Compiled by Lori Cormack
Whether you’re looking for something to do this weekend, or need an after-work treat, there’s lots to choose from in the city this week. We’ve picked out some of the best.
First up, the Cameo cinema in the city’s Tollcross area is giving you the chance to view George Harrison: Living in the Material World before it airs on TV. This Martin Scorsese directed documentary uses never before seen footage from the guitarist’s childhood, straight through his years with the famous four, until his death in 2011. We also hear from band mate Paul McCartney and legend Eric Clapton. Showing Thursday night, at 7pm but you’ll need to give the box office a call for tickets.
As we have already featured on the website, October is the month of the Hispanic Festival in Edinburgh. This Friday Alistair Moffat delivers the keynote lecture, DNA – Iberia and Scotland – The Prehistoric Links. Author and broadcaster Moffat focuses on the links between Iberia and Scotland, and reveals just where our ancestors may have come from. There will be a Q&A session afterwards and music provided by Galo Ceron. Doors open at the Central Library at 6pm and these three hours of entertainment are completely free.
If Scottish culture is more your thing, then The Jam House is playing host to the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Fairbridge Celidh this Friday. It’s all in aid of Fair Bridge, a charity who work with disadvantaged young people aged 13-25 to give them the motivation, self-confidence and skills they need to change their lives. Tickets are £20 or £35 per couple and include food, sparkling reception, and a raffle ticket. It all kicks off at 5pm.
You’ll have no problems getting your five a day this weekend, as Apple Day is coming to the Botanics. Although officially one day of celebration, the Edinburgh attraction has turned it in to a whole weekend for you to enjoy. The free event will be held in the John Hope Gateway Centre between 1 – 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday and you can sample different varieties of the juicy treat and pick up some tips on growing your own.
Lastly, no culture round up would be complete without a trip to the theatre. This week the Edinburgh University Theatre Group occupy the Bedlam Theatre in the city’s Bristo Place with their version of the award-winning Elephant Man. It tells the true story of a young doctor’s attempted rehabilitation of the Victorian side-show freak, John Merrick. Showing until Saturday, doors open at 7pm and tickets cost £5, or £4.50 for students.