Posts Tagged ‘events’

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

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!

ecat: new music for scotland

November 1, 2008

Andrew and I attended a really cool new music concert sponsored by ecat (previously Edinburgh Contemporary Arts Trust) a non-profit organization “dedicated to the challenge of supporting new music in Scotland and cultivating an audience for it. It has promoted music across the boundaries – ‘classical’ music, jazz, improvised and electronic music.”

The concert we attended was free and the first of the season. It featured compositions by experimental music luminaries Karlheinz Stockhausen, David Lang and Steve Reich, as well as a new commission from Shiori Usui, a young, talented PhD. student at the University of Edinburgh. One of my favorite pieces was Steve Reich’s “New York Counterpoint” performed by clarinetist Yann Ghiro. Below is a video of the piece by Ronald Van Spaendonck:

Vodpod videos no longer available.

The next ecat concert will feature the New Zealand String Quartet and Richard Nunns using traditional Maori instruments. It will take place at 7:45 on November 12 at Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh.