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Dundee October 2012

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What's on in Dundee in October 2012?


Event of the month

100 Years of Fashion Photography

Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography (28 September 2012 - 6 January 2013)

The V&A at Dundee may not be due to open until 2015, but this exhibition will give visitors a tantalising glimpse of things to come. Exploring 100 years of fashion photography in eight sections, from the early days of illustrated magazines to the narrative approaches used by photographers today. Find out more in our V&A Photography Exhibition blog post.


Discovery Film Festival (20 October - 4 November 2012) - This unique festival showcases films from all over the world made for children. With screenings, workshops and exhibitions, Discovery Film Festival 2012 is set to be just as exciting as last year's popular event. Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DY - www.discoveryfilmfestival.org.uk

Spirit of the Dance (3 - 7 October 2012) - This sensational show brings with it an explosive fusion of Irish dance and Latino rhythms. Winning nine global awards, Spirit of the Dance leaves audiences spellbound as it tours the world. Dundee Rep Theatre, Tay Square, Dundee, DD1 1PB - www.tickets.dundeerep.co.uk/public/show

Arctic Bound Exhibition (2 October - early January 2013) - RRS Discovery hosts a fascinating photography exhibition displaying images taken in the arctic by Alexander Rodger and David Dickson in the 1890s. Featuring a poignant portrait of life among the whalers and the native people of some of the northernmost settlements on Earth. Discovery Point, Discovery Quay, Dundee, DD1 4XA - www.rrsdiscovery.com

Deacon Blue (4 October 2012) - 25 years since their debut album Raintown, this much loved Scottish band are back and touring Scotland in celebration, supported by Ally McErlaine's Red Sky July. Enjoy old favourites such as Dignity and Real Gone Kid and hear some new material. Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB - www.cairdhall.co.uk

Hardeep Singh Kohli (21 October 2012) - 'Indian Takeaway: A Very British Story' mixes comedy and cooking in this unique show, in which comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli attempts to cook a curry live on stage in the time it takes to get one delivered from the local takeaway. Dundee Rep Theatre, Tay Square, Dundee, DD1 1PB - www.hardeepsinghkohli.co.uk

Marina and the Diamonds (2 October 2012) - Fresh from her latest tour supporting music giants Coldplay, the Welsh singer-songwriter comes to Dundee to perform tracks from her latest album 'Electra Heart'. Fat Sams, 31 South Ward Road, Dundee, DD1 1PU - www.marinaandthediamonds.com/live

Edinburgh October 2012

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What's on in Edinburgh in October 2012?


Event of the month

Scottish Storytelling Festival 2012

Scottish Storytelling Festival 2012 (19 – 28 October 2012)

Celebrating 200 years of Brothers Grimm stories, this year’s Scottish Storytelling Festival focuses on old and new folktales of Europe. Exploring our fascination with fairytales across all different cultures, age groups and generations, the festival brings us live storytelling performances, exhibitions, discussions and fun family activities. Find out more in our Scottish Storytelling Festival blog post.


Holyrood's Halloween (29 - 30 October 2012) - A Halloween walk through Holyrood Park guided by a ghostly Ranger. Uncover Edinburgh's dark secrets with the help of characters from Holyrood's ghoulish past. The walk involves rough ground and steep inclines, so may not be suitable for children under 8. Booking essential. Holyrood Park, Edinburgh - www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

National Home and Design Show (6 - 7 October 2012) - Showcasing the latest home and garden design trends with special guests, live demonstrations, seminars and food and wine tastings. This show is a must for all DIY enthusiasts and those with a flair for interior design. Lowland Hall, Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB - www.nationalhomedesignshow.co.uk

Survival of the Fittest 2012 (21 October 2012) - The Survival of the Fittest course is a challenging obstacle race, which takes place in England, Scotland and Wales each year. Edinburgh's course starts in West Princes Street Gardens and goes up down and all around the city. West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh - www.mhsurvival.co.uk

Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival (25-28 October 2012) - Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the film festival attracts film-makers, adventurers and a crowd of around 3,000 people. Films cover a diverse range of interests, including climbing, snow sports and mountain biking, as well as lectures by invited explorers and adventurers. Various venues, Edinburgh - www.edinburghmountainff.com

BUPA Great Edinburgh Run (7 October 2012) - This 10k road running race attracts runners from all over the country as well as top class Olympic athletes from around the world. The city centre route takes runners past many of Edinburgh's most famous sites, including Holyrood Palace, Arthur's Seat and Edinburgh Castle. If 10 km sounds too much, there is also a 5km race as well as two short runs for children right down to 3 years old. Holyrood Park, Edinburgh - www.greatrun.org/Events

American Idiot (22-27 October 2012) - This smash-hit broadway musical comes to the UK with the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. With award winning music from Green Day’s multi-platinum selling album, this is a unique American musical of high critical acclaim. Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA - www.atgtickets.com/shows/american-idiot

EDINDOCS 2012 (19-21 October 2012) - This is Edinburgh's documentary film festival, aiming to bring quality, independent documentary film to the city. Nominated films will be screened at the Cameo Theatre, with prizes awarded to the best. Cameo Picturehouse, 38 Home Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LZ - www.edindocs.com

London October 2012

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What's on in London in October 2012?


Event of the month

Halloween is coming!

Halloween in London (31 October 2012)

This October will see events taking place all over the city, including spooky club nights, spine-chilling tours, creepy West End performances and of course we can’t forgot the bonkers fancy dress. Look out for the city celebrating the scariest night of the year with a very flamboyant approach! Find out more in our Halloween in London blog post.


Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist (until 27 October 2012) - This is one exhibition you do not want to miss, as it is the largest ever display of Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical drawings of the human body. Discover how the greatest artist of the Renaissance revolutionised the understanding of human anatomy with his incredible accuracy. Today, these amazing drawings are among the Royal Collection’s greatest treasures. The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA - www.royalcollection.org.uk

Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour by Cirque Du Soleil (12 – 19 October 2012) - Created by the people that performed and worked with Michael Jackson, this show is a thrilling fusion of musical genius and acrobatic magic. Performing over 30 of Michael’s songs, this tour is a tribute to the legendary artist and is a fantastic way to celebrate the King of Pop’s iconic costumes, dance moves and music. The O2, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX - www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/michael-jackson-tour

The Queen: Art & Image (until 21 October 2012) - This October is the last chance to experience this landmark exhibition, celebrating some of the most resonant images of Elizabeth II during her 60 year reign. From formal painted portraits, to press images, to commissioned photography, this exhibition demonstrates the evolving representation of one of the the most portrayed people of all time. National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE - www.npg.org.uk

Cabaret (3 - 6 October 2012) - This show features jaw-dropping choreography, astounding costumes and some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre. Watch as Will Young and Michelle Ryan make their musical theatre debuts in the reworked production of Cabaret, choreographed by world renowned Javier De Frutos. Savoy Theatre, Strand, London, WC2R 0ET - ww.atgtickets.com/shows/cabaret/savoy-theatre

Oktoberfest in London (26 September – 27 October 2012) - Bavarian Beerhouse bring the world’s largest beer festival Oktoberfest to London for the first time. Now in its ninth year, this Oktoberfest festival serves thousands of beer-loving customers. Enjoy the variety of freshly tapped ice cold beers served in enormous Stein glasses, served by waitresses dressed in the traditional Lederhosen dresses. Zum Wohl! Bavarian Beerhouse Old Street, EC1V 2QH & Bavarian Beerhouse Tower Hill, EC3N 2AU - www.bavarian-beerhouse.co.uk

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion (until 14 October 2012) - The design team behind the award winning Beijing National Stadium have united again in London for the twelfth Serpentine Gallery Pavilion - the world’s most ambitious and first architectural programme of its kind. This year’s Pavilion will take visitors beneath the Serpentine’s lawn to explore the hidden history of its previous Pavilions. Kensington Gardens, London, W2 2UH - www.serpentinegallery.org

Michael McIntyre (2 – 6 October 2012) - Due to high demand, Michael McIntyre is back with his third and biggest UK arena tour to date – tickets have been so popular, an extra two dates have been added to his London leg! Enjoy one of the biggest names in comedy and experience Michael’s witty take on everyday life, guaranteed to leave you in fits of giggles. The O2, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX - www.theo2.co.uk/event/michael-mcintyre

Julius Caesar (Selected dates 1 – 31 October 2012) - The performance of ‘Julius Caesar’ is arguably one of the grandest, most extravagant opera pieces of Handel’s career, written at the end of his Royal Academy years. Julius Caesar returns to English opera for the first time since the legendary 1979 stage performance. With a cast set to pack a punch, this performance is a must see. London Coliseum, 33-35 St. Martin's Lane, Charing Cross, London WC2N 4ES - www.eno.org

The Baby Show (26 – 28 October 2012) - Calling all parents-to-be and new parents – The Baby Show will feature over 250 brands, product demonstrations, expert advice and exclusive show offers. This exhibition is the ideal place to test, try and buy from a huge range of baby and maternity products; many of which are yet to make it to the high street. Earl's Court, London, SW5 9TA - www.thebabyshow.co.uk

The Yoga Show (26 – 28 October 2012) - Feeling stressed, uptight and in need of some much needed ‘you’ time? Then make sure you check out The Yoga Show where visitors can take part in free yoga and pilates classes, one-to-one equipment lessons, children’s yoga, demonstrations and lectures. Walk away feeling tranquil and relaxed. Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX - www.omyogashow.com