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Dundee October 2013

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What's on in Dundee in October 2013


Event of the month

It's more than just books

Dundee Literary Festival (24 – 27 October)

Attend the Dundee Literary Festival this October to meet some internationally renowned authors, local names and children’s authors. You can even attend the Comic Conference which will feature a selection of graphic novelists. The festival was originally set up in 2007 and has been put on annually since then. The festival caters to both Dundonians and visitors to the city. It takes place in Bonar Hall, just a short walk from Apex City Quay Hotel. If you’re a lover of literature, you’ll love this festival. Read more in our Dundee Literary Festival blog post.

Location: Bonar Hall, Perth Road, Dundee , DD1 4HN

Website: dundee.ac.uk


The Drifters (4 October)

The soul kings, The Drifters, land in Dundee on their UK tour and they’re celebrating their 55th anniversary. They’ll be playing both their classic hits from the last 6 decades and their inspirational new material. There have been over 65 vocalists in the history of The Drifters and the current line-up consists of Michael Williams, Pierre Herelle, Ryan King and Carlton Powell.Book your tickets before they're gone.

Location: Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB

Website: ents24.com


Hiraki Sawa (5 October – 12 January)

Hiraki Sawa is the Japan-born artist who is now based in London. His art has captivated audiences around the world with dream-like video works where a simple bedroom is turned into a bustling airport or even as simple as tiny figures walking across the washing machine. Although his art style may not appeal to everyone, if you’re a fan, make sure not to miss the exhibition which will be on show at Dundee Contemporary Arts over the holiday period.

Location: Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DY

Website: dca.org.uk


Jack Dee Live at Caird Hall (10 October)

After a six year absence from stand-up, Jack Dee is back with his side-splitting performances taking place in Caird Theatre in October. During his absence, Jack has been busy appearing on numerous TV shows including Qi, Have I Got News for You and 8 out of 10 Cats. When asked why he was touring again? Jack replied with ‘I want to spend less time with my family’. A taster for what’s to come in his performance.

Location: Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB

Website: cairdhall.co.uk


Dundee Mountain Ceilidh (4 October)

Dundee Mountain Club will be holding a Celidh onboard the impressive HMS Unicorn this October. The HMS Unicorn is located in Dundee City Quay, which Apex City Quay Hotel overlooks. It looks set to be a fantastic fun-filled evening, in support of a great cause, with all profits going to Tayside Mountain Rescue. Tickets to the ceilidh cost only £15 for adults and £7 for children under 15.A hot buffet is included in the ticket price.

Location: HMS Unicorn, Victoria Dock, Dundee, DD1 3BP

Website: dundeemountainclub.org.uk


Abba Mania (25 October)

Abba Mania is the world’s number one touring Abba production. The production celebrates the music of Abba in a respectful and enjoyable way, which is sure to revive the memories of the many who experienced Abba on the radio. If you’re an Abba fan, don’t miss your chance to hear favourites such as ‘Mama Mia’, ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Super Trooper’ being performed. Don’t worry….you will be expected to sing along.

Location: Whitehall Theatre, 12 Bellfield Street, Dundee, DD1 5JA

Website: dundeecity.gov.uk


Halloween Howling (31 October)

Get ready to celebrate Halloween at the scariest party in Dundee. Templetown Woods will be the spooky venue for the party, and it’s set to send shivers down your spine. Will you be brave enough to try the torch lit trail? Try your best to hold in the gasps as you experience the ghostly gags around the camp fire. The perfect Halloween treat for your children this October. Tickets for the event are £3 per person.

Location: Templeton Woods Visitors Centre, Templeton Woods, Dundee, DD2 4TF

Website: dundeecity.gov.uk


Sondergard Conducts Brahms Four (24 October 2013)

Thomas Sondergard will be conducting Mendelsohn’s Concerto Piano No 1, Haydn’s Symphony No 99 and Brahm’s Symphony No 4 featuring the brilliant pianist, Dejan Lazic. Thomas Sondergard is the Principal Conductor of BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Principal Guest Conductor of Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Yes, Brahm’s Fourth is a tragedy, but it’s a tragedy where the hero goes down fighting, and this comes across in the performance. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Location: Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB

Website: cairdhall.co.uk


Essence of Ireland (29th October)

The popular smash hit show Essence of Ireland will be performed in Caird Hall this October. The show tells the Irish story through a mixture of music, song and dance. St Patrick’s Day may be celebrated once a year around the world, but in Essence of Ireland it is celebrated in every show! Songs that feature include favourites such as “Galway Girl” and “Danny Boy”. Get ready to celebrate all things Irish.

Location: Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB

Website: essenceofireland.co.uk


Close Fest

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Close Fest – Ten Years of the Real Mary King’s Close (31 October)

This year, Mary King’s Close will be celebrating 10 years since it opened its doors to tourists. The Close reopened to the public back in April 2003, and today it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Mary King’s Close is an area of underground streets located under the Old Town area of Edinburgh.

The 10 year celebrations will close with ‘Close Fest’. This week long, spooky Halloween party promises to provide a mixture of comedy, cake, live music and, of course, a scare or two thrown in for good measure.

Toys left in Little Annie's room

The close is named after Mary King, who was a prominent businesswoman in the area in the 1630’s. Her father, Arthur King owned a few properties in the close in the 17th century. The Royal Exchange now lies on top of the close.

Back in the 17th century, the streets of Edinburgh were filthy, with open sewers running down the middle of the street, and rubbish piling up on street corners. The sewerage ran into the old Nor’ Loch which is now the location of Princes Street Gardens.

The close is thought by many to be the most haunted place in Edinburgh. The ghost of a girl, ‘Little Annie’, is said to have scared the wits out a Japanese psychic when she visited in 1992. Many tourists now leave toys in Annie’s room, giving her something to play with when the lights go down and she’s left alone in the close…or is she?

In the past, the close consisted of high-rising tenement buildings, with buildings reaching over seven storeys in height. The upper levels of these buildings were demolished to make way for the new chambers which would sit at street level with the other buildings.

Look forward to exploring and uncovering more about the dark tales and strange paranormal goings-on of the close at Close Fest this October.


Location: The Real May King’s Close. 2 Warriston’s Close, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1PG

Date: 31 October 2013

Website: list.co.uk

Edinburgh October 2013

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What’s On in Edinburgh in October 2013?


Event of the Month

The Real Mary King's Close

Close Fest – Ten Years of the Real Mary King’s Close (31 October)

It’s been 10 years since Mary King’s Close first opened its doors to brave tourists. To celebrate this occasion, the Close will be hosting a week-long spooky party. The party will include everything a good party needs – comedy, cake, live music and of course… some scary fun. The perfect treat for all the brave-hearted people out there. Read more in our Close Fest blog post.

Location: The Real May King’s Close. 2 Warriston’s Close, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1PG

Website: list.co.uk


Scottish International Storytelling Festival (18 – 27 October)

Join in on live storytelling performances, talks and panel discussions this October at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival. The festival takes place at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh. The events will take place over 10 days and will allow you to experience both traditional and contemporary storytelling from some of the country’s most influential storytellers.

Location: Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

Website: edinburghfestivals.co.uk


Oktoberfest (9 – 11 October)

Get ready to experience some of the best German beer, food, music and an atmosphere to match at this year’s Edinburgh Oktoberfest. Help make Oktoberfest Edinburgh’s party of the year. This event, celebrating everything to do with beer, will take place in Princes Street Gardens, right in the heart of the city and only a short walk from Apex Waterloo Place Hotel. Tickets are going fast, with Saturday’s tickets already sold out. If you want to be part of the biggest party of the year, you’ll need to be quick to snap up the last few tickets.

Location: Princes Street Gardens West (Red Square)

Website: edinburgh-oktoberfest.co.uk


Crime and Punishment at the Lyceum Theatre (22 October- 9 November)

Chris Hannan is the person behind the stage adaption of Crime and Punishment, Dostoyevsky’s literary masterpiece. Don’t miss your chance to see one of the greatest novels ever, being brought to life in this theatrical production. The play will be on show in the Lyceum Theatre for two and a half weeks in October and November.

Location: Royal Lyceum Theatre, 30b Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AX

Website: lyceum.org.uk


Edinburgh World Justice Festival (12 – 27 October)

Edinburgh World Justice Festival returns this year with a programme jam packed with inspiring events. The festival was set up after the Make Poverty History march in Edinburgh during the G20 meeting, back in 2005. The aim of the festival is to raise the profile of international justice and development issues through a series of talks and events. If you’re in Edinburgh this October, make sure you don’t miss this.

Location: Various venues throughout Edinburgh

Website: ewjf.org.uk


Tesco Wine Fair (26 – 27 October)

At the Tesco Wine Fair you’ll have the opportunity to taste from a selection of over 250 wines, from all across the world. A variety of workshops will be held during the event. These workshops will allow you to talk to wine experts and learn a bit more about the wine you’re enjoying. There will also be Wine Walks taking place. Different experts will take small groups around the fair, and will give you a chance to experience wines with your specific interests in mind.

Location: EICC, Morrison Street, Edinburgh. EH3 8EE

Website: tescowinefair.com


The Lion King Musical (from 11 October)

The award winning musical ‘The Lion King’ will be in Scotland for the holiday season. You’ll have to go to the Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre if you want to catch the musical in Scotland, as it’ll be the only place where it’s performed. The musical is based on the 1994 movie of the same name, and is now even more popular than the movie. Join the other 70 million fans who have already seen the musical and get your tickets before they’re gone. Also consider our great value Theatre package deal which you can read more about here.

Location: Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre, 18-22 Greenside Ln, Edinburgh

Website: atgtickets.com


Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest (20 October)

Do you think you’re fit enough to take on Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest? Why not put yourself to the test. Last year, a total of 3100 Scotsmen and women stepped up to the challenge. The course starts in Princes Street Gardens and takes you “up, down and all over Edinburgh”. A beer tent will be set up in Princes Street Gardens, allowing you to enjoy a refreshing drink after surviving the unforgiving course.

Location: Starting at Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

Website: mhsurvival.co.uk


Rewind to the 70s Concert (26 October)

The biggest 70’s night of the decade is happening in Edinburgh this October. Join Rewind to the 70s for an entertainment filled evening featuring Alvin Stardust, The Rubettes and Slade. The concert has been set up as a charity event to help raise money in aid of the National Autistic Society. Take a trip back to the 70’s and know that you’ll be helping support a great cause.

Location: Assembly Hall, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LX

Website: rewindtothe70s.co.uk


Samhuinn Fire Festival (31 October)

Gather on the Royal Mile this October for a festival of fire, drumming, street theatre, dance, costumed performers and procession, in celebration of the Celtic New Year, marking the end of summer and welcoming the onset of winter. Samhuinn is the original Halloween celebrated by the Celts of ancient days. In 2012 over 6,000 people gathered to watch the festival’s torch lit procession down the Royal Mile. The Royal Mile is just a short walk from both Apex City Hotel and Apex International Hotel. Attendance is by donation.

Location: The Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Website: beltanefiresociety.wordpress.com