Mobile Neon Workshops: Edinburgh 2014

Mobile Neon Workshops: Edinburgh 2014

'There's no night-school for neon-making', as Richard William Wheater, our instructor for the day and neon artiste, pointed out. It is true. Neon signs are everywhere, or at least they used to be, but who teaches this trade? From signs announcing a cinema, your favourite brand of beer, a barber, your usual chippy and even the typical flickering semi-naked lady pointing to a dodgy door, all a common part of our urban environment... 

Haka

Haka

There's nothing more spectacular than watching Maori people perform one of their traditional war chants, the Haka, live.When we hear the word Haka the first thing that comes to mind is New Zealand's rugby team, the All Blacks, performing the famous Ka mata... 

The House of Bernarda Alba

The House of Bernarda Alba

Spain during the 1930s. A strict household inhabited by women only: two servants, five sisters, a demented grandmother and Bernarda, the matriarch. There's only one man these women have had contact with in years - Bernarda's second husband - and he has just died... 

Deadly Dungeon Murder Mystery

Deadly Dungeon Murder Mystery

The idea of spending a night playing detective and trying to figure out a murder is always appealing. So when the well-known Edinburgh Dungeons announced their newest show Deadly Dungeon Murder Mystery, I was delighted at the idea of spending a night running through its horror maze-like rooms, surveying evidence to find a suspect... 

Zoon Politikon

Zoon Politikon

Zoon Politikon (or political animal) is a reflection on human individuality. The title refers to a passage by Karl Marx who explains that a human who tries to become an individual can only do so by being part of a society... 

Fear and Loathing

Fear and Loathing

'Are you coming to a lecture?' an inquisitive young man dressed in Georgian clothes asked in his most refined English accent. 'Yes' I replied, stirring the delightful gin cocktail that had been delivered to me just minutes before... 

Bey Dance Workshop

Bey Dance Workshop

Whenever I watch a Beyoncé music video and her incredible dance routines, all I can think is 'No normal person can move their body like that.' This, added to the fact that there was so much buzz around this event before I even got to the venue, left me wondering what to expect... 

Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding

Centuries of love stories have taught us that a passionate affair can break with any traditions, no matter how strict these are and Blood Wedding is not the exception. Written by Spanish playwright Federico García Lorca it tells the story of a marriage filled with a sense of duty rather than excitement and seen through the eyes of unnamed characters who could be any of us... 

Jekyll and Hyde

Jekyll and Hyde

Jekyll and Hyde – 3 starsby Natalia EquihuaWhat happens when bad thoughts materialize in actions? This is the premise surrounding Jekyll and Hyde, a modernization of the famous story by Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson... 

This is Brasil - The Show

This is Brasil - The Show

There is something about Brazilian music that can cheer you up for hours on end. Perhaps it’s the warm rhythmic sound of the drums, the melancholic yet seductive sound of its bossa nova tunes, or maybe it’s the catchy movements of samba... 

So What If I Dance?

So What If I Dance?

We are in a small room where one can breathe an air of intimacy. In here, a private dance becomes a private confession. A dancer who lets out her inhibitions for a living smiles, as her body undulates and extends in seductive motions... 

Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland

Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland

GENERATION is perhaps the most ambitious exhibition in this year's Fringe and one that extends beyond the confines of this festival. The purpose is to bring together the work of more than a hundred artists to celebrate a quarter of a century of contemporary art in Scotland... 

Free Photography Exhibition

Free Photography Exhibition

If you have 10 minutes to spare and your busy festival schedule has taken you near the Royal Mile, have a look at this exhibition. Located in a room that works both as shop and a display, the Free Photography Exhibition provides a small but interesting showcase of photographer Ed Fielding's work... 

Common Cause: Commonwealth Scots and the Great War

Common Cause: Commonwealth Scots and the Great War

The atmosphere of this exhibition is a mixture of solemnity and heroism beautifully accompanied by the melancholic sound of bagpipes. The first thing we encounter is a group of photographs portraying Scots' battalions formed in five Commonwealth countries: Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Britain and the USA... 

Auld Reekie Roller Girls Present: Good Things Come to Those Who Skate

Auld Reekie Roller Girls Present: Good Things Come to Those Who Skate

It's four minutes in and I find myself clapping harder than ever while singing “Auld Reeke you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind...” to the tune of Hey Mickey alongside the other 40-odd fans in the court...