Student festival gathers pace

A festival reflecting the University's diverse international community is taking place this month.

Gather Festival will see a range of events take place across the campus from 20-28 February.

The programme aims to celebrate Edinburgh's global links: one third of the student population comes from outside of the UK, representing more than 140 nations.

Gather Festival: 20-28 February

Visit the Gather Festival website for full event listings.

Gather Festival

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Highland games

The Gather Highland Games offers a fresh twist on a classic Scottish tradion.

The lively mix of Scottish-themed activities will take place in the Pleasance Main Hall on 25 February. Highlights include a haggis race, obstacle course, tug of war and a stone toss.

The Edinburgh University New Scotland Country Dance Society and the The Piping and Drumming Society will also provide entertainment.

Film series

A number of film screenings and discussions have also been organised.

The programme centres around the theme of community and culture, featuring a mix of shorts, animation, documentaries and feature films.

Highlights include 'The Inaccessible Pinnacle', the first Scottish Gaelic feature film, and 'Seven Songs for a Long Life', a documentary sharing intimate stories of patients facing death, produced by the Scottish Documentary Institute.

Storytelling through photography

One strand of Gather Festival explores the medium of photography.

Photosoc - the UK's oldest and largest photography society - will hold an exhibition at Summerhall from 22-24 February, exploring themes around culture, community and connections.

Edinburgh academic Dr Richard Baxstrom will use the exhibition as a starting point to discuss how culture shapes our perception of the world on 23 February.

A workshop on how a story can be built from one photograph will take place on 24 February.

Eclectic events

Further attractions include comedy workshops, spoken word events and language lessons.

A variety of music and dance nights will offer participants tasters of bhangra, salsa and tango dancing as well as performances from University Dance Societies.

A poetry walking tour highlighting the rich history of diversity at the University will be held on 20 February.