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Blog - Edinburgh in 2015 - Part 1

Posted on 29/01/2015

There's so much going on in Edinburgh that we've had to split this blog post in to two bits! Whether you opt for the busy festival season or any other time of the year you won’t be disappointed by the range of exhibitions and activities to get involved with.

Check out the Edinburgh events happening in the first half of 2015.

Edinburgh Castle with Princes Street Gardens in the foregroundJanuary
January is almost over now, although if you hurry, The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse will stage the first exhibition in Scotland dedicated to the 17th century artist Castiglione, until 8th Feb.

This February you can enjoy both the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival and the Manipulate Festival which celebrates Visual Theatre. Musicians including Kaiser Chiefs, Katherine Jenkins and Placebo are on their way into the city as part of their UK and world tours and you can also enjoy The Nutcracker and/or Swan Lake courtesy of the Royal Scottish Ballet.

The Scottish National Gallery has a new exhibition of the work of David Roberts arriving on 21st February too.

In March Edinburgh celebrates both the Yarn Festival and Puppet Animation Festival, which bring in lots of tourists. In terms of theatre, you can enjoy plenty of new shoes including Spamalot and The Producers. At The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art the Roy Lichtenstein Room arrives on 14th and at the Palace of Holyroodhouse there is an exhibition dedicated to Gold from 27th utilising pieces of the Royal Collection.

In April Edinburgh celebrates the traditional festival of Beltane as well as the International Science Festival. Musicians performing in the city include Nick Cave and comedy performers are in the area too, including Alan Carr. April 10th sees the launch of a celebration of Pringle of Scotland, with the National Museum of Scotland showcasing the company’s role in the production of knitwear throughout modern Scottish history. April is also when the Great Edinburgh Run takes place, on 19th.

May is the month that Edinburgh celebrates its youth with the Imaginate Children’s Festival. It’s also a month which is packed with live shows and performances, with The Judy Garland Show at the Playhouse and both Derren Brown and Dara O’Briain performing in the city too. At the National Museum of Scotland they’re celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and at Scottish National Portrait Gallery there’s a photography exhibition dedicated to Lee Miller and Pablo Picasso.

In June, festival season is approaching and you can enjoy both the Royal Highland Show and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Live shows include Lord of the Dance, Foo Fighters and John Barrowman. New art exhibitions include Jean-Etienne Lotard at the Scottish National Gallery from 6th June, Photography: A Victorian Sensation at the National Museum of Scotland and from 27th June an exhibition of the work of M.C. Escher can be enjoyed at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.