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As in Edinburgh, but on a smaller scale? Not quite. We all know and low lidinburgh's annual culture-lest and its incumbent iii-migrating flock of foreigners. btit this is more of a community eyent with the emphasis on going along and haying fun. So what’s happening? The main event takes place on Sat 9 Jun where there will be a pageant complete with procession of floats. and a gala day featuring liye-a-sides. a fun fair. stalls. live music and competitions. The programme for the rest of the week boasts ci'alt lairs. a film screening. ptippet show. historic tour and t‘estiyal concert. Sounds very family-oriented. .\'ot at all. The public-spirited ptibs. bars and hotels in the yicinity aim to breathe life into the now defunct l.eith Jazz. Festival with a programme of live music. Nothing yentured . . .

I Le/th Festival. various venues. Leith. 554 4890. Sat Q-Ffl 75 Jun. More

information at WWW. le/t/ifest/val. com

Other events

Leith Police Station Open Day l.eith Police Station. Queen (‘harlotte Street. l.eith. 554 4890. 2.307 5pm. l’ree. Take a wander around police cells. try your hand at linger-printing and ptit yotii'sell‘ in the drivers seat of a police car or lire engine as the station opens its doors to the public as part of the l.eith l‘estiyal.

Pop Quiz Night The l-lay'mai'ket Bar. l l West .\laitland Street. 228 2537. 8pm. Free. Weekly quiz night with beer and prizes tip for grabs.

Book events

Clive James Festival Theatre. 13-29 Nicolson Street. 52‘) (3000. (3pm. £3. .-\ustralia’s chat show luiiiinary' discusses his recent collection of

essay s. lire/i xix ll'c Speak. which blends scathing intellect with acerbic “ll.


Lee Miller: Photographer Of People, Places, Fashion And War National Gallery of Modern Art. Bell‘ord Road. (324 (3200. 12.45pm. Free. Richard (‘aly'ocoressi discusses the photography of Lee Miller.

Other events

Nenty One Gun Salutes lidinburgh Castle. 225 9846. Noon. £7 (£2425). A twenty one gun salute tired from Mills Mount in the Castle grounds. accompanied by a liye band. Today the salute celebrates the birthday of Prince Philip. the Duke of. Edinburgh.

Book events

Anne Donovan & Liz Niven Waterstone’s. l3—l4 Princes Street. 556 3034. 6pm. Free. Anne Donovan reads from her debut collection of poems Hcimgly'pliit's' and ()I/lt’l' Stories and Lil

.\'i\ en reads from Siniiiiien. her collection of work about the Scots community of strayaigers.


BTCV Scotland Conservation Work Various \ciiues. 332 8700 9.30am. Help BT('\' Scotland in a \ariety ol' conseryation tasks in and around the lidinburgh area. l-"rom Tue

l2 Thu l4 Jtiii. help prepare a woodland path for construction. Meet at \\'a\er|ey Bridge.


Leith Festival Quilt Show St Thomas's Junction Road Church. I23 (ircat Junction Street. l.eith. 554 4S90. 10.30am 5pm. U. A display otoy er 50 distinctiyc quilts. l'ntil Sat l6 Jun.


Noriko Narahira Royal .\liisettti). 3 (‘hambers Street. 247 4219.

2.30 4.30pm. Free. See Thu 7.

Wednesday 1 3

Book events

Prof Richard Holmes l-‘estiyal Theatre. 13» 29 Nicolson Street. 529 6000. lpm. £3. The military historian and BB(' presenter talks about his latest book. [full/click!»

Scott & Stevenson Became Writers - How About You? \\'i'itei‘s' .‘ylusetim. Lady Stair's llotise. l.ady Stair's ('lose. 529 490l. 2* 3pm. l-‘ree. Poet and noyelist Ron Butlin giycs a talk about how some of the greatest

w ritcrs made it into print and giyes tips on getting published and other tricks of the trade.


Where’s Mummy?: The Princess, The Heir And The Spare National Portrait Gallery. I Queen Street. (324 (3200. l2.45pm. Free. l-ieelance historian liirw en Nicholson gives a talk.

Artist Talk Talbot Rice (iallery. l'niyei'sity ol‘ lidinburgh. South Bridge. 650221 I. lpm. Richard Smith talks about his work in the round room. Artist Talk Talbot Rice (iallei‘y. l'niyersity ol' lidinburgh. South Bridge. (350 22! l. 5.l5pm. Kate Dow nie talks about her work.

Other events

Wines of The Loire Queen’s Hall. (‘lerk Street. (368 20l9. 7.30pm. U250 (£22.50 with dinner). .-\ tutored wine tasting by various speakers.

Book events

Anthony Bourdain w'atersione's. llis‘ Princes Street. 22(3 2666. 6pm. Free. (‘het and noyelist Bourdain spills the beans with his revealing autobiography cunningly entitled. Kin-lien ('mi/iilt'nti’u/s

Edinburgh life

{‘tTl (NIH/1W it: t/it' (iii/inury (infer/telly tBloomsbury £7.99). The nos el chronicles Botirdain's iiiyolsemcnt with ses. drugs and his rise to culinary stardom. See prey iew.


One Midsummer Evening Royal Botanic (iarden. lny erleith Row. 248 2979. 7 9pm. [3.50 i£2.50). lan

Darw in lidwards tells traditional tree tales. using nine iiatiye Scottish trees as inspiration.

The Evolution Of Leith Pubs Meet at Queen Victoria's Statue. l.eitli \Valk. 554 4890. 7pm. Free. Stephen Dickson leads a walking tour around the more notable of l.eith's many watering holes.

Other events

Carers’ Open Day tirie l.uklell ('eiiti‘e. l5 .‘ylorningside Road. 446 552 l. lace. The (‘.-\t l )Rli Project marks (‘ai‘ers‘ Week by hosting a day of actiy ities for carers in the lidinburgh area. (‘arers w ill haye the opportunity to try out pilates. tai chi. relaxing therapies. trace family history and enjoy a rela\ed lunch. Call 0l3l 446 3321 for more information or a booking form.

Book events

Hans WaltersArends Martin Hall. New College. The Mound. (H968 672706. 5.l5pm. l-‘ree. l.uath Press

iny ite you to celebrate the launch of Hans \\';iltei'-.-\t‘ends book Die ch'im' St‘lltlIl/(l/Itl/l/H'l (l.uath l’ress £8.99), which csainines what (iermans want to know about Scotland and why (ierinans loye Scotland so much. Anyone interested should contact l.uath Press on 0l3l 225 4326.


Woman Drying Herself by Edgar Degas National Gallery of Scotland. The Mound. (324 (3200. l2.45pm. l’ree. Richard Thomson from lidinburgh l’niyersity discusses Degas' painting.

Saturday 1 6

Book events

Children As Storymakers Netherbow Arts (‘entre. 43—45 High Street. 556 9579/2647. l()am—3.30pm. U0~£l5 (£(3-—U)l. Interactive workshop aimed at people working with children aged 7 14. with advice focusing on way s of encouraging young people to create stories.

Paul Johnston James Thin. The (iylc Shopping Centre. 35 0er Ayenue. South Gyle Broadway. 539 7757. Noon. Free. Crime writer reads from his new Quint Dalrymple novel The Home (If/)1”! (Hodder &: Stoughton i l 7.99).



Bank Of Scotland Museum On The Mound

The Metind. 529 1288. Mon—Fri l—4.45ptit. Located Within Bank Of Scotland's Head Office. this small but unusual museum is home to a display of banking memorabilia spanning 300 years.

Camera Obscura

Castlehill, Royal Mile. 226 3709. Mon—Fri 9.30am—6pm: Sat 8. Sun 10am-6pm. 94.25 (82.10—93.40): family ticket 912.

Pick up a pedestrian in yOur hand at this attraction. which gives viSitors a real-time. 360 image of the city.

Dean Gallery

Belford Road. 624 6200. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm: Sun noon—5pm. Formerly a 19th century orphanage. the gallery houses a large collection of work by Eduardo Paolozzi as well as outstanding works drawn from the National Galleries Dada and Surrealist collection.

Dynamic Earth

Holyrood Road. 550 7800. Daily 10am—6pm. €6.95 (93.95—94.95): family ticket $18.50. With volcanoes erupting beneath yOur feet. a tropical

rainstorm pouring down. earthquakes and tidal waves at every turn. the hist0ry of the earth has never been more interesting.

Edinburgh Castle

225 9846. Daily 9.30am—6pm. ET (‘22—‘25). Although much of the castles medieval character was lost when it was converted

into barracks in the 191h century.

continuing excavations aim to redress this.

Edinburgh Dungeon

31 Market Street. 0870 8460 666. Daily 10am—6pm. €6.95 (94.95-25.95). Cruel methods of torture. pestilence-ridden streets. grave-robbers. prostitutes and cannibals

Edinburgh's latest gruesome vISitor attraction takes yOu on a spine-chilling tOur of the deepest darkest chapters of Scottish history.

Edinburgh Zoo

Corstorphine Road. 334 9171. Daily 9am—6pm. E7 (Ed—CS); family ticket <220422450. Wider accepted as one of the finest zoos in Britain. there's plenty here to while away an afternoon. or even a whole day it you take yOur time.

Hopetoun House

Shore Road. South Queensferry. 331 2451. Daily 10am-5.30pm. 92.70—85. This stately home. part of which is still lived in by the Marquesses of Linlithgow.

was built in the 18th century by architects Sir William Bruce and William Adam.

Mary King’s Close Tours Meet at Mercat Cross (beSide St Giles' Cathedral). 557 6464. £5 (£4); children E3. Literally, a trip to Edinburgh's underworld. Mary King's Close is part of a now subterranean network of streets. walled off in the Middle Ages during an outbreak of the plague.

Museum Of Edinburgh

142 Canongate. 529 4143. Mon-Sat loam-5pm. Free. Packed with historic artefacts. this restored 16th century manSion tells the st0ry of Edinburgh's past and its people.

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