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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.

The Science of Lego

The LEGO group produce about 19 billion elements per year, but what makes a simple plastic construction so popular? How strong are LEGO bricks and how does plastic choice affect stability and colour? Edinburgh artist in LEGO bricks, Warren Elsmore, explores all this and more in a fun and informative lecture. Presented by…

Riddle's Court, Edinburgh

Wed 16 Apr

£10 (£7.50; Children £5; Family £32) / 0131 220 1232

Ticket includes view of the Brick Wonders exhibition. Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 17 Apr

£10 (£7.50; Children £5; Family £32) / 0131 220 1232

Ticket includes view of the Brick Wonders exhibition. Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Edinburgh Skeptics

Regular meet-ups of Edinburgh's most enquiring minds, breaking down doctrine with pints and chat.

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Thu 15 May

Free / 07896 745991

Tonight's talk, 'Cryptozoology – Science, Pseudoscience or Something Else?' comes courtesy of statistical ecologist and aquatic biologist Charles Paxton.

  • 19:30

Skeptics at the Science Festival

Returning for another year to Edinburgh’s spooky Banshee Labyrinth, the Edinburgh Skeptics will delve into the world of strange and unexpected science with some very different speakers providing a skeptical and insight into some surprising topics. A unique opportunity to enjoy an entertaining and relaxed evening of…

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Wed 16 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 17 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Gaelic Conversation with Yakety Yak Language Cafe

Improve your Gaelic conversation by chatting with other like-minded language learners, with support from a fluent tutor.

Edinburgh Larder Bistro

Wed 16 Apr

£8 per session; £28–£35 for six-session card / 07826 555134

  • 18:00 – 19:00

Wed 23 Apr

£8 per session; £28–£35 for six-session card / 07826 555134

  • 18:00 – 19:00

Wed 30 Apr

£8 per session; £28–£35 for six-session card / 07826 555134

  • 18:00 – 19:00
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Create:Eat:Whisky

A 'multi-sensory whisky adventure' that explores the whisky making process through its sights, sounds and tastes. Devised by food and art enthusiasts Jelly & Gin.

Nestle Condensed Milk Factory, Edinburgh

Wed 14 May

£15–£25

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

Thu 15 May

£15–£25

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

Fri 16 May

£15–£25

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

…and 3 more dates until 19 May

Museum Lates: Retro-future

Put on your very best pair of steampunk specs for this 'steam-powered journey' through the NMS collections, exhibiting design and technology from across the ages. Radio 1's Vic Galloway hosts the evening, with a live performance from Withered Hand and DJ Lord Holyrude spinning vintage beats. Plus Red Door Gallery hosts…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Fri 16 May

£12 (£10) for Lates only; £20 (£18) for Lates + jewellery workshop / 0300 123 6789

  • 19:00

Painting in Focus

Glasgow Museums curators talk about their favourite works.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow

Tue 29 Apr

Free / 0141 276 9599

Today's painting is Sir James Guthrie's In the Orchard.

  • 14:00 – 14:15

Bright Club: Edinburgh

The hardworking staff at Edinburgh's universities are let out for the night to share their tales about the weird, wonderful, and often very funny, world of research.

The Stand, Edinburgh

Tue 29 Apr

£5 / 0131 558 7272

  • 20:30

Can Radical Compassion Win the War Against Violent Extremism?

Sharing their own experiences of moving away from extremism, Tony McAleer – a former white supremacist and former organiser of the White Aryan Resistance in Canada – speaks alongside Hadiya Masieh, a former female Islamic extremist who was recruited by Hizb ut-Tahrir radicals, until the 7/7 bombings changed her perspective.

St Ethelburga's, London EC2N

Mon 28 Apr

£11 / 020 7496 1610

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Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man Lecture

Prof Peter Abrahams gives this lecture about the original Renaissance man's career as an anatomist and his extremely detailed drawings, which came from the study of 23 corpses that the artist personally dissected. Prof Abrahams discusses how the unique concepts found in these ancient renderings have contributed to modern…

Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh

Mon 12 May

Free / 0131 527 1600

Look How Far We've Come: Getting Racism Back on the Agenda? Conference

A conference on the current state of racism in Britain, which follows a book and DVD under the Look How Far We've Come programme.

Abbey Centre, London SW1P

Thu 8 May

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7222 0303

Botanics Late: Indigenous?

An after-hours event at the gardens, with live music, exhibitions, activities, a bar and a chance to view Corin Sworn's exhibition.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Apr

£10 (£8) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Christian Wolmar on Railways

Journalist, author, historian and politician Christian Wolmar talks about his fascination with transport, including the Trans-Siberian and Subterranean railways.

Woodbridge Library

Wed 30 Apr

£6 / 01394 388890

  • 19:30 – 21:30
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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.

Go Uchida

Japanese view on the people, life and scenery of Scotland.

Hannah Zakari, Edinburgh

Fri 18 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 226 5433

Opening night and poetry reading from the artist himself.

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Free / 0131 226 5433

  • 11:00 – 17:30

Sat 19 Apr

Free / 0131 226 5433

  • 11:00 – 17:30

Tue 22 Apr

Free / 0131 226 5433

  • 11:00 – 17:30
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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

The Road to 11 November

Discussion chaired by Professor Donald Bloxham on the 1918 ceasefire.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Thu 14 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front

Discussion on the battles on the Italian North East Front.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Tue 19 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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Where Worlds Collide

Join us for an eclectic evening of intriguing entertainment exploring what happens when the worlds of science and words collide, creating a unique atmosphere rich in poetry, literature, comedy and facts about dinosaurs*. Electric Bookshop explores how technology influences publishing, a selection of other original…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 18 Apr

£8 (£4) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Andy Kirkpatrick: Inappropriate Climbing

The author and mountaineer talks about his recent climbs, including climbing El Cap with his 13-year-old daughter, revisiting Norway's Troll Wall and his latest attempt to climb the North Face of the Eiger.

Radlett Centre

Wed 16 Apr

£15 (£14) / 01923 859291

  • 20:00

Auld Reekie Readers

A new reading group for literary nuts and budding authors.

The City Café, Edinburgh

Mon 21 Apr

£3.50 / 0131 220 0125

  • 18:00 – 20:00

Mon 28 Apr

£3.50 / 0131 220 0125

  • 18:00 – 20:00

Mon 5 May

£3.50 / 0131 220 0125

  • 18:00 – 20:00
…and 3 more dates until 26 May

Commonwealth Challenge Wine Tasting – Big Red Wines

A special wine tasting in honour of the Commonwealth Games featuring red wines from participating countries.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

Fri 18 Apr

£25 for one class; £78 for four / 0141 204 3333

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Cosmologies, Faith and the Environmental Crisis

How do different cosmologies affect the way we treat the environment? Chair Dr Jeremy Kidwell of The University of Edinburgh leads speakers Dr Fazlun Khalid of the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Studies and Dr Mark Harris of the School of Divinity at The University of Edinburgh in discussion with other…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Sat 19 Apr

£8 (£4) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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