Christmas utterly takes hold of Edinburgh in December with the population immersing itself in the numerous festive parties and events that take place across the city. From the popular Christmas Market in Princes Street Gardens providing the taste of Christmas, to the various exhibitions showcasing an artistic variety, Edinburgh bursts with culture. However it doesn’t stop there! While January may seem a suitable time to detox from the Christmas cheer, Edinburgh slows down little and rather uses the New Year as an excuse to provide a fresh variety of events to take part in. Have a look at what we’re looking forward to most…
Canongate Stars and Stories
Edinburgh perhaps exists as one of the most influential literary cities in the world boasting of numerous notable figures in its rich artistic history who are now celebrated as pioneers of the written word. Wishing to bring to the fore Edinburgh’s literary past, The City of Literature Trust in association with the likes of the University of Edinburgh and from Scottish literature relevant to that certain area. Grab a map with friends, follow the walking trail and try to find all 24 boxes.
Message from the Skies
Talking of literature, the Edinburgh International Book Festival alongside Edinburgh’s Hogmanay have come together to commission Val McDermid, one of Scotland’s bestselling novelists, to write a short story. As though the city itself is narrating, McDermid’s story will be projected onto numerous Edinburgh landmarks allowing the readers to explore both story and city at the same time. This immersive experience will run every day from 1st to the 25th of January.
BP Portrait Award
For thirty-eight years, the National Portrait Gallery has hosted the BP Portrait Awards which exhibits paintings from over 87 different countries in an effort to promote the world’s finest contemporary artists. These paintings range from extremely intimate pictures of family members or loved ones to less formal studies of famous figures. This exhibition is not only for the keen art lover but for anyone who can appreciate the skills involved in portrait painting.
When We Were Young: Photographs of Childhood
This is a truly captivating photography exhibition aiming to lay bare the ways in which childhood over the years has changed both in experience and in portrayal from early 1840s to present day. Being Scotland’s Year of the Young Person 2018, this is a fitting tribute to the adventure that is childhood in this country. With such relatable pictures this is one for the entire family to enjoy.
Dark Side of the Moon: The Full Dome Experience
This panoramic cinematic experience is both a visual and musical spectacular which immerses the audience in a mesmeric sensory overload. Sitting beneath a 360-domed screen on seats facing skyward, audience members are thrust into a universe of music guided by Pink Floyd’s 1973 album Dark Side of the Moon. This promises to be an audio-visual extravaganza.