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What's on in Edinburgh in June 2013?


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2013 Brodies Champions of Tennis

Champions of Tennis (20 - 23 June 2013)

We can't quite believe this, but the ATP Champions of Tennis tour is coming to Edinburgh. These much loved events bring the tennis greats of the past together to settle their differences on the court once more, and recent player announcements for Edinburgh have cranked the excitement level to 11. - Find out more in our Champions of Tennis blog post.


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 Eurythmics 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

Ilana Halperin - The Library (24 May - 29 September 2013) - Ilana Halperin is an artist who is fascinated by geology. This exhibition introduces the alphabet of geology to visitors, and investigates how they record events and information, from agates that share her birthday through to a 1.3 ton stone library of 'books' of mica. - National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF - www.nms.ac.uk/our_museums/national_museum/exhibitions/ilana_halperin_the_library.aspx  

3 Harbours Art Festival (1 - 9 June 2013) - Does the idea of a festival mixing art, seafood, boats and wandering into people's houses make your mouth water? This innovative festival caters for all of these tastes. The town of Cockenzie's Open Houses walking trail gives you the chance to see art in the unique setting of houses scattered around the town, from painting to sculpture and stonemasonry. There's much more to this diverse festival throughout the week, though: music, dance, architecture, community events and even yarnbombing (the strange practice of sneakily decorating street objects with colourful knitting). Oh, and plenty of boats and tasty seafood. - various venues in the towns of Cockenzie, Port Seton and Prestonpans, just outside Edinburgh - www.3harbours.co.uk

Eliza Carthy & Jim Moray (3 June 2013) - This rather special event sees two of the UK's folk legends play a a career-spanning, supergroup-backed one-off tour. With thirty-one years of material between them, there are plenty of songs to choose from. - Summerhall, Summerhall Pl, Edinburgh, EH9 1QH - www.summerhall.co.uk/2013/eliza-carthy-jim-moray

Billy Bragg (3 June 2013) - Once branded the strident "spokesman of a generation" in the heavily politicised 1980s, Bragg's latest songs have taken on more personal themes. He's touring an album that's tinged with Americana and which was recorded in only five days, but whose immediacy has prompted very warm reviews. On this tour he's accompanied by some outstanding musicians cherry picked from the bands of acclaimed artists like Lana Del Ray and Bon Iver, carrying on his ability to spot interesting collaborators. - Queens Hall, 85-89 Clerk St, Edinburgh EH8 9JG l - www.thequeenshall.net/whats-on/shows/billy-bragg-2013

Edinburgh Moonwalk (8 June 2013) - Walking 26.2 miles is one thing. Doing it for charity at night in a spangly bra is quite another. The fundraising event for Breast Cancer Care has chosen a psychedelic 60s theme this year, so if you're taking part it's time to look out your Go-Go boots and wear a flower in your hair. - start/finihs in Leith Links, Edinburgh - www.walkthewalk.org/Challenges/TheMoonWalkEdinburgh

Leith Festival (8 - 16 June 2013) - Leith was a separate town from Edinburgh until 1929 and had a rich history as a centre of maritime trade. Leithers, as it's residents prefer to be known, still consider themselves a distinct community from the rest of Edinburgh and this festival celebrates the culture, talent and community of people and groups in the area. Major events include a Tattoo with pipes and drums, Gala Day and a Pageant/Parade, but there's also lots of theatre, music and even the Edinburgh Short Film Festival - various venues, Leith, Edinburgh - www.leithfestival.com

Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors and Vile Victorians (11 - 15 June) - Not one, but two shows from the Horrible Histories team, bringing to life the popular books and carrying on their success in making history exciting for children. Innovative live 3D effects combined with genuine educational passion mean that these two separate shows will be deservedly popular with both adults and kids. - King's Theatre, 2 Leven St, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ - www.edtheatres.com/horriblehistories

Ghost (14 May - 1 Jun 2013) - Set your potter's wheel spinning with this musical adaptation of the ever-popular supernatural romance. The phenomenal magical stage effects and a score by Dave Stewart of Eurythmics and Glen Ballard (who previously co-wrote songs with Michael Jackson and Alanis Morisette) really sets this apart from other musicals. - Edinburgh Playhouse, 18 – 22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA - http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/ghost-the-musical/edinburgh-playhouse

Race for Life Edinburgh (16 June 2013) - This event in the famous series of women-only road running races in aid of Cancer Research UK takes place in the astounding surroundings of Holyrood Park. The 5k and 10k routes both take in Holyrood Park, with Edinburgh's mountainous Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags towering over the runners, so it's aspectacular place to run for a good cause. - Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, EH8 8HG - raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/choose-your-event/edinburgh-holyrood.html

Edinburgh Interational Film Festival (19 - 30 June 2013) - With a history of supporting both Scottish and international independent film as well as attracting big-name premieres, this was actually one of the world's first film festivals. The programme isn't released until 29 May, but as always it will be a major event in the Edinburgh festival calendar. - various venues in Edinburgh - www.edfilmfest.org.uk

Royal Highland Show (20 - 23 June 2013) - This farming and countryside showcase is actually one of the biggest events in Edinburgh. It might not sounds like something you'd take the kids to, but there's much more to it than highland cattle. While the farmers compete for prestigious prizes in the agricultural show, it also brings together a mothwatering array of the country's best food producers, artisan crafts and even international producers of wines and fine foods. While you munch on tasty food samples, you can keep yourself and your kids entertained with the entertainment availably, from music and dance to watching countryside activities like tug-of-war, sheepdog trials and horse riding. - Royal Highland Show, Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB - royalhighlandshow.org

Man Ray Portaits (22 June - 22 September 2013) - He may have considered himself a painter, but Man Ray is probably best known for his unique photography. This exhibition pulls together some outstanding examples of his portraiture, featuring some very recognizable names from the first half of the 20th century, including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Lee Miller and Ernest Hemingway. - Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD - www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/exhibitions/man-ray-portraits

Edinburgh International Magic Festival Opening Gala (28 June - 5 July 2013) - Magic has undergone a resurgence in recent years, with new acts changing perceptions of the art form and pushing the boundaries. The festival, now in its fourth year, brings award winning acts from around the world to Edinburgh, and the opening gala features major groups from Portugal, Spain and France among others and showcases everything from street magic to comedy. - Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AX - www.lyceum.org.uk/whats-on/production/magic-and-variety-gala-show  


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