In Conversation with… Christopher Brookmyre

In Conversation with… Christopher Brookmyre

Author of 24 crime and sci-fi novels, including Quite Ugly One Morning, All Fun And Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye and Black Widow, which won the 2016 McIlvanney Prize for Scott… 

Odyssey

Odyssey

Within the backdrop of his paintings, acclaimed Scottish artist Simon Laurie discusses the inspiration behind his four-week exhibition of recent work at The Scottish Arts Club, and… 

Mendelssohn in Scotland

Mendelssohn in Scotland

Felix Mendelssohn came to Scotland in 1829, drawn by myth and history, the works of Walter Scott, and our country’s natural beauty. 

Song over Scotland

Song over Scotland

Scotland’s dramatic history is illuminated by her music and traditional folksong. 

Edinburgh's Greatest Hits – The Story of the Capital's Music

Edinburgh's Greatest Hits – The Story of the Capital's Music

Discover the stories of the musicians who have stayed, played and made music in Scotland’s capital city with these entertaining, guided walking tours. 

A Tribute to Arthur Conan Doyle, the Man Behind and Beyond Sherlock Holmes

A Tribute to Arthur Conan Doyle, the Man Behind and Beyond Sherlock Holmes

A Tribute to Arthur Conan Doyle, the Man Behind and Beyond Sherlock Holmes with a discussion by New York author, Elizabeth Crowens and Tania Henzell, a relation of the Doyle family who has created an official Sherlock Holmes tartan… 

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… 

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… 

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… 

The Secret Policeman's Tour

The Secret Policeman's Tour

In cahoots with Deborah Frances-White (Guilty Feminist), Amnesty International’s revered Secret Policeman’s Tour comes to Edinburgh. This feast of super-talent boasts an exciting line-up in an electrifying night of comedy, music and discussion… 

In Conversation with... Patrick Harvie

In Conversation with... Patrick Harvie

Co-leader of the Scottish Green Party and MSP for the Glasgow area since 2003. Over the past 15 years he has become one of Scotland’s most notable voices on the subject of climate change and the environment, winning over many converts to the Scottish Greens with his passionate views about the fate of the planet… 

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… 

In Conversation with... Elaine C Smith

In Conversation with... Elaine C Smith

BAFTA-winning actor, comedian, singer, writer, independence campaigner, panto legend, feminist and socialist, Smith is rarely accused of lacking opinions. Fiercely funny and the most influential household name in Scotland… 

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… 

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… 

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… 

Gill Sims: Why Mummy Doesn’t Give A ****!

Gill Sims: Why Mummy Doesn’t Give A ****!

Author of online sensation Peter and Jane, Gill Sims is the number one best-selling author behind Why Mummy Drinks, its follow up “Why Mummy Swears and the recently announced Why Mummy Doesn’t Give A… 

Ideal School Exhibition Sponsored by the RSA

Ideal School Exhibition Sponsored by the RSA

The RSA was founded during the Enlightenment by William Shipley in 1754 with the first meeting being held at Rawthmell’s Coffee House, Covent Garden, London. Its foundation sits in the middle of an era of enlightenment societies, many of which were founded in Scotland… 

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… 

Positive Education Sponsored by the RSA

Positive Education Sponsored by the RSA

The RSA was founded during the Enlightenment by William Shipley in 1754 with the first meeting being held at Rawthmell’s Coffee House, Covent Garden, London. Its foundation sits in the middle of an era of enlightenment societies, many of which were founded in Scotland… 

Sarah McGuinness: Back to Blacks

Sarah McGuinness: Back to Blacks

Sarah McGuinness welcomes you Back to Blacks, the eclectic live music and chat show streaming regularly from Blacks Club, Soho. For one performance only, Sarah McGuinness, friends and special guests present the very best music, comedy and chat in Back to Blacks, the festival edition of her regular chat show from the London club… 

Edinburgh TV Festival Presents: Russell T Davies

Edinburgh TV Festival Presents: Russell T Davies

Russell T Davies is the man behind classic and acclaimed TV series Doctor Who, Queer As Folk, Torchwood and Cucumber, among many others. Join the legendary screenwriter and producer as he discusses his creations, career and the broader TV landscape in this unique live event. 

Teaching the Unspeakable: Talking About Genocide

Teaching the Unspeakable: Talking About Genocide

This EduMod session is curated by the Holocaust Education Trust and Remembering Srebrenica Scotland. Genocide education is one of the most sensitive and challenging aspects of the curriculum, but it is essential if prejudice and intolerance are to be challenged in civil society… 

In Conversation with... Barbara Dickson

In Conversation with... Barbara Dickson

Scotland’s top-selling female album artist of all time, Barbara Dickson has had a fifty-year life in music, telling stories through song and performance in the theatre, continuing to tour to this day… 

How to Raise a Teenager in 2019

How to Raise a Teenager in 2019

Who would be a parent in 2019? Social media, stress and anxiety, knife crime and drugs, and many more issues besides keep parents of teenagers awake at night. Is it harder being a parent now or should that narrative be challenged? In this session, highly experienced educators working with children and parents discuss all of these issues and suggest ways in which parents can support their children, helping them to navigate an ever-more complex world. 

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… 

Edinburgh’s Slavery Legacy

Edinburgh’s Slavery Legacy

In the second EduMod session on slavery, a specific focus on the city of Edinburgh will shine a light on what Scotland’s capital city gained from the transatlantic trade. Much is known about Glasgow and the recent report by Glasgow University shows just how much wealth was channelled into the development of the Empire’s second city… 

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… 

TalkFest – Anatomy of a Play: How Not to Drown

TalkFest – Anatomy of a Play: How Not to Drown

Over the last three years, playwright Nicola McCartney and actor Dritan Kastrati have worked together to tell Dritan’s story of two epic journeys of survival set against the backdrop of the Balkan Wars and the British care system… 

Scotland’s Debt: The Impact of the Slave Trade on the Nation’s Wealth

Scotland’s Debt: The Impact of the Slave Trade on the Nation’s Wealth

Scots have often salved their consciences over slavery by explaining it as an English phenomenon; only a handful of ships left Scotland for the triangular trade and it barely registers in comparison to cities like Liverpool and Bristol… 

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… 

In Conversation with... Val McDermid

In Conversation with... Val McDermid

Britain’s queen of crime fiction with more than 30 books to her name and 16 million worldwide sales discusses her new novel How the Dead Speak. Her work was adapted for the successful Wire in the Blood ITV series starring Robson Green and for the last 20 years she has produced at least one fresh story per year and says she has no notion of slowing down… 

TalkFest – Anatomy of a Play: How Not to Drown

TalkFest – Anatomy of a Play: How Not to Drown

Over the last three years, playwright Nicola McCartney and actor Dritan Kastrati have worked together to tell Dritan’s story of two epic journeys of survival set against the backdrop of the Balkan Wars and the British care system… 

Scotlandsfest

Scotlandsfest

The festival within the Festival invites you to enjoy fifteen varied afternoon sessions of stimulating conversation, readings and debate covering topics from George Orwell to Eduardo Paolozzi, the outer reaches of St Kilda to the inner workings of Glasgow, the science behind the standing stones to the political landscape of Scotland as she stands in the aftermath of Brexit… 

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… 

Ruby Wax: How To Be Human

Ruby Wax: How To Be Human

Based on her bestselling book, Ruby’s new show How to Be Human answers every question you’ve ever had about evolution, thoughts, emotions, the body, addictions, relationships, sex, kids, the future and compassion… 

Are the Kids Alright? Generation Z’s Mental Health Crisis

Are the Kids Alright? Generation Z’s Mental Health Crisis

Much has been written about the psychology of millennials, but what about their successors, Generation Z? Mental health issues are a constant of public debate and there is a perceived epidemic among young people… 

Will Artificial Intelligence Liberate or Infantilise Humanity?

Will Artificial Intelligence Liberate or Infantilise Humanity?

Artificial intelligence is not just coming, it is already here. What effect will this have on education? Sir Anthony Seldon, one of international education’s brightest and most provocative minds, will be speaking about his book The Fourth Education Revolution, which explores the impact of technology on learning… 

In Conversation with... Tom Devine

In Conversation with... Tom Devine

Tom Devine is arguably Scotland’s greatest living historian, having written or contributed to more than 25 books covering such areas as Scottish and Irish migration, Scottish industry and society since the 1700s, the transformation of rural Scotland, the Great Highland Famine, the impact of the Irish Famine on Scotland and Scotland’s tobacco lords… 

Charles Maclean Whisky Masterclass

Charles Maclean Whisky Masterclass

Charles MacLean has been researching and writing books and articles about whisky since 1981. He has published ten books to date, including the standard work on whisky brands, Scotch Whisky and the leading book on its subject, Malt Whisky, both of which were short-listed for Glenfiddich Awards… 

In Conversation with… Archie Macpherson

In Conversation with… Archie Macpherson

Macpherson’s 50-year-plus career in broadcasting and writing shows few signs of abating. A former teacher who rose to prominence at BBC Scotland in the late 1960s, becoming one of Britain’s most recognisable football presenters and commentators… 

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)… 

Rob Bell: An Introduction to Joy

Rob Bell: An Introduction to Joy

Former pastor Rob Bell is the New York Times bestselling author of Love Wins, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, The Zimzum of Love, How To Be Here and What is the Bible?. His podcast, RobCast, is the number one spirituality podcast… 

Promoting Diversity in Education

Promoting Diversity in Education

For diversity to be celebrated in society, the education system needs to model and embrace diversity. In recent years positive initiatives have been launched to increase the diversity of the education profession, but what progress has really been made? Are different voices tolerated? Are glass ceilings being broken? This session brings together representatives of WomenED Scotland, BAMEed and LGBT Scotland to explore the richness of the education system and what needs to be done to further the cause. 

What Role Does Education Play in Social Mobility?

What Role Does Education Play in Social Mobility?

Should schools be the main engines of social mobility? Or are teachers being tasked with a responsibility that truly belongs to the government? Is the education system supporting those who need it the most, or is supporting a cyclical intellectual poverty? In this session, two of the leading commentators on social mobility in the UK, Darren McGarvey and Hashi Mohamed, will debate the issues and show where we are getting it wrong. 

BBC: Loose Ends

BBC: Loose Ends

Join us in Edinburgh as we tie up the Loose Ends with cool music, lots of comedy and, of course, scintillating conversation. 

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… 

In Conversation with... Humza Yousaf

In Conversation with... Humza Yousaf

MSP for Glasgow Pollok, Cabinet Secretary for Justice. First elected in 2011, aged 26, the youngest ever Scottish Government Minister and first from an ethnic minority background as Minister for External Affairs and International Development… 

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… 

In Conversation with... Kezia Dugdale

In Conversation with... Kezia Dugdale

Kezia Dugdale has been an MSP since 2011 and was leader of the Scottish Labour Party from 2015 until 2017. A law graduate from Aberdeen University, Dugdale’s interests range across education, lifelong learning, social justice and welfare reform… 

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… 

In Conversation with... Nicola Sturgeon

In Conversation with... Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland’s First Minister chats to Graham Spiers about Scotland, politics, gender balance, favourite books and (maybe) eighties pop music. First elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999, currently MSP for the Glasgow Southside constituency… 

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. 

Arthur Conan Doyle – The Spiritualist

Arthur Conan Doyle – The Spiritualist

Whilst Arthur Conan Doyle is arguably most well known for bringing the legendary Sherlock Holmes to life through his novels, it is less well known that he was a devout spiritualist… 

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… 

Tony Slattery: Slattery Will Get You Nowhere

Tony Slattery: Slattery Will Get You Nowhere

After playing to packed houses at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe with a return to his greatest triumph Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Tony Slattery is back with a no-holds-barred reflection on his life and work… 

Speaking Out: A Conversation with John Bercow

Speaking Out: A Conversation with John Bercow

Speaking Out: A Conversation with John Bercow. After a decade in his post, John Bercow sets out his views on his role in Parliament and what he has witnessed in a turbulent decade in British political life (not least Brexit). 

BBC: Front Row

BBC: Front Row

BBC Radio 4’s magazine programme broadcasts about arts, literature, film, media and music from the festivals. 

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. 

TalkFest – Ways and Means: Theatre in 2019 and Beyond

TalkFest – Ways and Means: Theatre in 2019 and Beyond

What happens when we pair up two theatre artists from different backgrounds to co-host a discussion about what makes great theatre in 2019? Douglas Maxwell (Decky Does a Bronco, Charlie Sonata, The Whip Hand) is a self-proclaimed ‘old-school’ playwright and Jenny Lindsay (Flint and Pitch, This Script) is a spoken word poet, performer, writer and promoter… 

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… 

Scottish Youth Parliament: Are Student Voices Being Heard?

Scottish Youth Parliament: Are Student Voices Being Heard?

Pupil voice is one of the hottest topics in education right now, but what do young people want from their education? Just how democratic should schools and universities be when it comes to decision-making? This EduMod session is sponsored by the Scottish Youth Parliament, one of the most powerful voices that young people in Scotland have… 

In Conversation with… Len McCluskey

In Conversation with… Len McCluskey

Britain’s most influential trade union leader talks about the industrial and political challenges of leading over 1.2m members as General Secretary of UNITE the union; a campaigning 21st-century organisation fighting for justice and fairness in the workplace… 

Homer to Hip Hop: A History of Spoken Word

Homer to Hip Hop: A History of Spoken Word

A fun and fascinating tour of the oral tradition and the poetic movements that have shaped history presented by a former National Poetry Slam Champion. From the oral tradition to the Edinburgh Fringe, from Virgil to Biggy Smalls, meet the poetic movements that have shaped history… 

The Art of Stained Glass

The Art of Stained Glass

For centuries, the art of stained glass has embellished places of worship. Erlend Tait is one of a very small number of contemporary stained glass artists based in Scotland. After art school, he served a seven-year traineeship at Christian Shaw Stained Glass… 

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? 

Making a Murderer: Part 2 – Brendan Dassey’s Post-Conviction Lawyers Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin in Conversation

Making a Murderer: Part 2 – Brendan Dassey’s Post-Conviction Lawyers Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin in Conversation

Join Brendan Dassey’s lawyers Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin discussing coerced and false confessions, interrogation tactics, and Brendan’s wrongful conviction whose case has captivated the world in the Netflix’s smash docuseries Making a Murderer: Part 2… 

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! 

In Conversation with... David Hayman

In Conversation with... David Hayman

Fresh from touring The Benny Lynch Story, completing the film comedy Fisherman’s Friends, and playing Private Frazer in the remake of the lost episodes of Dad’s Army (and a few other things besides!), Scottish acting’s national treasure revisits a highlight-strewn career now in its fifth decade; though his love of live theatre doesn’t preclude some strong views on the shape it’s in… 

In Conversation with Standard Issue

In Conversation with Standard Issue

Standard Issue, the podcast founded by Sarah Millican, returns to Edinburgh for a fourth year. Made by women, for women, the magazine for your ears will host another two In Conversation events where the team chat to brilliant guests from the world of comedy and the media, including Rosie Jones and Laura Lexx*… 

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. 

In Conversation with... Shappi Khorsandi

In Conversation with... Shappi Khorsandi

Award-winning stand-up, cultural icon, author and columnist, with countless TV and radio credits (including I’m A Celebrity…). Recent President of Humanists UK (2016-19), Labour supporter, non-driving mother of two, with an honorary doctorate from the University of Winchester where she previously graduated with a drama degree… 

Amy Annette: What Women Want

Amy Annette: What Women Want

Join Amy and a panel of her more famous comedian friends at the recording of a live comedy conversation show. Previous guests such as Aisling Bea, Lolly Adefope, Sara Pascoe, James Acaster, Nish Kumar and more have sought to understand this great, unknowable, mystery of our time: women… 

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… 

Dominic Frisby Presents Adam Smith: Father of the Fringe

Dominic Frisby Presents Adam Smith: Father of the Fringe

Nowhere has Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand been harder at work than at the festival itself. In Smith’s own front room, MoneyWeek’s Dominic Frisby, author of Life After the State and Bitcoin: The Future of Money?, presents a lecture on the economics of the festival, and how it has proved the realisation of everything Adam Smith believed… 

In Conversation with... Michael Stewart

In Conversation with... Michael Stewart

A TV and newspaper pundit whose views on Scottish football and politics have roused vast armies of both admirers and detractors. A former footballer, Stewart spent seven years at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson, before going on to play for both Hearts and Hibs… 

BBC: Sara Cox

BBC: Sara Cox

Sara is live at the Edinburgh Fringe for a very special All Request Friday, with special guests and live music.  

Dominic Frisby Presents Adam Smith: Father of the Fringe

Dominic Frisby Presents Adam Smith: Father of the Fringe

Nowhere has Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand been harder at work than at the festival itself. 

Extracts from 1936 by Tom McNab

Extracts from 1936 by Tom McNab

Tom McNab, technical adviser on Chariots of Fire, delivers extracts from his play 1936 using extensive coverage of Riefenstahl’s Olympia film. The play focuses on Germany hosting the 1936 Olympics, America’s reaction and Jesse Owens. 

BBC: Jo Whiley

BBC: Jo Whiley

Jo Whiley broadcasts live from the Edinburgh Fringe, with special guests, music and performances. 

University Professors at the Fringe Networking Event

University Professors at the Fringe Networking Event

Fringe University believes that the Edinburgh Fringe makes an excellent classroom. Come meet and network with other university professors from around the world planning to, or already using, the Fringe for educational purposes. 

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… 

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… 

In Conversation with... Janey Godley

In Conversation with... Janey Godley

Multi award-winning, take-no-prisoners, passionate, lyrical, totally honest Scottish comedienne, TV and radio regular, playwright, blogger, bestselling author, columnist and, er, Trump nemesis talks to Graham Spiers about her Glasgow upbringing and her fierce and rare talent… 

In Conversation with... Ruth Davidson

In Conversation with... Ruth Davidson

Whatever else the history books will make of UK politics in 2019, it can at least acknowledge some impressive feminist credentials, with women leading parties right, left and centr… 

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? 

In Conversation with... John McDonnell

In Conversation with... John McDonnell

Shadow Chancellor since 2015 and MP for Hayes and Harlington since 1997, McDonnell has campaigned against the Iraq war and argued for curbs in bankers bonuses, decent pensions, free elderly care, a fair taxation system, defending the NHS and extending public ownership… 

The Butcher, the Brewer, the Baker... and the Commentator

The Butcher, the Brewer, the Baker... and the Commentator

Confused about money? Concerned about the economy? Join editor-in-chief of MoneyWeek and FT columnist Merryn Somerset Webb and/or financial writer and comedian Dominic Frisby as th… 

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… 

BBC: Just a Minute

BBC: Just a Minute

Come along to Just a Minute’s special recordings in Edinburgh. Witty and loquacious panellists try to speak for 60 seconds without hesitation, repetition or deviation. Expertly chaired by Nicholas Parsons. 

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… 

The Staircase: An Evening with David Rudolf from Netflix’s The Staircase

The Staircase: An Evening with David Rudolf from Netflix’s The Staircase

Join David Rudolf, defence attorney for Michael Peterson in the hit Netflix documentary series The Staircase, for an evening of discussion into the intimate details of the case and series… 

Tales of the Condemned

Tales of the Condemned

Take a look back at Scotland’s darker history as we delve into the lives of a few Scottish folk whose fates were sealed by being accused of witchcraft. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction as the tales are told of Scotland’s busiest witch, the witch in the bell tower, the witch that killed a cow, the Lady of Lawers and the last witch standing… 

Curriculum for Excellence 2.0

Curriculum for Excellence 2.0

Scotland launched the Curriculum for Excellence in 2010 after a significant amount of research and international input. It has been lauded for putting pupils at the heart of the learning process, emphasising the development of skills and empowering teachers as co-creators of the curriculum… 

In Conversation with... Ricky Ross

In Conversation with... Ricky Ross

From debut album Raintown to follow-up When The World Knows Your Name, through to 2016’s The Believers, Deacon Blue are one of the most respected and best-loved bands of their generation… 

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… 

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… 

Secret Dinosaur Cult Live

Secret Dinosaur Cult Live

Live comedy podcast about daddy issues, queerness, trauma and dinosaurs by comedian and (now) author Sofie Hagen and comedian and drag king Jodie Mitchell. ‘In an audio landscape governed by men talking to their friends about their interests under the guise of comedy, Secret Dinosaur Cult is punk rock, a breath of fresh air’ (Irish Times)… 

BBC: The Afternoon Show

BBC: The Afternoon Show

Janice Forsyth and Grant Stott present The Afternoon Show from the heart of the festivals, showcasing the best acts and talking to the biggest names in town. Broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland with highlights on BBC Scotland. 

BBC: The Tim Vine Chat Show

BBC: The Tim Vine Chat Show

Tim Vine hears the life stories of the public while showcasing his trademark gleeful wordplay and silly songs. 

In Conversation with... Jo Caulfield

In Conversation with... Jo Caulfield

A regular on Have I Got News For You, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Just a Minute and Stop The Press. Fringe award winner who headlines the UK’s biggest and best comedy clubs, whilst in high demand on the corporate circuit… 

The Biggest Problem in the World: Our Problem With Problems (and Why Truth Matters)

The Biggest Problem in the World: Our Problem With Problems (and Why Truth Matters)

Who hasn’t had a problem they’ve struggled to solve? You struggle, I struggle and the world struggles. Often, however, these are solvable problems. Virtually every problem is somehow unclear, and more often than not, we neglect to clarify it… 

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… 

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… 

Blair Bowman Whisky Tasting

Blair Bowman Whisky Tasting

Come taste and learn about whisky with Blair Bowman, the author of the bestselling Pocket Guide to Whisky, featuring the WhiskyTubeMap. Blair regularly hosts whisky training sessions and multi-sensory whisky tasting experiences around the world… 

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… 

BBC: Susan Calman's Fringe Benefits

BBC: Susan Calman's Fringe Benefits

Susan Calman takes a fast-paced whistle-stop tour of Edinburgh’s comic delights. Join us for a show jam-packed with comedy, irreverent banter, gossip and outrageous chat, all with a sprinkling of glamour. 

The Butcher, the Brewer, the Baker... and the Commentator

The Butcher, the Brewer, the Baker... and the Commentator

Confused about money? Concerned about the economy? Join editor-in-chief of MoneyWeek and FT columnist Merryn Somerset Webb and/or financial writer and comedian Dominic Frisby as they interview, talk over and argue with a well-known group of economics, politics and finance gurus (with a few comedians chucked in for fun)… 

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… 

Laughing Horse Free Best in Comedy Chat Show

Laughing Horse Free Best in Comedy Chat Show

This chat show is the perfect guide to what comedy you should see at the Fringe as host Vladimir McTavish, one of Scotland’s finest stand-ups, introduces this intimate and hilarious early-evening soiree – featuring the very best in chat, laughs and stand-up comedy from three of the Fringe’s best comedy performers, all hand-picked from venues around the Fringe by the show’s host… 

Nicholas Parsons' Happy Hour

Nicholas Parsons' Happy Hour

Join Nicholas Parsons, comedy actor and legendary host of Radio 4’s Just a Minute, for an unmissable hour of fun and laughter in the company of some very special guests. Celebrating a magnificent 19 years on the Fringe, this sell-out comedy and chat show has previously featured Jason Byrne, John Bishop, Sue Perkins, Shappi Khorsandi, Gyles Brandreth, Micky Flanagan, Michael McIntyre and many more top acts… 

Richard Herring: RHLSTP

Richard Herring: RHLSTP

‘The Podfather’ (Guardian) and ‘King of Edinburgh’ (List), probably best known for playing a policeman on Ant and Dec Unleashed, brings his multi award-winning podcast to Edinburgh for his 25th Fringe… 

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 – but philosophical. Every day a different line-up of the Fringe’s top stand-up comedians join professional philosophers in trying to answer the big questions of philosophy, making philosophical arguments as well as doing jokes (although there are also plenty of jokes)… 

Luka Muller's Gong Show

Luka Muller's Gong Show

A parade of comedians have 90 seconds of safety to impress the crowd, before facing the gong and the wrath of special guest judges! Always fun and loose, don’t miss this fast-paced comedy cavalcade… 

Iain Dale: All Talk

Iain Dale: All Talk

Award-winning LBC radio presenter, CNN political commentator and For the Many podcast host brings his acclaimed, incisive insight on current affairs to the Fringe for the first time… 

Iain Dale: All Talk

Iain Dale: All Talk

Award-winning LBC radio presenter, CNN political commentator and For the Many podcast host brings his acclaimed, incisive insight on current affairs to the Fringe for the first time… 

The Spy Who Doped Me

The Spy Who Doped Me

The margin between success and failure in elite sport can be miniscule. The investment into sporting success can be millions of pounds for a handful of medals. While some athletes and coaches look to marginal gains for success, others adopt a more straightforward approach: doping... 

Plumbing the Death Star Live

Plumbing the Death Star Live

Sanspants Radio present Plumbing the Death Star Live. One of Australia's most popular pop culture podcasts will be performing for the first time at Edinburgh Fringe, in which we ask the important questions in pop culture and dissect fictional universes... 

In Conversation With... Mike Russell

In Conversation With... Mike Russell

Minister for UK negotiations on Scotland's place in Europe and MSP for Argyll and Bute. A fierce campaigner and debater, he is a part-time professor of culture and governance at the University of Glasgow... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Build Your Own Brand Workshop

Build Your Own Brand Workshop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. In this workshop, we will explore how self-branding is important for any type of performer. With a series of practical exercises, we will help you to discover the potential of your own 'brand'... 

How to Do a Show at the Fringe

How to Do a Show at the Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest open access arts festival in the world. The Fringe can be a brilliant experience and invaluable for your career, but you need to be prepared... 

May Contain Neanderthal

May Contain Neanderthal

Our genes make us who we are. DNA is our destiny. And our ancestry. Neither of these statements are correct, but offer simple and seductive explanations that obscure the much more complicated reality... 

In Conversation With... Jonathan Watson

In Conversation With... Jonathan Watson

After graduating from RSAMD, Watson joined Glasgow Citizens' TAG Theatre, before working with Traverse, Borderline, 7:84, Royal Lyceum, Perth Rep and Scottish Theatre Company. Theatre work includes Rob Drummond's Quiz Show, John Byrne's adaptation of Chekhov's The Three Sisters, National Theatre of Scotland's Yer Granny and Douglas Maxwell’s The Whip Hand... 

Disabled Artists Meetup

Disabled Artists Meetup

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A mixer to celebrate disabled artists and allies coming together at the Fringe from all over the world. Join us for a drink, make connections, meet future collaborators and celebrate our successes in a supportive and fun environment!  

Beyond Borders International Festival 2018

Beyond Borders International Festival 2018

Join authors, politicians, artists, diplomats and international cultural leaders for a weekend of panel debates, music, performing and visual arts, storytelling, poetry, walks and cycle rides in the stunning grounds of Traquair House, Scotland's oldest inhabited house... 

Meet the Producers

Meet the Producers

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. This hour and a half session provides an informal session with a panel of experienced performing arts producers, who will explain the secrets of their trade and answer your questions  

In Conversation With... Arnold Brown

In Conversation With... Arnold Brown

Arnold Brown first came to prominence in the early 1980s at Soho's Comedy Store and later, at the Comic Strip live show, with Alexei Sayle, Rik Mayall and French and Saunders et al... 

#YesAllMen 

#YesAllMen 

Time’s up; but on what, exactly? Are the Weinsteins of the world isolated bad apples, individuals who use their positions of power to take advantage of vulnerable women, or is it a much deeper problem? Are men just not listening when women refuse sex? Or can women not refuse at all? Join feminist philosopher Dr Elinor Mason (University of Edinburgh) to explore consent, entitlement and the cultural systems which mean women are denied the authority to refuse sex. 

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... 

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... 

Contracts: The Why, What and How Explained

Contracts: The Why, What and How Explained

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Whenever your organisation enters into a business arrangement there is likely to be a contract in existence, whether it is written or just implied by conversation and actions... 

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Creative work is usually made in harmony but deciding who owns the final work can cause uncertainty and strife. This session will teach you the basic rules that help you decide if there is copyright in a work, who owns the copyright in a work and how to use a work when you are not the copyright owner... 

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... 

When Is Lying Good?

When Is Lying Good?

Would you lie to the government about who you are? How about to your doctor? Maybe to big companies? Whilst online shopping? How about on your Facebook profile? Do they need your real date of birth? Is lying the best way to protect yourself from being profiled and manipulated by who knows what company? Amy Tilbrook (Administrative Data Research Centre – Scotland) examines whether the digital information gathered about us every day is true and what the consequences might be if it's not. 

Whose Story Is It Anyway?

Whose Story Is It Anyway?

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Our stages, our stories. Engaging discussion examining the representation of disabled lives on stage and the impact of casting 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... 

In Conversation With... Ruby Wax

In Conversation With... Ruby Wax

A much-loved comedian for over 25 years, at the peak of her success Ruby bizarrely jumped ship to gain a master's degree from Oxford in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, then produced two best-selling books – Sane New World and A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled... 

Being a Female Leader in Theatre

Being a Female Leader in Theatre

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join our panel of women leading the theatre industry as they share the learning experiences that built their careers, offer their top three life lessons to becoming an industry leader, suggest practical steps for excelling in your career beyond the Fringe and answer the questions you’re burning to ask... 

Demystifying Access: How to Create Better Access for Audiences

Demystifying Access: How to Create Better Access for Audiences

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. How can artists, companies, producers and venues create better access for audiences? Join Unlimited, the commissioning programme for disability-led artworks, to demystify how to creatively embed access and use it to enhance artistic dialogue and content without compromising on aesthetics... 

Opportunities for New Musical Theatre After the Fringe

Opportunities for New Musical Theatre After the Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. If you’re a producer, director or writer of a new musical at the Fringe, join us for networking, advice and discussion about further opportunities in the UK for your current or future musical theatre production... 

1-2-1 with the Independent Theatre Council

1-2-1 with the Independent Theatre Council

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. An opportunity for new companies, producers and other fringe participants to discuss their legal, financial, management and marketing issues with ITC's expert team... 

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... 

ISPA Series at the Fringe: Regional Focus – Latin America

ISPA Series at the Fringe: Regional Focus – Latin America

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe Participants. Latin America is a vast region representing many cultures. As the region’s cultural riches grow in global impact, there are many opportunities for exchange... 

In Conversation With... Archie Macpherson

In Conversation With... Archie Macpherson

Macpherson's 50+ year career in broadcasting and writing shows few signs of abating. A former teacher who rose to prominence at BBC Scotland in the late 1960s, becoming one of Britain's most recognisable football presenters and commentators... 

Will Pigs Save Our Bacon?

Will Pigs Save Our Bacon?

We're desperately short of organs for transplant, so the possibility of transplanting from pigs to humans (xenotransplantation) has many people excited. Dr James Lowe (University of Edinburgh) will explore whether this promise will – or should – ever be realised... 

Blank Page

Blank Page

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Much of the theatre we make starts with a story or a script given to us by someone else. But what if we started with a blank page? What if we could make theatre from our own ideas, our own perspective, our own stories? Founded on the core values of ownership, authorship and collaboration this session explores practical ways to support young artists to develop their ideas and find their voice through performance. 

Meet the YMC

Meet the YMC

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Equity has a committee of young members (aged 30 and under) who aim to protect, promote and extend the rights and interests of their peers in the entertainment industry... 

Big Boys Don't Cry

Big Boys Don't Cry

Toxic masculinity is blamed for everything from the #MeToo movement to rates of male suicide. Dr Fiona McQueen (Edinburgh Napier University) wants to know whether men becoming more emotional can undo the nasty sides of manliness... 

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... 

In Conversation With... KT Tunstall

In Conversation With... KT Tunstall

KT Tunstall's enchanting and engaging songs resonate throughout pop culture. Now Los Angeles-based, her 2004 classic debut Eye to the Telescope spawned international hits including Suddenly I See, winning the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song in 2006 and helping earn her first BRIT Award for Best British Female Artist along with Grammy and Mercury Prize nominations in 2007... 

National Touring With Black Theatre Live

National Touring With Black Theatre Live

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A panel discussion of producers, theatre directors and Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) companies from Black Theatre Live on their experience of touring together... 

Equity: Drop-in Advice

Equity: Drop-in Advice

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Informal, individual drop-in space for you to ask Equity’s advice about your work or career – contracts, pay, training, marketing or any other issue you want to discuss... 

COMMON: Networking Event for Working-Class Artists at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

COMMON: Networking Event for Working-Class Artists at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

COMMON is an arts organisation which exists to support the UK theatre industry in achieving greater socio-economic diversity, and help working-class artists build sustainable careers in theatre... 

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... 

Concerto for Gin – A Tour of Scotland

Concerto for Gin – A Tour of Scotland

Premium Scottish gin and piano music delivered by two equally premium Scottish people! So sit back and let hospitality blogger Amanda Currie (The Bonnie Bartender) and pianist Fraser Harrington take you on a tour around Scotland by sampling some of the finest gins on the market, each accompanied by music from the same area... 

The Dark Side of Fluorescence

The Dark Side of Fluorescence

Dr Amy Davies (Heriot-Watt University) invites you to delve into the deep oceans and dark forests where enchanting fluorescent creatures such as jellyfish and fireflies live. Their fluorescence has allowed scientists to make other animals that can glow in the dark... 

Dignity in the Workplace – Changing the Culture

Dignity in the Workplace – Changing the Culture

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join Equity, The Independent Theatre Council and UK Theatre in discussing the industry’s response to bullying and harassment... 

Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Performing Arts Company

Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Performing Arts Company

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. This session provides an overview of the fundamental information that you should be aware of when setting up a performing arts company... 

Misha Glenny: McMafia

Misha Glenny: McMafia

Journalist and author Misha Glenny has spent years courageously investigating the most dangerous and sophisticated organised crime networks around the world. His international bestseller McMafia, now a hit BBC TV series, is known to millions and in this illuminating talk Glenny will shed further light on the Russian mafia, giant drug cartels, corrupt intelligence agencies and cyber hackers that pose an increasing threat to global security in the 21st century. 

Is Astronaut Food the Future?

Is Astronaut Food the Future?

With growing pressure on the planet's resources, food production is having to get more high-tech. Are you worried about what's in it? From looking at food provisions in extreme environments like space, researchers and engineers have come up with some very interesting but controversial solutions which are now making their way into mainstream food production... 

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. 

In Conversation With... Judy Murray

In Conversation With... Judy Murray

Former Scottish tennis international with 64 national title successes, Judy was appointed Scottish National coach in 1995, becoming the first woman to pass the LTA's Performance Coach Award... 

The Fringe Fair

The Fringe Fair

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. An opportunity to meet key organisations such as funders, arts councils, training providers and agencies. Taking the format of a career fair, you can browse from table to table gathering the knowledge and advice you need... 

Ruby Wax: Frazzled

Ruby Wax: Frazzled

Your passport to saner living. Drop-dead gorgeous, sassy and smart, Ruby brings her one-woman show back to Edinburgh after sell-out success in 2017. Poster girl for mental illness, once crazy, now less so, she gives a tour of the mind – how to use it, not lose it, based on her bestseller, A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled... 

The Naked Blind Data Show

The Naked Blind Data Show

Do you want to reveal yourself to the world? Does your data show more than you think? To whom? We think our personal information is private. But should it be? New laws seek to protect data privacy rights – even as Facebook and Google collect our information... 

Conquering Performance Anxiety

Conquering Performance Anxiety

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Dr Pippa Wheble is a GP with a special interest in performing arts medicine and performance anxiety. She is a Transformational Breath Facilitator™ and trainer... 

Devoted and Disgruntled: What Can We All Do to Build a More Sustainable Fringe for Everyone?

Devoted and Disgruntled: What Can We All Do to Build a More Sustainable Fringe for Everyone?

Part of the Fringe Central Programme for Fringe participants. Artist, technician, venue staff or audience member – you’ll know the pains as well as the joys of the Fringe. This is your chance to help make the Fringe work better for the very people who give it reason... 

Fringes Around the World: What Fringe Next?

Fringes Around the World: What Fringe Next?

Performer/producer? Want to tour the world? What touring opportunities are out there? A once-a-year chance to meet and hear from fringe festival directors from around the world; alongside a fascinating insight from performers who have been there and done it! Join the discussion and get the insights, hear and share how to take part and how they differ to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe... 

Tales of the Unacceptable

Tales of the Unacceptable

In the wake of #MeToo and #TimesUp Sameena Zehra and Seymour Mace set out to examine UK comedy. Come along and find out what happened next. We're on a mission to make the UK comedy industry a place where people can spend their time creating and facilitating art rather than wasting their time fashioning poisoned darts (both literal and metaphorical) to fend off all the f*ckwits... 

In Conversation With... Emily Thornberry

In Conversation With... Emily Thornberry

Emily Thornberry, MP for Islington South and Finsbury, is the Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Shadow First Secretary of State. As well as representing the Labour Party on foreign affairs, Emily also deputises for Jeremy Corbyn during PMQs... 

Brighton Up Your Fringe!

Brighton Up Your Fringe!

Ready to take your show to England’s largest arts festival? Want to showcase your work to a fresh audience? If you answered yes to these questions, this is the event for you! Learn how to take part in Brighton Fringe 2019... 

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 out? Is copyright just for large corporations? Or does copyright also serve the interests of individual creators 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 could we live without it in today's post-digital society... 

Plumbing the Death Star Live

Plumbing the Death Star Live

Sanspants Radio present Plumbing the Death Star Live. One of Australia's most popular pop culture podcasts will be performing for the first time at Edinburgh Fringe, in which we ask the important questions in pop culture and dissect fictional universes... 

In Conversation With... Richard Leonard

In Conversation With... Richard Leonard

A proud socialist and trade unionist, elected Scottish Labour Party leader in 2017 on a radical programme of change. His ambition is to build a society where the economy serves the interests of the many, not the few... 

Disobey: Art as Activism in a Time of Turmoil

Disobey: Art as Activism in a Time of Turmoil

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. ‘Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state has become lawless and corrupt’ (Mahatma Gandhi). Does art have the power to generate social and political change? It’s a question that has been discussed endlessly over the centuries, but seems especially timely in the past few years... 

Politics of the Tooth Fairy

Politics of the Tooth Fairy

Jan Clarkson (University of Dundee/NHS Education for Scotland) and Craig Ramsay (The University of Aberdeen) told us at previous cabarets to stop brushing our teeth and to skip our scale and polish... 

Script Surgeries

Script Surgeries

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Writing a play and looking for some advice on how to take it to the next draft? The script surgeries are 50-minute, one-to-one sessions on an extract from your play with professional playwrights... 

We Need To Talk About

We Need To Talk About

Award-winning Jolyon Rubinstein's hit satirical podcast is leaving the comfort of the Spotify studio and traveling to Edinburgh for three exclusive recordings. As always, Jolyon will be joined by three top-notch guests for your amusement and horror... 

Suspect Confessions

Suspect Confessions

Have you ever admitted to something you didn't do? At home? At work? What would it take to own up to breaking the law? It's surprisingly common for innocent people to confess to crimes they haven't committed... 

Creative Producing: A Workshop

Creative Producing: A Workshop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A taster of Mountview’s Masters in Creative Producing, led by its course leader. Whether attendees are interested in applying for the course or not, Chris will talk about the key building blocks of Creative Producing from commissioning writers and working with venues through to financial planning and casting... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

Footballers Have Feelings Too

Footballers Have Feelings Too

And we can learn from them. Across the globe, many footballers and other athletes have actively engaged with issues related to peace, racism and social inequities. These voices not only highlight important social and political topics, but also make the school curriculum feel more relevant to pupils – especially some working class students who are not fully participating in their education... 

In Conversation With... Barbara Dickson

In Conversation With... Barbara Dickson

Scotland's top-selling female album artist of all time, Barbara Dickson has had a fifty-year life in music, telling stories through song and performance in the theatre and continuing to tour to this day... 

Rural Touring in the UK

Rural Touring in the UK

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. How does rural touring work in the UK? How can you take part? Gain insights on the benefits and opportunities in rural touring... 

Voice and Movement Workshop

Voice and Movement Workshop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. These practical workshops are led by senior staff of East 15 who will offer tools for keeping your voice, your body and your playful imagination alive during a demanding run... 

In Conversation With... Rory Bremner

In Conversation With... Rory Bremner

Rory Bremner is the multi-talented impressionist, comedian, satirist, translator, columnist, writer, presenter and actor. Rory is best known for writing and starring in the political satire show Bremner, Bird and Fortune, for nearly twenty years... 

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... 

Visual Theatre Meet-up

Visual Theatre Meet-up

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. The development of artists informs everything we do. Working with other leading, strategic Scottish organisations who also support puppeteers, clowns, physical and visual theatre artists, together we deliver year-round artist development and showcasing opportunities... 

COMMON: GROUND – Barriers to Staging Work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as a Working-Class Artist

COMMON: GROUND – Barriers to Staging Work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as a Working-Class Artist

COMMON: GROUND is an initiative developed by COMMON, an arts organisation who exist to support the UK theatre industry in achieving greater socio-economic diversity, delivered with support from leading theatres across the country... 

The Butcher, the Brewer, the Baker... and Merryn Somerset Webb

The Butcher, the Brewer, the Baker... and Merryn Somerset Webb

Confused about money? Concerned about the economy? Join editor-in-chief of Moneyweek and FT columnist Merryn Somerset Webb as she interviews, talks over and argues with a well-known group of economics, politics and finance gurus (with a few comedians chucked in for fun)... 

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... 

All News Is Fake News!

All News Is Fake News!

We’re all brainwashed, biased and influenced by personal experience, even scientists. But there are ways to notice and counter this. Join scientists Professor David Finnegan (University of Edinburgh) and Sarah Keer-Keer (Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology) to find out how evidence and emotion affect how we make decisions and how science can help us to think more clearly and pick our way through the fake news minefield. 

Site Specific Theatre Practice

Site Specific Theatre Practice

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. An interactive session with the head of Mountview’s Site-Specific Theatre Practice MA and pioneer of site-specific theatre Geraldine Pilgrim... 

Dyslexia Awareness in the Arts

Dyslexia Awareness in the Arts

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Did you know that dyslexia isn’t only about difficulties with reading, writing and spelling? It is estimated that 1 in 10 people are dyslexic... 

Why Performance?

Why Performance?

Why Performance? is a series of panel discussions exploring the contributions that performance makes to human life and development. Discussions with experts and practitioners from diverse fields will explore: Performance and the advancement of human knowledge, performance and the advancement of human rights, with a representative from Amnesty International and performance and the advancement of human endeavour across three days... 

In Conversation With... Mark Thomas

In Conversation With... Mark Thomas

Arguably the UK's most effective and best known political performer, winning awards for his stage shows and human rights campaigning, including the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award... 

Schools at the Fringe

Schools at the Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. The Fringe Society is looking at how we engage with schools in Scotland and how this can be improved. If you are an artist or venue working with schools, join us as we explore what teachers want from the Fringe, and how best to talk to them... 

Audience With a Transvestite

Audience With a Transvestite

He/she is back at the fringe to tell of his enduring happily married life as Maxine. With a boat called Fanny, this classic car mechanic, with wife Rosita, share their joys, trials and tribulations, of living with transvestism... 

1-2-1 Surgeries for Creative Artists

1-2-1 Surgeries for Creative Artists

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. We invite seven companies or theatre makers to have a session to explore their creative path. Where you are now? What do you need to manifest to make a difference? What are your priorities? And how do you use the rest of your time at the Fringe most wisely? CGO also run monthly surgeries in London and Edinburgh on a pay-what-you-can basis. 

ISPA Series at the Fringe: Who Pays the Artists?

ISPA Series at the Fringe: Who Pays the Artists?

Costs are rising, while subsidies are shrinking and consumer behaviours are changing rapidly. How do we keep our industry’s ecosystem viable with the competing demands for resources? And ultimately, who is responsible for paying the artist? Should producers and presenters keep an eye on the economics and leave the artist to endure market forces? Or should the artists take control and create the cultural economy themselves? In a mixed economy who gets paid and who doesn’t – those who are worthy or those who shout the loudest? 

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... 

Persistent and Nasty

Persistent and Nasty

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. The first Edinburgh outing of the debate series focussing on the female-identified voice in stage and screen. Male, male-identified, and gender fluid audience members are also very welcome... 

Robin Ince: Chaos of Delight

Robin Ince: Chaos of Delight

An artist's manifesto of delight and curiosity from bohemians to black holes, Dali to DNA. A frenetic hour of art, science and stupid voices. Robin Ince, winner of Rose d'Or, Sony Gold and, most importantly, Pointless Celebrities... 

In Conversation With... Darren McGarvey

In Conversation With... Darren McGarvey

Also known as Loki the Scottish Rapper, McGarvey is a troublemaking hip hop recording artist, community activist, an unusually scrupulous columnist and social commentator. He is the author of 2017's Poverty Safari – powerful, provocative and entirely necessary at this time... 

Disgust for Dummies

Disgust for Dummies

What do dirty floors and corrupted politicians have in common? They are both revolting. Disgust evolved to protect us from contamination and harm, being it physical or moral. But are these feelings an immovable reality or can we change them? Is our moral compass regulated by the same mechanisms that prevent us from drinking expired milk? And why is it important to know? This is a journey led by Dr Anna Sedda (Heriot-Watt University) into understanding and accepting disgust. 

Audible Presents

Audible Presents

Audible hosts two weeks of completely free live comedy shows, showcasing the finest acts the festival has to offer, all being recorded for audio series Audible Presents. Previous shows have featured Reginald D Hunter, Josie Long, Mark Watson, Dane Baptiste, Sofie Hagen, Ed Gamble, Phil Wang, Angela Barnes, Paul Foot, Jason Byrne, Jayde Adams, Andrew Maxwell and Tony Law... 

Mental Health Is a Fringe Issue

Mental Health Is a Fringe Issue

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Mental health is an increasingly prominent theme of Fringe shows. Here the Mental Health Foundation, which supports artistic work exploring mental health through its annual Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF) and other programmes, hosts a workshop to examine the challenges this kind of work presents for performers and audiences... 

University Professors at the Fringe Networking Event

University Professors at the Fringe Networking Event

Fringe University believes that the Edinburgh Fringe makes an excellent classroom. Come meet and network with other university professors from around the world planning to, or already using, the Fringe for educational purposes. 

Text Analysis Through the Body

Text Analysis Through the Body

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. In this workshop the Head of the MA Classical and Contemporary Text programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Marc Silberschatz, will lead a practical, physical workshop that explores text through the body... 

Cows Eat Grass, Don’t They?

Cows Eat Grass, Don’t They?

The cows that made the milk that went into your tea or your cereal this morning might be housed all-year round in large sheds. The dairy sector is changing from the image we all hold in our heads of cows in fields munching green grass... 

Artists of Colour Meetup

Artists of Colour Meetup

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. As part of the conversation on race, colorism and art activism, Shaina and pursuitofnappiness.org hosts the 4th Annual Artist of Colour Meetup... 

Plumbing the Death Star Live

Plumbing the Death Star Live

Sanspants Radio present Plumbing the Death Star Live. One of Australia's most popular pop culture podcasts will be performing for the first time at Edinburgh Fringe, in which we ask the important questions in pop culture and dissect fictional universes... 

Make It as a Musical Director

Make It as a Musical Director

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. An interactive session with specialist staff from Mountview, one of the UK's leading Musical Theatre training providers... 

The Comedy Conversation

The Comedy Conversation

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join Leicester Comedy Festival Founding Director Geoff Rowe for an in-depth interview with a Fringe comedian talking about how they have navigated the Fringe over the years and how to make the best of taking part each August... 

Acting for Auditions

Acting for Auditions

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A hands-on acting workshop looking at contemporary and classical monologues for auditions run by Mountview’s heads of Postgraduate Performance Merryn Owen and Sherrill Gow... 

The Biggest Problem in the World: Our Problem With Problems (and Why Truth Matters)

The Biggest Problem in the World: Our Problem With Problems (and Why Truth Matters)

Who hasn’t had a problem they’ve struggled to solve? We struggle, and the world struggles. On one hand, it’s not surprising: virtually every problem in life is in some way unclear... 

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... 

Reverend Richard Coles: Confessions

Reverend Richard Coles: Confessions

Join former 80s pop star turned vicar and broadcaster Reverend Richard Coles – co-host of BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live and BBC One's The Big Painting Challenge, star of Strictly Come Dancing 2017 and panelist on Have I Got News for You, QI and Would I Lie to You? – for an hour of candid chat and confessions with special guests and celebrity friends... 

Bilingualism(s) in Theatre: Creating Artistic Languages

Bilingualism(s) in Theatre: Creating Artistic Languages

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A practical and interactive workshop to discover new ways of making theatre beyond language and cultural boundaries! Challenge yourself at the tip of the tongue and get to work with award-winning theatre companies... 

Ditch the Classroom; Speak in Tongues!

Ditch the Classroom; Speak in Tongues!

Everybody believes that education is good: the more, the better. But what if the benefits of education are mainly due to knowing different languages? Does this mean we don't need to study maths, biology or technology? Could our children have more hours in the day for play and do just as well in life? How many of us really need the specialist knowledge to prepare us for a possible medical career? Join Dr Thomas Bak (The University of Edinburgh) for this controversial take on educating future generations! 

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... 

Acting Through Song

Acting Through Song

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. An interactive session with specialist staff from Mountview, one of the UK's leading Musical Theatre training providers... 

Asian Artists Gathering

Asian Artists Gathering

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A tea-time gathering for Asian artists participating in or attending the Fringe as well as for those who have an interest in developing/touring work in Asia to come together... 

Turn to the Darknet

Turn to the Darknet

The internet presents new opportunities for being both hidden and exposed. Intelligence agencies and various governments fret about the advantages online anonymity gives miscreants and malcontents... 

School of Batman – Live!

School of Batman – Live!

Batman is the world's greatest scientist and we can prove it. School of Batman is a podcast where academics help Batman fight crime utilising their research. In this show, it starts with a tour of some of the science of Batman on film, from the camp crusader of Adam West to the gritty realism of the Batfleck... 

In Conversation With Standard Issue

In Conversation With Standard Issue

Join Standard Issue Podcast – the smart and witty women's magazine for your ears – as it hosts a panel of brilliant women from the world of comedy and media in conversation about funnies, feminism and more... 

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... 

In Conversation With... Donald Findlay

In Conversation With... Donald Findlay

One of Scotland’s most recognisable, talented and controversial figures. As a defence lawyer he has been involved in some of Scotland’s most high-profile criminal cases and scored numerous successes, usually with a dash of the Findlay swagger or dry humour thrown in for good measure... 

Stand Up to Stand Out

Stand Up to Stand Out

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Humour is essential in our everyday lives and defines our humanity. As the leading community in female comedy, Funny Women runs many workshops to help people to perform, write and do business with humour... 

Bilingual Korea / UK Producers Workshop

Bilingual Korea / UK Producers Workshop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. We invite Korean and UK producers and theatre makers present in Edinburgh to discuss collaborations which are possible across our languages, cultures and nations – to meet new producers, new writers, new companies and new ideas... 

In Conversation With... Val McDermid

In Conversation With... Val McDermid

Britain's queen of crime fiction with more than 30 books to her name and 16 million worldwide sales. Her work was adapted for the successful Wire in the Blood series on ITV starring Robson Green and for the last 20 years she has produced at least one fresh story per year and says she has no notion of slowing down... 

Ed Patrick: Comedians' Surgery

Ed Patrick: Comedians' Surgery

Welcome to the Comedians' Surgery, take your seat, we'll be with you shortly. Following a highly successful Fringe 2017 season, and a BBC Radio 5 Live recommended podcast, comedian and junior doctor Ed Patrick returns with a limited run of his unique chat show – comedians talking health... 

The Business of Playwriting

The Business of Playwriting

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join a panel of professional practitioners, including colleagues with responsibilities for funding and fundraising, to discuss making a career as a playwright in Scotland... 

Women of the Fringe: A Networking Event

Women of the Fringe: A Networking Event

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. 2018 is the Year of the Woman and we are excited to honor and recognize the fabulous femmes of the Fringe! Come celebrate, commiserate, and collaborate with wonderfully talented artists, performers, directors, writers, theatre makers, and practitioners of all kinds from across this year’s festival – relax, hang out, and network... 

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... 

Fibre Optics Can Save the World!

Fibre Optics Can Save the World!

The magical internet-providing properties of fibre optics are well known. But hardly anyone has heard of fibre optics that can diagnose cancer or detect gravity waves, and Matthew Partridge (Southampton University) isn't happy about that... 

Why Is Mental Illness So Goddamn Controversial?

Why Is Mental Illness So Goddamn Controversial?

Psychiatrist Stephen Lawrie (The University of Edinburgh) thinks mental illness is needlessly controversial – and the controversy is destroying our mental health services. Artificial battle lines are drawn between two stereotypes: 'pill-peddling' doctors under the influence of big bad pharma versus caring, sharing talking therapists who get to 'the root of the problem'... 

You, Me and Everything In-Between

You, Me and Everything In-Between

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Award-winning theatre company Glas(s) Performance lead a workshop on creating intergenerational theatre that seeks to inspire and provoke... 

In Conversation With... Paddy Hill

In Conversation With... Paddy Hill

One of the so-called Birmingham Six, wrongfully convicted of the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974, at that time the worst terrorist atrocity in mainland Britain. Along with the fight to free Mandela, the campaign to free the Six became one of the biggest human rights campaigns in the world, finally resulting in the quashing of their convictions in 1991... 

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... 

V for Verbatim

V for Verbatim

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join the creative team from Blackout, a play scripted entirely from interviews with recovering alcoholics, for a workshop exploring the use of verbatim text in building dramatic stories for the stage... 

A Mentally Well Fringe

A Mentally Well Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. The Fringe can be a stressful and pressured time (as well as an exciting one!), we will offer Fringe participants the opportunity to sample some experiences commonly used in psychological therapy practice, which are known to help mental well-being... 

We're All Mental!

We're All Mental!

The history of mental disorder is full of instances of labels of mental disorders being used to control what was deemed as unacceptable or dangerous. The science of mental health is as much determined by cultural norms as it is by its methods of enquiry... 

Bilingual China / UK Producers Workshop

Bilingual China / UK Producers Workshop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. We invite Chinese and UK producers and theatre makers present in Edinburgh to discuss collaborations which are possible across our languages, cultures and nations – to meet new producers, new writers, new companies, and new ideas... 

Discover Down Under at Adelaide Fringe

Discover Down Under at Adelaide Fringe

Discover Adelaide Fringe, Australia’s largest open access festival! The Fringe transforms Adelaide into a festival wonderland, with over 1,200 events across every art form in over 400 venues... 

Drama and Autism

Drama and Autism

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Delivered by Lauren Oakes, this workshop will highlight experiences from running Perth Autism Youth Theatre – Scotland’s first, and only, youth theatre for young people on the autism spectrum... 

Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense

Do you always approach life logically, making careful decisions based on sound evidence and facts? Health warning! You may be suffering from abnormally high levels of rationality. This can be dangerous! Too much reason can clog up your brain and stifle your imagination... 

The Future Voice of Theatre Critics

The Future Voice of Theatre Critics

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Come and hear from a new network of Young Critics who are reviewing work across the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Scotland throughout 2018... 

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... 

Moments of Discovery

Moments of Discovery

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. In the Year of Young People, join Starcatchers, Scotland’s National Arts and Early Years Organisation, and choreographer Christine Devaney in a practice-sharing workshop... 

Science is F***ed

Science is F***ed

Science is thought of as the definitive truth of our time. It claims to sit at the apex of the tree of knowledge. But there's a problem: most scientific findings are (possibly) false... 

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... 

In Conversation With... Henry Winter

In Conversation With... Henry Winter

Britain's foremost football correspondent, having written about the game for three decades covering numerous World Cups, European Championships and Champions League campaigns. Originally writing at The Independent, Winter forged his reputation as the Daily Telegraph's chief football writer before joining The Times in 2014, taking with him a vast army of Telegraph readers in the process... 

Never a Soft Touch

Never a Soft Touch

Scotland was once considered a soft touch on female genital mutilation (FGM), failing to protect 23,979 affected residents. Oonagh O'Brien (Queen Margaret University) and Jerusalem Barnabas (Waverley Care) argue that things are changing... 

Hear Me

Hear Me

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Writer and performer Ramesh Meyyappan, whose play Off Kilter explores mental well-being and identity, leads a workshop on visual theatre and non-verbal storytelling... 

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... 

ISPA Series at the Fringe: Generational Divides – In Transition

ISPA Series at the Fringe: Generational Divides – In Transition

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Pre-war (pre-1946), Baby Boomers (1946-1964), Gen X (1965-1980), and Millennials (1981-2000): How is the nature of leadership changing through these transitions? Do governance and management structures need to transform in response? Is there increased responsibility to be adopted and by whom? Join a cross-generational, cross-cultural dialogue to open up the issues behind these questions. 

In Conversation With... Paul Sinha

In Conversation With... Paul Sinha

Born in the UK to a family of Bengali doctors, the early 1990s saw Paul qualifying as a doctor and taking his first steps on the stand-up comedy circuit. Juggling both careers, he was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award at the 2006 Fringe... 

The Problem With Patriotism

The Problem With Patriotism

Do you love your country? Does the sight of your national flag fill you with pride? Whatever your nationality, patriotism is a hugely significant part of modern life, influencing everything from the cars we buy to the politicians we vote for... 

Monolinguals, Where Are You?

Monolinguals, Where Are You?

Is anyone truly monolingual anymore? Knowing dialects, learning languages at school, and hearing migrant speakers make everybody bilingual to some extent. This means that the mother tongue changes, in completely natural and predictable ways... 

From Worrier to Warrior: Introduction Anahata Yoga Session

From Worrier to Warrior: Introduction Anahata Yoga Session

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Session includes breathing (Pranayama), physical (Asana) and relaxation exercises (Nidra) playing with the Five Element Form... 

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... 

In Conversation with… Peter Egan

In Conversation with… Peter Egan

Downtown Abbey’s Marquis of Flintshire and a BAFTA-winning actor with a film and TV career spanning fifty years. Credits include Chariots of Fire, A Woman of Substance, Bean, Grantchester, Ruth Rendell, Ever Decreasing Circles and many more... 

Engine Room Lounge

Engine Room Lounge

A space for artists, producers and makers to come together as collaborators, friends or individuals to meet and think, chill out and create some headspace during the world’s busiest festival... 

What Keeps You Sharp?

What Keeps You Sharp?

Isn't the expression 'having a senior moment' awful? Yet people often think of changes in their mental skills with age in terms of decline. While some people do experience these changes, others do not... 

Damn Everything but the Circus: Discussions

Damn Everything but the Circus: Discussions

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Facilitated by National Centre for Circus Arts graduate, Vee Smith, each session will have a different panel of industry professionals with Q&A's and will explore some of the factors that shape the world of Circus... 

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... 

Doing Drugs (Policy) / Take More Drugs

Doing Drugs (Policy) / Take More Drugs

Discussions about drug use and drug policy often involve stories – personal experience combined with knowledge gleamed from the media and other sources. But how are these stories translated into policy, and what validity should we give to personal experience in drug policy decisions? Using interview data and background experience, researcher Anna Ross (The University of Edinburgh) will be exploring personal narratives on drugs policy in Scotland... 

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... 

Get Your Show Seen by the Right People

Get Your Show Seen by the Right People

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe enjoys a unique position as the biggest and best international arts market in the world, which means that it attracts thousands of arts professionals from all over the globe: venue programmers, producers, festival directors and agents who are looking to discover new talent, book a touring show or establish new collaborations... 

Listening to the Public Is Dangerous!

Listening to the Public Is Dangerous!

The public actively engage in decision-making processes, from referendums and elections to choosing singing contest winners. Often the results of these are contested and debated, and questions arise over whether the public made the right decision... 

Auditioning for Drama School

Auditioning for Drama School

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. This practical workshop will provide insight, tips and hints about how to maximise the participants' potential for success when auditioning for acting courses... 

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... 

Dr Google Will See You Now!

Dr Google Will See You Now!

Your supermarket knows when you're pregnant; Google knows what medical conditions you have; Facebook could help your doctor diagnose you. What if Google sent a record of your search terms to your doctor to notify them of likely health conditions? What if Facebook sent an alert to midwives when pregnant ladies posted photos of them drinking alcohol or smoking? Join Mhairi Aitken (The University of Edinburgh) as she discusses how this information could be used, and have your own say on what should remain science fiction and what should become reality. 

Devising Theatre for Social Change with Caitlin Skinner

Devising Theatre for Social Change with Caitlin Skinner

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A practical workshop for performers and theatre makers exploring methods for creating original theatre through collaboration and improvisation based around themes of social change... 

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... 

In Conversation With... Alex McLeish

In Conversation With... Alex McLeish

Manager of Scotland, having previously managed Motherwell, Hibs, Rangers, Birmingham City and Aston Villa among others. Previously the Scotland boss in 2007 where he achieved one of the highest win ratios of any manager of the national side... 

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... 

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... 

Produce and Chill

Produce and Chill

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. How's the Fringe going for you? Are you producing or presenting a show at the Fringe? If so, take some time out and join fellow producers and self-producing artists to share your Fringe experience, ask each other for feedback, share tips and plan for life beyond the Fringe... 

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... 

Who Do You Want to Wipe Your Bum?

Who Do You Want to Wipe Your Bum?

Bills, dating, raising children – life is challenging enough! Who wants to think about potential future health issues and care needs with more immediate matters to consider? Unfortunately, decisions don’t become easier when you are unwell or even suffering from cognitive limitations... 

In Conversation With... Aamer Anwar

In Conversation With... Aamer Anwar

Originally from Liverpool, coming to study at Glasgow University in 1986. Widely recognised as one of Scotland's leading human rights campaigners. Solicitor of the Year 2016, Lawyer of the Year 2017... 

Silence in the Archive

Silence in the Archive

How dangerous is silence in the archive? Archivist Rachel Hosker (The University of Edinburgh) returns to the cabaret to explore the awkward and uncomfortable issue of silence in archives... 

Creating Contemporary Performance

Creating Contemporary Performance

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. This workshop introduces participants to the process of creative devising – making their own original performance work from their own ideas and experiences of the world in which they live... 

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: 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... 

In Conversation With... Mhairi Black

In Conversation With... Mhairi Black

Elected to parliament in 2015, aged 20, for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, the Baby of the House has a first class honours degree in Politics and Public Policy from the University of Glasgow... 

Skeptics on the Fringe

Skeptics on the Fringe

Returning for the ninth consecutive year, a two-time award-winning series of talks that get you thinking critically and skeptically about things you thought you were familiar with. **** (BroadwayBaby... 

Hey, You at the Back!

Hey, You at the Back!

Did you always sit at the back in class? Were you bored? Or maybe you were one of the lucky ones who was engaged and inspired by a teacher? Many people have memories and strong views of the teaching they received at school and university... 

Privacy Is Dead, Long Live Privacy!

Privacy Is Dead, Long Live Privacy!

Your pictures and regrettable digital utterings are public... Google, Facebook and Amazon know, well, everything. You're tracked and logged across cyberspace and there's nothing you can do! Or is there? Join Nicola Osborne (EDINA, University of Edinburgh) for a thrillingly nerdy adventure through new data protection rights that might just save your digital footprint! Bring your questions, panics or your top tips; or tweet them to #codi2018 to be part of the show! 'A wonderfully witty and engaging speaker' **** (BroadwayBaby... 

Kathy Lette's Girl Talk

Kathy Lette's Girl Talk

It's a psychological striptease with tales of love, lust, men, marriage, pregnancy, childbirth, mastitis, sexist bosses, teenage daughter wrangling, ageing, toy boys and Close Encounters of the George Clooney Kind! Kathy also talks poignantly about the trials, tribulations and hilarity of raising a child on the autistic spectrum... 

Meet the Media

Meet the Media

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. An event like no other and one of the most popular opportunities at the festival, this is your chance to meet media representatives and get face to face with journalists to help promote your show... 

Islam Festival Edinburgh 2018

Islam Festival Edinburgh 2018

Edinburgh Central Mosque opens its doors and warmly invites you to Islam Festival Edinburgh. The exhibition offers a genuine insight into Islam through a dynamic experience of knowledge, calligraphy and culture... 

First Time at the Fringe

First Time at the Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Is this your first time? Edinburgh can be daunting for new participants. Come and meet Fringe Society staff and learn what we can do to support your experience while in Edinburgh... 

Abolish Childhood!

Abolish Childhood!

Childhood is an injustice. Childhood infantilises, exploits, and oppresses children. Dr Philip Cook (University of Edinburgh) argues that justice demands we abolish childhood. But how can we abolish childhood? And would abolishing childhood harm children? Philip explains how society creates childhood through its laws... 

Nicholas Parsons' Happy Hour

Nicholas Parsons' Happy Hour

Join Nicholas Parsons, comedy actor and legendary host of BBC Radio 4's Just a Minute, for an unmissable hour of fun and laughter in the company of some very special guests. Celebrating a magnificent 18 years on the Fringe, this sell-out comedy chat show has previously featured Jason Byrne, John Bishop, Sue Perkins, Shappi Khorsandi, Gyles Brandreth, Micky Flanagan, Michael McIntyre and many more top acts... 

What Does Sex Sell?

What Does Sex Sell?

Men are sexual predators and women are sex objects – or so advertisers tell us. Sexy themes have been used in advertising for decades based on the notion that sex sells. From yoghurt ads to shampoo, from perfume to fast food – these ads are ubiquitous and pasted in mainstream media... 

The 15 Minute Get in (and Get Out)

The 15 Minute Get in (and Get Out)

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A session on how anyone (even you!) can set up and strike your show quickly and efficiently – 15m In and Out gives time-saving (and sanity-saving) tips from a highly experienced stage and production manager, East 15's Sheryl-Lynn Valensky... 

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... 

Fringe Central Welcome Address

Fringe Central Welcome Address

Join Deborah Frances-White, stand-up comedian, screenwriter and host of podcast The Guilty Feminist, to formally welcome you to Fringe Central and mark the start of the 2018 Fringe... 

Barney's Brewery Tours

Barney's Brewery Tours

Operating out of Summerhall since 2012, Barney's Beer invites visitors to get a behind-the-scenes look at how our brewery runs on a day-to-day basis. During the hour-long tour visitors will have the opportunity to taste some of our beers while learning about the actual brewing process and the story of Barney's Beer, as well as the history of brewing in Edinburgh and Scotland, and the history of Summerhall itself. 

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... 

Laughing Horse Free Best in Comedy Chat Show

Laughing Horse Free Best in Comedy Chat Show

This chat show is the perfect way to start your Fringe day, as you spend an hour in the company of one of the finest stand-ups on the Scottish comedy circuit. Visit this late-afternoon soiree which brings you the very best in chat and stand-up comedy from three of the Fringe's best performers, selected from venues all around Edinburgh by its top-notch Scottish comedy host... 

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... 

Cabaret Chinwag

Cabaret Chinwag

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join cabaret critic Ben Walters (Scotsman, NotTelevision.net) and guests for a natter about the hottest shows and latest rumblings in cabaret at the Fringe... 

Going Solo, Together

Going Solo, Together

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A unique opportunity for solo performers to meet each other and Fringe Society staff. Enjoy some light nibbles and refreshments whilst making friends, supporting each other and building relationships that will sustain you during your run and perhaps beyond... 

Get into the Industry – An Introduction to Sound

Get into the Industry – An Introduction to Sound

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Let’s turn up the volume! In this free workshop, we’re getting loud! Come along to learn the basics of using and setting up sound equipment as well as a bit more about how to get into the technical industry with Staged for Life... 

Get into the Industry – An Introduction to Lighting

Get into the Industry – An Introduction to Lighting

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Ever wanted to shine the spotlight rather than stand under it? In this free workshop learn the basics of using and setting up lighting equipment and a bit more about how to get into the technical industry with Staged for Life... 

CreativeMornings

CreativeMornings

CreativeMornings is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community. It exists in over 170 cities across the world, one of which is Edinburgh. Led by CreativeMornings Edinburgh Host Alex Humphry-Baker, the session began with a period of general mingling time, as might expected at a networking event... 

Creative Solutions for Creative Careers

Creative Solutions for Creative Careers

As part of Fringe Central’s Young Voices: Fresh Perspective programme, the Scottish Drama Training Network presented Creative Solutions for Creative Careers. Young arts creators were invited to the free hour long event to discuss the difficulties facing them as they enter the industry... 

GloW-Design: World Youth Designer Forum (WYDF) 2017

GloW-Design: World Youth Designer Forum (WYDF) 2017

The World Youth Designer Forum (WYDF), a cumulative accelerator and incubator discourse, explores the 2017 theme – Design Interventions: Nationalism vs Globalism. With international participation, WYDF discusses, debates and explores vital, cutting-edge issues and ideas affecting life and the built environment... 

In Conversation with… Jeremy Corbyn

In Conversation with… Jeremy Corbyn

The journey from backbench MP to ‘PM-in-waiting’ has been long and eventful. Jeremy speaks to comedian and broadcaster Susan Morrison about what makes him tick, how he deals with adversity, and why our country, and its politics, needs to be transformed... 

Fringe Guide to Running a Venue

Fringe Guide to Running a Venue

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Managing a venue at the Fringe can be a hugely rewarding experience, but is also a mammoth undertaking for all involved... 

Beyond Borders International Festival 2017

Beyond Borders International Festival 2017

Join politicians, authors, artists and international cultural leaders for a weekend of panel debates, tête-à-tête discussions, music and art in the grounds of Scotland's oldest inhabited house... 

How to Do a Show at the Fringe

How to Do a Show at the Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest open access arts festival in the world. The Fringe can be a brilliant experience and invaluable for your career, but you need to be prepared... 

Meet the Venues

Meet the Venues

Are you thinking of bringing a show to the Fringe next year? This event offers a unique opportunity to meet with venue representatives face-to-face, pitch your show and get a chance to see the spaces when they are fully operational... 

Locating Your Inner Ooomph

Locating Your Inner Ooomph

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. How to locate energy and build resilience. This workshop gives tools to resource the inner “oomph” to thrive! Andrea Brooks combines vast experience of training professional actors with her fascination with the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves... 

Bilingualism in Theatre - Discussion

Bilingualism in Theatre - Discussion

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Join the participants of the Bilingualism in Theatre – Workshop for a conversation on how you create bilingual theatre performances... 

Psychiatry is the Best Medicine!

Psychiatry is the Best Medicine!

Stephen Lawrie (University of Edinburgh) reckons psychiatry, his profession, is underrated. Psychiatry remains rooted in the doctor-patient relationship: psychiatrists still actually speak to patients and carers to find out what the problems are, how they came about and what might be done about them... 

Bilingualism in Theatre - Workshop

Bilingualism in Theatre - Workshop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe Participants. Explore how to create a bilingual theatre performance, share skills and experiences, explore reasons behind it and adjust the form accordingly... 

Polly Toynbee and David Walker: In Conversation

Polly Toynbee and David Walker: In Conversation

Polly Toynbee and David Walker join Professor Chris Carter to discuss their dream government, constructing an imaginary cabinet from politicians of the past half century. They will also reflect on Labour's problems, Brexit and what to do about it... 

In Conversation With… Stuart Braithwaite

In Conversation With… Stuart Braithwaite

Described by the Guardian as 'a brick through the window of Britpop in its death throes', 21 years of Mogwai’s post-rock power and minimalism have shaped one of the most important groups of a fragmented but increasingly potent British musical underground... 

Discover Melbourne Fringe

Discover Melbourne Fringe

Sure, Edinburgh’s pretty awesome, but Melbourne Fringe is one of the most adventurous, edgy, exciting festivals around (even if we do say so ourselves). He’s come a whole hemisphere to talk to you, so join Creative Director Simon Abrahams for a chat and a drink as he dishes the dirt on the 2017 programme and how you can get involved... 

Whose Line is Anyway? – Captioning your Fringe show

Whose Line is Anyway? – Captioning your Fringe show

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Closed captions, speech to text, integrated captions, theatre captions... What's the difference, what's the cost, what will work best for your performance, and why bother? Join us for an informative discussion exploring the ins and outs of captioning... 

Setting Out

Setting Out

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Starting out in the business? Join us for a run through of key things on a need to know and need to do basis – finding sources of work, not getting ripped off, registering for tax, understanding the jargon – we can help guide you to it and through it. 

A Virus to End Humanity?

A Virus to End Humanity?

We’re constantly threatened by outbreaks of diseases like SARS and Ebola. Can we win the fight against a deadly unidentified infectious disease that has just been discovered at the Edinburgh Fringe? Or is the task of staying one step ahead now too much for scientists? How could this virus arise, where could it come from and what could it mean for you? How fast will it spread from our very feet to the rest of the world? Join epidemiologist Liam Brierley to see if humans will win the struggle to survive. 

The Future of the Fringe as a World Stage

The Future of the Fringe as a World Stage

As we mark 70 years of this phenomenal festival we want to take stock and explore the future of the Fringe. Join Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Fringe Society to explore how the Fringe can continue to be a vibrant, globally-connected arts festival in a world where geopolitics are putting up boundaries and walls... 

An Introduction to Copyright & Intellectual Property Issues

An Introduction to Copyright & Intellectual Property Issues

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Creative work is usually made in harmony but deciding who owns the final work can cause uncertainty and strife... 

Tara Theatre and Touring to London

Tara Theatre and Touring to London

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. An introduction to Tara Theatre and touring to London, and how to build profile at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to do so... 

Beyond Tick Boxes

Beyond Tick Boxes

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A ‘no holds barred’ session voicing the realities of engaging with disabled artists and audiences. Featuring a panel of organisations and artists who are pioneers in access and inclusion, including Battersea Arts Centre and Touretteshero... 

Cows Eat Grass, Don't They?

Cows Eat Grass, Don't They?

The cows that made the milk that went into your tea or your cereal this morning might be housed all year-round in large sheds. The dairy sector is changing from the image we all hold in our heads of cows in fields munching green grass... 

Rural Touring Introduction and Update Session

Rural Touring Introduction and Update Session

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. An opportunity to hear and ask questions about how rural touring works. Get up-to-date news featuring a panel of touring schemes, producers, funders and artists, followed by an informal networking session with touring scheme staff from England, Scotland and Wales, as well as rural touring programmers from Sweden and Estonia... 

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 formal structure. This session will guide you through the choices... 

Find Your Feet

Find Your Feet

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Being a performer is hard on the feet and not just for dancers... 

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... 

The Outcast in Theatre

The Outcast in Theatre

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Do you ever feel like an Outcast? What, never?? This exploratory workshop uses clown, improvisation and multiple varieties of other mischief to investigate our theme of The Outcast... 

Sustainable Shows: Emerging Trends

Sustainable Shows: Emerging Trends

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Environmental sustainability is a growing trend in the arts, with opportunities for innovative artistic and production development... 

Is Monolingualism Making Us Ill?

Is Monolingualism Making Us Ill?

Originally, our brains were designed to be multilingual, managing two or more languages easily. Neuroscientist Thomas Bak (University of Edinburgh) reckons that, like sedentary lifestyles and an unhealthy diet, the monolingualism that’s come with modern society has its consequences... 

In Conversation With… Graeme Obree

In Conversation With… Graeme Obree

Described by Sir Chris Hoy as a ‘genius’, Graeme is a cyclist, parent, writer and broadcaster. Graeme has never held a driving license and commutes regularly on his bike. A regular contributor on TV and radio, often on cycling or mental health issues, Graeme is the author of two books: his autobiography The Flying Scotsman, made into the 2006 biopic starring Jonny Lee Miller as Obree, and his acclaimed training manual The Obree Way... 

Jim Naughtie – My Life in Broadcasting

Jim Naughtie – My Life in Broadcasting

Jim Naughtie is one of Britain’s most distinguished radio broadcasters and journalists. Best known for co-presenting Radio 4’s Today programme, Jim talks to Chris Carter about highlights from his life in broadcasting, sharing insights about American Presidential Elections, 4am starts, writing novels and the art of the political interview. 

Meet the Producers

Meet the Producers

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. The Independent Theatre Council is at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to help you get started in the performing arts and to support you as you grow... 

Equity: Drop-in Advice

Equity: Drop-in Advice

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Informal, individual drop-in space for you to ask Equity’s advice about contracts, pay, training, marketing or any other issue you want to discuss... 

In Conversation With… Hazel Irvine

In Conversation With… Hazel Irvine

One of BBC’s most experienced, versatile and recognisable broadcasters and the face of its snooker and golf coverage. Hazel has presented and reported from 14 Olympics, fronted BBC Sport's golf coverage for 25 years, snooker for 15 years and anchored coverage of athletics and Ski Sunday for over a decade... 

Training for Technical Theatre and Acting

Training for Technical Theatre and Acting

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A presentation and Q&A about drama school training. Covering technical, costume, scenic art, design and directing as well as actor training... 

ISPA Series at the Fringe – Beyond the Transaction: Creating Internationalism

ISPA Series at the Fringe – Beyond the Transaction: Creating Internationalism

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. In a world of increasing cultural conflict, how are artist-led organisations developing new models that support enduring international connections, understanding, and great art? Vanishing Point’s Matt Lenton and Severine Wyper, and Ahmed El Attar of Downtown Contemporary Art Festival Cairo, Studio Emad Eddin and Summerhall Middle East Season, kick off this session exploring approaches to international creative partnerships, networks, residencies, co-production, and audience development... 

Amateur Theatre Meet Up

Amateur Theatre Meet Up

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A unique opportunity for amateur theatre practitioners to meet each other. Enjoy some light nibbles and refreshments whilst making friends, supporting each other and building relationships that will sustain you during your run and perhaps beyond... 

1-2-1 with the Independent Theatre Council

1-2-1 with the Independent Theatre Council

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. An opportunity for new companies, producers and other Fringe participants to discuss their legal and management issues with ITC’s Legal Manager... 

Funny Money

Funny Money

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. What do you know about free gigs? Or Pay-to-Play gigs? Or ticketed bringers gigs? How do you feel about them? Come to this event organised by the Equity Comedians' Network which is actively working to create a climate where payments are fair and transparent... 

Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Performing Arts Company

Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Performing Arts Company

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. ITC's legendary short course provides an overview of the fundamental information that you should be aware of when setting up a performing arts company... 

Get Your Brighton Fringe on!

Get Your Brighton Fringe on!

Ready to take your show to England’s largest arts festival? Want to showcase your work to a fresh audience? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, this is the event for you! Learn how to take part in Brighton Fringe 2018... 

Alternative Facts: Is the Truth in the Archives?

Alternative Facts: Is the Truth in the Archives?

What is the truth? Is it out there? And is it in the archives? After an "interesting" past year of political developments, archivist Rachel Hosker (University of Edinburgh) returns to the Cabaret to investigate the idea of whether archives hold the truth or not... 

Will Hutton – Brexit and the Future of Social Democracy

Will Hutton – Brexit and the Future of Social Democracy

Will Hutton is one of Britain’s best-known public intellectuals. In a distinguished career, Will has served as BBC Economics Editor, Chief Executive of the Work Foundation, Editor of the Observer newspaper and is currently Principal of Hertford College at Oxford University... 

Black Theatre Live: Making the Most of Touring Opportunities

Black Theatre Live: Making the Most of Touring Opportunities

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. An introduction to the Black Theatre Live national touring theatre consortium with practical insight for companies and promoters into touring for diverse Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic artists at the Fringe... 

The Bigger Picture: Partnerships in Europe

The Bigger Picture: Partnerships in Europe

How do I develop relationships with professionals in other European countries? What opportunities are there to collaborate across borders with other creators. Join us to hear from Creative Europe-supported projects in music, theatre and dance that connect artists and other professionals across Europe... 

The Fringe Fair

The Fringe Fair

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. An opportunity to meet key organisations such as funders, arts councils, training providers and agencies. Taking the format of a career fair, you can browse from table to table, gathering the knowledge and advice you need. 

Contracts: The What, Why and How Independent Theatre Council

Contracts: The What, Why and How Independent Theatre Council

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Whenever your organisation enters into a business arrangement there is likely to be a contract in existence, whether it is written or just implied by conversation and actions... 

Sustaining a Career on the Fringe

Sustaining a Career on the Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe can provide a brilliant career springboard if you’re starting out but if you’re a mid-career artist how does the Fringe fit into your life? Is it compatible with having a family? Or a mortgage? Can you keep Fringe-ing as your career develops? The Stage and leading industry figures discuss strategies and solutions for sustaining a career on the Fringe. 

ScotlandsFest 2017

ScotlandsFest 2017

Big thinking in a small country – sparky talk, flyting, debate and discussion. New angles on Brexit, ScotRef and more. Expect the unexpected. Get involved. Help shape tomorrow’s Scotland through the conversations of today... 

The Romance Novel as High Art?

The Romance Novel as High Art?

Anyone can write a romance novel. Or can they? Amy Burge (University of Edinburgh) did a whole PhD on romance novels (yes, you can do that) and reckons there’s more to them than you think... 

Disability: The Low Down

Disability: The Low Down

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Join actor and artistic director Robert Softley (birdsofparadisetheatre.co.uk) and others in a discussion on being disabled in the entertainment industry... 

Surviving the Storm

Surviving the Storm

Some trauma in life might be inevitable, but not many people would view it as essential. Ian Edwards (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh) is the exception. He reckons that humans have a lot to learn from nature... 

Unprecedented and Unpresidential: How Hillary Clinton Lost the Election – Free Festival

Unprecedented and Unpresidential: How Hillary Clinton Lost the Election – Free Festival

It was the race they said Clinton couldn’t lose. “They” being some members of the media, some pundits and most polls. Except she did lose, didn’t she? Grab a front row seat and hear about the biggest political loss in history as told by one of Clinton's staffers... 

Dr Data: The Answer to Cancer

Dr Data: The Answer to Cancer

Data is everywhere. From diagnosis to treatment to recovery, a patient’s cancer journey leaves a data trail. What if the answers we seek about cancer are hidden in there? It could help us refine diagnosis, select treatments and improve the patient experience... 

What Keeps You Sharp?

What Keeps You Sharp?

Isn’t the expression ‘having a senior moment’ awful? Yet people often think of changes in their mental skills with age in terms of decline. While some people do experience these changes, others do not... 

Script Surgeries with Gowan Calder and Stephen Greenhorn

Script Surgeries with Gowan Calder and Stephen Greenhorn

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Writing a play and looking for some advice on how to take it to the next draft? The script surgeries are 50 minute, one-to-one sessions with professional playwrights Stephen Greenhorn and Gowan Calder for registered Fringe participants and/or Scotland-based playwrights... 

Fringe Festivals Around the World

Fringe Festivals Around the World

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A once-a-year chance to meet and hear from fringe festival directors and producers from around the world. Join the discussion and get the insights, hear how to take part and how they differ to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe... 

Creative Producing: A Workshop

Creative Producing: A Workshop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A taster of Mountview’s Masters in Creative Producing, led by its course leader Chris Grady. Whether attendees are interested in applying for the course or not, Chris will talk about the key building blocks of Creative Producing from commissioning writers and working with venues through to financial planning and casting... 

What Fringe Next?

What Fringe Next?

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Performer? Where can you go next? What touring opportunities are out there? A fascinating insight into other fringe festivals from a performer’s point of view! Meet and hear from performers who have recently experienced other fringes... 

Fringe Artists of Colour Meet-Up

Fringe Artists of Colour Meet-Up

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. As a part of the conversation on race, colourism and activist art, pursuitofnappiness.org founder, Shaina Lynn is hosting a meetup in collaboration with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe... 

The Performer Playwright

The Performer Playwright

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Why do some playwrights choose to perform their own work? What comes first, the performance skills or the craft of playwriting? Join Pauline Goldsmith (Bright Colours Only) as she explores the particular challenges and rewards of writing and performing a piece she knows intimately... 

Street Arts – Where To Go Next?

Street Arts – Where To Go Next?

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. What opportunities are out there in the street arts sector? Join the discussion on current trends, overcoming issues and hear about new opportunities... 

Bilingual China/UK Producers Workshop

Bilingual China/UK Producers Workshop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Come share a cup of tea and bilingual discussion with Chris Grady (London/ UK), author of Your Life in Theatre, producer and coach for creative practitioners, and Joanna Dong (London/China), producer and director of Performance Infinity, liaison for international theatre collaborations... 

Turn to the Darknet

Turn to the Darknet

The internet presents new opportunities for being both hidden and exposed. Intelligence agencies and various governments fret about the advantages online anonymity gives miscreants and malcontents... 

Introduction to the Korean Arts Market

Introduction to the Korean Arts Market

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) has established itself over the years as an important meeting point for cutting-edge artistic exchange and collaboration... 

World Fringe Street Café

World Fringe Street Café

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Breakout sessions aimed at Street and Outdoor Arts. Concentrating on career development and touring opportunities... 

Mastering the Media Matrix

Mastering the Media Matrix

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. The press release is dead! Join arts journalist Elaine Liner for an hour of insider tips and tricks for boosting publicity (with or without a PR person)... 

Acting Through Song

Acting Through Song

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. An interactive session with specialist staff from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, the leading UK Musical Theatre training provider... 

Backstage Takes Centre Stage

Backstage Takes Centre Stage

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. For those wanting to pursue a career backstage or for those who are already established, the Fringe Society hosts a discussion with Stage Managers and Technicians, often the hidden stars on the Fringe... 

Why Postgraduate Study? A panel Discussion

Why Postgraduate Study? A panel Discussion

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Course leaders from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts discuss the benefits of Postgraduate Study and the range of courses on offer... 

One-on-One Surgeries for Creative Artists

One-on-One Surgeries for Creative Artists

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. An opportunity to spend 50 minutes, one-on-one with producer/coach Chris Grady, exploring where you are in your career/journey/project, and where you would like to be... 

Surviving & Moving Forward from the Fringe

Surviving & Moving Forward from the Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A panel including Chris Grady (London), and Kate Taylor (Edinburgh) will look at making the most of your time in Edinburgh (with some immediate survival tips) and the time immediately after the festival to harness the way forward for you and your work... 

BBC: The Arts Hour on Tour

BBC: The Arts Hour on Tour

As artists from across the globe descend on this historic city, this special show, hosted by Nikki Bedi, features top actors, filmmakers, comedians and musicians who live in Edinburgh or have adopted the city during the festivals... 

Shiver Me Liver

Shiver Me Liver

Liver disease is avoidable, silent and the third highest killer of those under 65 in the UK. Why, then, is the Government not supporting better liver screening? Do they think that only ‘alcoholics’ get it and they won’t try to change? Karen Matthews (Queen Margaret University) looked for liver disease in an alcohol support service using a machine which bounces sound waves off the liver... 

Fitness to Witness

Fitness to Witness

The majority of innocent people in prison are there because of another innocent person – a well-meaning eyewitness. Many factors can contribute to an eyewitness misidentification, yet jurors (the public!) remain largely unaware of these... 

Writing and Producing Your Own Work: Top Tips and Study Options

Writing and Producing Your Own Work: Top Tips and Study Options

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Central’s Professor Sally Mackey will lead an information session with the opportunity for questions on how to develop and hone the skills of writers and creative producers working in the creative industries across the globe... 

John Prescott: In Conversation

John Prescott: In Conversation

John Prescott, returns to the Edinburgh Fringe after his sell-out performance last year. In conversation with Chris Carter, John will discuss key events from his long and distinguished political career... 

Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Join Youth Theatre Arts Scotland (YTAS) and Imaginate for a discursive workshop for age 13+ and adult theatre makers exploring: what is the "line" when creating with young people, who sets the parameters? To what extent are young people "active" collaborators? To what extent do young people create their self-representation when producing autobiographical work? What are the power dynamics at play between young and adult theatre makers?  

Creating Contemporary Performance

Creating Contemporary Performance

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. This workshop introduces participants to the process of creative devising; making their own original performance work from their own ideas and experiences of the world in which they live... 

ISPA Series at the Fringe – Art and Power: Creating New Models

ISPA Series at the Fringe – Art and Power: Creating New Models

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe Participants. Today artists have more control over how they create and distribute work, audiences drive when and how they participate, curators are less hierarchical in approaches to programming... 

Politics and Satire

Politics and Satire

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Satire has always been an important part of comedy and is healthy for politics. In a world gone a bit mad, where Donald Trump is the leader of the free world, satire may be the only way to make sense of things! Join Funny Women and a panel of political movers and shakers hosted by Ayesha Hazarika to discuss comedy and the changing world of politics. 

We're All in this Together: Part 2

We're All in this Together: Part 2

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Our first panel event put artists and reviewers on the same page. This session delves deeper to talk about responsibilities, as critics and makers ask, ‘can we change the world?’ Expect politics and personal viewpoints on the arts industry and beyond... 

Feminism in Theatre

Feminism in Theatre

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A panel discussion featuring a selection of voices from across the theatre industry and across the globe – writers, performers, directors and critics – discussing: why is feminist theatre still necessary? 

Make it as a Musical Director

Make it as a Musical Director

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. An interactive session with specialist staff from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, the leading UK Musical Theatre training provider... 

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... 

In Conversation With... Judy Murray

In Conversation With... Judy Murray

Former Scottish tennis international and Scottish National Coach, Judy Murray was the first woman to pass the LTA’s Performance Coach Award. Judy initiated Scottish Development School, producing four Davis Cup and one Fed Cup players; including Grand Slam-winning sons, Jamie and Andy... 

Ruby Wax: Frazzled

Ruby Wax: Frazzled

Ruby Wax is back at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe once again with a new show on mental health, Frazzled. Her hour of comedy goes back and forth between interesting information on mental health, stress and neurology along with various well-acted anecdotes about her family and upbringing... 

In Conversation With… Amy Macdonald

In Conversation With… Amy Macdonald

2017’s release of Under Stars is the fourth album from one of the biggest young female Scottish artists in the world. Amy has amassed 9 million record sales worldwide throughout a decade of music industry success that has seen her achieve radio-play ubiquity starting with 2007’s This Is The Life and the single Mr Rock’n’Roll... 

What Keeps You Sharp?

What Keeps You Sharp?

Isn’t the expression ‘having a senior moment’ awful? Yet people often think of changes in their mental skills with age in terms of decline. While some people do experience these changes, others do not... 

Can Recipes Help Gender Equality?

Can Recipes Help Gender Equality?

The University of Edinburgh is trying to improve the position of women in higher education with recipes. University academic Daphne Loads is questioning whether this is a good idea... 

Auditioning for Drama School

Auditioning for Drama School

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. This practical workshop will provide insight, tips and hints about how to maximise the participant’s potential for success when auditioning for acting courses... 

Careers in Theatre Production

Careers in Theatre Production

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Ros Maddison, Head of Production at RCS, outlines and discusses training and opportunities in Scotland in Technical Theatre, Theatre Production Arts & Theatre Design... 

Adelaide Fringe Information Session

Adelaide Fringe Information Session

Adelaide Fringe is Australia’s largest open access festival, with over 1,100 events across every art form in over 400 venues. Meet the Adelaide Fringe team and previous Fringe artists and get first-hand tips on presenting your work in Adelaide... 

Don't Speak

Don't Speak

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. How do you present yourself to the media when gender becomes part of the agenda? Join us to discuss how to be smart when representing yourself with the media and push an equalist agenda... 

Fitness to Witness

Fitness to Witness

The majority of innocent people in prison are there because of another innocent person – a well-meaning eyewitness. Many factors can contribute to an eyewitness misidentification, yet jurors (the public!) remain largely unaware of these... 

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... 

Voice & Movement Workshop

Voice & Movement Workshop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. These practical workshops are led by senior staff of East 15 who will offer tools for keeping your voice, your body and your playful imagination alive during a demanding run... 

Acting: In Conversation with...

Acting: In Conversation with...

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. The Fringe Society chats with actors at the top of their game. Hear how they started out, what they consider career highs and lows and what they would do differently... 

Asian Artists Gathering

Asian Artists Gathering

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A tea-time gathering for Asian artists participating in or attending the Fringe as well as for those who have an interest in developing/touring work in Asia to come together... 

Fred MacAulay in Conversation

Fred MacAulay in Conversation

One of Scotland's favourite stand-up comedians, Fred MacAulay branches out with a new live lunchtime chat show. Fred will be joined by guests from the worlds of sport, entertainment, business and politics who he has encountered along the way in his 30 year career... 

Mental Health is a Fringe Issue

Mental Health is a Fringe Issue

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. From Bryony Kimmings to Richard Gadd, more and more performers are using Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows to explore mental health issues... 

How To be an Industry Leader

How To be an Industry Leader

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Join our panel of theatre production industry leaders as they share the learning experiences that built their careers, offer their top three life lessons to becoming an industry leader, suggest practical steps for excelling in your career beyond the Fringe, and answer the questions you’re burning to ask... 

Is Your Online Reputation Hurting You?

Is Your Online Reputation Hurting You?

The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas is an initiative set up to ‘take the academics out of their ivory towers and engage with the public’. The format could easily turn into a dull lecture but compere, Susan Morrison, ensures that the audience are comfortable talking back to the speaker and injects the evening with some self-deprecating, suitably tone-lowering humour to make the potentially dense subject much less intimidating... 

In Conversation With… Rab Noakes

In Conversation With… Rab Noakes

The In Conversation series at New Town Theatre in George Street is an hour of chat with a celebrity guest each day. Hosted by Glasgow based arts group Fair Pley, their impressive listings for the Fringe includes Jeremy Corbyn, David Hayman, Val McDermid, Judy Murray and singer Amy Macdonald... 

Fifty Shades of Green

Fifty Shades of Green

Come along for an hour of delight, intrigue and awe with Terry Huang (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh) as he delves deep into the private sex lives of plants. Alluring suitors with a pungent rotten odor, promising nectar for the exchange of goods, or going at it alone... 

The Art of Participation

The Art of Participation

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Scotland is world renowned for producing high quality participatory arts projects, although the work is not often seen, it reaches people far and wide around the country... 

Visual Storytelling

Visual Storytelling

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. This is a workshop for anyone interested in exploring visual theatre skills. What can we say on stage without words? The workshop will be led by artist Ramesh Meyyappan and will focus on how we create stories physically and visually using a technique called sign mime... 

The Local, The Global and The Universal

The Local, The Global and The Universal

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. How do you write about your own experiences and where you’re from, but still ensure it’s a story for everyone? How do you transcend the local and embrace the global and the universal? Writer Adam McNamara and director Joe Douglas (Stand By) deliver a practical workshop on writing and directing a new play rooted in lived experience, but still hugely imaginative... 

BBC: The Michael Ball Show

BBC: The Michael Ball Show

Michael is live in Edinburgh for another game of On The Ball, alongside great live music and your Sunday Boasts. He'll induct another amazing artist into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and we'll hear your stories from this week's Family Album. 

Freaking Out and F*cking Up

Freaking Out and F*cking Up

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Building and maintaining a sustainable career in the performing arts, in whatever sense, requires an abundance of skills including a serious amount of determination, bravery and resilience... 

EU Funding is Still Available...

EU Funding is Still Available...

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. This event will provide an overview of EU funding opportunities for the arts sector, including the Creative Europe: Culture sub-programme and others which are easy to apply for – no budgets or match funding required! EU opportunities continue to be relevant to the UK – at least until early 2019 – so make sure you are aware of what’s on offer... 

Doing Drugs (Policy)

Doing Drugs (Policy)

How do we do drugs? How do we do drugs policy? Do the two areas complement each other? Anna Ross (University of Edinburgh) knows that drugs are an emotive topic, with many people holding strong opinions on how we regulate and legislate their use... 

Freaking Out and F*cking Up

Freaking Out and F*cking Up

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Building and maintaining a sustainable career in the performing arts, in whatever sense, requires an abundance of skills including a serious amount of determination, bravery and resilience... 

An Introduction to Critical Response Process

An Introduction to Critical Response Process

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. In this practical workshop, a CRP facilitator will introduce Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process and lead the group through a feedback session on a fragment of work in progress... 

Janey Godley's Podcast Live at the Fringe

Janey Godley's Podcast Live at the Fringe

The Scottish Godmother and multi award-winning comedian Janey Godley (acclaimed comic famous for her Trump is a c*nt protest) and her award-winning comedian daughter Ashley Storrie (20 million hits with her Tanya Potter online sketch) have a weekly podcast... 

Anti-Vaxxers are Anti-Social!

Anti-Vaxxers are Anti-Social!

Vaccines save lives. Yet vaccine opponents and conspiracy theorists continue to make dangerous claims that put the public in danger. Worryingly, the most prominent of these voices are using their anti-establishment platform to perpetuate myths that have been previously debunked... 

Speaking Out

Speaking Out

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Join Susan Worsfold, Director (The Last Post, Eve) and specialist in the Nadine George Voice Work technique, to explore creative approaches to developing your voice and how this approach can be applied to your own work and practice... 

Tickets to my Trauma

Tickets to my Trauma

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. An event for artists performing about themselves and their health, illness and disability to explore the question – how do we market, support and publicise ourselves when the specifics of ourselves are so hard to talk about? This event gives artists opportunities to be part of the growing TSOTF community by sharing ideas, strategies and conversations around the marketing and press needs of performances dealing with health, illness and disability. 

The Art of Networking

The Art of Networking

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Does anyone actually love networking? And love it or hate it, how do you know if it's been useful? A fast-moving, practical session including live networking practice in a safe and supportive space to help participants enjoy making an impression and get the most out of networking at the world's biggest arts festival... 

Devil's Advocate Panel

Devil's Advocate Panel

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Imaginate and Caroline Bowditch (carolinebowditch.com), alongside a panel of invited provocateurs, will share some questions to spark off discussion and challenge our thinking around the visibility of disabled people in theatre and dance for young audiences... 

Women, Science Is Not For You: III

Women, Science Is Not For You: III

In this post-truth era, we desperately need more scientists to critically evaluate evidence for political and corporate claims; we can’t afford to keep losing many of our best women... 

In Conversation With… John McDonnell

In Conversation With… John McDonnell

Shadow Chancellor since 2015 and MP for Hayes and Harlington since 1997, McDonnell has campaigned against the Iraq war, and argued for curbs in bankers’ bonuses, decent pensions, free elderly care, a fair taxation system, defending the NHS, and extending public ownership... 

The Breakup Monologues

The Breakup Monologues

The Breakup Monologues is billed as a comedy chat show hosted by BBC Radio 4 regular Rosie Wilby, discussing all things breakup with ‘other top comedy, theatre and spoken word acts’... 

We're All in this Together: Part 1

We're All in this Together: Part 1

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. The myths that pit reviewer and artist as oppositional forces outdate the recent attention to ‘fake news’. This panel is a public relationship counselling session, as critics and makers get together to discuss the symbiotic relationship that fuels the arts industry, and ask ‘what do you want of me?’ Followed by an informal mingle to get to know what makes each other tick... 

One-on-One Consultations for Small Independent Productions Interested in Touring The U.S.

One-on-One Consultations for Small Independent Productions Interested in Touring The U.S.

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Offered in conjunction with Brown Paper Tickets’ workshop, US Tour Booking for Small and Independent Shows, these sessions are one hour long and are opportunities to discuss how your company can successfully tour to the US... 

US Tour Booking For Small And Independent Shows

US Tour Booking For Small And Independent Shows

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Thinking of touring in the US? This workshop will provide you with some useful information prior to getting started... 

Eyewitnesses Are Futile

Eyewitnesses Are Futile

Memory is an untrustworthy companion. It fails often and badly – people even have memory for things that never happened. And it isn’t trivial – just ask Calvin Johnson, who spent sixteen years in jail because he was misidentified by an eyewitness... 

Chris Mullin: In Conversation

Chris Mullin: In Conversation

Chris Mullin returns to the Business School to reflect on the great political disasters he’s known, in conversation with Professor Chris Carter. Back by popular demand, this talk is part of the Media Series at the Fringe, where prominent and influential public figures reflect on the current political and media scene. 

The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl

The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl

Tom McNab, using a rich range of film, provides a vivid account of Leni's life as dancer, actress, director and stills photographer. The presentation ends with the film Leni-Leni derived from his play of the same name, which has shown successfully at festivals in Cannes, Moscow and Los Angeles. 

The Future of the Fringe in Edinburgh

The Future of the Fringe in Edinburgh

As we mark 70 years of this phenomenal festival we want to take stock and explore what the Fringe should look like in the future. Join Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Fringe Society to explore how the Fringe can work for local artists, performers and cultural entrepreneurs whilst remaining world-leading on impact, inclusion and access... 

I Second That Emotion

I Second That Emotion

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Michael John McCarthy and Martin O’Connor (Turntable) run a workshop on the crossover between music and storytelling, exploring the process behind their unique theatre project which aims to combat loneliness and isolation. 

Access Fringe: What Next?

Access Fringe: What Next?

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Our vision is for a Fringe where anyone can participate and physical, social, geographic, or financial factors do not prevent access... 

The Making of Chariots of Fire

The Making of Chariots of Fire

Returning this year by popular demand! As technical adviser on the film, Tom gives a rare insight into the making of the 1981 Oscar-winning picture. 

Is Pee a Feminist Issue?

Is Pee a Feminist Issue?

Elaine Miller (physiotherapist, comedian, mother and reformed incontinent) believes women’s health provision is rooted in misogyny. The future is female? Statistically speaking, it’s a leaky, traumatised, depressed, inactive future for many women... 

One for the Critics – Networking Event

One for the Critics – Networking Event

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Reviewing can be a lonely job so, while we’re all here at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, we’ve planned some time away from the frantic schedules of walk-watch-write-repeat to get together, grab a drink, and talk shop... 

British Sign Language & English/Deaf Culture

British Sign Language & English/Deaf Culture

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Rita McDade leads a session for those interested in or currently working with deaf performers, and will explore the possibilities of collaborating between languages... 

ISPA Series at the Fringe – Festivals: Creating Opportunities

ISPA Series at the Fringe – Festivals: Creating Opportunities

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Some festivals develop organically while others are created for a very specific reason or purpose. This highly interactive session explores the unique dynamics at play in developing international festivals, and the unique opportunities they provide to audiences, artists and presenters... 

Live Shows in an Internet Media Age

Live Shows in an Internet Media Age

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Led by a panel of students, alongside alumni and staff from Queen Margaret University’s Media, Communication and Performing Arts Division, this discussion will offer perspectives and insights on the relevance and challenges of presenting live performance in a digital age, examining where writing, performance and production skills can blend with digital and online media. 

Why do we need Amateur Theatre?

Why do we need Amateur Theatre?

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Scottish Community Drama is a national organisation supporting amateur theatre clubs across Scotland. We invite anyone with an interest in amateur theatre to a discussion about the challenges facing the sector... 

Live at the Pleasance

Live at the Pleasance

Join the Fringe's best acts during a free live broadcast where anything could happen! Hand-picked by the Pleasance, every day features a different line-up of brilliant guests from across the venue's 2017 programme... 

Nicholas Parsons' Happy Hour

Nicholas Parsons' Happy Hour

To say Nicholas Parsons is a legend, and this being his sixteenth season at the Fringe I imagine he must see this like his own version of an annual end of the pier summer show where a TV star hosts a variety bill for holidaymakers... 

BBC: Just a Minute

BBC: Just a Minute

Come along and celebrate the 50th year of Just a Minute with special recordings in Edinburgh. Witty and loquacious panellists try to speak for 60 seconds without hesitation, repetition or deviation... 

Start Skipping the Dentist!

Start Skipping the Dentist!

Jan Clarkson (University of Dundee) has already told us to stop brushing our teeth. Now she reckons we should start skipping our routine scale and polish too. Should a dentist really be saying this? Well, yes! Working with Craig Ramsay (Head of Chief Scientist’s Office Research Unit) on a £3 million trial, Jan has found that there are no benefits from this routine dental treatment, or from oral hygiene instruction... 

Physics vs Psychology: Which is the Hard Science?

Physics vs Psychology: Which is the Hard Science?

The year is… not important; this is fiction. But Susan, the last secondary school student on Earth, is deciding what to study at university. Physicist Helen Cammack and psychologist Kate Cross (University of St Andrews) are here to do battle for Susan’s soul... 

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... 

How to Win the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award

How to Win the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A session focused on encouraging productions to consider the sustainable design, marketing, operation, and strike of their shows, and to help them in their application for the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award... 

Directing and Diversity

Directing and Diversity

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Join Jenny Sealey MBE, Artistic Director of Graeae Theatre Company and SDUK, to discuss how we address issues of diversity in our industry... 

A Mentally Well Fringe

A Mentally Well Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A team of mental health professionals from NHS Lothian will offer an experiential workshop. There will be a brief introduction to managing stress and distress followed by opportunities to try out different strategies and approaches including: mindful walking, mindful meditation, breathing and visualisation, body scan, music therapy, cognitive strategies, exercise and mental wellbeing, and compassionate approach to mental wellbeing. 

Theatre Production: Pathways and Possibilities

Theatre Production: Pathways and Possibilities

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A panel discussion looking at the variety of pathways to theatre production as well as the pros (and possible cons) of training in these disciplines and the abundant employment opportunities... 

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. 

BBC: The Janice Forsyth Show

BBC: The Janice Forsyth Show

Janice Forsyth presents her celebrated show from the BBC’s venue in Edinburgh, with up-to-date coverage, highlights and top interviews from across the Edinburgh festivals.  

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... 

The Pain Factory

The Pain Factory

Legal systems operate on a pain principle: punishments should involve a loss, and that loss should be painful. The problem is, some of us feel some losses more keenly than others: one person might find prison life merely unpleasant and difficult, while another could spend their entire prison term in a constant state of fear and distress... 

Ewan Spence's Edinburgh Fringe Radio Show and Podcast

Ewan Spence's Edinburgh Fringe Radio Show and Podcast

Join Ewan Spence and the team behind the BAFTA nominated 'Edinburgh Fringe Radio Show And Podcast' at this year's daily recordings of the live show in the Rose Theatre . Featuring a different line-up every day, with hand-picked performers from around the Fringe, music, reviews, interviews, and recommendations... 

Access on a Budget

Access on a Budget

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. How much does it cost to make your show accessible? How can you bring that down? And is it worth it? Join our invited guests as we investigate the economics of access at the Fringe, and look at how to deliver an accessible show for as low a cost as possible... 

Sorted and Serene!

Sorted and Serene!

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A workshop which will look at the essential tools for staying serene and on top of production and stage-management tasks leaving you free to enjoy your Fringe! Sheryl-Lynne Valensky developed East 15’s Stage and Production Management programme... 

Cyber Risk and the Entertainment Industry

Cyber Risk and the Entertainment Industry

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. The Fringe potentially provides rich pickings for cyber crooks. Thousands of transactions happen every day with part-time workers using temporary box offices and venues with limited IT security... 

Get Your Show Seen by the Right People

Get Your Show Seen by the Right People

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe Participants. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe enjoys a unique position as the biggest international arts market in the world, which means it attracts thousands of arts professionals from across the globe: venue programmers, producers, festival directors and agents who are looking to discover new talent, book a touring show or establish new collaborations... 

Anxiety and Animal GIFs

Anxiety and Animal GIFs

Can mindfulness offset the anxiety of insecure housing and jobs? How about animal GIFs? Lyrical, warm and funny poetry show about pop-psychology and trying to survive modern life without being an arse... 

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. 

Eradicate Parkinson’s?!

Eradicate Parkinson’s?!

Is science now at a point where we can eradicate Parkinson’s? 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the essay: The Shaking Palsy by James Parkinson. Research is now at a point where we know major mechanisms underlying the Parkinson’s process and cutting-edge preventative therapies are being tested in the lab... 

The Business of Playwriting

The Business of Playwriting

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Join a panel of professional practitioners to discuss making a career as a playwright in Scotland. Chaired by Fiona Sturgeon Shea, Creative Director of Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland. 

Robin Ince's Rorschach Test

Robin Ince's Rorschach Test

For a man who claims to be a ‘professional idiot’ Robin Ince sure seems to know a lot. Rorschach Test is a show that’s ‘probably about art and definitely about a goat’ Ince informs us in his trademark breakneck style... 

Skeptics on the Fringe: Enlightening the Fringe - Free

Skeptics on the Fringe: Enlightening the Fringe - Free

We are Edinburgh Skeptics. We bring science, skepticism, rationalism and critical thinking to an increasingly scary and irrational world one talk at a time. Featuring a variety of speakers – some well known, some not so much, but all are at least experts in their field – on a multitude of topics... 

FuturePlay Sessions

FuturePlay Sessions

A diverse programme of talks, panels and showcases where artists, performers, experts and academics discuss and debate the latest trends, challenges and controversies in the worlds of art and tech... 

Outer Space – The Next Empire?

Outer Space – The Next Empire?

Join space innovation researcher Matjaz Vidmar (University of Edinburgh) and acclaimed science fiction author Pippa Goldschmidt to debate the future of human activity beyond Earth. Who does outer space belong to, and are humans the only ones in it? Will colonising space soon become our business-as-usual, and should we be doing it at all? Is any of this plausible reality, or are these just Pippa’s works of fiction? Come along to find out and have your say on the future of human activity in outer space! 

Neoliberalism, Gender and Victimhood in #KUWTK

Neoliberalism, Gender and Victimhood in #KUWTK

Criminologist Gemma Flynn (University of Edinburgh) invites you to delve unashamedly into the world of pop culture behemoths The Kardashians. Should academia make more of an effort to keep up with The Kardashians (#KUWTK)? Gemma reckons so and she has gender and justice research, plus plenty of primary sources, to prove it... 

How To Get Paid... To Play With LEGO!

How To Get Paid... To Play With LEGO!

It's every child's (and adult's!) dream job isn't it? Join this professional LEGO artist as he explains how he turned a hobby into a full-time career, building models out of LEGO bricks! One of only a handful of artists worldwide working in LEGO bricks, Edinburgh-based Warren Elsmore shows you behind the scenes of his career with, of course, a few war stories along the way! 

Islam Festival Edinburgh 2017

Islam Festival Edinburgh 2017

Edinburgh Central Mosque opens its doors and warmly invites you to Islam Festival Edinburgh. The exhibition offers a genuine insight into Islam including a dynamic experience of knowledge, calligraphy and culture... 

BBC: Steve Wright in the Afternoon

BBC: Steve Wright in the Afternoon

Steve Wright broadcasts live on Radio 2 from the BBC's Edinburgh venue on the opening day of the Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Join us for The Big Show with special guests, music and performances and a host of other features. 

Richard Herring’s Edinburgh Fringe Podcast

Richard Herring’s Edinburgh Fringe Podcast

'The King of Edinburgh' (List) and multi award-winning 'Podfather' (Elle) returns with the internet chat show, that all the cool kids who hang around the Omni Centre call RHEFP (RHEFP)... 

Bring Back Child Labour!

Bring Back Child Labour!

Children should work more. Philip Cook (University of Edinburgh) reckons the ban on child labour is an injustice that disempowers and infantilises children. Rather than focusing on the age at which children are allowed to work, he thinks we should promote good work for children: work which is safe, enjoyable and materially rewarding... 

Devlin's Daily

Devlin's Daily

Devlin's Daily is back! 'Dark but delicious' (Scotsman) Bruce Devlin does what he does best: chat! In luxurious surroundings, let Bruce guide you through the Edinburgh Fringe with his flair for light chat and no fear to ask the questions other chat shows won't! You'll see why the greats of the entertainment industry have come to see this show... 

Audible Presents

Audible Presents

Audible presents four weekends of completely free live comedy shows, showcasing the finest acts the festival has to offer, all being recorded for a new Audible stand-up series. 2016's shows featured Rory Bremner, Dom Joly, Beardyman, Chris Gethard, Sam Simmons, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Iain Lee, Tom Ballard and many more... 

First Time at the Fringe

First Time at the Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Is this your first time? Edinburgh can be daunting for new participants. Come and meet Fringe Society staff and learn what we can do to support your experience while in Edinburgh... 

Fringe Central Welcome Address

Fringe Central Welcome Address

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Join Panti Bliss, Ireland’s foremost “gender discombobulist” and “accidental activist” as she formally launches Fringe Central and gives her unique insight on all things Fringe... 

Making a Signbank Withdrawal

Making a Signbank Withdrawal

Jordan Fenlon and Andy Carmichael (Heriot-Watt University) take a light-hearted look at the British Sign Language (BSL) Signbank – the online repository based on the BSL Corpus. Loosely inspired by the TV show Pointless, they’ll keep each other in check while taking the audience on a slightly naughty, irreverent but evidence-based and informative tour of the many vaults contained within the Signbank... 

The Goddess League Presents the Lady: Divine Feminine With Claire Milne

The Goddess League Presents the Lady: Divine Feminine With Claire Milne

Changes in representation of the sacred feminine over centuries affect our relationships, body image and environment today. Knowledge restoring balance to our patriarchal world. Claire Milne, who has studied for 15 years with some of the best known teachers in the field of human consciousness, presents a visual her(his)story of the Divine Feminine from sacred places all over the world and asks how does her forgotten history impact us today? What about sacred masculine? What does sacred mean and how do we recognise sacred experience? 

Barney's Brewery Tours

Barney's Brewery Tours

Welcome to Edinburgh’s longest established non-continuously operating brewery! Ever wondered what really goes on inside a brewery? You’re welcomed in to Barney’s Beer at Summerhall to do just that... 

A Nice Cup of Tea and a Chat With a Scottish Comedian and Friends

A Nice Cup of Tea and a Chat With a Scottish Comedian and Friends

Spend an hour in the company of leading Scottish comedian Vladimir McTavish. Three top Fringe guests daily for laughs, chat and silliness. Vladimir McTavish has performed at the Fringe every year since 1995, although this is his Edinburgh debut hosting a chat show... 

Ed Patrick: Comedians' Surgery

Ed Patrick: Comedians' Surgery

Welcome to the Comedians' Surgery, take your seat, we'll be with you shortly. Following a highly successful debut, comedian and junior doctor Ed Patrick brings a unique second show to the Edinburgh Fringe – comedians talking health... 

One Person Production Gathering

One Person Production Gathering

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A unique opportunity for solo performers to meet each other and Fringe Society staff. Enjoy some light nibbles and refreshments whilst making friends, supporting each other, and building relationships that will sustain you during your run and perhaps beyond... 

How to Get Your Show Noticed

How to Get Your Show Noticed

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

Marketing Your Show

Marketing Your Show

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Hear from our Marketing and Media team on effective ways to promote your show at the Fringe with useful information on how to get your show noticed including engaging audiences through social media, flyering tips, and writing effective press releases... 

Disability Equality Training

Disability Equality Training

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A practical training session for front of house staff and performers to look at how you can better respond to the needs of disabled customers, as well as looking at some of the wider social issues. 

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. Funnily enough, not at all of the issues are about money... 

Dave Benson Phillips: Christ, I Thought He Was Dead!

Dave Benson Phillips: Christ, I Thought He Was Dead!

Do you remember Dave Benson Phillips? If you were a child in Britain from the 80s to the early 00s, there’s a fair chance you watched him on TV... 'Playdays', 'Playhouse Disney', 'Fun Song Factory', 'Get Your Own Back!' to name but a few! He was all over children’s TV... 

How To: Keep it Legal

How To: Keep it Legal

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

Good Grief... Living with Loss

Good Grief... Living with Loss

A day offering people the opportunity to step into our experiences of living with loss and bereavement. This will be through a number of agencies who work with bereaved adults and children, families and friends, offering information and advice, with a selection of demonstrations showing, in the afternoon, creative ways of working and living with the loss of a loved one and with time to talk and remember those close to us who have died... 

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. 

A Comedian's Guide to Sigmund Freud

A Comedian's Guide to Sigmund Freud

Do you struggle to tell the difference between your ego and superego? University lecturer turned stand-up comedian Alex Sergeant has the answer. Guiding his audiences through the theories of Sigmund Freud, Alex promises a comedy show that pokes fun at your Oedipus complex and avoids Freudian slips. 

We Are What We Eat

We Are What We Eat

Once upon a time, you were just a cell in your mother’s womb. Then you became 2 cells and those cells kept multiplying until you became 37 trillion cells, each with a distinct purpose... 

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... 

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... 

The Odditorium: Bosco Theater

The Odditorium: Bosco Theater

Dr. Bramwell’s counterculture night returns with more fascinating events. Blondie's Gary Lachman on Colin Wilson (11th), Magick and Music with Graham Duff (17th), Odditorium book night (25th), The Haunted Moustache with Dr... 

The Odditorium: Spiegeltent

The Odditorium: Spiegeltent

Dr. Bramwell’s counterculture night presents two supersized events in the Spiegeltent. Pioneering Women in Music with Viv Albertine and Sarah Angliss (10th) and Ghosts of Watling Street with Alan Moore, Iain Sinclair, John Higgs (24th)... 

Curry Leaf Cafe – Cooking Masterclasses & Food Talk

Curry Leaf Cafe – Cooking Masterclasses & Food Talk

Brighton's award-winning Curry Leaf Cafe is running a series of interactive talks & cookery masterclasses at its new Kemptown Kitchen. 9th May, 12-2pm - interactive vegan cookery masterclass with Chef Kanthi (includes tasters)... 

Sunday Assembly: Movement

Sunday Assembly: Movement

Sunday Assembly is a worldwide network of non-religious gatherings that aims to celebrate life and build community through thought-provoking speakers, readings, poems, quiet reflection and raucous Pop music... 

Piers & Queers

Piers & Queers

Over 200 years of history from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer perspective including Regency Dandies, 1950s lesbian and gay life and political activism. We encounter prominent historical figures as well as some extraordinary unsung heroes: a pioneering doctor who passed as man decades before women were allowed to practice medicine, a 19th century lesbian diarist, an Edwardian 'drag king' and an early 'same-sex' marriage... 

Meet the Arts Industry

Meet the Arts Industry

Are you an artist or performer looking to make connections beyond Brighton Fringe? Join us for informal networking with a diverse range of arts industry professionals from around the world... 

Embassy Court Tour

Embassy Court Tour

Tour this iconic 20th century Modernist apartment block on Brighton seafront. Includes views from the 11th floor sun-terrace, the interior of a flat and the collection of historic archive items in areas behind the scenes... 

One Stop Body Shop

One Stop Body Shop

Please! Come in and browse. You can choose from researcher Gill Haddow’s range of options for the repair and replacement of organs. Currently, she has several options in stock: human organs from deceased or living donors are all the rage nowadays but, yes, supplies are limited... 

The Antibiotic Apocalypse Threatens Us All!

The Antibiotic Apocalypse Threatens Us All!

A lack of antibiotics to treat infection could soon bring us to a post-apocalyptic era where people die from minor injuries, or following routine operations. More and more bacteria are becoming resistant, yet no new antibiotics have been developed since the 1980s... 

Amy Annette: What Women Want

Amy Annette: What Women Want

Coming to Edinburgh after shows at Latitude and Machynlleth Comedy Festival, join Amy Annette in a talk show with her far more famous comedy friends; James Acaster, Lolly Adefope, Felicity Ward, Nish Kumar and more, as they seek to understand the great, unknowable, mystery of our time: Women... 

Vince Cable: In Conversation

Vince Cable: In Conversation

Professor Chris Carter welcomes distinguished economist and highly respected parliamentarian, Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable. The former Liberal Democrat cabinet minister discusses his time at the heart of the coalition government, economics and forays into ballroom dancing... 

Celebrating Edinburgh’s Traditional Buildings: Riddle’s Court Tour

Celebrating Edinburgh’s Traditional Buildings: Riddle’s Court Tour

See work in progress on a 16th century merchant’s house as the original fabric is revealed and conserved, discover its fascinating past, hear about its future as the Patrick Geddes Centre for Learning... 

Hug a Thug

Hug a Thug

Do you think the criminal justice system is a soft touch? Do you think that prisons make life too easy for criminals? Would you like to bring back hanging? Then this show is for you! Leading youth criminal justice researchers Lesley McAra and Susan McVie will bring you the stories of prisoners, many of whom committed crimes from a young age... 

If I Googled You, What Would I Find?

If I Googled You, What Would I Find?

It’s a troubling question and most of us probably don’t know the answer. Most of us probably don’t know just how much of information about us can be found online, so what can we do to manage our digital footprint and what are the implications of having our data available online? The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas are here to find out with the help of Nicola Osborne from the University of Edinburgh... 

John Prescott: In Conversation

John Prescott: In Conversation

Lord John Prescott discusses his career in the public eye. One of the most recognisable and formidable politicians of his generation, the former Deputy Prime Minister joins Professor Chris Carter to share what it was like to serve at the heart of Blair’s government... 

Dolly the Sheep: Major Discovery or Minor Distraction?

Dolly the Sheep: Major Discovery or Minor Distraction?

Twenty years after her birth, Dolly the Sheep is a scientific and Scottish icon. However, she was only ever a small part of a much bigger research programme and the cloning technique used to produce her has now been overtaken by newer, better technologies... 

Celebrating Edinburgh’s Traditional Buildings: Lead Roofing Demonstration

Celebrating Edinburgh’s Traditional Buildings: Lead Roofing Demonstration

Steve McLennan of the National Federation Roofing Contractors provides an enjoyable demonstration of the expertise required for creating and repairing lead roofing details. It’s vital these details are done correctly... 

The Essential Role of the Arts in Addressing Climate Change

The Essential Role of the Arts in Addressing Climate Change

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. In this dynamic talk, Creative Carbon Scotland Director, Ben Twist, discusses how climate change is a product of culture in the widest sense: the way in which we live in the world... 

Celebrating Edinburgh’s Traditional Buildings: Calton Hill Geology and Building Stones Walk

Celebrating Edinburgh’s Traditional Buildings: Calton Hill Geology and Building Stones Walk

Stone me! Luis Albornoz and Paul Everett of the British Geological Survey deliver a rewarding walking talk on Edinburgh’s geology, providing information on the bedrock of our built environment... 

Celebrating Edinburgh’s Traditional Buildings: Roof Slating Demonstration

Celebrating Edinburgh’s Traditional Buildings: Roof Slating Demonstration

Scotland’s buildings have slate roofs, now no Scottish slate quarry remains. Scott Miller of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors gives an informative demonstration on how slate shaped Scotland’s built skyline (look up!)... 

Celebrating Edinburgh’s Traditional Buildings: Sash and Case Windows, Maintenance and Repair

Celebrating Edinburgh’s Traditional Buildings: Sash and Case Windows, Maintenance and Repair

Care for these windows and they’ll thrive for another few decades. Additional measures save energy. Keith Swann of Edinburgh College gives an informative demonstration of the required know-how... 

Celebrating Edinburgh’s Traditional Buildings: Architectural Cast Iron – Skills Demonstration

Celebrating Edinburgh’s Traditional Buildings: Architectural Cast Iron – Skills Demonstration

Scotland used to export iron buildings around the world; Andrew Laing of the Charles Laing Foundry gives an entertaining demonstration of casting processes and where these skills can lead... 

Celebrating Edinburgh’s Traditional Buildings: Traditional Building Skills and World Heritage

Celebrating Edinburgh’s Traditional Buildings: Traditional Building Skills and World Heritage

Edinburgh provides a magnificent festival setting. Structures and spaces must be repaired properly. Adam Wilkinson of Edinburgh World Heritage Trust gives a stimulating talk on how this can be achieved... 

BBC: The One Show

BBC: The One Show

Live from the BBC’s venue in Edinburgh, featuring topical stories and big name guests. 

IndyRef2: The Rebellion Continues?

IndyRef2: The Rebellion Continues?

Tory victory at the General Election, the crushing of Labour in Scotland, chaos on the Opposition front benches. England voted Leave, Scotland voted Remain. Britain’s on the edge of Brexit, so is the stage set for Indyref 2? Was the referendum a once in a lifetime opportunity? Which referendum? Join us to hear what Tommy Sheppard (MP and Scottish National Party politician) and Nicola McEwen (Professor of Territorial Politics at the University of Edinburgh and Associate Director of the ESRC Centre on Constitutional Change) have to say – but more importantly, get your voice heard. 

Is the Cyber Armageddon Coming?

Is the Cyber Armageddon Coming?

Past wars have started for the most trivial of reasons. In the 21st century, will one country’s cyberattack on another trigger the end of days? Maybe we’re being paranoid; experts now suspect North Korea had nothing to do with the recent Sony data breach... 

Cut the Chat Live

Cut the Chat Live

Cut the Chat is a forum to discuss the topics people want to talk about. The panel and audience converse with honesty and humour about issues often ignored by other talk shows. Hosted by DJ Ace, one of the UK's leading radio DJs with a daily show on BBC Radio 1xtra, Damon the Barber, whose clients include not only celebrities but also the every day heroes of the community, Femi Oyeniran, professional actor and law graduate and, finally, Little Man A comedian who has amassed a large following on and off the comedy circuit. 

Celebrating Edinburgh’s Traditional Buildings: Lime mortars demonstration

Celebrating Edinburgh’s Traditional Buildings: Lime mortars demonstration

Roz Artis and Scott MacAskill of the Scottish Lime Centre Trust demonstrate lime slaking, part of the alchemy of the lime cycle. These processes have provided building mortars and more for millennia... 

Brighton Fringe: Can You Cut It?

Brighton Fringe: Can You Cut It?

Ready to take your show to England’s largest arts festival? Want to showcase your work to a fresh audience? Fancy a new Fringe experience? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, this is the event for you! Come along and learn how to take part in Brighton Fringe 2017... 

Celebrating Edinburgh’s Traditional Buildings: Marbling and Graining Techniques, Signwriting Skills

Celebrating Edinburgh’s Traditional Buildings: Marbling and Graining Techniques, Signwriting Skills

Mark Nevin, Nevin of Edinburgh, demonstrates remarkable transforming painting techniques. Robin Abbey, Robin Abbey Signwriters, demonstrates inspirational signwriting skills used for projects like heraldry... 

Adam Boulton: In Conversation

Adam Boulton: In Conversation

Professor Chris Carter welcomes one of the leading journalists of our time, Sky News political editor Adam Boulton, to share his take on the leaders and major events that have provided the backdrop to his distinguished career... 

More Plastics = A Better World

More Plastics = A Better World

Plastics harm our world, right? Costing us energy, using up resources and polluting? Wrong. Research chemist Michael Shaver says we would be foolish to use less plastic; we need to be using more! The problem isn’t plastic: it’s the people who use and market it... 

Celebrating Edinburgh’s Traditional Buildings: Stonemasonry Skills Demonstration

Celebrating Edinburgh’s Traditional Buildings: Stonemasonry Skills Demonstration

Scotland’s traditional buildings used indigenous stone, only a few dimensional stone quarries remain. Marcus Paine and Richard Groom of Stone Federation GB give a literally breathtaking (silicosis!) demonstration of stonemasonry... 

ScotlandsFest 2016

ScotlandsFest 2016

Big thinking in a small country – sparky talk, flyting, debate discussion and soapbox slots. Discover how Scotland’s national conversation today is forging the Scotland of tomorrow... 

ScotlandsFest 2016

ScotlandsFest 2016

Big thinking in a small country – sparky talk, flyting, debate discussion and soapbox slots. Discover how Scotland’s national conversation today is forging the Scotland of tomorrow... 

National Theatre Live: From Stage to Screen

National Theatre Live: From Stage to Screen

NT Live forms part of the NT’s Broadcast department which is also responsible for producing digital content covering all aspects of the craft of theatre-making and produces National Theatre On Demand in schools... 

Mixing the World: The Power of Global Arts Projects

Mixing the World: The Power of Global Arts Projects

Digital can bring the world together. At the British Council we have been working to create a friendly knowledge and understanding between the UK and the rest of the world for 80 years... 

Where Creativity Meets Technology

Where Creativity Meets Technology

The Imaginarium is a leading production and visual effects company intent on the creation of compelling content for the 21st Century, with performance capture at its heart. It combines the latest technology with the highest standards of execution to create the ultimate next-generation storytelling capability in film, television, video games and digital applications across all platforms... 

The Tempest: A New Kind of Wonder

The Tempest: A New Kind of Wonder

The Royal Shakespeare Company and Intel are collaborating to use the latest digital technology to bring to life Shakespeare’s The Tempest for a new generation. Along with a demonstration of motion capture technology by The Imaginarium Studios, the panel will discuss the innovation and experimentation involved in creating the supernatural elements of the play onstage. 

Audience as Producer: The Future of Content

Audience as Producer: The Future of Content

The past decade has seen technology democratise content, enabling audiences to access and shape content in unprecedented and innovative ways. Major news stories are now broken long before camera crews arrive on the scene... 

Let Extremists Speak?

Let Extremists Speak?

In the name of safeguarding and security, British counter-terrorism legislation is becoming increasingly restrictive of expression that is deemed to support non-violent extremism. This restriction of expression seems counter-intuitive to some of our most cherished British liberal values... 

EU Funding Opportunities

EU Funding Opportunities

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Millions of euros are available from EU funding programmes, and arts organisations all over Europe are gaining support for their projects and activities – and UK arts organisations can also benefit... 

Should We Have Zoos?

Should We Have Zoos?

Do zoos still have a place in society? If so, what is it? asks esteemed biologist Mary Bownes. When zoos first appeared they were zoological gardens, meant to show exotic animals to a public that would never otherwise have a chance to see them... 

Black Theatre Live Information Session

Black Theatre Live Information Session

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, specifically for Fringe participants. An active session to promote national touring for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic theatre at the Fringe, through the Black Theatre Live consortium blacktheatrelive... 

How Cybercrime Benefits Society

How Cybercrime Benefits Society

When we’re online, most of us choose to give up our privacy for the sake of convenience. With all our personal data potentially flying around on the internet, how do most of us stay as safe as we do? Sociologist Angus Bancroft reckons that we owe it to the criminal underbelly of the internet – the darknet... 

BBC: Steve Wright in the Afternoon

BBC: Steve Wright in the Afternoon

Steve Wright broadcasts live from the BBC's Edinburgh venue. Join us for BBC Radio 2’s afternoon show with special guests, music and a host of other features. 

Is This Your Life?

Is This Your Life?

We all leave a trace. (Some have a seemingly complete documentary of their lives on Facebook.) Archivist Rachel Hosker asks: If you were to leave an archive of your life, what would be in it? Would (and could) it reflect you, your life, thoughts, personality, work, interests, and relationships? What would be destroyed and forgotten? Would others put the same things in an archive about you? Is it possible to leave behind an authentic memory of yourself? Would you be okay with the memory left behind, and what researchers do with it?  

Tax Powers? Careful What You Wish For!

Tax Powers? Careful What You Wish For!

From 2016/17, the Scottish Government can set income tax rates and thresholds for Scottish taxpayers. This has major implications for everyone in Scotland, not just the rich. Will UK taxpayers take advantage of the ‘close connection’ rule to relocate to the more favourable tax jurisdiction? Will this affect money available for public expenditure? What will happen if devolution goes further, and the Scottish Government gets corporation tax powers? Will companies restructure to avoid paying tax in both jurisdictions? Is this another instance where we’re better together? Or is it a price worth paying?  

Beyond Touring: From International Networking to Transnational Projects

Beyond Touring: From International Networking to Transnational Projects

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, specifically for Fringe participants. We’re at one of the largest international arts events so there’s no better time to develop international links and learn about international opportunities such as Creative Europe support for collaborative European projects... 

ComedyOpoly: Board Games With Comedians

ComedyOpoly: Board Games With Comedians

Bob Slayer invites his audience to come play board games aboard the top floor of the fun-spurring remodelled double-decker Blundabus, affectionately named Brenda. Lead by himself and one other comedian, the more involved an audience is the more fun the games are... 

An Introduction To Music Virtual Reality With MelodyVR

An Introduction To Music Virtual Reality With MelodyVR

When it comes to music, virtual reality will change the industry. People will be able to attend a gig anywhere in the world without worrying about price, age restrictions or tickets selling out... 

Steve Richards Presents Rock 'n' Roll Politics

Steve Richards Presents Rock 'n' Roll Politics

Loyalty. Betrayal. They are the themes of a brand new show from the journalist on stage, the dark and absurd conflicts between conviction, ambition and friendship. The award-winning columnist and broadcaster takes you behind the scenes of the latest epic dramas, bringing to life the characters from Nicola Sturgeon to Boris and Jeremy Corbyn and their nerve shredding dilemmas... 

Can Anyone Write a Romance Novel?

Can Anyone Write a Romance Novel?

Anyone can write a romance novel. Or can they? Amy Burge did a whole PhD on romance novels (yes, you can do that) and reckons there’s more to them than you think. Come along to this sixty-minute collaborative writing session and decide for yourself if romance novels deserve more esteem... 

To Reality and Beyond: Turning Virtual Worlds Into Physical Models Through 3D Printing Technology

To Reality and Beyond: Turning Virtual Worlds Into Physical Models Through 3D Printing Technology

Gamers all over the world spend weeks, months and in some cases years creating in game content but is stays just that; in-game. We will explore how this virtual content can be brought into the real world as physical models... 

Ansible: Virtual Reality for Supporting Future Mars Astronauts

Ansible: Virtual Reality for Supporting Future Mars Astronauts

How do you stay connected with friends and family when far away? How will Mars astronauts when they’re 400 million km away? In this fascinating talk, learn about NASA’s vision for the future manned mission to Mars, and how a team of researchers are building the next generation communications tool using virtual reality to provide psychological health and social support to our explorers as we venture beyond lower Earth orbit! 

How to Turn Social Networks Into Sociable Networks

How to Turn Social Networks Into Sociable Networks

Social networks really aren’t – social, that is. Most of your time is spent staring at a computer, tablet or phone, as opposed to sharing moments with friends and family. Virtual reality, whilst on the surface inherently isolating, presents an opportunity to turn social networks into what they should have been all along – truly sociable experiences. 

The New State of Storytelling: The Importance of Empathy in VR Narratives

The New State of Storytelling: The Importance of Empathy in VR Narratives

Virtual Reality allows us to view the world through the eyes of a stranger. We see what they see, we begin to understand what their life looks like and how it might feel if that life was ours... 

HACT – The Art of Keeping Tech Simple

HACT – The Art of Keeping Tech Simple

Join us on a journey through Metro Boulot Dodo's own complex relationship with technology. Since 1997 MBD has wrestled with any available technology from the humble cassette tape to to complex multimedia automation... 

Adelaide Fringe Information Session

Adelaide Fringe Information Session

Adelaide Fringe is Australia’s largest open-access festival, with over 1,000 events across every art form in over 300 venues. Meet the Adelaide Fringe team and previous Fringe artists and get first-hand tips on presenting your work in Adelaide... 

Virtual Reality the Playstation® Way

Virtual Reality the Playstation® Way

PlayStation® VR is due for release on October 13th. As the date rapidly approaches, Simon Benson – Director of the Immersive Technology Group for Sony Interactive Entertainment, explains how the influence of PlayStation® has steered Sony’s VR solution in a unique direction... 

Future Realities: Exploring Augmented and Mixed Reality

Future Realities: Exploring Augmented and Mixed Reality

Pokemon Go has taken over and soon it will be commonplace to create and interact with holograms that blend into our surroundings. Unlike the simulated vistas in virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality allow the physical world to become interactive and digitally manipulable... 

VR Writers Room Live

VR Writers Room Live

Bringing together leading experts, writers and narrative designers across multiple entertainment verticals, the VR Writers Room focuses on the cross sector knowledge sharing opportunities to help define best practice, unified terminology, techniques and technology to facilitate the creation of immersive entertainment content including virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality and immersive theatre. 

Virtual Reality Will Break Museums

Virtual Reality Will Break Museums

Virtual reality can do everything museums can, and more, at greater scale and lower cost. But that doesn’t mean all museums will disappear, or that the role of curators is any less important. 

Artificial Intelligence: Can Machines Possess Emotions?

Artificial Intelligence: Can Machines Possess Emotions?

Artificial intelligence, the science of making clever machines, has resulted in programs that can win a game, recognise your face and even appeal against your parking ticket. AI has given machines linguistic skills and mathematical-logical reasoning abilities... 

Virtual Reality: Can You Believe the Hype?

Virtual Reality: Can You Believe the Hype?

Sol Rogers, CEO/Founder of REWIND:VR will look at the developments in the past 20 years that have enabled VR to become a reality; from technology and platforms to smartphones and appetite for the medium. 

Acting: In Conversation With...

Acting: In Conversation With...

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, specifically for Fringe participants. The Fringe Society chats with actors at the top of their game. Hear how they started out, what they consider career highs and lows and what they would do differently... 

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... 

In Conversation With Standard Issue

In Conversation With Standard Issue

The sharp and witty online women’s magazine hosts a killer line-up of funny women talking about comedy, women, feminism and other topics as yet undecided. Join Sarah Millican¹ and Standard Issue editor, Mickey Noonan, alongside more brilliant women from the worlds of comedy and media for what’s bound to be an excellent evening of chat... 

Let Big Brother Watch!

Let Big Brother Watch!

Satellite images now cover every inch of the world. Is this the invasion of privacy and major challenge to human rights that it is often argued to be, or is Big Brother really still quite tame? Putting aside legitimate concerns about some aspects of classified military use, is it fair to say that the majority of satellite images benefit our daily lives more than they intrude? Matjaz Vidmar, an up-and-coming researcher, votes for letting Big Brother watch... 

Robert Adam: Architect of Enlightenment

Robert Adam: Architect of Enlightenment

Fencible Productions invite you to an entertaining and enlightening encounter with the Adam Family – father William and brothers Robert, John and James – pillars of Scotland and England's architectural heritage... 

Cervical Cancer – You’re History!

Cervical Cancer – You’re History!

We now have great weapons against cervical cancer, but it still kills women every year. Cervical screening can detect the early effects of the virus which causes cervical cancer (HPV) before things develop further, and we can now vaccinate teenage girls against HPV infection so that they never even get the virus to begin with... 

Rory Bremner Meets...

Rory Bremner Meets...

Impressionist and comedian Rory Bremner hosts seven shows of comedy and conversation with hand-picked, special guests. Rory and each guest will perform a short set with lively conversation in between... 

The Myth of Universal Sign Language

The Myth of Universal Sign Language

Moving from the UK to an English-speaking country or another part of the UK? Think you’ll be able to communicate in sign language? Think again! There is no such thing as a universal sign language, and the sign language world is divided up along very different linguistic lines to that of spoken languages... 

Nicholas Parsons' Happy Hour

Nicholas Parsons' Happy Hour

It was immediately evident upon walking into the jam-packed Cabaret Bar that I was significantly changing the demographic awaiting the arrival of radio and television legend and national treasure, Nicholas Parsons... 

BBC: Loose Ends

BBC: Loose Ends

Clive Anderson ties up the Loose Ends with cool music, lots of comedy and, of course, scintillating conversation. 

Hands Off My Clubcard… Just Take My DNA!

Hands Off My Clubcard… Just Take My DNA!

Your Clubcard may say more about you than your DNA, so should it be considered more private? When it comes to understanding patterns in health and illness, examining our data may be even more powerful than examining our bodies... 

WWE Hall of Famer Hacksaw Jim Duggan’s 2x4 Tour One-Man Comedy Show

WWE Hall of Famer Hacksaw Jim Duggan’s 2x4 Tour One-Man Comedy Show

Just one glance at this year’s stuffed-to-bursting wedge of a programme is enough to see that there are bewildering array of performance disciplines represented at this year’s Fringe... 

Language Lessons on the NHS?

Language Lessons on the NHS?

Research shows that learning languages helps us age healthily, even if we start learning them in later life. Being able to speak two languages can delay the onset of dementia symptoms by four to five years (more than any available drug!) and improve how well a patient recovers their mental abilities after a stroke... 

David Steel: My Life in Politics

David Steel: My Life in Politics

Lord David Steel joins Professor Chris Carter to reflect on an illustrious career in public life. Listen as he discusses his battles steering reforming legislation through Parliament, three general elections as Liberal Party leader, and his term as the Scottish Parliament’s inaugural Presiding Officer... 

The Colour Blue: From Paradise to Poison

The Colour Blue: From Paradise to Poison

Deep blue is the most popular colour in the world. Artist Hilary Hope Guise investigates the endless meanings of the colour itself. Tea, coffee and pastries afterwards. 

Live at the Pleasance

Live at the Pleasance

In a free live broadcast where anything could happen, join some very special guest hosts as they meet the Fringe's finest acts. Hand-picked by the Pleasance, every day features a different line-up of brilliant guests from across the venue’s 2016 programme... 

The Making of Chariots of Fire

The Making of Chariots of Fire

Hold in your hands the original working script of an Oscar-winning film, and be taken through the processes by which it was translated to the screen by the technical director, Olympic coach Tom McNab... 

Keep the Kids Out!

Keep the Kids Out!

When they go out at all, they terrorise our streets and are a nuisance in our neighbourhoods. Are children an environmental threat? Or should we be adapting our environments to suit them? How about closing our city streets so children can play out like they used to? PhD researcher Jenny Wood and community engagement charity PAS will encourage you to look again at our urban landscapes and what they say about children... 

Joining the Digital Dots: How Celtic Games Collaboration Can Work Across Sectors and Locations

Joining the Digital Dots: How Celtic Games Collaboration Can Work Across Sectors and Locations

How do we roll out digital content across new platforms? How can games and gaming work in other sectors? How do we join the digital dots? Should we be looking at new ways of utilising existing data – big data – in new creative formats and getting out to new audiences via new, as yet untapped content distribution platforms? Are there geographically focused ways of connecting territories to build sustainable content formats? Is it time for a Celtic collaboration for the UK games community? 

From Generation Nintendo to Generation Minecraft – The Changing Face of Game Education

From Generation Nintendo to Generation Minecraft – The Changing Face of Game Education

You will hear from thought leaders, as developers of skills in the industry and an animator facing the daily challenges of working in the Games sector. They tell it like it really is and help us explore a vision for the future of Games and Games Education in Scotland and the UK... 

Where the Future Lies... How Digital Broadcasting is Changing

Where the Future Lies... How Digital Broadcasting is Changing

How does the age of user-generated content impact traditional broadcasting? What opportunities will emerge for creative industries as broadcasters and digital technology companies come together to develop new ways to produce connected storytelling? What will digital broadcasting look like in a converged, internet-connected, media world? This session will discuss many of the current digital trends whilst attempting to predict where next for digital companies and the big broadcasters... 

Showcase: The Best of Protoplay and Dare to Be Digital

Showcase: The Best of Protoplay and Dare to Be Digital

In this session Dr. William Huber will give us an overview of Dare ProtoPlay, the UK’s biggest indie games festival. He will present the winners of the international video games design competition Dare to be Digital, discuss why they won, what 2017 will hold and how you can get involved... 

Comedy: In Conversation With...

Comedy: In Conversation With...

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. The Fringe Society chats with comedians at the top of their game. Hear how they started out, what they consider their career highs and lows and what they would do differently... 

Roma Holocaust

Roma Holocaust

‘Extraordinary playing by the double bassist Michael Cretu’ (BroadwayBaby.com). Cretu comes from a 300-year-old Roma musician family. His ancestor Petrea Cretu was the violinist of Braila (Romania) and his uncle Johnny Raducanu is considered the father of Romanian jazz... 

Bringing Death Back to Life

Bringing Death Back to Life

Dying is a universal human activity, and it shows no sign of abating. Despite the impact of non-smoking campaigns and the value of various screening and early diagnosis initiatives, death will still be 100% fatal for every single one of us... 

Playful Learning... Games in Education

Playful Learning... Games in Education

A really insightful talk about how we harness the power of games and game play to ensure better learning opportunities for all our children. 

BBC: Just a Minute

BBC: Just a Minute

Paul Merton and fellow witty and loquacious panellists try to speak for 60 seconds without hesitation, repetition or deviation. Expertly chaired by Nicholas Parsons. 

Bad Medicine and Quackery in Edinburgh

Bad Medicine and Quackery in Edinburgh

Come to the College’s spectacular hall to be shocked by our seventh Fringe event. Hear about the characters ‘curing’ diseases with millipedes and celestial beds, and the use of innovative devices such as the miracle whirling spray and the magneto-electrotherapeutic machine... 

#TheSoloFilter: Researching Re-authorship

#TheSoloFilter: Researching Re-authorship

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Ever left a performance discussing what you would have done differently? #TheSoloFilter is an opportunity to remake a performance into the piece you wish you had seen... 

BBC: Janice Forsyth

BBC: Janice Forsyth

Janice Forsyth presents her show from the BBC’s venue in Edinburgh, with up-to-date coverage of the Edinburgh festivals.  

Access Fringe

Access Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. The Fringe Society is committed to improving access for all. Join us as we discuss our ambitions for the coming years, share case studies from industry peers and set festival stakeholders the challenge of working with us to make the Edinburgh Festival Fringe the most accessible festival in the world... 

The Art of Collaboration: Bringing the Arts Into Gaming

The Art of Collaboration: Bringing the Arts Into Gaming

Collaboration has the capacity to break down boundaries of a medium and expand its limits. Creating a dialogue which spans sectors can lead to multi-dimensional approaches and thus more interesting creations... 

Making Games For VR

Making Games For VR

Coatsink discuss their VR development journey over the past three years. Coatsink have been researching VR since the early days of the DK1 and are rapidly becoming recognised as a top VR developer... 

...And I Learned How to Make It Talk – How You Can Use Games for Creative Expression

...And I Learned How to Make It Talk – How You Can Use Games for Creative Expression

In this session, NVA Director and co-founder Iain Simons is going to explore these ideas, give examples of what the NVA is doing to help and generally get excited. All whilst awkwardly disguised as a middle-aged white man. 

Is Cancer Screening Harmful?

Is Cancer Screening Harmful?

We’re so used to hearing about the importance of regular cancer screening – catch it in its early stages while it can still be treated. But the reality is more complex and screening has real side effects... 

TalkFest 2016: 01

TalkFest 2016: 01

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... 

Bad Teeth = Bad Health

Bad Teeth = Bad Health

It’s no secret that a lackadaisical approach to dental care leads to fillings and gum disease. However, the latest research evidence suggests it could also cause serious illnesses like heart disease, cancer and diabetes... 

Skeptics on the Fringe

Skeptics on the Fringe

Edinburgh Skeptics Society returns for the seventh year with more undiluted brilliance. A different speaker on an interesting topic every night. Full listing on www.edinburghskeptics... 

Islam Festival Edinburgh

Islam Festival Edinburgh

Edinburgh Central Mosque opens its doors and warmly invites you to Islam Festival Edinburgh. The exhibition offers a genuine insight into Islam including a dynamic experience of knowledge, calligraphy and culture... 

Choose Your Own Science Adventure

Choose Your Own Science Adventure

You’re an up-and-coming scientist. Your mission is to search for the truth about human psychology… and make the truth interesting enough that people want to read about it. Your answer needs to be right, but more importantly needs to be published... 

Exercise is Bad for You

Exercise is Bad for You

Often described as a 'Polypill' against a variety of illnesses and diseases, is exercise really the elixir for health? Can exercise prematurely wear out your joints? Does excessive training increase the risk of coughs and colds? Does prolonged exercise impair your heart’s function? Can exercise lead to addictive behaviour? It’s suggested that, in a lifetime, we have a fixed number of heartbeats; does increasing our heart rate through exercise shorten our lifespan? Participate in a discussion with life scientist Derek Ball about whether exercise is as good for you as we are led to believe. 

Audible Presents

Audible Presents

Audible presents a series of completely free live performances and special guest appearances, celebrating the best of spoken word comedy. It’s time to pin back your ears for some big name stars, revealing interviews and laughs you simply have to listen to... 

First Time at the Fringe

First Time at the Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Is this your first time? Edinburgh can be daunting for new participants. Come and meet Fringe Society staff and learn what we can do to support your experience while in Edinburgh... 

Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum

Join the best comedians from across the globe as they blur the line between arteFACT and arteFICTION in an improvised set prompted by genuine objects found in the National Museum of Scotland archives! This unrehearsed show and tell might not be historically, or even culturally accurate, but it’s guaranteed to be 100% entertaining... 

Blackwell's Writers at the Fringe

Blackwell's Writers at the Fringe

Now in its ninth year, Blackwell’s Writers at the Fringe brings you once again the best in Scottish writing. Experience everything from Scottish poetry to Tartan Noir, from folk music to contemporary fiction as established authors appear alongside new voices at Edinburgh's oldest bookshop... 

Mental Health is... Mental!

Mental Health is... Mental!

Leading psychiatrist Stephen Lawrie has heard enough talk about mental health stigma. Campaigns to make it okay to speak out are great, but they will struggle to get anywhere unless they recognise that mental health really is mental! And physical, at the same time! No other area of medicine is so controversial, because no other area of medicine is so complicated... 

Beautiful Ducks

Beautiful Ducks

Beautiful Ducks is a comedy show loosely based on the infamous book of the same name by renowned duck fancier Liz Wright. The show will be a journey paved with attempts towards a more mindful existence... 

Middle Age Came Quick!

Middle Age Came Quick!

How does it feel and what do you do about it when old age catches up with you 10 years before you even suspect it's chasing you? When everywhere you look, you see the people around you getting older, and every celebrity you ever loved dying? Time flies whether you are having fun or not, so those years where you didn't really do what you wanted come back to fill you with loss, and guilt... 

Rahul Kohli: Newcastle Brown Male

Rahul Kohli: Newcastle Brown Male

One Geordie specialising in current affairs. You'll laugh, you'll learn, you could orgasm. You won’t orgasm - that'd be insane. But now you’ll definitely come? As seen on BBC 'Big Asian Comedy Night'... 

Always Be Rolling: How Board Games Can Change Your Life And Save The World

Always Be Rolling: How Board Games Can Change Your Life And Save The World

Award-winning comedian James Cook has read the back of the box and is ready to play. Won't you join him? "Wonderfully genuine, highly accessible and interesting" (Gigglebeats), "an hour better spent than playing Monopoly" (Chortle), "Brilliant, charming, very funny" (Richard Osman) 

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... 

Refugee Rights and Community Responses

Refugee Rights and Community Responses

Brighton prides itself at being a ‘sanctuary on sea’, but who gets to come to the UK? How do they get here, what are their expectations, and who decides whether they stay? These questions are explored through a mixture of theatre, audiovisuals, talks and debate. 

The Wanton Taste Club

The Wanton Taste Club

Five afternoons of energising art, food and wellbeing! Eat your happy and put a tang in your step this May. 'The Stuff of Waste': a playful symposium on 22nd. Mental health First Aid training on 23rd and 25th (additional £9 charge for manual)... 

Buddhism and Meditation: An Introduction

Buddhism and Meditation: An Introduction

The Buddha's birthday and enlightenment are celebrated throughout the world on this full moon day in May. Come along and find out about Buddhism, and practice some meditation. The sessions will be led by some of our experienced teachers... 

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... 

Animal Magic

Animal Magic

The author Mick Jackson talks taxidermy and explores our ambivalent relationship with the animal kingdom, from Walter Potter to Johnny Morris via John Berger. Includes slides! (and drink) 

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. 

Zahra Barri: Talk Like An Egyptian

Zahra Barri: Talk Like An Egyptian

Zahra’s a bit like the country of Turkey, in that she’s a mix of Eastern and Western culture, and also she is a bird. A fun look into Eastern and Kanye Western Culture. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra and BBC Radio 2... 

The Journey: Confessions of an Artist

The Journey: Confessions of an Artist

This exhibition is brought to you by a collection of local artists working in a variety of mediums. The creating process is full of both pleasure and pain. Come and discover their celebrations, trials and tribulations... 

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... 

You are what you eat... Literally!

You are what you eat... Literally!

Once upon a time you were just a cell in your mother’s womb. Then you became two cells and those cells kept multiplying until you became 37 trillion cells, each with a clear purpose... 

Help! I think I Might Be Fabulous

Help! I think I Might Be Fabulous

With his unique take on drag, Alfie has become a stand-out act in the UK cabaret scene. Now, with a piano and some cheap backing tracks, Alfie, the son of a drag queen, tells his story from first discovering that he is fabulous to coming out to his mother in his debut solo show! 

Name Dropping

Name Dropping

David Benedictus sipped champagne at 2am while sitting on Joanna Lumley's bed. He was meant to marry Princess Margaret. He chatted to Yehudi Menuhin who was in his underpants and upside down at the time... 

The Six-Five Special

The Six-Five Special

Alan Felton and Tim Roycroft will give an insight into Skiffle, a form of entertainment influenced by American and British folk and jazz music that encouraged do-it-yourself music in the young, and the growth of Rock 'n' Roll. 

Good Grief... Living with Loss

Good Grief... Living with Loss

A day offering people the opportunity to consider living with loss and bereavement. Agencies who work with bereaved adults and children will offer information and advice, with creative demonstrations working and living with the loss of a loved one, with time to talk... 

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... 

A Digital Legacy

A Digital Legacy

Colin Chadwick is a bit of an oddball and has no idea how to communicate with people on a basic level. Well, that’s what he wants you to think, in this weird and wonderful show in which he discusses how he wants his dead body to be “disposed of”... 

More Memories Than Future

More Memories Than Future

If you like your comedy dry and your comedians sly and your jokes wry, then this is for you. NATYs finalist Nick Elleray hilariously explores ageing, emotional repression and the cruel burden of paying the rent... 

Sound and Vision

Sound and Vision

Standard Lamps, Tenderhooks, Idle Talk. An opportunity to see three great Brighton bands live and enjoy the screening of their latest music videos. If you like blues, rock, pop or mod and you like it live, then this is the business! Details on the Facebook events page, Sound and Vision. 

iF Not Now, When?

iF Not Now, When?

A day of provocations and presentations: creating a diverse future and raising the profile of disabled artists. Who are the champions? How can artists access funding? Join the conversation, see things differently, take part, and change perceptions in a day of talking, doing and making a difference. 

Sunday Assembly

Sunday Assembly

Sunday Assembly is a non-religious coming together of people seeking to make the most of this one life. Togetherness, wonder and a bit of science without the trappings of magic and myth... 

The Odditorium

The Odditorium

Join Dr Bramwell for four fascinating spoken word nights themed around counterculture, hacking, scientific and spiritual practises, Kraftwerk, Neu!, Laibach, time travel and Alan Moore's Jerusalem... 

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. 

Edinburgh Should Ban Students

Edinburgh Should Ban Students

What have students ever done for us? Surely Edinburgh would be a better city without them? Swathes of the city would be habitable again for families, noise complaints would slump, and traffic cones could rest easy... 

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Craigmillar Castle Craft Skills Festival

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Craigmillar Castle Craft Skills Festival

Activities for all the family – learn how castles were built, see stone masons in action and hear about the area’s geology. Subject to Historic Scotland entry fees – see website. 

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: How a Georgian Townhouse Was Built

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: How a Georgian Townhouse Was Built

No 5 Charlotte Square, Ian Gow of the National Trust for Scotland gives an informing guide to the built fabric and means of construction. 

The Maestro, the Magistrate & the Mathematician

The Maestro, the Magistrate & the Mathematician

2014 Caine Prize shortlisted author Tendai Huchu reads from his new novel and reveals how the heritage, traditions and vibrancy of African storytelling continue to inspire and influence his writing... 

Will Hutton: How Good We Can Be

Will Hutton: How Good We Can Be

Will Hutton examines how Britain could create an economy, society and democracy in which the mass of citizens flourish – reinventing and repurposing core institutions like the company, the bank, the shareholder and trade union that have in varying ways lost their way... 

Polly Toynbee and David Walker

Polly Toynbee and David Walker

Polly Toynbee and David Walker are two of Britain’s leading social democratic commentators and policy analysts. They join Professor Chris Carter to discuss their latest book, Cameron’s Coup, the current political scene, the future for social democracy, and what it’s like to contemplate life at the Guardian newspaper post-Alan Rusbridger... 

Owen Jones: The Politics of Hope

Owen Jones: The Politics of Hope

In Owen Jones: The Politics of Hope, Jones proves himself to be an engaging and eloquent speaker without any airs of pretension. In fact he’s quick to mock himself and the Right’s image of him as the “princeling of the Far Left elite” which imbues his words and message with a sense of real honesty... 

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Calton Hill Geology Walk

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Calton Hill Geology Walk

Locally sourced natural materials – a strategy for sustainable construction? Emily Tracey of the British Geological Survey provides a rewarding walking talk on the geology that provided building stones used across the city. 

Sex, Food and Politics – Lecture by Ang Li (Writer)

Sex, Food and Politics – Lecture by Ang Li (Writer)

Ang Li is the most controversial woman writer in Taiwan. In this lecture, she examines the intertwining of gender, food and politics, which continues to break new ground of literary reflection, creating a new space of questions involving female sexuality and Asian women’s literature on the international literary scene. 

Freddie Flintoff: 2nd Innings

Freddie Flintoff: 2nd Innings

Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, hero of the historic 2005 victorious Ashes England team, is hitting the road celebrate the 10 years anniversary and share his memories of that long hot summer, as well as some behind the crease insights to the game... 

Polly Toynbee and David Walker: In Praise of Tax

Polly Toynbee and David Walker: In Praise of Tax

A sage said 'nothing can be certain but death and taxes'. In fact the 'who pays' question is obscured and avoided by politicians and public alike. Polly Toynbee and David Walker, authors of Cameron's Coup and Unjust Rewards, argue that the biggest issue in modern politics is honesty: you can't have Swedish services on US tax rates... 

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Marbling and Graining Techniques, Signwriting Skills

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Marbling and Graining Techniques, Signwriting Skills

Mark Nevin from Nevin of Edinburgh demonstrates remarkable transforming painting techniques. Maggie McCabe of Robin Abbey Signwriters demonstrates inspirational signwriting skills used for projects like heraldry. 

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Roof Slating Demonstration

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Roof Slating Demonstration

Scotland’s buildings have slate roofs, now no Scottish slate quarry remains. Scott Miller of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors gives an informative demonstration on how slate shaped Scotland’s built skyline (look up!). 

Back To The Statistical Future!

Back To The Statistical Future!

How different is Scotland in 2015, to Scotland in 1835? As good education is increasingly costly and inaccessible to the poor, are we seeing our modern 'lords and gentlemen' believing we will be 'more obedient and dutiful, were [we] more ignorant, and had no education'? Might our poor potentially be 'corrupted, by being taught to read and write'? Might we be returning to a time when libraries are only sustained by subscriptions? Join us for a whistle stop hover-board ride through the bizarre parallels between modern Scotland and the 'New' Statistical Accounts of Scotland (1834-1845). 

The Kindness of Enemies

The Kindness of Enemies

Author Leila Aboulela, the first winner of the Caine Prize in 2000, reads from her new novel and reveals how the heritage, traditions and vibrancy of African storytelling continue to inspire and influence her writing... 

The Angelos and Barry Show: Live Podcast

The Angelos and Barry Show: Live Podcast

Angelos Epithemiou (BBC Two's Shooting Stars) and Barry from Watford (BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright in the Afternoon) record their award-winning iTunes Best of 2014 podcast in front of you – their live studio audience... 

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Architectural Cast Iron – Skills Demonstration

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Architectural Cast Iron – Skills Demonstration

Scotland used to export iron buildings around the world; Andrew Laing of the Charles Laing Foundry gives an entertaining demonstration of casting processes and where these skills can lead. 

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Traditional Building Skills and World Heritage

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Traditional Building Skills and World Heritage

Edinburgh provides a magnificent festival setting. Structures and spaces must be repaired properly. Adam Wilkinson of Edinburgh World Heritage Trust gives a stimulating talk on how this can be achieved. 

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Georgian Edinburgh Before the New Town

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Georgian Edinburgh Before the New Town

Old Edinburgh was a very different place to the contemporary city of today. John Lowrey of Edinburgh University provides an enlightening talk on the physical fabric of that city. 

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Stonemasonry Skills Demonstration

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Stonemasonry Skills Demonstration

Scotland’s traditional buildings used indigenous stone, now only a few dimensional stone quarries remain; Richard Groom of CITB and Willie Gibson of Stone Federation GB give a literally breathtaking (silicosis!) demonstration of stonemasonry... 

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Restoration and Redevelopment of Riddle's Court

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Restoration and Redevelopment of Riddle's Court

Riddle’s Court has a rich history, including homing philosopher David Hume. Una Richards of the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust provides an illuminating talk on the restoration of this Old Town gem. 

Hug A Thug

Hug A Thug

Do you think the criminal justice system is a soft touch? Do you think that prisons make life too easy for criminals? Would you like to bring back hanging? Then this show is for you! During the show you will hear the stories of prisoners and victims, many of whom committed crimes from a young age... 

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Sash and Case Windows, Maintenance and Repair

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Sash and Case Windows, Maintenance and Repair

Care for these windows and they’ll thrive for another few decades. Additional measures save energy. Keith Swann of Edinburgh College gives an informative demonstration of the required know-how. 

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society AGM

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society AGM

The formal meeting where accounts are presented, activity reviewed and directors elected. It includes a guest speaker and open discussion. If you're passionate about the Fringe, come and be heard. 

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Lead Roofing Demonstration

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Lead Roofing Demonstration

Lead roofing demonstration: Steve McLennan of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors provides an enjoyable demonstration of the expertise required for creating and repairing lead roofing details... 

Jack the Ripper: Facts, No Fiction

Jack the Ripper: Facts, No Fiction

London, 1888. Jack the Ripper is killing Whitechapel prostitutes. One hundred and twenty-seven years later, all most people know about the most infamous serial killer of all time is myths and legends... 

The War On Drugs Is Harmful

The War On Drugs Is Harmful

President Nixon declared war on public enemy number one in 1971. By 1994, drug laws resulted in the incarceration of one million Americans each year. The US now spends $50 billion annually on the war on drugs, mainly focussed on reducing supply – often through military aid... 

Jay Rayner: My Dining Hell

Jay Rayner: My Dining Hell

Observer restaurant critic and chair of BBC Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet, Jay Rayner examines our fascination with lousy reviews, recalls some of his worst nights out and shares the most damning reviews his own work has received. 

ScotlandsFest 2015

ScotlandsFest 2015

Scotland’s desire to move forward poses big questions. How do we ‘think global, act local’ in an interdependent world? Can Scotland’s history, visual arts and story heritage act as a crucible of creative change? What are the global connections that will enrich development? For big thinking in a small country, join Lesley Riddoch, Richard Demarco, Owen Dudley Edwards, John MacKay and other Luath livewires at different sessions each afternoon for sparky talks, flytings, debate, discussion and soapbox slots... 

Chap at the Door and The Aftermath

Chap at the Door and The Aftermath

Behind every person misusing substances is a family. Chap at the Door and The Aftermath is a unique family written and performed two-part illustration providing a family perspective on the impact of substance misuse... 

Alas, Poor Darwin...?

Alas, Poor Darwin...?

Alas, Poor Darwin…? may be officially listed as a ‘spoken word’ event, but don’t let that make you think it’s a poetry show. No, this is a biology and psychology lecture delivered by two academics, Lewis Dean and Kate Cross, on the subject of evolutionary theory... 

The Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini

The Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini

Unlike an average Fringe activity, The Strange Friendship between Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini does not seek out to advert, entertain or mystify its audience. It seeks to welcome the converted and the curious to Spiritualism and after-death research... 

Hare

Hare

Join journalist Peter Ranscombe as he reads from and discusses Hare, his debut novel. Peter’s book takes the story of Burke and Hare, Scotland’s most notorious killers, and asks what happened next to Hare after Burke was hanged for their crimes... 

Richard Wiseman: How to be Happy, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise

Richard Wiseman: How to be Happy, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise

Richard Wiseman, psychologist and bestselling author of several popular psychology books, returns to the Fringe to talk for an hour about the psychology of perception, touching on topics such as deception, dreams, luck and success... 

Swords Into Ploughshares

Swords Into Ploughshares

Transforming arms into art. How far can dangerous memories, toxic religion, intractable conflicts and gender violence be transformed? Professor Jolyon Mitchell (the University of Edinburgh and former BBC World Service Journalist and Producer) and Dr Lesley Orr (the University of Edinburgh and the Iona Community) investigate how different media and arts can be used to build peace... 

AC Grayling: The Meanings of Life

AC Grayling: The Meanings of Life

Is there one kind of life that is the true and right life for all human beings, or are many kinds of good lives possible? If the latter, does this mean that there are no absolutes in morals and our understanding of human nature and the world? These are philosophical questions – and philosophers have given answers: some of the most important answers ever given to this most important of all questions. 

Nature's Heart

Nature's Heart

Join Buddha Maitreya, an enlightened meditation teacher who sings his own enchanting songs, at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Enjoy a serene afternoon with him and his enlightening songs, all written and performed by Buddha Maitreya, including lyrics that reveal hidden depths and pointing to the truth of our existence... 

Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson

Professor Chris Carter talks to the Rt Hon Alan Johnson about his career in the trade unions, Labour party politics, and his time as a government minister and author. Johnson will discuss the current political scene and the future for centre-left politics in the UK... 

Nina Conti: Talking Comedy

Nina Conti: Talking Comedy

Nina has won a British Comedy Award, stormed Live at the Apollo, and made a BAFTA nominated film. Nina began her career at the Royal Shakespeare Company, before the genius and anarchic theatre director Ken Campbell inspired her to become a ventriloquist... 

BBC: Shaun Keaveny

BBC: Shaun Keaveny

BBC Radio 6 Music breakfast show legend Shaun W Keaveny will be presenting his show live from the BBC venue at the Edinburgh Festivals.  

Skating On Thin Ice

Skating On Thin Ice

Why don't we just let the Arctic melt? What will the Arctic look like in 50 years’ time? Will your children be the last generation to learn that the Arctic seas are covered by ice all year round? Why are governments across the world so interested in what is happening up North? The Arctic climate is warming more quickly than anywhere else on the planet... 

Alexei Sayle: Talking Comedy

Alexei Sayle: Talking Comedy

Alexei’s varied career spans work as comic, novelist, actor and columnist. Alexei talks about his career in comedy with Olly Double, curator of British Stand-Up Comedy Archive. His television comedy career includes Alexei Sayle’s Stuff for the BBC, The Young Ones, and several films in The Comic Strip Presents series... 

Stand-Up Philosophy – Free

Stand-Up Philosophy – Free

Stand-Up Philosophy is a low-key, quirky little Free Fringe show featuring professional philosophers sharing thoughts, answering questions, and trying their hands at comedy. Although it has more to recommend as philosophy than stand-up or performance it is a fun way for philosophy buffs at a loose end to spend an hour... 

The Hidden World Of Functional Disorders

The Hidden World Of Functional Disorders

How would you feel if you were paralysed or had blackouts, only to be told you were imagining it, hysterical, or making it up? This is still the experience of some patients with Functional Neurological Disorder (FND), a very real but misunderstood condition that affects 15% of UK neurology outpatients... 

Large Scale Theatre Marketing Workshop

Large Scale Theatre Marketing Workshop

A unique opportunity to gain insight into how we successfully market shows at the UK's largest working theatre and as part of the Ambassador Theatre Group. An expert panel will host this workshop providing knowledge, tips and a wealth of experience in how to market a show in a large scale venue... 

Jo Brand: Talking Comedy

Jo Brand: Talking Comedy

Long established as one of the UK’s best female comics Jo talks about her career in comedy with Olly Double, curator of British Stand-Up Comedy Archive. The star and writer of Getting On, the BBC’s BAFTA award-winning series set on a hospital’s geriatric ward, which was partly inspired by her earlier career in nursing... 

Susan Calman: Talking Comedy

Susan Calman: Talking Comedy

Award-winning stand-up comedian, writer and actress talks about her career in comedy, with Olly Double, curator of British Stand-Up Comedy Archive. ‘Feisty Scot Calman is one of the best female comics to ever come out of the land of bagpipes and haggis... 

Steve Richards Presents Rock'n'Roll Politics 4

Steve Richards Presents Rock'n'Roll Politics 4

Steve Richards Presents Rock N Roll Politics 4. After a dramatic UK general election and last year’s referendum in Scotland, politics is more shook up than ever. The award-winning columnist and broadcaster takes you behind the scenes of the latest epic dramas in his unique show, bringing to life characters from Jeremy Corbyn to Nicola Sturgeon and on to George Osborne... 

Danny Dorling: Economic Inequality and Our Grandchildren’s Future

Danny Dorling: Economic Inequality and Our Grandchildren’s Future

Did Scotland vote the wrong way on independence? Predicting the future is hard, but if we carry on the path we’re on what becomes of our grandchildren? There is no way that everyone can be rich... 

Not So Native Now

Not So Native Now

Not So Native Now is a talk about multilingualism as part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, engaging and inviting the audience to consider our preconceptions about bilingualism and language learning alongside new findings from leading researchers... 

BBC: Simon Mayo Drivetime

BBC: Simon Mayo Drivetime

Simon Mayo broadcasts live from the BBC's Edinburgh venue. Join us for a mix of live music, in-depth interviews, and a daily dose of the Radio 2 Book Club. 

That's Not Funny! Are Offence-Seekers Killing Comedy?

That's Not Funny! Are Offence-Seekers Killing Comedy?

From the campaign to oust lad comedian Dapper Laughs from his ITV2 show to the banning of feminist stand-up Kate Smurthwaite at Goldsmiths University, the comic's right to probe, to jibe and to banter is under threat... 

Fashion And The Selfie Culture

Fashion And The Selfie Culture

Mal Burkinshaw, Programme Director of Fashion at Edinburgh College of Art and Director of the Diversity Network discusses and debates the role that fashion plays in stereotyping ideals of beauty – when are we ever good enough? With the rise of the me, me, me selfie culture – why do we succumb to pressure to present an image of ourselves to the world that is not the image we see in the mirror, or the image beneath the skin? This show asks whether empathy can ever change the strict doctrines of current beauty codes. 

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... 

Stephen K Amos: Talking Comedy

Stephen K Amos: Talking Comedy

Stephen K Amos has charmed and entertained audiences all over the world with his natural, assured delivery and his honest, original material. Stephen talks about his career in comedy with Olly Double, curator of British Stand-Up Comedy Archive... 

Mark Thomas: Talking Comedy

Mark Thomas: Talking Comedy

Comedian and activist Mark Thomas talks to Olly Double, curator of British Stand-Up Comedy Archive, about how his comedy has evolved to embrace both theatre and politics. Mark has been performing comedy for 29 years... 

Mark Thompson's A Space Traveller's Guide to the Solar System

Mark Thompson's A Space Traveller's Guide to the Solar System

Is it possible for one person to journey around the solar system in the space of a human lifetime? This show is as much about the alien worlds in our planetary neighborhood as it is about the experience of travelling in space... 

Charlotte Green: The News is Read

Charlotte Green: The News is Read

Listening to Charlotte Green talk for an hour on any subject is an enjoyable way to spend any afternoon, but hearing her talk about her long and distinguished career as a newsreader for the BBC is definitely one of life’s great pleasures... 

BBC: Loose Ends

BBC: Loose Ends

Clive Anderson ties up the Loose Ends with cool music, lots of comedy and, of course, scintillating conversation. 

Women! Science is Still Not for You!

Women! Science is Still Not for You!

The UK desperately needs more scientists and engineers, yet highly qualified, talented and ambitious women are still deserting science. Reasons such as unconscious bias and lack of confidence are only the tip of the iceberg... 

Chris Mullin: The Art of Political Leadership

Chris Mullin: The Art of Political Leadership

Churchill, Attlee, Thatcher, Blair. Who were the great British political leaders of the 20th Century and what were the qualities that made them stand out? And is it true that today's politicians are minnows by comparison? Political diarist and former Labour minister Chris Mullin goes in search of greatness... 

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Promiscuous England

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Promiscuous England

The English have been typecast as imperial snobs, rule-bound, repressed, class-ridden, prejudiced – their racism cuts and scars. But reel through their long history to now and you find they can be passionate, wanton, infinitely curious and open... 

John Bercow

John Bercow

The Rt Hon John Bercow is one of the best known modern British parliamentarians, gaining great praise for his role as the Speaker of the House of Commons. Professor Chris Carter talks to Bercow about his career in politics, the role of Speaker and the future for the Westminster Parliament... 

A Lunchtime With Bryony Lavery

A Lunchtime With Bryony Lavery

Multi award-winning playwright in conversation about her work. John Lonsdale – director of USS's productions of her plays Kursk, and Stockholm – facilitates an insight via discussion and questions into Bryony's unique style... 

BBC: Just a Minute

BBC: Just a Minute

Paul Merton and fellow witty and loquacious panellists try to speak for 60 seconds without hesitation, repetition or deviation. Expertly chaired by Nicholas Parsons. 

The Transgender Tipping Point

The Transgender Tipping Point

‘My music is not based on my being transgender. It's based on my being a human being.’ – Lucas Silveira. In a year where transgender issues took centre stage, join a panel of artists and activists as they discuss gender identity in the arts, the challenges for the coming years and the impact of those magazine covers on the industry... 

gayfieldTalks

gayfieldTalks

After our successful inaugural 2014 Twilight Talks series, this summer gayfield Talks together with key partners celebrate the art and design of collaboration, in our locality and further afield... 

Arthur Conan Doyle Experience

Arthur Conan Doyle Experience

Arthur Conan Doyle Experience is a talk about Edinburgh's famous son, delivered in a magnificent example of an original Victorian town house which commemorates this great man of literature... 

BBC: Kaye Adams

BBC: Kaye Adams

Live from the BBC venue in Edinburgh, Kaye Adams brings a human touch to the stories making the news, with extra coverage of the festivals. 

BBC: Janice Forsyth

BBC: Janice Forsyth

Janice Forsyth presents her show live from the BBC’s venue in Edinburgh, with up-to-date coverage of the Edinburgh Festivals.