This section covers events not included elsewhere in the magazine. which are listed . by category. then by date. All events will be
listed, subject to space. provided that details
reach our offices at least seven days before publication. All submissions should be
accompanied by a contact telephone number
for our information. Open Listings compiled ; by Sue Wilson.
FESTIVAL OF MYTH, LEGEND AND FOLKLORE 5-10 AUGUST
Yet another addition to Iidinburgh‘s crowded Festival calendar — a week of
; storytelling. music. dance. drama. poetry.
talks. stalls and craftexhibitions.
examining the folklore and traditionsof
societies around the world. focusing on a
different region each day. The event aims
to ‘bring together people and ideas from
every continent and many divergent
cultures. . . todevelopourunderstanding
of the fundamental ideas that underpin all human societies. . . By returning tothe fountainliead of all poetry. art and belief we can. perhaps. find new ideasand concepts that can help us all face the challenging future together. ' There isan accompanying programme of films at the
Filmhouse (see Film section). and a
‘mythological trail' at the Royal Museum
of Scotland. Chambers Street. Also see
, preview and listings in Theatre section,
All events at Adam 1 louse.Chambers Street. unless otherwise stated. Contact: Tony Bonning 447 (3751). Daily tickets £2 (£1 ). Theatre performancescharged
I Children's Dragon Contest Royal Museum of Scotland. Chambers Street. Edinburgh. 225 753-1. 1 lam. Free. The Festival's opening event — children aged ' 3— l 2 (must be accompanied by an adult)
who come dressed as dragons could win an
Indonesian handcrafted flying dragon.
I Opening Address 2pm.
I Feejee Mermaids and Learned Pigs 3pm. A talk by David Ileppell from the Royal
Museum of Scotland.
; I The GreatYeaHpm. A talk by the Rev
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I African Mytholgy 2pm. A talk by Ade Wallace.
i I Folk Tales of Africa 3. 15pm. A talk by
I: Immanuel Josiah and Ade Wallace.
| I African Music and Song 4.30pm. With ‘ ' Trebi Asafoatse and Immanuel Josiah.
I Gamelan Orchestra 1pm. A group from Bellshill Adult Training Centre make music on this fascinating Indonesian instrument. Also at 4.30pm.
I From the Bazaarto the Bizarre 2.15pm. A talk by Jennifer Scarce from the Royal Museum of Scotland.
I Middle Eastern Folk Dance 3.30pm. A talk demonstration with Raks Arabi.
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Shikisha attheiTraqair Fair The grounds of one of Scotland's oldest inhabited dwellings provide an idyllic
. setting foraweekend'straditionaland ; modern entertainment in the form of ? the Traquair Fair. A wealth of sounds
will be on offer from acoustic musicians including Hungarian trio Makvirag, who between them play over
50 instruments; the Giant Stepping
Stones, a mob of up to eighteen jazz musicians (including Tommy Smith and Phil Bancroft) who are swapping to folk instruments lorthe occasion, and the popular harp duo Sileas. Adding some international colour will be Shikisha, three Zulu women who will be performing traditional African dancing, singing and drumming in native costumes, and by the circus skills of Paul Morocco, who juggles with almost anything, including eggs, chainsaws, unicycles and even children.
To prevent you offering your children as juggling implements, there’s plenty of otherways to keep them amused, with the Foolhardy Folk Clown Troupe,
Catch Theatre Company, face-painting, swing boats, inflatables, a kite workshop and lots more. Bargain-hunters can rummage among the craft and antique stalls, and those exhausted by the fun can retire to the
: tea-tent, which promises to offer both
healthy and unhealthy refreshments.
. Anyone who’s particularly exhausted t couldvisitthecomplementary
medicine tent, where there will be stalls, talks and demonstrations of
alternative healing methods including
shiatsu, aromatherapy, colourtherapy
‘ and reflexology. A more familiar
revitalisation technique will also be
available—Traquair’s FairAle, produced in the estate‘s 18th century brewhouse. (Sue Wilson)
Traquair Fair, Traquair House, Innerleithen, Peebleshire, 0896 830323. Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 Aug, Ham-6pm. Advance tickets available from Traquair House, Edinburgh Fringe Office or Tourist Information Centres in Peebles, Galashiels and Selkirk. Dogs on leash only.
I Mythology in Art Education Noon. A talk by Warren Chalmers from the Theatre Arts Centre. I Stealing Fire from the Jaguar: Myth Among Amazonian Indians 1 l .31)an A talk by anthropologist Allan Campbell.
- I Amerindian Folktales 3pm. A talk by Kate Kramer. I Folk Music of Chile 4.31 lpm. With Kefafan Pallu.
i Friday 9
I Aeon —A Fairy Tale of the Future Noon. Presented by the Solan Company. Also on
5 Sat Illat2.15pm.
I Legend and Folklore ofthe Celts 1 1am. With Stuart Mel lardy and Steve Blamires from the Celtic Research and Folklore Society.
I Celtic Mythology A talk by Owen Dudley Iidwards.
I Celtic Music in the Bardic Tradition 3.30pm. With Fiona Davidson.
a Norse Witch 1.15pm. A talk by Dr Ian Morrison.
, I Borderland Poetry 2.15pm.
Performances of poems and ballads.
I Beynard the Fox 3.30pm. A puppet show based on this popular legend.
I Tales of the Travelling People 4.45pm. By
I Landscape. SCIENCE and the PTOPOBCIBS OI storyteller Duncan Williamson.
; £1 .25). Assume the identity of a woodland
I Garden Guide Royal Botanic Gardens. lnverleith Terrace. Edinburgh. 552 7171. Tours leave from West (iate. Arboretum Place. Guided walks around the gardens and planthouses; Mon~Wed 1 lam and 3pm; Sat and Sun noon and 3pm. Tours cost £2 (adults) or 50p (children) and continue until the end ofSeptember.
I Pleasure Boating Craiglockhart Sports Centre. 177 Colinton Road. Iidinburgh. Contact: Mrs C. \"incenti 557 1265 ext 217. lintil Sun 18 Aug. Mon~Fri noon—2pmz-1—7pnt; Sat. Sun l—4pm (weather permitting). £1 . ll)(75p with Leisure Access Card). Paddle around the pond in an Indian canoe or pedalo.
I The Bike Bus Leaves Waverley Bridge. Edinburgh. 8am. Contact: llarry Ilenniker 22‘) (327-1. Tickets from Edinburgh Bicycle. Alvanley Terrace or on the bus (advance bookingadvisable). The bus and bike trailer travel toLOCh Tummel and Bannoch on Sat 27 Sun 28and there is a weekend trip to the Borderson Sat 3 Sun 4 (contact Michael 332 7602 for details).
I Ceremonial Installation of the Oovernorol Edinburgh Castle Castle Esplanade. Edinburgh. 10.30am. Free. A spectacular parade with the lst (iordon l lighlanders and the Regimental Band to mark the installation of Lt Gen Sir Peter (iraham as the new Governor of Edinburgh Castle.
I Stockbridge Market St Stephen’s Place Walkway. Edinburgh. Contact: 225 8681. 10am—5pm. Stalls selling crafts. jewellery. second-hand clothes. bric-a-brac and home baking. accompanied by street performers.
I Splash! Firhill Basin. Forth and Clyde Canal. Glasgow. Contact: Sarie Young 332 9115 ext 1 1. 2—5pm. Free. A chance to try out a variety ofwatersports. supervised by qualified instructors.
ggturday 27 and Sunday
I The Great Maze Game Kelburn Country Centre. Fairlie. Ayrshire. ()475 568685. £2.50 (£1 .51); accompanied children
creature and find your way through the maze using your instincts.
I Margaret Stones Lecture Theatre. Royal Botanic Gardens. lnverleith Terrace. Edinburgh. 552 7171. 3pm. £3(£1.5()). The artist. whose botanical illustrations are on display in lrtverleith Ilouse. will be in converstaion with Paul Nesbitt. and will accompany the audience on a tour around ; the exhibition.
Sunday 4 i
I Guided Walk: Poets and Princes
Ilermitage of Braid Visitors' Centre.off i Braid Road. Iidinburgh. Contact: Ranger ' Service 447 7145. llearthe storiesofthe l Hermitage's many famous visitors.
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