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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.

Imagining the Future of Medicine

A series of talks including words from a neuroscientist, a surgeon and a physical performance group. Hosted by Mock the Week 's Dara Ó'Briain.

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7

Mon 21 Apr

£20–£30 / 020 7589 8212

Doug Allan: In the Company of Giants

Illustrated talk from the award-winning cameraman, who has worked on the shows Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Ocean Giants.

The Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames

Sat 3 May

£16 (£14) / 01491 575698

  • 14:30

Meet the Adventurers

Talks from intrepid types, who share tales of their travels, pursuits and conquests.

Riverside Museum, Glasgow

Fri 25 Apr

Free / 0141 287 2660

Former Easdale Island resident Andy Brown talks about cycling three continents – Australia, Africa and South America – in less than a year.

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Symposium: Desired Futures 7 – Working with People

A discussion about socially engaged art practice and how to convey the value of art, with artist Neil Bromwich and Alistair Hudson from Grizedale Arts.

Crown Street Library, Darlington

Thu 22 May

Crown Street Gallery

Free / 01642 726720

  • 17:00 – 19:00
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Spotlight On: Minerals and Mobile Phones

Curator Dr Rachel Walcott and Prof Simon Hartley explore all the chemical elements that mobile phones contain (hint: it's nearly all of them).

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Conversation with Ute Lemper

The iconic German cabaret star discusses her life and work with Jamie MacDougall.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Thu 14 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Conversation with William Kentridge

The South African artist discusses his role in the creation of Ubu and the Truth Commission.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Fri 29 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Falls of Clyde Victorian Grand Tour

Guided time travelling trip to the Falls of Clyde.

Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve – Scottish Wildlife Trust, New Lanark

Sat 17 May

Free / 01555 665262

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Sat 12 Jul

Free / 01555 665262

  • 14:00 – 16:00

JD Fergusson and Margaret Morris Movement: The Dance Behind the Paintings

Curator Alice Strang of the Gallery of Modern Art talks to Kay Morrison and Sarah Lockwood about the dance techniques created by Margaret Morris, partner of JD Fergusson, and how her dances inspired his painting. Booking is essential.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 29 Apr

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 12:45 – 13:30
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John Calder and Alan Taylor in Conversation

Publisher John Calder sits down with journalist Alan Taylor (Scottish Review of Books) to discuss his life and work in literature, theatre, opera and politics.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Sat 19 Apr

£4–£6 / 0131 228 1404

Part of John Calder Festival.

  • 15:00

Junipalooza

A chance to show the world how much you love gin, with three days of sampling small batch gins, craft gins, your ol' favourite gins and more. Plus you can get a fancy schmancy cocktail shook up by some of the UK's best bartenders and have a go at blending your own gin in a masterclass.

Factory 7, London EC2A

Fri 6 Jun

£15–£25 in advance; £20–£35 on the door (masterclasses £25) / 020 7269 9750

Price include five tokens to sample gins (15ml gin, available with tonic water).

  • 12:00 – 18:00

Sat 7 Jun

£15–£25 in advance; £20–£35 on the door (masterclasses £25) / 020 7269 9750

Price include five tokens to sample gins (15ml gin, available with tonic water).

  • 12:00 – 18:00

Sun 8 Jun

£15–£25 in advance; £20–£35 on the door (masterclasses £25) / 020 7269 9750

Price include five tokens to sample gins (15ml gin, available with tonic water).

  • 12:00 – 18:00

Killing Civilians

A look at the human suffering of those not directly involved in the conflict.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Tue 26 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Kirsty Bell: The Artist's House Discussion

A multimedia presentation based on ideas put forward in Bell's book The Artist's House: From Workplace to Artwork. Booking is essential.

Inverleith House, Edinburgh

Sat 10 May

Free / 0131 248 2971

  • 15:00

Laponia: Nature and Natives

An exploration of conflicts between traditional reindeer-herders and conservationists in the Laponia region of northern Sweden, one of the best preserved wilderness areas on the continent. With anthropologist Prof Tim Ingold.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Apr

£6 (£4) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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Lex Pacificatoria: Using Law to End Wars

A look at the law of the peacemakers chaired by Professor Dorothy Miell, vice Principal and Head of College of Humanities and Science.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Lunch with the Literati

Fencible Productions The Scottish Arts Club in Edinburgh's Rutland Square hosts a series of five encounters with Scotland's greatest masters of prose and poetry. You will be presented with the illustrated life and work of James Boswell, Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and Arthur Conan Doyle. One…

Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh

Sun 3 Aug

Scottish Arts Club

£12 (£10) / 0131 229 8157

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Scottish Arts Club

£12 (£10) / 0131 229 8157

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 5 Aug

Scottish Arts Club

£12 (£10) / 0131 229 8157

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 7 Aug

Lunchtime Talks at Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums

A series of free talks taking place on Wednesday lunchtimes in various Aberdeen museums. Booking essential for talks at the Maritime Museum. Booking is essential.

Aberdeen Art Gallery

Wed 30 Apr

Free / 01224 523700

'James Mcbey' by Ann Steed, Curator.

  • 12:30 – 13:00

Wed 7 May

Free / 01224 523700

'Marie Laurencin' by Griffin Coe, Curator.

  • 12:30 – 13:00

Wed 14 May

Free / 01224 523700

A tour of the exhibition from Aberdeen Artists Society.

  • 12:30 – 13:00
…and 2 more dates until 28 May

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Wed 23 Apr

Free / 01224 337700

'30 Years Of Aberdeen Maritime Museum' by John Edwards.

  • 12:30 – 13:00

Lunchtime Talks

A series of lunchtime mini-lectures. Each talk lasts approx 45 minutes.

Paisley Museum & Art Gallery

Wed 23 Apr

Free / 0300 300 1210

  • 12:30

Wed 30 Apr

Free / 0300 300 1210

  • 12:30

Wed 7 May

Free / 0300 300 1210

  • 12:30
…and 7 more dates until 25 Jun

Middlesbrough in the Post-war Period

Learn more about how the area fared in the post-war era, from manufacturing to education to the NHS. Booking is essential.

mima – Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Sat 10 May

Free (ticketed) / 01642 726720

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Nutshell

Opportunities to explore topical issues of the day. Led by experts for beginners, no previous knowledge of the topic is required. Details published a month in advance.

Gladstone's Library, Hawarden

Sun 27 Apr

£10 or £20 (including lunch beforehand) / 01244532350

Sun 25 May

£10 or £20 to include lunch beforehand / 01244532350

Sun 22 Jun

£10 or £20 (including lunch beforehand) / 01244532350

…and 3 more dates until 28 Sep

Objecting to War

Chaired by Sir Adam Roberts, Professor Martin Ceadel looks at those who opposed the war.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Tue 12 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Owen Wingrave: Ghosts of Tradition

A look at both the enemy and Allied soldier.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Permanent Post-War Cinema?

One festival invades another when Edinburgh International Film Festival Director Chris Fujiwara discusses cinema after the Second World War.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Sun 24 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Spiralling Anxiety: Hysteria Transformed in the Work of Louise Bourgeois

Artist and writer Elizabeth Manchester talks about the ways in which Louise Bourgeois plays with the notion of the woman as hysteric.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh

Mon 28 Apr

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 12:45 – 13:30
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