Adrian Bliss: How to Not Go Extinct

Adrian Bliss: How to Not Go Extinct

Seeing how well it did for Greta Thunberg, a budding social media star jumps on the climate change bandwagon, inviting you to the launch of his new book, How to Not Go Extinct – … 

In Conversation with... Ian Rankin

In Conversation with... Ian Rankin

The Fife-born international best-selling author chats to Graham Spiers about Rebus, writing, all things Edinburgh, favourite books and music. With over 25 novels translated into 22 languages, and numerous short stories and other writings to his credit, Rankin is the most widely read crime novelist in the UK… 

Blame It on the Algorithm!

Blame It on the Algorithm!

Algorithms and artificial intelligence can determine your mortgage application, drive a car, find you a soulmate and even diagnose your health conditions. Dr Mhairi Aitken (Newcastle University) asks: do we really need human intelligence anymore? Computers could replace your doctor; find cures to rare conditions; tell schools which children need extra support; tell prospective employers which candidates are lowest risk; identify illegal immigrants from scanning their faces; they could even decide where drones should drop bombs… 

Does Sex Still Sell?

Does Sex Still Sell?

Women have been portrayed as sexual objects in advertising for many years. Recently, female Instagram influencers (adopted by brands) depict sexualisation as a stance of individualistic choice and empowerment… 

Don’t Believe Your Ears!

Don’t Believe Your Ears!

Did Grover drop an F-bomb on Sesame Street? Do the names Yanny and Laurel make you want to fight? You know what your ears tell you; you heard it yourself! But why do so many people disagree? How can people hear radically different things in the same sound? Who’s right? Can even a professional linguist say for sure? Pit your ears against your friends’ and neighbours’ and let’s settle this once and for all… 

Obesity Bankrupted Our NHS!

Obesity Bankrupted Our NHS!

Too many of us are obese. Too many nurses are obese. It’s a fatal combination and the NHS is struggling under the weight. Obesity is something we just can’t afford. For every £100 spent on the NHS, a fiver is spent on obesity… 

ETBF – Painting and Decorating Demonstration

ETBF – Painting and Decorating Demonstration

Join us for a practical demonstration on marbling and graining techniques from Nevin Decorators. See how a skilled tradesperson transforms a piece of MDF into a beautiful work of art that looks like oak or marble… 

ETBF – Building Stones Geology Tour of Calton Hill

ETBF – Building Stones Geology Tour of Calton Hill

Join us for a unique tour of Edinburgh’s iconic Calton Hill, lead by the British Geological Survey, and learn more about the stones that were used to build Edinburgh! Walk with us as we outline how stone is formed and learn about the importance of stone matching for repairs… 

Fake News Kills World!

Fake News Kills World!

Before going mainstream in 2016, fake news was principally used to attack climate science. Richard Milne (University of Edinburgh) sets about busting those climate myths and showing how to dismantle false claims with logic and analogies – no expertise necessary! You’ll examine tactics used by opponents of climate science, and their close similarities to those employed to promote Brexit and Trump, often by the exact same people… 

ETBF – Dublin and Edinburgh’s Divergent Building Traditions Seminar

ETBF – Dublin and Edinburgh’s Divergent Building Traditions Seminar

Do you love Georgian architecture? Come and join Graham Hickey, Conservation Director of the Dublin Civic Trust, for a fascinating lecture exploring the architectural development of Edinburgh and Dublin, two world-renowned Georgian cities, and learn about the similarities and differences between these two international capitals… 

Thinking Outside the (Penalty) Box

Thinking Outside the (Penalty) Box

How do you inspire the kids that just don’t want to learn? A critical pedagogy that uses real-life examples can help says Neil Speirs (University of Edinburgh), who reckons that the positive and negative life experiences of footballers – sometimes not the most obvious academic role models out there – can work for many young people… 

Don’t You Smile at Me!

Don’t You Smile at Me!

Our world is getting colder – emotionally. We excel in hate crime and shitstorms rather than giving each other a warm, feel-good glow. Loneliness and socially-related mental health issues are prevailing throughout Western society… 

ETBF – Lime Render Demonstration

ETBF – Lime Render Demonstration

Come join us for a practical demonstration by the Scottish Lime Centre Trust on the making and application of lime render. You’ll learn more about the slaking process of adding water – turning the traditional building material lime from calcium oxide (burnt lime/quicklime) into calcium hydroxide (slaked lime). 

ETBF – Sash and Case Window Demonstration

ETBF – Sash and Case Window Demonstration

Join us for a practical demonstration on the inner workings of a sash and case window from the Federation of Master Builders. See the inner workings of these traditional windows and learn more about how a tradesperson repairs and maintains them. 

ETBF – Traditional Plastering Demonstration

ETBF – Traditional Plastering Demonstration

Come join Will Napier and Fionn Blench to find out about the unique ingredients within traditional plaster and their importance. Plus, attend a practical demonstration and learn how traditional plaster should be applied. 

ETBF – Stonemasonry Demonstration

ETBF – Stonemasonry Demonstration

A practical demonstration from Stone Federation GB. Expert demonstration and guidance on stone repairs and replacement. Highlighting the need to ensure correct stone, and mortar, selection and why this is so important. 

ETBF – Roof Leadwork Demonstration

ETBF – Roof Leadwork Demonstration

Practical demonstration from the National Federation of Roofing Contractors. Expert demonstration and guidance on lead burning and bossing. A home must be wind and watertight to be energy efficient and your roof is key to achieving this. 

Don't Bank on the Bankers

Don't Bank on the Bankers

A decade on from the financial crash, Rachel Findlay (Edinburgh Napier University) explores how bankers shafted us, crashing banks and our economies, how they got it so badly wrong and what they could have done differently… 

ETBF – Roof Slating Demonstration

ETBF – Roof Slating Demonstration

Join us for a practical demonstration from the National Federation of Roofing Contractors on how roof repairs should be done. A home must be wind and watertight to be energy efficient and your roof is key to achieving this. 

Are You a Problem Addict?

Are You a Problem Addict?

Problems are like whirlpools; they suck you in. How often have you found yourself talking over and over about the same difficult people and other irritations? What if you don’t actually need to understand a problem to come up with a great solution? This is the radical idea at the heart of solution focus… 

ETBF – Energy Efficiency of Traditional Buildings Seminar

ETBF – Energy Efficiency of Traditional Buildings Seminar

Come join the Scottish Traditional Building Forum and Moses Jenkins from Historic Environment Scotland for a talk on appropriate energy efficiency measures for a traditional house. Traditional buildings have unique challenges for energy efficiency and this will provide the toolkit for appropriate steps to reducing energy consumption. 

Disgust for Dummies

Disgust for Dummies

What do dirty floors and corruption in high places have in common? They are both revolting. The feeling of disgust evolved to protect us from contamination and harm, be it physical or moral… 

ETBF – Property Repair Seminar

ETBF – Property Repair Seminar

Come and learn from traditional building experts about ways to keep your traditional home well-maintained and in good repair. Plus guidance on working with your neighbours on common repairs to buildings, such as on Edinburgh’s beautiful tenements. 

ETBF – Home Maintenance Seminar – Maintaining Your Traditional Building

ETBF – Home Maintenance Seminar – Maintaining Your Traditional Building

A talk by Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) on their approach for maintaining your traditional building throughout the year. This talk will cover an overview of traditional build and building features and offer an approach to effective (and simple) maintenance to help homeowners better understand how to work with your building to stave off decay. 

Are Children Wild Enough?

Are Children Wild Enough?

Are today’s children too disconnected from nature? Are we overprotective of young people? Do we need to rewild childhood? Commentators suggest that contemporary lifestyles are detrimental, not just to children’s health and happiness, but also their understanding of, and relationship with, nature… 

Art is Shit

Art is Shit

What is art and should we fund it? Have you ever thought: ‘What the f*ck is that? People pay money for that? A two-year-old could do it!’ We’re talking art with Ron O’Donnell (Edinburgh Napier University)… 

Can Google Really Translate?

Can Google Really Translate?

What does it mean to be a human in the era of Google Translate? Is it really taking over human translation? What if it isn’t just words after all? Can machines replicate human feelings and language nuances? Paola Ruffo (Heriot-Watt University) explores how the boundaries between humans, words and machines are being redrawn… 

Sex, Drugs and Bilingualism

Sex, Drugs and Bilingualism

When it comes to sex, drugs and bilingualism, we fool ourselves if we believe we are objective, claims Thomas Bak (University of Edinburgh). These topics touch our social, moral and religious values as well as deep emotions, including the fear of the loss of control… 

Neglecting Midwives Gives Mothers PTSD

Neglecting Midwives Gives Mothers PTSD

The NHS is getting it wrong! Funny? No! Laughable? Maybe! Jenny Patterson (Edinburgh Napier University) hits out at the NHS for neglecting midwives and heartlessly letting women suffer – almost like trauma-stressed war veterans… 

No Copyright, No Problem?

No Copyright, No Problem?

Is copyright necessary? Does it hinder or does it help? What would happen if there was no copyright? Without it, who benefits and who loses? Is copyright just for large corporations? Or does copyright also serve the interests of individual creators (artists, writers, musicians) more effectively than we might think? Join Smita Kheria, intellectual property law expert (University of Edinburgh), to find out whether copyright has a positive role to play or whether we could live without it in today’s post-digital society. 

Who Owns History?

Who Owns History?

Who decides what and who gets remembered? And how? Who owns our historical records, and should they? Rachel Hosker and Anne-Marie Scott (University of Edinburgh) explore the, at times, dark recesses of the information in our archives… 

Build a Football Club, IRL!

Build a Football Club, IRL!

Have you taken your team to the Champions League Final in Football Manager? Is this all it takes to go pro? Mason Robbins (University of Edinburgh – FC Barcelona partnership) reckons it might be… 

Is God a Psychopath?

Is God a Psychopath?

In the bowels of The Stand’s New Town Theatre, an audience sweats in the clamminess of an overheated, cramped studio. 

Reading Is Bad for You!

Reading Is Bad for You!

How do you read? Drowning in never-ending email? Rapidly devouring whodunnits, then immediately forgetting them? Perhaps you are seduced by clickbait or read the news and get depressed? Do you cherry-pick political statements to find only what you want to hear, then suspiciously pick apart whatever the other side says? The ways we read today are often unhealthy… 

Move or Die!

Move or Die!

According to the British Heart Foundation, inactivity is the fourth-leading risk factor for premature death from any cause. Inactivity is dangerous! Have you heard this before? Have you been told you need to do more? But who likes being told what to do? We all know we should probably do more, but do we want to? Are you frustrated that people you know don’t do what they know they should? What would motivate us to change? Dr Amanda Pitkethly (Edinburgh Napier University) has some life-changing ideas and practical suggestions! 

Call the Tooth Fairy!

Call the Tooth Fairy!

Most academic research needs to be more relevant, produced more quickly and for less money. Is this possible? Jan Clarkson (University of Dundee and NHS Education for Scotland) and Craig Ramsay (University of Aberdeen) return to CODI to share their latest groundbreaking research – and you may be surprised by the results! How often should you go to the dentist? Can their patients take charge of research and predict dementia, locate defibrillators and diagnose disease from biopsies? Should research be conducted differently? Oh, and is the tooth fairy the answer? 

This Show Will Make You Sharper!

This Show Will Make You Sharper!

Staying sharp as you age is easy… just eat this super berry, do five simple things or play this game to beat dementia! But what if it’s not as simple as the hype suggests? If we need to put in a bit of effort to keep our brains healthy, would we be willing to do that, and do we even know what those challenging things might be? Join Alan Gow (Heriot-Watt University) to explore what we know about how our thinking skills change as we age, and what we might do to stay sharp. 

O Sister, Where Art Thou?

O Sister, Where Art Thou?

Each year, thousands of children are born in the UK as the result of egg or sperm donation. Once they turn 18, they will be able to find their biological parents if they want. It doesn’t work the other way though: gamete donors are unable to seek out children; nor can biological siblings born to different families from the same donor find each other… 

Has Your Phone Replaced Your Brain?

Has Your Phone Replaced Your Brain?

What if your mind is not only in your brain? How exactly would your mind extend across brain, body and beyond? Philosopher Dave Chalmers claims that if his iPhone were implanted in his head, it would just speed up processing; it is already part of his mind… 

Are Women Assholes?

Are Women Assholes?

Women are constantly measuring one another by ideals of thinness, beauty, best mummy practices and keeping a happy home with a happy partner. Why? Are their values warped? Are they not happy with themselves or are they afraid of being alone? Why is single status so threatening? Does competitiveness drive their insecurities or do women’s insecurities drive their competitiveness? Amy Andrada (University of Edinburgh) dares to ask… 

Scotland: The Final Frontier?

Scotland: The Final Frontier?

Launching rockets is the last missing piece in the growing Scottish space industry. Plans are underway to send satellites, and people, into outer space from Scotland. Sutherland, Unst and Prestwick are some of the possible launch sites… 

OK Computer or Paranoid Android?

OK Computer or Paranoid Android?

Psychologist Thusha Rajendran (Heriot-Watt University) tackles controversies around new technologies. Will our future be utopian or dystopian? Do our digital lives allow us to be true to ourselves or are we suffering an identity crisis? Can iPads damage your children’s brains? Will robots take our jobs? Can you fall in love with your operating system? Can AI learn about aesthetics and style? Can you form a real attachment to your robot dog? Is it worth chipping yourself? What do these technologies mean for our evolution and what do our techno-fears reveal about us? 

Do Cows Belong in Fields?

Do Cows Belong in Fields?

The cows that made the milk that went into your tea or your cereal this morning might well be housed all-year round, never grazing. The image of cows in fields peacefully munching green grass in an idyllic rural setting is not always the case… 

Dumbing Down Trauma?

Dumbing Down Trauma?

Scotland is one of the first countries to buy into the Adverse Childhood Experiences Movement wholesale and has highlighted this as a key public health concern. This can only be a good thing, right? Finally, we are waking up to the long-known devastating effect of adversity and trauma for individuals’ lives, their place in society and their future wellbeing and prosperity… 

Let's Kill Half the World

Let's Kill Half the World

The world’s population continues to grow at an alarming rate, putting an enormous strain on food systems and production. Plant biologist Ross Alexander (Heriot-Watt University) argues that killing half of us would quickly solve the problem… 

Statistics Is Evil!

Statistics Is Evil!

Can you really trust statistics? Often thought of as manipulative or untrustworthy, statistics gets a bad reputation. It may be of no surprise then that statistics has been interwoven throughout all things morbid in human history, like disease, conflict, and death… 

Long Live the Cat Ladies?

Long Live the Cat Ladies?

In our twenties, an independent lifestyle seems liberating. In our thirties, making new friends becomes trickier: everyone’s busy with work/family/relationships. At the end of life, about one in three people live alone in Scotland… 

You’re Going To Get Mentally Ill – Now What?

You’re Going To Get Mentally Ill – Now What?

Research has got to the point that researchers like Stephen Lawrie (University of Edinburgh) can predict who will get some major mental illnesses years before they develop. The overall accuracy of these predictions is about the same as in cancer screening… 

Pants on Fire!

Pants on Fire!

Do you think you could spot a liar? Many people believe there are telltale signs that show somebody is lying, and some even claim to be human lie-detectors. A suspect’s behaviour can determine how they are questioned, and influence a juror’s verdict… 

Battling Boffins Smackdown!

Battling Boffins Smackdown!

Controversy and healthy, informed conflict as scientist Kate Cross and humanities scholar Anindya Raychaudhuri commence an academic smackdown in a battle to answer your questions about anything and everything… 

Predictably Irrational

Predictably Irrational

Why do we still have a headache after taking a 1p aspirin which disappears when we take a 50p one? And why are we attracted to a 2for1 meal discount but fail to save for a pension? Most of the time we think we’re making rational decisions… 

Creative People Need Data!

Creative People Need Data!

Nicola Osborne (#CreativeInformatics, University of Edinburgh) reckons that data-driven technologies are inspiring new and unexpected opportunities for creative people and organisations to think about what they do, how they do it and how they make a living from doing what they love… 

The Dark Side of Data Security

The Dark Side of Data Security

Should unbreakable data security be made widely available? If so, can it be used for malicious purposes, as well as keeping us secure? Cracking the Enigma codes during World War II may have had positive outcomes, but what if criminals and terrorists also had access to impregnable data security? Today, we use encryption online, but these codes can be broken with effort… 

Tai Chi and Qigong Performance and Taster Session

Tai Chi and Qigong Performance and Taster Session

Join Grandmaster Liming Yue and the students of Chen Style Tai Chi Centre Edinburgh for a complete look at Tai Chi. The event will include demonstrations along with seminars/workshops in all aspects of Chen style Tai Chi including: forms, traditional weaponry, tui shou (push hands) and meditation… 

Tony Law and Phil Nichol: Virtue Chamber Echo Bravo

Tony Law and Phil Nichol: Virtue Chamber Echo Bravo

Tony Law: ‘Philip and I have been talking about this for years. Things need to change. Quicker and betterer. We just want to put our ideas out there and then have you get them. You deserve it… 

Matt Winning: It's the End of the World as We Know It

Matt Winning: It's the End of the World as We Know It

(And I feel fine (but not all the time)). A storytelling lecture about how we cope with climate change from the ‘attractively impish’ (Guardian) Dr Matt Winning. As seen as the Environmental Correspondent on Unspun with Matt Forde on Dave, BBC Three and BBC Radio 2… 

Make It as an Arts Journalist

Make It as an Arts Journalist

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. What’s it like being an arts journalist in 2018? How have blogs, social media and online journalism changed the way that journalists find and produce work? Join Thom Dibdin, Scotland Correspondent for The Stage and founder of All Edinburgh Theatre, Edinburgh’s only dedicated theatre website, to hear about his experience of the changing world of arts journalism over the past 25 years... 

Let Me On Stage

Let Me On Stage

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Presented by Neil Patterson (Drake Music Scotland’s Let Me On Stage Champion) and Sam Maggs (Gig Buddies Scotland Project Coordinator) this talk, interspersed with performances, explores how disabled musicians are currently limited by several factors – from access to stages, to attitudes/awareness of programmers and audiences... 

The Network Ensemble: Finding Your Voice in Theatre

The Network Ensemble: Finding Your Voice in Theatre

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Hosted by the Scottish Drama Training Network and The Network Ensemble, join us for a panel discussion with Propeller Director Caitlin Skinner and theatre industry guests, focusing on supporting emerging talent and young people’s voices in making socially engaged theatre... 

How to Work with BSL Interpreters

How to Work with BSL Interpreters

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Discover the options for working with BSL interpreters, from the traditional to the innovative. Catherine King and Yvonne Strain of Sign Arts explore the options available... 

Five Strategies for Success

Five Strategies for Success

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. There are many successful people in our industry, but how have they achieved this? What do successful people do to turn their aspirations into reality? Come along to this session with Equity to look at the strategies these people use and see how you can apply them to achieve your own creative goals and maximise your career potential... 

Your Organisation Structure

Your Organisation Structure

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. As your organisation grows, funders and other advisors may suggest you need a more a formal structure. This session will guide you through the choices... 

Access All Areas: Creative Work Backstage

Access All Areas: Creative Work Backstage

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join the creative team from SDTN’s The Network Ensemble in a panel discussion about their experiences starting out in technical theatre... 

A New ERA

A New ERA

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Equity and ERA 50:50 present a panel about changing the balance on film, TV and theatre so that women are represented in equal numbers to men... 

Don't Speak

Don't Speak

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. An arts PR. A culture journalist. A relatively new podcast. No words spoken until one of them hits record. It’s the third week of the Fringe, what can possibly go wrong? Join Miriam Attwood of Storytelling PR and Amy Taylor, the theatre editor of The Skinny as they talk breaking down barriers as women sweating blood at EdFringe... 

Pushing Boundaries in Work for Young Audiences

Pushing Boundaries in Work for Young Audiences

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Come and hear about PUSH, a two-year Creative Europe co-operation project led by Imaginate (Scotland) with partners in Belgium, Ireland, Norway and Denmark... 

Beyond the Fringe: Touring to London

Beyond the Fringe: Touring to London

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Insight into opportunities for touring in London. Including useful and practical advice on developing relationships with theatre programmers and Artistic Directors. 

Directing: Best Practice

Directing: Best Practice

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Stage Directors UK present an informal panel discussion with current leading Directors, practitioners and stage managers on how to ensure best practice whilst in production... 

Creative Talk: Let's Talk Blocks

Creative Talk: Let's Talk Blocks

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. What are blocks? A resistance that keeps us away from what we want to achieve? Simply a shapeless cloud that is merely passing by, or are they keeping us at a distance from what we want? Come and join me as I share some strategies on how to go around blocks in order to keep moving forward and find your natural state of flow. 

Breaking Glass (Ceilings)

Breaking Glass (Ceilings)

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. In 2014, Tromolo Production’s presented their award-winning production Biding Time (remix) which explored women’s experience of the music industry inspired by Louise Quinn’s 90s indie band, Hardbody... 

Shining a Light on the Gender Gap in Technical Theatre

Shining a Light on the Gender Gap in Technical Theatre

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. In technical theatre, the majority of jobs are taken by men – but why? Staged for Life hosts a panel discussion on the non-male experience of technical theatre and questions what can be done to challenge the imbalance... 

The State of Arts Criticism

The State of Arts Criticism

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Reviewing can be a powerful tool at the Fringe, but a controversial one too. Is a review from a critic with decades of experience worth more than one from a student journalist? Or are all reviews valid? And when anyone can write their own review on social media, do reviews from publications really matter anymore? This event takes a measure of the state of arts criticism in 2018 and wonders what the future holds... 

Touring South Korea With Mid – Small Productions

Touring South Korea With Mid – Small Productions

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Did you know you should not write a name using red ink in Korea? This session will offer a frank and informative discussion about touring in South Korea, one of the major markets for international work... 

TalkFest 2018: 02

TalkFest 2018: 02

Delve deeper into what stimulates the artists behind this year’s festival with these fun, engaging discussions. Each lively session is chaired by a leading playwright or theatre-maker... 

In Conversation: The Future of Foreign and British Artists in the UK After Brexit

In Conversation: The Future of Foreign and British Artists in the UK After Brexit

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join our panels of young people and artists from here and beyond to discuss the importance of intercultural collaborations and how Brexit might affect work and funding opportunities in the performing arts industry... 

Women, Humour and Power: 100 Years of Suffrage

Women, Humour and Power: 100 Years of Suffrage

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Women are the stronger sex and are still fighting for true equality. The first women got the vote 100 years ago and we now have many women in positions of power... 

Surviving and Moving Forward from the Fringe

Surviving and Moving Forward from the Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. End of week one – what have you learned? What do you still need to know? How do you survive? How do you thrive? How do you capture opportunities, attract more audience, and get noticed? Join three producers who have been there, done it, felt the pain, and have come back with shows again... 

Navigating the Labyrinth: US Visas for Performing Artists

Navigating the Labyrinth: US Visas for Performing Artists

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A primer on the U.S. artist visa process. Topics will include figuring out if you need a work visa, which visa classification serves your needs, how to avoid common pitfalls, and the resources available to artists who are struggling through the process... 

Entertainment and Publishing Contracts: A Guide for the Wannabe

Entertainment and Publishing Contracts: A Guide for the Wannabe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Nothing gets the adrenaline of an artiste or an author flowing quite like that first offer of a deal. Historically, contracts have been heavily weighted in favour of publishers, managers and producers... 

Dragging You into the Mainstream

Dragging You into the Mainstream

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Civil Disobedience and a panel of special guest artists explore how the rising prominence of the underground drag scene is informing cultural discussions surrounding social issues including gender, race and sexual orientation... 

The Art of Sponsorship

The Art of Sponsorship

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. This quick-fire seminar, led by Carl Watt, Arts & Business Scotland, will take you through the key steps to arts sponsorship from attracting a business to nurturing and developing long-lasting arts and business partnerships... 

A Short, Sharp History of the Olympic Games

A Short, Sharp History of the Olympic Games

Tom McNab, technical adviser on the film Chariots of Fire, gives a short, sharp history of the Olympic games to raise funds for the Eric Liddell Centre – a dementia care charity and community hub in Edinburgh... 

The Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini

The Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini

Arthur Conan Doyle investigated psychic phenomena objectively as a member of the Society for Psychical Research for years, before becoming convinced of their reality and following spiritualism as a religion... 

Make the Most of Online Listings

Make the Most of Online Listings

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Rich, structured event listings can be a powerful part of your marketing strategy. When done properly, well distributed listings can help your show to appear higher in search engines and get you in front of new audiences... 

Responsible Reviewing

Responsible Reviewing

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Should we put any limits on the freedom of the press to express their opinion? Should a reviewer be able to write whatever they want about a performance? Join us as we explore how ‘fair comment’ affects journalists working at the Fringe, and the impact it has on the relationship between artist and critic... 

Using Technology to Support Artists with Dyslexia

Using Technology to Support Artists with Dyslexia

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. This session looks at some of the pluses and minuses associated with dyslexia for people in the performing arts... 

How to Tour Your Show

How to Tour Your Show

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A common objective for artists participating in the Fringe is to create touring opportunities for their work. This seminar will talk about the various types of touring that exist, how you develop your networks, and how to plan, prepare and manage a tour... 

Making Your Show Accessible: The Basics

Making Your Show Accessible: The Basics

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join Birds of Paradise Theatre Company for a conversation about how they creatively build accessibility into their productions... 

TalkFest 2018: 01

TalkFest 2018: 01

Delve deeper into what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Edinburgh festival with these fun, engaging discussions. Each lively session is chaired by a leading playwright or theatre-maker... 

Immersive Theatre: History and Inspiration

Immersive Theatre: History and Inspiration

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. With roots in Richard Schechner’s environmental theatre and Grotowski’s paratheatrical experiments, immersive theatre traces its origins to a company called Gorilla Rep, an idea called 'gorilla theatre', and a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1989... 

Social Media: The Next Step

Social Media: The Next Step

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. How do you join up your social media channels with the marketing and PR campaigns for your show? What are the best ways to engage with the wider festival audience and what are the top tips for making an impact on social... 

Shouting 'Action' at a Distance: Collaborative Productions Beyond Borders

Shouting 'Action' at a Distance: Collaborative Productions Beyond Borders

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. The internet has accelerated the flow of creativity across borders, but many obstacles still remain. Overcoming linguistic barriers, cultural differences, and time zones is the task of the current generation of artists... 

Intellectual Property Rights for Fringe Performers

Intellectual Property Rights for Fringe Performers

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. This session will help you understand the rules and tools you can use to identify what intellectual property rights you might own, what you can do with them, how you can protect them in the digital environment, and which legally permitted uses you can rely upon when using intellectual property created by others... 

Social Media for Beginners

Social Media for Beginners

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. How do you go about promoting your show on social media? What are the dos and don’ts? What social media channels are best for you and how do they work? Discover how to make the most of social media in this introductory workshop... 

Matt Winning: Climate Strange

Matt Winning: Climate Strange

Dr Matt Winning is thinking about starting a family but wonders if he should. A show about why our knowledge about climate change doesn't necessarily match our actions. As seen as the Environmental Correspondent on Unspun with Matt Forde on Dave... 

How to Get Your Show Noticed

How to Get Your Show Noticed

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Meet marketing, PR and media experts – tips on everything from social networking and contacting reviewers to increasing audience numbers... 

Sustainability at the Fringe Reception

Sustainability at the Fringe Reception

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Whether you're new to social, economic and environmentally sustainability practice at the Fringe, or you've been a leader in LED-lighting, community engagement or cycle-powered shows for years, we invite you to celebrate sustainability in all shapes and forms at the festival! With expertise from two leading arts and sustainability organisations and refreshments on hand, come and meet others passionate about sustainability in the arts... 

Stand-Up Philosophy – Free

Stand-Up Philosophy – Free

Bored of mindless comedy shows? Then come to Stand-Up Philosophy. It's like stand-up comedy – only it's philosophical. Each day, a different line-up of the Fringe's most intelligent stand-up comedians will join professional philosophers to answer the big questions of philosophy, making arguments as well as jokes (although there are also plenty of jokes)... 

Introduction to Arts Sponsorship

Introduction to Arts Sponsorship

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. This quick-fire seminar will take you through the key steps to arts sponsorship from attracting a business to nurturing and developing long lasting arts and business partnerships... 

Moisés Kaufman at theSpace @ Symposium Hall

Moisés Kaufman at theSpace @ Symposium Hall

Moisés Kaufman, recipient of the National Medal of Arts from President Obama, speaks about creating new work for the theatre. Creator of The Laramie Project and Gross Indecency, Kaufman and his company Tectonic Theater Project are devoted to exploring the potential of the stage through their process, Moment Work... 

TalkFest 2017: 02

TalkFest 2017: 02

Delve deeper into what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Edinburgh Festival with these fun, engaging discussions. Each lively session is chaired by a leading playwright or theatre maker... 

TalkFest 2017: 01

TalkFest 2017: 01

Delve into what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Festival with these fun, engaging discussions. Each session is chaired by a leading playwright or theatre maker. The Writer’s Director: How do directors work with playwrights to bring the world of the play to life? Directors, known for specialising in contemporary playwriting or revitalising classics, discuss their careers and their productions... 

Matt Winning: Filibuster

Matt Winning: Filibuster

A show about climate change from comedian and environmental economist Matt Winning describing how global warming is destroying both the planet and his life. ‘Lightweight stuff’ (Guardian)... 

Free Mindful Ki & Aikido Taster Sessions: Everyone Welcome!

Free Mindful Ki & Aikido Taster Sessions: Everyone Welcome!

Brighton Fringe free mindful Ki and Aikido taster sessions, everyone welcome! Brighton Ki Society. Family friendly, audience interaction, relaxed . Please arrive by 2:15pm wearing loose, comfortable clothing such as a tracksuit or gi for the start of the Shin Shin Toitsu Do (Japanese yoga) session at 2:30pm, where you will learn unification of mind and body, natural movement, meditation and breathing... 

Cinebra: A History Of Horror

Cinebra: A History Of Horror

Meet Megan and Sophie. They really like movies. They also like Tumblr, Lon Chaney, Debbie Gibson, the Ben & Jerrys’ stand at the Odeon, and each other. After meeting in Year 4, the pair became best friends (the BFF-necklace wearing kind), cementing their friendship with a mutual passion for movies, especially of the horror variety... 

Acting and Creating a Character

Acting and Creating a Character

Come and get your teeth into a refreshing approach to acting with this Stanislavski-inspired technique. Part lecture, part improvisation session, open to all, experienced or not. Based on my regular London workshops at Conway Hall. 

Making the Most of the Edinburgh Fringe

Making the Most of the Edinburgh Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe attracts media and arts professionals from all over the globe. If you’re bringing a show to Edinburgh, don’t miss this event where our expert panel will give you their top tips on getting it noticed... 

Confidence Tricks

Confidence Tricks

Poetry show about what makes us feel confident – or not. This lyrical lecture looks at the psychology and sociology of what makes us tick and what gets us through – from kindness and creativity through to swearing and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors... 

Dean Friedman – Songwriting Masterclass

Dean Friedman – Songwriting Masterclass

Master songsmith Dean Friedman delivers a fun, informative, practical take on the art and craft of songwriting. Technique and craft are explored using examples from popular music including Friedman’s own hits: Ariel, Lucky Stars and Lydia... 

TalkFest 2016: 02

TalkFest 2016: 02

Join Playwrights’ Studio Scotland to explore what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Made in Scotland showcase, the Traverse’s own programme and the wider Edinburgh Festival Fringe... 

Professionally Made, Professionally Paid

Professionally Made, Professionally Paid

The current situation of low and no pay in many parts of our industry is very damaging, and a hot topic for everybody whether the work is live or recorded. Not all of the issues are about money... 

How to: Rural Tour

How to: Rural Tour

The village hall, church and school are focal points for rural life and afford a familiar, informal space in which local people can enjoy the arts. Join members of the National Rural Touring Forum to learn how to tour your show to rural communities... 

University of Brighton's Festival of Social Science Annual Lecture: Fairness and the City - A Better Politics

University of Brighton's Festival of Social Science Annual Lecture: Fairness and the City - A Better Politics

In this lecture, Danny Dorling considers how the UK, one of the 25 richest countries in the world, has become one of the most unequal and is on course to win the 'global race' to become the most economically unequal of all by 2030. 

Acting and Creating a Character

Acting and Creating a Character

Come and get your teeth into a refreshing approach to acting with this Stanislavski-inspired technique. Part lecture, part improvisation session, open to all, experienced or not. Based on my regular London workshops at Conway Hall. 

How To: Keep it Legal

How To: Keep it Legal

Thinking about taking your theatre company further? Join Jackie Elliman, Legal & Industrial Relations Manager at ITC, for a workshop covering all aspects of setting up as a legal entity... 

Normally Abnormal

Normally Abnormal

Award-winning stand-up Dave Chawner takes a hilarious look at identity, recovery and life after eating disorders. "Makes you laugh as well as think" (Broadway Baby), "Sharp, insightful, touching, but above all really, really funny... 

Brighton Rocks! Power Sucks? Creating a New Democracy for Brighton & Hove

Brighton Rocks! Power Sucks? Creating a New Democracy for Brighton & Hove

Inspired by the new democratic movements at home and abroad, this is a day of creative engagement aiming to develop a vision on how democracy can be extended, enriched and made fit for purpose in 21st century Brighton... 

How to: Be a Theatre Producer

How to: Be a Theatre Producer

Learn all about the life and work of a theatre producer! What is a producer? Who are they? What do they do? Could you be a producer? Come along and find out. Panel discussion with industry experts, followed by Q & A session, and informal networking. 

How to Win a Pub Quiz

How to Win a Pub Quiz

Taking place in the cosy surroundings of the Kilderkin pub, How To Win A Pub Quiz looks to be an hour of interactive entertainment where the flyer promises you will learn, play, win prizes and laugh in between... 

Asking Nicely

Asking Nicely

In her funny and articulate show, Hannah Chutzpah presents her considered and inspiring take on the complexities of power and permission. Through poems that are tightly crafted stories and chat that’s amusing and well-researched, she contemplates how social class, gender, race and personality all have a part to play in the risks we feel able to take in life... 

TalkFest 2015: 02

TalkFest 2015: 02

Join Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland to explore what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Made in Scotland showcase, the Traverse Theatre’s own programme and the wider Edinburgh Festival and Fringe... 

The Comedian's Comedian Podcast Live

The Comedian's Comedian Podcast Live

The thinking person's late night alternative! Triple award-nominated podcast reveals your favourite comics' creative secrets. Previous guests include David Cross, Al Murray, Sarah Millican, Ross Noble... 

TalkFest 2015: 01

TalkFest 2015: 01

Join Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland to explore what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Made in Scotland showcase, the Traverse Theatre's own programme and the wider Edinburgh Festival and Fringe... 

Acting Human: Live Life Alive

Acting Human: Live Life Alive

For actors, writers, directors, performers and creatives of every kind (all of us), this entertaining and interactive talk reveals a fresh way to spark imagination and surprise in each new moment... 

Joe Wenborne: Fight Back at 50

Joe Wenborne: Fight Back at 50

Fight Back at 50 is the ultimate antidote to the mid-life crisis. This show is for anyone who is stuck in a rut and wants to climb straight out. If you crave excitement and believe your best is yet to come, then come and spend an hour with successful in-demand motivational speaker and entrepreneur Joe Wenborne who will entertain and inspire you...