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Inverleith House Open Weekend

Full weekend of talks, performance, music and more. Booking is essential.

Inverleith House, Edinburgh

Sat 10 May

Free / 0131 248 2971

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 11 May

Free / 0131 248 2971

  • 10:00 – 17:00

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

Journeys with ME

Short film clips from Action for M.E.'s Digital Storytelling project, with participants sharing their experiences of life with M.E. Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Mon 12 May

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 556 9579

  • 19:00

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


LeithLate is one huge art opening, with multiple free events – from music, to film, to poetry – taking place simultaneously over a number of art spaces and local businesses on and around Leith Walk, all within the space of just a few hours on the same evening. An afterparty runs from 10pm on Sat 21 June.

Various Venues, Edinburgh

Sat 21 Jun


  • 17:00 – 22:00

Sun 22 Jun


  • 12:00 – 17:00
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Lewes Hike and Bike Festival

An outdoor festival aiming to encourage walkers and cyclists of all abilities to explore Lewes’s history and celebrate the South Downs. The Festival offers a varied programme of guided walks and bike rides during the day with talks and discussions held in the evening.

Various venues: Lewes

Tue 27 May


  • 10:00 – 18:00

Loch Fyne Food Fair

In operation since 1990, the Loch Fyne Food Fair celebrates the best local produce Scotland has to offer. Alongside Loch Fyne Oysters own seafood stands, the event features live music throughout both days, a craft tent and a dedicated children’s area hosting a whole range of exciting activities. For 2014, the fest has…

Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, Cairndow

Sat 17 May

Free (parking £3) / 01499 600482

  • 11:00 – 18:00
  • 19:00

Sun 18 May

Free (parking £3) / 01499 600482

  • 11:00 – 18:00

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

Meet the Professionals

A chance for individuals and businesses to get free advice from a solicitor, an accountant and an investor.

The Watermark, Ivybridge

Fri 25 Apr

Free / 01752 892220

  • 10:30 – 12:30

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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Mindfulness for Depression: Theory and Practice

Public lecture exploring studies behind psychological methods of treatment in depression.

Old College Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh

Wed 14 May

Free (ticketed)

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

Phil Bergerson: American Artifacts – Talk and Signing

Canadian photographer Bergerson discusses his new photo book, American Artifacts, looking at modern day America and incorporating text from dystopian sci-fi writer Margaret Atwood.

Stills, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Apr

Free (ticketed) / 01620 895985

Portrait Gallery Insights

Closer looks at current exhibitions in the Gallery. Places are limited. Booking is essential.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Thu 8 May

Free / 0131 624 6560

Deputy Director Imogen Gibbon talks about the Making History exhibition.

  • 17:30 – 18:00

Portrait Gallery Thematic Tours

Thematic guided tour of Portrait Gallery exhibitions. Meet in the Grand Hall.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Sat 3 May

Free / 0131 624 6200

Former Senior Curator Susanna Kerr talks about how symbols, style and composition in a portrait are used to reveal things about the subject.

  • 14:00 – 14:45
  • 15:00 – 15:45
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The Printed Image in Shakespeare's London

Dr Helen Pierce examines the use of printed images in literature and the cultural and social life of Elizabethan and Jacobean London.

New King's, Aberdeen

Tue 20 May

Free / 01224 274330

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Professor Robert Winston: The Desire to Take Medicine

The reproductive health expert and television presenter talks about the appeal of medicine in this first RCP Public Lecture. Booking is essential.

Royal College of Physicians Museum, London NW1

Wed 18 Jun

Free / 020 3075 2389

  • 18:30 – 20:00

Refugees and the Referendum

Discussion exploring Scotland's constitutional future with a focus on refugees, asylum seekers and communities.

Albany Learning and Conference Centre, Glasgow

Sat 28 Jun

Free / 0141 248 9799

  • 10:00 – 13:00

Revolution by the Pen: Scotland's Literary Renaissance

Author Donald Smith talks about radical themes in 20th century Scottish writing.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 7 May

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Part of Tradfest.

  • 12:45 – 13:30

Roundtable Conversation

A discussion which develops ideas arising out of work currently at The Common Guild. Booking is essential.

The Common Guild, Glasgow

Thu 22 May

Free / 0141 428 3022

Michael Stumpf and Rhona Warwick contribute to the discussion.

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The Science Of Singing

The science behind singing, from pitch to volume and beyond.

Gresham College, London EC1N

Mon 30 Jun

Free / 020 7831 0575

  • 18:00 – 19:00

Scotland's Storytelling Renaissance

Why has live storytelling come back into the cultural mainstream in Scotland? Is it a folk tradition or a contemporary art and why has a tech savvy generation tapped into story? Storyteller and founding Director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Donald Smith offers some insights and opens up the issues for discussion…

University of Edinburgh

Fri 9 May

Free / 0131 650 1000

Part of TradFest.

Scottish Opera: Madama Butterfly Unwrapped

A free, hour-long introduction to Puccini's tale of doomed love. Hear highlights from the show, meet the principal characters and find out more about the production in this Unwrapped session.

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

Fri 6 Jun

Free / 01463 234234

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Fri 9 May

Free / 0131 529 6000

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen

Tue 13 May

Free / 01224 641122

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Seeing God …

A series of talks examining different traditions, objects and places and how these things are associated with different faiths across the world.

St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, Glasgow

Sun 4 May

Free / 0141 276 1625

For 'Seeing God in the Desert', Professor David Jasper examines the desert as a theme in Christian art and literature up until present day.

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Sun 1 Jun

Free / 0141 276 1625

Today's lecture is 'Seeing God at the Necopolis', former parish priest George Pattison talks about the many things burial sites can represent.

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Spiritual Healing – Medical Viewpoint

Dr Gerhard Blättner MD investigates the stories of people who reportedly overcame illness through their spirituality.

Sidney Stringer Academy, Coventry

Sat 17 May

Drama Studio 2

Free (donations welcome) / 01384 390085

  • 19:00 – 21:00
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