Something a little bit different…

For one day only, this Sunday 12th August, you are invited along to the Museum of Childhood for an interactive detective mystery!  The world’s stories have gone missing and the Bureau of Untold Stories are looking for some new detectives to help find them….

The silly sleuthing adventures of The Pink Panther meets the unpredictable hilarity of Whose Line Is It Anyway? in this imagination igniting, detective drama for the whole family. The production plays The Edinburgh Festival Fringe for two performances only as part of it’s current national tour.

These are at 1pm and 3pm on Sunday 12th August  and are FREE – more information here :

See you there to help unravel the mystery !!

 

 

 

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Book Festival Opening This Saturday – 11th August

Image result for edinburgh book festival 2018Festival season is in full swing, and yet another one opens this weekend – The Edinburgh International Book Festival – bringing with it a host of fantastic events, free arts and crafts activities, two beautiful bookshops and a gorgeous space to hang out in Charlotte Square…

There are lots of free arts and crafts activities every day in the fabulous Story Box area and the opening weekend has the following brilliant sounding drop-in events :

Sensational Science with Edinburgh International Science FestivalSaturday 11th AugustSensational Science With Edinburgh International Science Festival – Drop into Story Box to experience mind-boggling experiments and dazzling demonstrations from a team of spectacular science communicators. The Edinburgh International Science Festival takes learning beyond the classroom to an exciting new level where anything is possible and everything is fun. Come along to witness explosions and expect plenty of mess from their Street Science team.  11 – 16.30 Story Box

Join the Super Power AgencySaturday 11th and Sunday 12th AugustJoin The Super Power Agency -Hop aboard the Super Power Agency Bus and become a literacy superhero! Special agents show you how to take a book out of your head and onto the page, where it can change the world, with fun bookmaking and storytelling activities. (11 – 16.30 On George Street)

Sunday 12th AugustThe Big Book Of Brilliant Ideas – Join theatre-maker Hazel Darwin-Clements to create a huge book filled with all of your amazing ideas. Big or small, all ideas are welcome! But this is not just a book – it’s whatever you want it to be: a spaceship, a den, or a puppet theatre perhaps. Drop in to transform enormous pages into exciting creations that will become one giant, unique, brilliant book. 1.30 – 16.30 Story Box

Full listings of all the free events for children and young people can be found here ….enjoy!

 

 

Pitch Perfect Pianodrome…

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Very excitingly, this year during the festival we are being treated to a brand new venue, one which looks totally unique and pretty mega ! Its the Pianodrome – if you’ve not heard of it before, it’s definitely worth checking out. It’s just finished being constructed in the Botanics and is a thing of beauty !

If you’ve ever wondered where all the old pianos end up, then wonder no more ! It’s an amphitheatre made entirely of up-cycled pianos !  Open every day from 3 – 26 August..

There is lots of fun to be had at the Pianodrome over August, including :

Drop in and play sessions – Daily 10am – 4pm
Five pianos are tuned for all to play and the rest are used to build a circle of tiered seating. Come along for free events, workshops and performances.

A host of wonderful free workshops, including one this Friday, the 3rd August by the brilliant Rowanbank Environmental Arts and Education – a ‘tree circus’ – Free family circus show, set in the beautiful grounds of the Botanics- between 3pm -4pm……one not to miss !

Sat 4 // Something Smashing improv dance and music showcase // 2-5pm
Sun 5 // Healing Plants Walk with Rachel Ashton Art (bring a pencil and sketchbook and arrive early for a prompt departure!) // 2-3pm
Sat 11 // Senegalese Djembe drumming workshop (ages 6+) // 11am-12.30pm
Sat 18 // Caroline Overy leads a singing workshop for all abilities and none // 11am-12pm
Sun 19 // Music and drum workshop open to all (age 6+) // 10am-1pm
Mon 20 // Pianodrome Philoshophy: games & stories to facilitate sympathetic listening and sharing of opinions // 2.30-3.30pm

Then at night, something magical will occur with #Pianodrome Live Wednesdays-Sundays 7pm-9pm. Brilliant multi-instrumentalists Sink host different guest acts each night

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Fringe For Bairns 2018 29th July – 1st August

For the fourth year running, the Free Sisters are hosting another Fringe for Bairns located in the courtyard at the Three Sisters on the Cowgate  – expect children’s shows, face painting, magicians, an outdoor cinema and the return of the very popular courtyard petting zoo. It’s a great way to see some shows before the full on hecticness of the fringe starts…

Daily activities over the four days are as follows :

Sunday 29th July- A cinema and Meet & Greet with Anna and Elsa

Monday 30th July- Lego Day with Lego Game on Big screen and Bricks 4 Kidz – Glasgow, Scotland

Tuesday 31st July- Animal Day with Petting Zoo

Wednesday 1st August- Superhero Day

Make sure to check out the dates and timings for all the shows here and to turn up early for the best seats! You can also check out their facebook page which will give great updates about shows and events.

The image below is a great wee guide to all the kids shows during the festival :

Carnival time !!!!!!!!!!!!

So, kicking off festival season once again it’s the very colourful and vibrant Jazz and Blues festival and their jam packed weekend of family friendly events with the Mardi Gras and the much loved festival Carnival

Both the Mardi Gras and Carnival are on the weekend of the 14th and 15th July and promise an extravaganza of music, colour, sound and feathers !!!

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Mardi GrasFrom 1pm at the Grassmarket, there will be a party atmosphere as a host of bands perform on multiple stages bringing swing, dixieland, boogies, blues and New Orleans to the historic heart of Edinburgh.

This year the line-up includes: Brass Gumbo, Hamlet, Kronendal Music Academy (South Africa) and Becc Sanderson Trio.

 

Carnival! imageCarnival – Sunday 15th July 2018 from 1.30pm – 4pm at Princes Street and Princes Street Gardens. The seventh Edinburgh Festival Carnival promises to deliver a dazzling spectacle under the castle!

Over 800 performers will create an extravaganza humming with the rhythms of salsa, African drummers, Balkan beats and swirling pipes and a feast for the eyes with sequined dancers, feathered costumes, Chinese dragons, circus performers and street theatre.

Music, dance, costumes, circus, acrobats and puppetry, from all over the world, and all over Scotland!