1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
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Located in the heart of Edinburgh's Southside, Summerhall is a multi-arts venue with a varying programme of events that take place all year round, from exhibitions and workshops to gigs and club nights. With a range of spaces including the TechCube, a world-class space for technology startups and an on-site restaurant, bar and cafe, Summerhall has become a hub for creation, education and entertainment, doing much to support Edinburgh's cultural community.

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Events at this venue

There are 17 events at this location

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Anita Corbin: Visible Girls Revisited

Photographer Anita Corbin took photographs of young woman in different subcultures in Britain in the early 80s, and has traced down as many as possible of the same women to take photographs of them now.

Sat 10 Nov

Free / 0131 560 1581

  • 11:00 – 18:00

Sun 11 Nov

Free / 0131 560 1581

  • 11:00 – 18:00

Mon 12 Nov

Free / 0131 560 1581

  • 11:00 – 18:00
…and 30 more dates until 12 Dec

Bang The Drum: A Save Leith Walk Fundraiser

Raising money for the 'community action group fighting unwanted demolition and development on Leith Walk', featuring Meursault, Future Get Down, Rituals and Maranta.

Sat 10 Nov

Dissection Room

£14 in advance; £16 on the door / 0131 560 1581

  • 19:00

Bill Ryder-Jones

The alt rock singer-songwriter from Warrington.

Wed 13 Feb 2019

£16.50 / 0131 560 1581

Edinburgh Life Drawing and Urban Sketching

This group is for anyone who likes to draw. Unlike other artists like musicians, actors or dancers… people who like to create drawings often do so alone. Once finished they tend to hide their sketch pad somewhere and few people get the pleasure of seeing their work. There's nothing wrong with that but it could also be a…

Wed 17 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

Life drawing at Summerhall

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Wed 24 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

Life drawing at Summerhall

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Wed 31 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

Life drawing at Summerhall

  • 19:00 – 21:00
…and 5 more dates until 5 Dec

Edinburgh Short Film Festival

Film festival devoted to screening short film from Edinburgh, Scotland and around the world. The ESFF evolved from the Leith Short Film Festival in 2011 and has hosted visiting film-makers from China, Russia, Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland and all over the UK.

Fri 26 Oct

£8 (Students £6) / 0131 560 1581

  • 19:30 – 22:00

Sat 27 Oct

£8 (Students £6) / 0131 560 1581

  • 19:30 – 22:00

Sat 3 Nov

£8 (Students £6) / 0131 560 1581

  • 19:30 – 22:30
…and 2 more dates until 10 Nov


Psychedelic rock from brilliantly-named Hookworms.

Sat 2 Feb 2019

£15.40 / 0131 560 1581

Julia Holter

Experimental art pop singer-songwriter from Los Angeles.

Mon 10 Dec

Times to be confirmed / £18.50 / 0131 560 1581

Kid Canaveral's Christmas Baubles Ix

Back for a ninth consecutive year! Mad fun, live music + DJs, across multiple rooms, with your hosts Kid Canaveral, from 2pm until 1am. Over 14s permitted entry. Lineup will be announce gradually over the next month. First up are London DIY punks Big Joanie who release their debut album this November, the first release…

Sat 15 Dec

£19.80 some concessions / 0131 560 1581

Lee 'Scratch' Perry

The godfather of dub, Lee 'Scratch' Perry supplies a night of eccentric reggae sounds.

Thu 21 Mar 2019

£27.50 / 0131 560 1581

The Mask in Ancient Greek Drama: Medea by Euripides

Series of workshops related to the use of masks in ancient Greek drama.

Tue 16 Oct

£330 (early bird £290; Students £299) / 0131 560 1581

Tue 23 Oct

£330 (early bird £290; Students £299) / 0131 560 1581

Tue 30 Oct

£330 (early bird £290; Students £299) / 0131 560 1581

…and 5 more dates until 4 Dec

Mini Zoomers (Ages 0–5)

Sensory play and action art activities for children under 5 with a free-play approach and weekly themes. Booking is essential.

Wed 17 Oct

£6 also admits one adult / 0131 560 1581

For children ages 0–5. Siblings under 6 months come for free.

  • 10:30 – 11:30

£6 / 0131 560 1581

Siblings under 6 months come for free, plus book the whole week for a discount.

  • 10:30 – 11:30

Fri 19 Oct

£6 also admits one adult / 0131 560 1581

For children ages 0–5. Siblings under 6 months come for free.

  • 10:30 – 11:30

£6 / 0131 560 1581

Siblings under 6 months come for free, plus book the whole week for a discount.

  • 10:30 – 11:30

Mon 22 Oct

£6 / 0131 560 1581

Siblings under 6 months come for free, plus book the whole week for a discount.

  • 10:30 – 11:30
…and 50 more dates until 15 Mar 2019

Modern Studies

Indie folk-rock from Scotland via Lancashire.

Fri 23 Nov

Dissection Room / Over-16s only

£12 / 0131 560 1581

Navigate the Blood

New opera by indie folk-rock band Admiral Fallow and Gareth Williams, exploring the story of Bob and Lena, a couple running a small distillery in rural Scotland.

Wed 21 Nov

£16.50 / 0131 560 1581

Rip It Up

Monthly club night playing the best in indie-pop, post-punk, disco, new romantic, glam, soul, alternative, pop, girl groups and more.

Thu 25 Oct

£10 (£7) / 0131 560 1581

Rip it Up: Remixed, with Barbe Rousse, Gus Harrower and Glass Ships.

Scottish Ensemble: Continental Drift With Keyvan Chemirani and Friends

Zarb virtuoso Keyvan Chemirani and friends join musicians from the UK's leading string orchestra for an inventive concert of Eastern, Western and improvised music. What happens when you blend the music of the old European masters with the breathless virtuosity of contemporary Persia and the Mediterranean? Keyvan…

Sun 10 Mar 2019

£11.14–£16.47 (£5.82–£7.95) / 0131 560 1581

The Wave Pictures

Indie pop with an anti-folk/country edge from this London trio.

Fri 18 Jan 2019

£12 / 0131 560 1581

The Wedding Present

Perennially popular archetypal 80s indie stalwarts fronted by David Gedge head out on their Hit Parade tour.

Fri 5 Apr 2019

£22 / 0131 560 1581

Reviews & features

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Culture class: have a creative outlet for your student worries

20 Sep 2018

So you know all about the masters and the tastemakers – how about becoming one yourself? We take a look at some of the hands-on visual art activities on offer in Glasgow and Edinburgh

Forget naff posters, how about creating something by hand to decorate the walls of your new student digs? Edinburgh Printmakers and Glasgow Print Studio offer a range of courses in printmaking – from afternoon classes in simple stencil screen-prints…

Edinburgh Art Festival features of leading international and UK artists

2 Aug 2018

Major retrospectives of Rembrandt and Nolde are alongside work from emerging and established artists from Tacita Dean to Bill Viola

The Edinburgh Art Festival is in full swing, and whether you're a visual art fan who's already planning your itinerary or you just feel like taking a break from the tsunami of live performance, there are a lot of ways to see something a little quieter…

Best circus shows to see at Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO

31 Jul 2018

Highlights include Cirque Berserk!, Notorious Strumpet & Dangerous Girl and What the Moon Saw

High octane acrobatics and moving storytelling collide in the circus programme at this year's Fringe. Guaranteed to keep you at the edge of your seat, explore the heights of physicality, movement and artistry in this most physically demanding of art…

Best dance & physical theatre to see at Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO

31 Jul 2018

Highlights include Infinita, The Troth and Distinction

Move your way over to Edinburgh's Southside because this year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, some of the very best dance and physical theatre shows take place outside the city centre. Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO all have a packed programme of…

Best kids shows to see at Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO

31 Jul 2018

Highlights include MamaBabaMe, Duckie and Stoel

Although the Fringe can seem like it's a bit of an adult's only playground, there are also plenty of shows aimed at kids hiding beneath the swearwords and risqué cabaret. Edinburgh's Southside venues, Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO, have an especially...

Best theatre to see at Summerhall

31 Jul 2018

Queer love songs, Dolly – the sheep and the singer – and the great Pussy Riot feature in Summerhall's Fringe 2018 theatre programme

Summerhall has rightly made a name for themselves as the host of some of the most challenging and prescient theatre during the Fringe. This year features a mix of big names such as the thorn in Putin's side, the punk-rock collective Pussy Riot, the…

Fritz Welch: Crystalline Chrysalis Crisis

18 Jul 20184 stars

Magnificently messed up interiors by international noise scene doyen

Down in the basement, Glasgow-based American percussionist and international noise scene doyen has created a DIY bunker that turns the left-behind detritus of a former machine shop into the ultimate pop-cultural dungeon to hang out in. As with all…

Best of the Southside: Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO in August

4 Jul 2018

Highlights include Freeman, Riot Days and Century Song

The Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO join forces once again to highlight the best theatre, dance, music and more taking place across all three venues. From jaw-dropping circus to performances for the little ones, you can expect to find something to suit…

Play time: raising the curtain on experimental and traditional theatre

23 Sep 2016

From the Royal Lyceum to Buzzcut Festival, Gareth K Vile looks at theatrical extremes in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Both Glasgow and Edinburgh have strong traditions of popular and experimental theatre. Although the major venues on both coasts of the central belt often collaborate, each of the cities have their own particular performance personality: Glasgow goes for…

Edinburgh's club scene: what happens now?

28 Feb 2012

Representatives from Bongo, Cab Vol, Electric Circus, Summerhall and G1 Group have their say

Rob Hoon. Manager of Bongo Club’s parent organisation, Out of the Blue. Despite being a beautiful, blossoming city of international renown and appeal that hosts the biggest arts festival in the world, Edinburgh’s all year round independent music and…

Hot 100 2011 - No. 54: Summerhall venue offers something special

16 Dec 2011

Festival debut marks beginning of major creative space in Edinburgh

Before this August it seemed the Edinburgh Festival was already home to every sort of show and venue imaginable. So, when an entirely new major space sprang up, it was difficult to see what it might offer above the usual. On the programme at…

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1. Andrew Fostera13 Aug 2018, 3:53pm5 stars Summerhall Report

“Closed doors” at Summerhall And “Ulster American” at Traverse The best out of 16 events attended this year.

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