What's on in Edinburgh in April 2012?
Event of the month
Fascinating Mummies - (until 27 May 2012) - Mummies as you've never seen them before. See how CT scan technology lets us see inside sarcophagi to learn about mummification. This is a unique exhibition created in partnership with museums in the Netherlands and Canada and won't be seen anywhere else in the UK - National Museum of Scotland, Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF - Find out more in our Fascinating Mummies blog post.
Edinburgh International Science Festival (30 March - 15 April 2012) - If the high profile of recent popular science TV shows is anything to go by, this festival will be a bigger hit than usual, both with adults and with kids. With appearances from Derren Brown, Bang Goes the Theory Live, entertaining scientists of all disciplines and the best science shows for kids coinciding with the Easter holidays, we suggest you book now - Various venues in Edinburgh - www.sciencefestival.co.uk
Ceilidh Culture (16 March - 15 April 2012) - The month-long festival continues into April after some great events in March. Traditional arts are thriving in Scotland, from folk music to storytelling, and a new generation are taking them to a wider audience. Ceilidh Culture is a wildly popular month long festival of events across the city, including the Edinburgh International Harp Festival. A great taste of grassroots Scottish culture - Various venues around Edinburgh - www.ceilidhculture.co.uk
The Gruffalo (6 - 7 April 2012) - Here's an Easter Treat: a stage adaptation of the much loved children's picture book. Whether you've seen the animated BBC version or not, this is a must for both children and grown-up fans - Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9FT - www.fctt.org.uk
The Steamie (10 - 14 April 2012) - Tony Roper's window into the lives of 1950s wash-house women on Hogmanay is something of a national treasure. Voted the second most loved Scottish show in an STV poll, this is its first major tour in ten years to celebrate the play's 25th anniversary and is directed by Roper himself - Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9FT - www.fctt.org.uk
Edinburgh Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon (14 April 2012) - The world's biggest running series comes to Edinburgh: a half marathon with rock and roll bands playing on stages roughly every mile. This will be the first race in the series ever to be held outside the US, with Madrid, Lisbon and Dublin following soon, so this is your chance to say "I was there" - start and finish in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh - uk.competitor.com/edinburgh
Lemonheads - It's a Shame About Ray (18 April 2012) - There's been a trend lately of bands playing their seminal albums in full. Now it's The Lemonheads' turn as they come to Edinburgh to play their 1992 breakthrough album from start to finish - HMV Picture House, 31 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2DJ - venues.meanfiddler.com/hmv-picture-house
Calendar Girls (23 - 28 April 2012) - This will be the last tour of this West End hit, telling the true story of a group of ladies who decide to pose for a nude charity calendar and the events that unfold after its release - Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9FT - www.fctt.org.uk
Chicago the Musical (23 - 28 April 2012) - Grittier than your average musical, Chicago is actually based on a true story. It's won every award under the sun, from Tony awards to Oscars, so this is a welcome visit to Edinburgh - Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Place Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 3AA - www.atgtickets.com/venue/Edinburgh-Playhouse/243/
SCO - Benedetti performs Vivaldi's Four Seasons (26 April 2012) - Scotland's favourite virtuouso violinist plays a programme of Baroque pieces focussing on Vivaldi, including some from his most famous concertos - Usher Hall, 5 Cambridge St, Edinburgh EH1 2DY - www.usherhall.co.uk
The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain (29 April 2012) - This sounds like a novelty act but it's an awful lot more. These are virtuoso musicians transforming a huge range of songs into something Time Out once described as "Subversive, rare and very precious... Frighteningly talented and awesome" - Queens Hall, 85-89 Clerk St, Edinburgh EH8 9JG - www.thequeenshall.net
Beltane Fire Festival (30 April 2012) - This is a venerable Edinburgh Institution: part pagan festival, part theatrical spectacle atop the stunning viewpoint of Calton Hill, with more than 10,000 spectator tickets. Expect fire displays, drumming and body-paint (with some nudity) as this procession of bizarre characters celebrate the beginning of summer - Calton Hill, Edinburgh - www.beltane.org