City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News

Explosions In The Sky, HMV Picture House, Review

Explosions In The Sky

It’s fitting testament to the resurgence of Edinburgh’s live music scene that, on a drab and blustery Sunday evening, the cavernous grandeur of the Picture House is packed to capacity to see a post-rock outfit playing grandly over-extended guitar-based instrumental music who aren’t Mogwai.

Airports Clearing Backlog as Ash Cloud Moves East

Scottish airports are trying to get back to normal as the ash cloud from the Grimsvötn volcano in Iceland disperses out of UK airspace. However, disruption is expected to continue as airports clear the backlog caused by yesterday's delays. Flights to Germany, Denmark, and Northern Europe are also being impacted  as the ash cloud drifts Eastwards.

Kirk Jumps Forward on Lesbian and Gay Ministers

By a majority of 351 to 294 votes in the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on 23 May 2011, the Kirk moves forward to the acceptance of ministers living in a same sex relationship, as well as the blessing of same sex relationships involving life-long commitments.

Ash Warning Extended To 7pm For Flights From UK Airports

Many flights out of Edinburgh, Glasgow and other airports across Scotland have been cancelled due to ash cloud cover from the Grimsvötn volcano in Iceland.

Gales and Volcanic Ash Cause Travel Disruption

Edinburgh Airport is warning passengers to check ahead with their airline to see if their flight has been affected by ash from the Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland tomorrow.

Local Restaurant Marks National Vegetarian Week

Today sees the start of National Vegetarian Week and what better place to celebrate than at the renowned Henderson’s vegetarian restaurant and arts venue on Hanover Street?

Film of the Week: Armadillo

Soldier in Armadillo

A year after the brilliant, garlanded and controversial fly-on-the-wall-war documentary Restrepo, along comes another on almost identical lines but with its own brand of brilliance and controversy. Both films are remarkably similar in structure and content but technically, tonally and aesthetically are strikingly different.

Edinburgh Trams Chief Executive Richard Jeffrey Quits

Richard Jeffrey, the Chief Executive of the troubled Edinburgh Trams project, has resigned after two years in the post it was announced this morning. Jeffrey, who has been with the project since April 2009, will step down from the role on 8th of June 2011.

Thumbs Up For Edinburgh International Film Festival Launch

Mullighan in the frame

In spite of prior rumblings and fears, this year's EIFF will be more accessible and vibrant in many ways than previous years

"Unforgettable Welcome" Planned For Edinburgh Olympic Flame Relay

Edinburgh is planning to host an "unforgettable" Evening Celebration with live music and entertainment for the arrival of the London 2012 Torch Relay to the Scottish capital next Summer.

Peter Hook and The Light - Unknown Pleasures, The Liquid Room, Review

Peter Hook and The Light - Image Courtesy of The Liquid Room

“HOOKAAAY”, the crowd bays. “HOOOKAAAAY”!

I-Spy Edinburgh - A Mini City Guide Book For Kids

I-Spy Edinburgh

The I-Spy series of entertaining, educational books to keep children amused on holiday and day trips was founded in 1948. With over 18 million books sold, they have a unique place in British popular culture.  After a 10-year absence, Michelin is publishing all new versions for today's kids with a wide choice of popular topics, wildlife, nature, cities, car, and train travel.

Imaginate Festival: Circus Incognitus Review

Jamie Adkins started his career age 13 as a street performer in SanDiego.  After joining the Pickle Family Circus in San Francisco, he joined Montréal’s Cirque Éloize with whom he produced his creation, Typo, that toured the world for over two years when this consummate clown acrobat gave over 200 performances that were admired and loved by critics and the circus- going audiences alike.

Mozart Requiem, Usher Hall, Review

SCO - group photo

For the final concert in their 2010/2011 season the Scottish Chamber Orchestra chose to not only devote the entire programme to the works of Mozart but to perform compositions written towards the end of his short life. 

Dom Joly: Welcome To Wherever I Am, Queen's Hall, Review

Dom Joly’s career path could hardly be described as uninteresting, and his first live show, ‘Welcome To Wherever I Am’ spends much of its time looking at what Dominic John Romulus Joly got up to over some twenty years in television and other ‘meeja’. Joly is an undeniably engaging performer, and kept his Queen’s Hall audience comfortably in hand (and sometimes in check) for an easy-going two hours or so.

Getting Ready For EIFF Programme Launch

Promo image for the EIFF 2011

The 65th Edinburgh International Film Festival draws ever closer, with the programme launch this Tuesday and the EIFF itself starting in a month. So what should we expect from the much discussed, but still uncertain "ambitious transformation" of the festival?

Scottish Food on the Menu at Royal Highland Cookery Theatre

Queen visits RHS

The Scotland Food & Drink Theatre at the Royal Highland Show will stage nine demonstration sessions daily over the four days of the show this year. The theme of the food and drink industry showcase, which is under the supervision of writer-broadcaster Wendy Barrie, is “A Celebration of Scotland”.

Imaginate Festival: Potato Needs A Bath Review

Shona Reppe Puppets was established in 1996 and has since been touring Scotland - and the world - performing to sell-out audiences and picking up several awards on the way. Shona charmed and delighted a packed house at the Churchill Theatre with her juicy cocktail of fruit and vegetables.

Imaginate Festival: Miss Ophelia Review

Het Filiaal are a ‘youth and music theatre’ group based in Utrecht. Through a combination of acting, music, puppetry and animation with a large helping of humour, they deliver the moving, if mildly bizarre, story of Miss Ophelia, which has just won the prestigious Zilveren Krekel (Silver Cricket) award for ‘most impressive production’ in The Netherlands.

Imaginate Festival: Mr Benn Review

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of David McKee’s affectionately remembered TV series, Mr Benn, Tall Stories has adapted the character’s “...extraordinary adventures of an ordinary man” to a stage version full of magic and music.

Photo Artist Hiroshi Sugimoto Zaps into Edinburgh Festival

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Wild Fennel and Umbrellifer

An exhibition by Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto will be exhibiting at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in August and September at this year's Edinburgh International Festival.