Festivals, Cultural and City Events


Collection of articles from the 2015 festivals season detailing events in which the University was involved.

Our events feature staff, students and university buildings as venues.


Kelpies at the Vet School

New temporary home for The Kelpie Maquettes at our Easter Bush Campus

Iconic Kelpies visit Quad

Mini versions of the world’s largest equine sculptures are coming to the heart of the University.

Edinburgh stage for Bollywood star

The Festivals Office hosted a visit by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Thursday 15 October.

Remus Azoitei and Eduard Stan gala concert at Playfair Library

This October violinist Remus Azoitei and pianist Eduard Stan, the supreme experts in George Enescu's chamber work, offered a regale of virtuosic bravado and technical brilliancy in the presence of the Romanian Ambassador to the Court of St James's.

Dickinson's Real Deal at Pollock Halls

The antiques TV show filmed 19-20 September at the John McIntyre Conference Centre.

Film in the Old College Quad

Film in the Old College Quad
The University of Edinburgh's Old College quadrangle once again transformed into an open air cinema during the Fringe for a series of film screenings.

The Harmonium Project

The Harmonium Project
The University partnered with the Edinburgh International Festival to open the August festivals in spectacular style.

Dolly starred in genetics exhibition

Dolly the sheep starred in a University exhibition during the Festival Fringe, chronicling a century of genetics research in Edinburgh.

James Tait Black Prizes 2015

James Tait Black Prizes
Eleven works were shortlisted for the Book and Drama Prizes awarded by the University of Edinburgh.

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas 2015

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas
Academics returned to the Fringe to debate and discuss controversial research with the wider community.

Concrete cast in starring role at show of student art and design

Edinburgh College of Art Masters Degree Show
Eye-catching concrete columns, smart bins that reward dog owners who clean up and a life size model of a panda enclosure were among the highlights in a new exhibition of students' work.

University sponsored Book Festival events

University sponsored Book Festival events
The College of Humanities and Social Science was proud to sponsor talks and debates with inspiring speakers and writers.

Student Societies at the Fringe

Student Societies at the Fringe
Getting involved in the festivals has been voted one of the top ten favourite experiences from Edinburgh graduates’ time at University.

Science of the Paranormal at Fringe

Science of the Paranormal
The University’s Koestler Parapsychology Unit celebrated its 30th anniversary with a series of interactive workshops focusing on paranormal experiences.

Business School hosted Media Series at the Fringe

Media Series at the Fringe
Three shows featuring prominent public figures and influential leaders looked at topics in government and media.

Edinburgh Arab Festival at Fringe

The Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies Department ran the first cultural Arab Festival to take place in Scotland.

Video preview: watch a Master Calligrapher at work

In August the University’s Alwaleed Centre celebrated the ancient craft of calligraphy.

Professors provided Festival Insights

University of Edinburgh academics led literary discussion at the International Festival on Antigone and the Scottish Supernatural.

Hanne Darboven exhibition at Talbot Rice Gallery

One of the most intriguing artists of the last century, Hanne Darboven (1941-2009) has rarely been exhibited in the UK, and this was the first exhibition of her work in Scotland.

University sponsored International Festival opening concert

The University was proud to support the EIF Opening Concert, conducted by Donald Runnicles.

Postgrad plays performed at Fringe

Pre:View returned to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, featuring the works of MSc in Playwriting students.

Edinburgh academics at Festival of Politics

Academics took part in events focusing on the Democratic Challenge and Arab Spring.

The Changing Middle East at Book Festival

The 2015 Book Festival events focusing on the Middle East featured university involvement.

Death on the Fringe featured talks by Edinburgh academics

University experts presented lectures at the just Festival as part of a series of events focusing on death and dying.

Friends of St Cecilia's Hall festival concerts

Two classical concerts featuring harpsichords and guitars took place as part of the Festival Fringe.

Edinburgh Alumni at the Festivals

A number of University alumni who graduated in the arts had exhibitions in the 2015 Festival Fringe and Arts Festival.

Playfair Library hosted Beethoven concerts

Rudolf Buchbinder performed Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.

Outlandia exhibition at Tent Gallery

Edinburgh College of Art’s Evolution House hosted Remote Centres: Performances from Outlandia during the 2015 Art Festival.

Reading the City

Professor of Early Modern Literature James Loxley took part in Book Festival event focusing on the literary landscape of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation hosted Complicite events

A masterclass and symposium with British theatre group Complicite took place at ECCI as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.

Fringe events at 50 George Square

The University's 50 George Square hosted a variety of festival events this August.

Edinburgh College of Art academic presented talk on Georgian Edinburgh

John Lowrey, Senior Lecturer in Architectural History, discussed what the physical fabric of Edinburgh was like before the New Town.

Reciprociti exhibition at Art Festival

As part of the Edinburgh Art Festival, Reciprociti explored value, worth and forms of currency in this pop-up exhibition and events space.

Film Festival interview with Martine Pierquin

Martine Pierquin, Course Organiser for 'An Insight into The Edinburgh International Film Festival' reflects on the 2015 edition of the short course offered jointly by University of Edinburgh and EIFF.

Film Festival interview with Dr David Sorfa

Dr David Sorfa, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University, reflects on the 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Film Festival interview with Nacim Pak-Shiraz

Nacim Pak-Shiraz is a lecturer in Persian and Film Studies and Head of Persian Studies. In this interview, she discusses how she worked with the Edinburgh International Film Festival to shine a spotlight on Iranian cinema.

Film Festival interview with James Clegg

James Clegg is the Assistant Curator at the University’s Talbot Rice Gallery. Here he discusses the gallery’s collaboration with the Edinburgh International Film Festival, which showcased Glasgow-based artist Stephen Sutcliffe’s work.

Film Festival interview with Jared Taylor

Jared Taylor is the Programme Director of Animation at Edinburgh College of Art. Here he talks highly of the 2015 graduating Animation students, and of finding the beauty in small things in the Film Festival.

Film Festival interview with Susan Kemp

Susan Kemp is the Co-Director of the MSc in Film, Exhibition and Curation at the University. Here she discusses the course and how she and her students were involved in the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Film Festival interview with Dr Jonny Murray

Dr Jonny Murray is Director of Design Context at Edinburgh College of Art.

Stephen Sutcliffe event with Talbot Rice Gallery

In conjunction with the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Talbot Rice Gallery hosted an event featuring screenings and discussions with artist Stephen Sutcliffe.

Science Festival interview with Professor Mary Bownes

Professor Mary Bownes, Vice Principal for Community Development, and Professor Emerita of Developmental Biology, has overseen the University's contribution to the various Festivals taking place in the city for several years.

Science Festival interview with Professor Polly Arnold

Professor Polly Arnold of the University's School of Chemistry hosted a discussion of optogenetics, an emerging tool for human brain research in which light is used to control neurons, in 'Shining a Light on the Brain' at the National Museum of Scotland at 1pm on Sunday 19 April.

Science Festival interview with David Richardson

David Richardson, Senior Business Development Executive in the School of Informatics, took part in 'Big Solutions in Big Data', held at 5.30pm on Thursday 16 April at Summerhall.

Science Festival interview with Dr Thomas Bak

Dr Thomas Bak of the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences took part in a discussion exploring what happens when we learn new languages, and how this affects our brains' development at various stages in life.

Science Festival interview with Dr Neil Robertson

Dr Neil Robertson of the University’s School of Chemistry explored the latest developments in solar technology, and how we might learn lessons from plants in harnessing the power of the sun.

Science Festival interview with Richard Morris

Richard Morris is Professor of Neuroscience in the Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems at the University.

Science Festival interview with Stuart Dunbar

Stuart Dunbar, Engagement Manager, was part of a team of staff and students who helped visitors interact with SCI-FUN’s vast array of hands-on science activities.

Science Festival interview with Sarah Keer-Keer

Sarah Keer-Keer, Public Engagement, Outreach and Communications Manager in the University of Edinburgh's Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, was the winner of the 2015 Tam Dalyell Prize for Excellence in Engaging the Public with Science.

Science Festival interview with Dr Steve Brusatte

Dr Steve Brusatte, Chancellor's Fellow in Vertebrate Palaeontology in the University of Edinburgh’s School of Geosciences, took part in several events at the 2015 Edinburgh International Science Festival.