ St Brides, Edinburgh

Fri 14 Aug

Big Room

£10 (£8) / 0131 668 2019

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Blueflint

Lady banjo players extraordinaire tour their bluegrass ballads.

Acoustic Music Centre @ St Brides, Edinburgh

Thu 20 Aug

Big Room

£12 (£10) / 0131 668 2019

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Ceilidhs in Lauriston Hall

Edinburgh Ceilidhs With caller Ken Gourlay and ceilidh bands Flaming Heather, HLI, Scott Leslie, Willie Fraser and piper. All dances walked through and called. Soft drinks £1, alcohol £3. Hall has air-conditioning! Fringe groups welcome. Good exercise, great fun.

Lauriston Hall, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

Large Hall

£8 (£6) / 0131 339 5374

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Large Hall

£8 (£6) / 0131 339 5374

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 10 Aug

Large Hall

£8 (£6) / 0131 339 5374

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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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

Edinburgh Mela

World music, dance, fashion, food and fun spread over four areas: the Main Music Stage, the Mela World Dance Feste (newly established in 2012), the Mela Mix stage and the Mela Kidzone. The Mela Global Food Village is on hand to replenish your energy after taking in all the sights and sounds.

Leith Links, Edinburgh

Sat 29 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 661 7100

Sun 30 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 661 7100

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.

A Very Short Introduction to…The Animal Kingdom

DNA analysis and the study of evolution and development has greatly enhanced our understanding of the animal world. In this Very Short Introduction… Prof Peter Holland, Linacre Professor of Zoology at The University of Oxford, presents a modern tour of the animal kingdom. He will give an overview of the biology of each…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Thu 16 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Absolute Improv

Influenced by the like of Whose Line is it Anyway? and Fast and Loose, ToBeContinued take audience suggestions, no matter how silly, and transform myriad ideas into fast-paced improvised comedy.

theSpaces on the Mile, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

Space 2

£6 / 0845 508 8316

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Space 2

£10 (£9) / 0845 508 8316

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 10 Aug

Space 2

£9 (£8) / 0845 508 8316

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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