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Edinburgh April 2013

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What's on in Edinburgh in April 2013?


Event of the month

Rock 'n' Roll Edinburgh Half Marathon

Rock 'n' Roll Edinburgh Half Marathon® (14 April 2013)

With headphones banned at many road running races, if you love listening to music when you run then this is the half marathon for you - find out more in our Rock 'n' Roll Edinburgh Half Marathon blog post.


Edinburgh International Science Festival (23 March - 7 April 2013) - The world famous (and original) science festival continues into April, including kids shows like Professor Egghead's Just in Time sight right up to events like Festival of the Spoken Nerd and LateLab for adult science fans - Various venues, Edinburgh - www.sciencefestival.co.uk

The House of Annie Lennox (23 March - 30 June 2013) - This retrospective exhibition, curated in partnership with the V&A, pulls together artwork from throughout the career of Scottish singer, songwriter and political activist Annie Lennox. From her years in Eurhythmics to her solo career, it includes work from leading photographers, music video directors as well as some stunning costumes. - Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD - www.nationalgalleries.org

Royal Shakespeare Company: The Winter's Tale (2 - 6 April 2013) - With a plot that involves the King of Sicilia becoming convinced that his pregnant wife has been having an affair with the King of Bohemia, and stage directions like "Exit, pursued by a bear", it's hard not to love The Winter's Tale. Whether you see it as a Comedy or a Romance, it's ultimately an uplifting story of forgiveness. You're in safe hands with the RSC, while members of popular folk band Bellowhead are in charge of the music. - Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9FT - www.edtheatres.com

Beth Orton (9 April 2013) - BRIT Award winning singer-songwriter Beth Orton's alt-folk has a lot of admirers, but fans have had a long wait for a new album. After six years, it's finally here. The electronica that textured previous work is gone; this is an acoustic pop-folk gem and a huge return to form. - The Liquid Room, 9C Victoria Street, EH1 2HE, Edinburgh - www.liquidroom.com

Sleeping Beauty on Ice (16 - 20 April 2013) - A cast of ice skating stars including World Champions and Olympians bring Tchaiskovsky's Sleeping Beauty to life in a theatrical extravaganza. The Imperial Ice Stars draw on the heritage of Russian ballet as well as modern production skills to put on an spectacular show - the backdrops and scenery were designed by the production designer for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games! - Edinburgh Playhouse, 18 – 22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA - http://www.atgtickets.com/venue/Edinburgh-Playhouse/

Jimeoin (20 April 2013) - As an Irishman abroad in Australia, Jimeoin's comedy has whimsical outsider's perspective that has been drawing fans to his live shows for years. Recent appearances on TV shows like Live at the Apollo have brought him to the attention of a wider audience. Now his "What?" tour comes to the UK. Glasgow's show is already sold out, so move fast if you want tickets for Edinburgh. - Queens Hall, 85-89 Clerk St, Edinburgh EH8 9JG - www.thequeenshall.net

David Walsh: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong (22 April 2013) - In January 2013, Lance Armstrong finally confessed to doping during his Tour de France wins. For 13 years, Sunday Times journalist David Walsh had investigated his suspicions about the cyclist. With all popular opinion against him, he pursued the story, even after Armstrong succesfully sued the Sunday Times for libel after publishing his allegations. In this public lecture, Walsh speaks about his journey and why it's important that journalists are able to chase unpopular stories - Royal Lyceum Theatre, 30b Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AX - www.lyceum.org.uk

Beltane Festival (30 April 2013) - Since 1988, Edinburgh has held an annual revival of the Celtic tradition of beltane, a festival celebrating the end of winter and the welcome approach of summer. At heart it's a summer festival celebrated with fire - beltane means "bright fire" - using a burning beacon as its focal point. The revival in Edinburgh has become much more, with an audience of about 12000 audience members immersed in a performance of fire, drumming and dance. - Calton Hill, Edinburgh - beltane.org


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