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.
The Spanish-Scottish communities were united in the love for gypsy music at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall on Saturday night.
The internationally acclaimed flamenco troupe, Paco Fernandez Ensemble, dazzled the audience with their premiere performance Salud & Libertad – To Health and Freedom.
The night of singing, clapping, dancing and networking was part of the Hispanic Festival, which this October celebrates the culture of Spain for the seventh time in a row.
Take a look at our video to get a feel of the fiery Spanish atmosphere of that event.
And remember, the Hispanic Festival is not finished yet!
Bring some Seville sunshine into your autumn evening this weekend.
The Queens Hall is hosting a Spanish gypsy troupe for a night of vibrant rhythms and passionate dancing.
The internationally acclaimed Paco Fernandez Ensemble join in the celebrations of the Hispanic Festival 2011 with a premier of Salud & Libertad – a contemporary flamenco performance.
Ranging from the underlying echoes of Indian and African rhythms to the purest Andalusian flamenco, Salud & Libertad is a metaphor for the Roma people’s ancient migration from India to Spain.
The Andalusian fusion of music and dancing traditionally involves singing, clapping and guitar playing. The acoustics will be led by Maestro Fernandez, who with his troupe celebrate flamenco’s recognition as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
“I’m delighted to come to Scotland. It is a land of great cultural heritage and famous kings. I particularly love Edinburgh’s stone walls blackened by history and smoke like the world of Flamenco. I want to communicate my passion for Scotland through my music. I know that the Edinburgh audience will recognize the nomadic ancestry of my gipsy roots in my playing.”
The performance will take place on Saturday, 8 October at 8pm. And those who feel flamenco running in their veins can develop their skills under the helpful eye of the artists. The Flamenco Workshops are held at Alba Flamenca on 9 October (to book workshops call 0131 667 7033).
For more information and tickets you can visit The Queens Hall website. And if you can’t make it, keep an eye on Radio Napier website for a review and an interview with the Maestro.