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Gather Festival 2016

A festival reflecting the University's diverse community takes place this month.

Gather Festival 2016

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.

Events programme

The festival has a rich programme of events encompassing many aspects of campus culture; a mix of food, music, comedy, sport, film, language, dance and more.

Two of this year’s standout events are detailed below.

The full Gather Festival programme can be found here.

Highland Games

The Gather Highland Games offer a fresh twist on a classic Scottish tradition.

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.

Film festival

A number of film screenings and discussions have been organised.

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

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.

Related links

Gather Festival

International Office

Edinburgh University Students' Association