9 January 2014

Homecoming Scotland 2014 


"Save the date for something special!
Scotland welcomes the world for the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014! The year-long programme of events will celebrate the very best of Scotland’s food and drink, our fantastic active and natural resources as well as our creativity, culture and ancestral heritage.
Scotland will also play host to two world-class events in 2014 - the XXth Commonwealth Games which Glasgow will host in July and the 40th Ryder Cup to be staged at historic Gleneagles in September.
We invite you to come and experience a place where everyone feels at home!"

15 May 2013

Edinburgh International Film Festival | 19-30 June 2013

Established in 1947, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema - and for heralding and debating changes in global film-making. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fueled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history.

Born alongside Edinburgh’s International Festival in 1947, EIFF was one of the world’s first international film festivals (and indeed is the longest continually running film festival in the world), and helped to define the type of event that has since become so pivotal to film culture in nations all over the world.
EIFF has developed into a crucial business hub for the UK and international film industry, a key attraction for Edinburgh, and one of the world’s best -loved audience festivals. With an emphasis upon new talent, discovery and innovation, EIFF’s vibrant programme of films and events combines a commitment to audience edification and pleasure with a strong ongoing stake in the development the UK and Scottish film industries.
EIFF’s early remit was to bring the burgeoning documentary movement to a wider public audience. Its first champions included John Grierson, the founder of the British documentary movement, and Norman McLaren, animation pioneer, and early audiences thronged to see films by Roberto Rossellini, Humphrey Jennings and Robert Flaherty. As the Festival’s reputation and ambitions grew over the 1950s, the programme expanded to incorporate international fiction films, and visitors included Alexander Mackendrick. In the 1960s a pivotal retrospective element was introduced, and helped to define that now standard element in film festival programming; early subjects included John Huston, Sam Fuller, Douglas Sirk and a young Martin Scorsese.

In the 70s and 80s, the Festival consolidated its reputation as a pioneering force for UK audiences, screening films from the New German Cinema, the new wave of American Independents, homages to the masters of Japanese Cinema, and pioneering studies of black and feminist filmmakers. Festival audiences were able to witness masterpieces from across the whole spectrum of film culture, from the UK premiere of Spielberg's ET: The Extraterrestrial, to Abel Gance's silent classic Napoleon complete with a full orchestral score. New talents were nurtured, including Bill Forsyth, Stephen Soderbergh and Stephen Frears, whose TV film My Beautiful Laundrette scored cinematic distribution after its EIFF bow.

More recently, EIFF has continued and progressed its project of foregrounding discovery whilst welcoming the best and brightest established film talent. The Trailblazer's programme highlights new UK filmmaking talent, while onstage interviews with respected figures including Judd Apatow, Ray Harryhausen, Roger Corman, Sam Mendes,Tilda Swinton, Errol Morris, Roger Deakins and Shane Meadows provide behind-the-scenes insights into all areas of filmmaking.
2010 was another massive success with great audience figures and a superb programme of films and associated events.  In 2010 Premieres included the UK Premiere of Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist, a Special 3D Gala Preview of Toy Story 3, plus a special Gala Screening of The Man Who Would Be King to celebrate Sir Sean Connery's 80th year and his dedicated support of EIFF as Patron since 1992.

Book Tickets: edfilmfest.org.uk

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9 March 2013

Edinburgh International Science Festival

Edinburgh International Science Festival
Edinburgh International Science Festival, founded in 1989, is an educational charity that encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the wonder of the world around them. We are best known for organising Edinburgh’s annual Science Festival – the world’s first celebration of science and technology, and still one of Europe’s largest.

23rd March - 7th April 2013
The two-week event places emphasis on giving our audiences amazing experiences that are inspiring and confidence-building, but we are also committed to communicating the excitement and benefits of science in innovative and engaging ways throughout the year, and to bringing science to life with Generation Science, our schools touring programme.

Edinburgh Science Festival


Please see our booking information page for details about age recommendations and Box Office opening hours. If you're experience a problem with your online booking, please contact sciencefestival@edfringe.com / 0844 557 2686.

2013: Get Ready for the Future

To celebrate our 25th Festival, we're looking to the future with a special series of events that sees scientists, technologists, artists, designers and futurists ask what the next 25 years might have in store. Join our futuristic adventures from 23 March - 7 April. Please use the links above to either download, view or request a copy of the programme.

Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire

In 2013 we will be presenting Scotland's first Mini Maker Faire. Find out how you can get involved with our celebration of all things DIY here

Click here to Download the 2013 Programme
Click here to view the the 2013 Programme online

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24 December 2012

Year of Natural Scotland 2013

Come and celebrate Scotland's outstanding natural beauty throughout 2013. From stunning natural and historic landscapes, art inspired by nature, surprising wildlife and delicious food & drink, you can find nature right on your doorstep. Don't miss the chance to experience the great Scottish outdoors for yourself, join in the celebrations with a packed programme of events and discover insider tips from across the country during the Year of Natural Scotland. 

year of natural scotland 2013 themes

Natural Landscapes
The Year of Natural Scotland is the perfect platform to see Scotland's natural heritage and landscape and for visitors to make the most of this wonderful natural resource and enjoy responsibly.
Natural Built Hertiage
The Year of Natural Scotland provides a platform to show our built heritage and for visitors to see our castles, monuments and conservation areas and to gain awareness of the history and cultural diversity of the Scottish landscape.
Natural Larder
Scotland has a great reputation for its delicious local produce, and is gaining more and more recognition on an international scale for its respected chefs, world-class producers and the diversity of the cuisine. Following on from the Year of Food and Drink, this is an opportunity for visitors to taste Scotland's food and drink offering and natural produce, as well as its high quality restaurants.
Sustainable Tourism
The Year of Natural Scotland aims to raise awareness of Scotland as a place of outstanding natural beauty and to allow visitors to enjoy the landscape responsibly for example by choosing accommodation providers with green policies, exploring the landscape by foot or by bike, and making the most of resources in local communities. Regional and seasonable spread is also fundamental to increasing Scotland's reputation as a sustainable destination.
Natural Playground
The Year of Natural Scotland 2013 aims to promote show Scotland's outdoors as a stunning and easily accessible place for active pursuits and as the perfect stage for sporting events and other outdoors events and festivals and ensure our natural heritage is experienced at a range of existing events.
Flora & Fauna
Scotland's dramatic landscape, islands and coastal areas are home to a vast array of flora and fauna. Visitors are invited to observe the wildlife in their natural habitats, and to be respectful towards all plant and animal species.
Art in Nature
Aside from acting as inspiration for world-famous visual artists, writers and innovators, artists have used the Scottish landscape as a canvas to create works of art, and as a source for materials. Following on the Year of Creative Scotland, visitors can benefit from celebrating Scotland's cultural and creative diversity and to advance the links between Scottish art and nature.
Nature in Cities
The Year of Natural Scotland provides the opportunity for those who are visiting Scotland's cities to make the most of the nature, natural influences and green spaces that exist within the city.

Year of Natural Scotland 2013 is a chance to see Scotland's great natural assets. It provides an opportunity to celebrate our reputation as a land of outstanding beauty Scotland’s stunning natural beauty and biodiversity which visitors can enjoy our beautiful landscapes, wildlife and heritage responsibly. 

Highland Wildlife

The unspoilt Highland landscape, provides a range of habitats for wildlife. These range rom the rich seas supporting whales and dolphins, to the high crag and moors, the territory of golden eagles. This itinerary takes you to some of the very finest wildlife sites in Scotland where you can spot red deer, seals, eagles and many other specialities.
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Island Adventure

From Arran in the Firth of Clyde to the romance of the Isle of Skye, the western seaboard has islands which vary from the traditional holiday playground to the wild and empty.
A good network of ferry services makes getting around straightforward and will give you the freedom to hop from island to island.
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In the Footsteps of Ancestors

An estimated 40 million people worldwide are of Scottish descent. Scotland is especially well provided with family research facilities, with the records and information availability of a very high standard. But with or without an ancestral connection, Scotland is a great place to explore historical and heritage themes. This tour takes in some of the locations where history has been made and where events have taken place that have shaped the lives of Scots at home and abroad.
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Scotlands Finest Flavours

Temperate climate, varied landscape and soils, fruitful seas are just some of the factors that give Scotland the edge for top quality foods of all kinds. Choose any meal, any course and there are ingredients to inspire – from delicate seafood starter to soft-fruit dessert. Distilleries set in inspiring scenery, Lowland farm shops, seacoast smokehouses, as well as restaurants, bistros and hotels, are just some of the places to encounter Scotland's finest flavours.
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Hebrides by Public Transport

Good integration of bus, train and ferry means it is quite straightforward to sample many of the Inner Hebridean islands. There are plenty of options for ‘there-and-back-again' day cruising options for at least a glimpse of island life – and some great views of seabirds, seals and whales.
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The Magic of Skye

Good integrated transport links make it both straightforward and rewarding to explore the western seaboard. Clans and castles, wildlife, and one of Europe's finest rail journeys are part of the tour. The sheer scenic spectacle of mountain and coast will prove unforgettable.
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For further information please go to: VisitScotland.com