Archive for the ‘cool stuff to do in edinburgh’ Category

the clan gathering: a celebration of scottish culture and history

July 25, 2009


If you’re around Edinburgh this weekend, be sure to attend the Clan Gathering, a two-day festival celebrating the culture and history of Scotland. This year’s Gathering features a slew of various events all over city, including a parade, Scottish country dancing, and the World Highland Games.

I am hoping to check out The Gathering after I get some reading done for my dissertation. In the meantime, I’ll just enjoy the festivities from my kitchen window.


music in edinburgh: yann tiersen at queen’s hall

May 5, 2009

457787464_9b4fed96f7If you’re in Edinburgh this Friday, be sure to check out Yann Tiersen, the composer responsible for the Amelie and Goodbye Lenin! sound tracks — two of my favorite movies. Here are the details:

Date and Time: Friday, May 8th — Doors at 7pm

Venue: The Queen’s Hall 85-89 Clerk St, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG.

Tickets: £15 + £1.50 booking fee + 50p card charge. You can purchase tickets here.

Photo by Flickr user dezeta

snapshots of edinburgh: route 75

April 26, 2009

Andrew and I just went for a phenomenal bike ride around New Haven and Leith. This was our first time cycling together in Edinburgh and we had a blast exploring the city by bike. The trails by the harbours are especially scenic.


Hurray for cycling!


Western Harbour


Western Harbour

my new inspiration: trials riding in edinburgh

April 23, 2009

Love this video of Scottish street trials rider Danny MacAskill. Plus, parts of it take place at Edinburgh uni, wonder if I’ve seen him around. Enjoy!

cycling in edinburgh

April 10, 2009

152144483_7503b74572_mSeven months after my accident, my boyfriend Andrew and I finally put together my bike! Edinburgh is no Amsterdam, but it has a few good trails around Leith and along the old railroad tracks. Plus, it’s great being to explore Holyrood Park on bike rather than just on foot.

At the moment, Andrew and I are sharing my bike, but he hopes to get second-hand one tomorrow at The Bike Station,”a community project that accepts donated bikes from members of the public and recycles them for use by priority groups of people such as the long term unemployed, those who have been homeless and those with mental health problems. A proportion of renovated bikes are sold to raise funds.”

If you’d like to support a fantastic organization, as well as purchase an inexpensive, refurbished adult bike, visit The Bike Station on Saturdays from 10:30am-4:30pm. Kids bikes are sold from 2:00-4:00pm. Get there early, so you get the first pick.

Happy cycling.

Photo by flickr user psd


Andrew still doesn’t have a bike! 😦 There was a huge line at The Bike Station, so by the time Andrew and his friend got into the store, most of the bikes were gone. He’ll try his luck again soon. If you have any suggestions, let me know.

the science festival

April 6, 2009

I am incredibly busy at the moment, so sorry if my posts are less frequent. Essays are pretty much taking up all my time, but I’m hoping to squeeze in a couple hours at the annual Edinburgh International Science Festival, ” the world’s first and Europe’s largest celebration of science and technology.” The Festival takes place from April 4-18 and features events in venues all over the city. I am hoping to catch these events:

Alternate Anatomical Architectures: Fractal Flesh Chimeras & Extra Ears

1234265754274An extra ear has been surgically constructed onto performance artist Stelarc’s arm. When electronically augmented, the ear will become internet enabled, allowing people in other places to listen to what his ear is hearing. Stelarc’s work explores and extends the concept of the body through human-machine interfaces.

7-8pm — Tuesday, April 14 — The Hub, Napier University

Bodies of the Future

1234266067990What do we want our bodies to look like in the future? How will technology shape our relationship with the physical environment and the multifaceted identities we create? A panel including Stelarc (Brunel University), Martyn Ware (the Illustrious Company), Andrew Shoben (Greyworld), Dr Jonathan Freeman (Goldsmiths, University of London) and Michelle Kasprzak (Scottish Arts Council), will explore the shifting boundaries between the technologically adapted body and the concept of self and the sense of place.

7-8pm — Wednesday, April 15 — The Hub, Napier University

The Richard Dawkin’s talk also looks really interesting, but unfortunately, it’s sold out!

the joyful bewilderment part deux at analogue books

March 24, 2009


If you’re in Edinburgh this weekend, make sure to attend the opening of The Joyful Bewilderment Part Deux at Analogue Books. Here are the details:

7-9pm, Saturday — March 28, 2009

Analogue Books 102 West Bow Edinburgh EH1 2H

Here’s a description of the exhibition by The Joyful Bewilderment:

“The Joyful Bewilderment is an international group exhibition showcasing the outpourings of a group of like minded image-makers. This exhibition can be seen as an expression of these artists compulsion to create. Fundamentally, the artists in the show all share an essential motivation to explore the possibilities of enhancing everyday life by making magic from the mundane.”


“[I]n various ways, the works offer a subconscious social commentary on the uncertainty of the times we are all living in. Specifically, what comes to the fore are common concerns and a positive interest with dipping into the past and championing seemingly long-forgotten notions such as thriftyness and a delight in the ordinary everyday detritus of life in order to counteract the context of a world today brimming with unwanted junk and jumble that has been manufactured for the transitory ‘now’.”

Super excited to check out the show! Thanks for the tip, Common Folk!

[via Mumble and The Joyful Bewilderment]

meadowbank stadium: a treasure of antiques

March 4, 2009

My boyfriend Andrew, my friend Bethany, and I were on London Road on our way to Sainsbury’s when we stumbled upon a sign that said Antiques Fair at Meadowbank Stadium. None of us had ever been to the Stadium, so we decided to check it out. In one of the ground-floor rooms beneath the actual stadium, we found an antique junkie’s paradise: table after table of stained glass, old postcards, funky jewelry, and items you would find stored in you  grandma’s attic. Fortunately, I was able to suppress my urge to buy everything and only purchased about a bag full of goodies for less than £5. I’ll definitely be at the next one.

Here are the details for the next Meadowbank Stadium Antique and Collectors Fair:

Meadowbank Stadium, London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 6AE
Open: 10am – 4.30pm on Sunday, April 5
Admission: £1 (accompanied children free)

To find antiques in other parts of the UK, check out the Antiques-Atlas.


Above are some of the goodies Andrew and I got at the Antiques Fair, all for less than £10.


I got this cool watch for about 50p. It needs a battery, but I’ll probably just wear it as a bracelet.


This postcard was £2. A bit pricey, but the seller said it was postmarked 1902. Not sure if this is actually true, but I’d like to think so.


This is the message that was written on the back.


One of my many nicknames is Panda, so I couldn’t resist buying this double set of cards for a £1.

the edinburgh doc(umentary)scene

February 24, 2009


One of the things I love about being back in uni is having the time to attend free lectures outside of my regular course schedule. On Friday, I attended a Documentary Master class featuring Kazakh filmmaker Sergey Dvortsevoy at the Edinburgh College of Art. The talk was quite fascinating, and if you’re at all interested in documentary, I highly suggest you get involved with the Scottish Documentary Institute, also known as Docscene. This documentary research centre not only organizes talks and lectures by internationally renowned filmmakers, but also, provides funding, training, and equipment for both amateurs and veterans. Docscene is a great resource for anyone interested in documentary.

Be sure to sign up for their mailing list to be the first to know about upcoming events and opportunities!

Photo by Flickr user jennifer buehrer

stills: art for the people

January 24, 2009


Stills represents everything galleries should be: a gallery, a darkroom, a digital lab, a library, a resource centre, a communal space. It is a place that actively engages visitors, allowing them to participate as viewers, producers, critics, and everything in between.

Stills is one of the most important contemporary photography galleries in Scotland. While it has a strong program of exhibitions, its strength seems to lie in its public facilities. A strong supporter of individual expression and creativity, they have a darkroom and digital lab where both novices and experts can develop and process photos. They also have an excellent resource centre and communal space where people can browse through hardcover art books or take advantage of the free wi-fi to catch up on their google reader  while sipping on ₤1 cups of coffee.


My friends and I spent about an hour sitting on their couches just perusing through their film brochures and debating which film to see that night. Stills is like that cool student art lounge you wish you had in uni, but never did.

Photos by Stills