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Sensational Robots

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Robot – The Fantasy and Reality (2 June - 30 September 2012)

Just 15 minutes walk from Apex City Quay Hotel, Dundee Science Centre is one of the city's premier visitor attractions. Entertaining over 60,000 visitors a year, it is the only UK science centre based on the five senses. Dundee Science Centre brings science to life in dozens of imaginative ways, from moving a ball with the power of your mind to morphing yourself into an ape - you'll discover science is anything but boring!


This summer, Dundee Science Centre brings you a new and exciting exhibition all about robots! Featuring cutting edge technology and engineering, the show is split into two areas; Fantasy and Reality.

In the Fantasy part of the exhibition, you'll get the opportunity to meet fantastic robots and cyborgs from film and television shows Mars Attacks, Iron Man, Star Wars, Red Dwarf and more.

But that's not all - in the Reality part you'll experience real robots. Play with robotic pets and be entertained by Robothespian (pictured above): the only interactive humanoid, life-size robot of its kind in Scotland.

For more information, visit the Dundee Science Centre, Sensation website.

Edinburgh Jazz Festival

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Edinburgh Jazz Festival (20 - 29 July 2012)

Leading us into the main summer festival season, the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival promises great concerts, free outdoor gigs and a carnival atmosphere - including, in fact, an actual carnival.

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

It's now 34 years since the Jazz Festival was set up by a local jazz fan and musician, Mike Hart. It started as a small scale affair, scattered around a few of the city's pubs, but in the following decades it has grown to attain international recognition in the jazz world and has become a popular part of Edinburgh's festival calendar. No other jazz festival in the UK has such a long history.

Since its inception, it's grown beyond its roots in traditional jazz. Expect a varied programme, with talent from around the world across a range of sub-genres, but with a keen eye for quality throughout. "All killer, no filler", as the saying goes.

If you usually associate jazz and blues music with moody basement clubs, think again. The festival brings music out of the venues and into the streets. This year, there will be a carnival on Princes Street and around Princes Street Gardens on 22 July. The historic Grassmarket area, home to the Apex International Hotel and the Apex City Hotel, will host a free street party with samba bands and performances on several jazz and blues stages - an event that's always popular with visitors and Edinburgh locals alike.

It's still too early to reveal any details of the programme - watch this space - but one event has been announced: Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. The diminutive piano man can call on some top notch musicians when he puts a band together, including some outstanding vocalists, and he knows how to put on a show. This will be entertaining, crowd-pleasing stuff.

London 2012 Festival

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London 2012 Festival (21 June – 9 September 2012)

2012 really is the year where all eyes will be on London, and the city has the global spotlight like never before.

London .. one amazing year

The £52m London 2012 Festival is the largest festival the UK has ever put on, bringing over 10 million opportunities to the country. Yes you heard correctly 10 million opportunities – that’s over 12,000 performances and events going on throughout the summer. It's the hottest ticket of the year and is definitely going to be a showstopper, where most of the events taking place are FREE. The London 2012 Festival is a once in a life opportunity and is set to be the largest cultural celebration of our lifetime!

Leading artists from all over the world will have the chance to share and be part of something amazing. Performances created by over 25,000 artists will come together to celebrate the grand finale of the Cultural Olympiad - a program of celebrations and events that have been running since 2008. You can enjoy everything from free concerts, to art exhibitions, to Shakespeare plays, to dance performances, to outdoor carnivals. Whether you love fashion, dance, food, music, carnivals, theatre, art or film, you’ll find something you and the family can get involved in – this is one iconic 12-week festival that you have to experience.

With the likes of Damon Albarn, Plan B, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Jude Law, Leona Lewis and Mike Leigh, it’s no wonder the festival has been called ‘A summer like no other’ as it promises to excite, ignite and thrill Londoners and visitors throughout the 12-week period of celebrations.

“Here in London, we want to create a summer like no other, so that Londoners and visitors, wherever they are in the capital, come away feeling they have been part of something exhilarating, a unique moment in time the like of which they could get nowhere else”. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

London 2012 celebrations will be taking place across the UK, so look out for events and tickets in your area.