What’s on in Edinburgh?

Photo credit: Kate Soltan

When looking for something to do in Edinburgh, you may find it daunting and overwhelming. Therefore, the duty of pointing you in the right direction this week has fallen to me, your friend and humble narrator.

If films are your heart’s desire, then the Cameo Picturehouse may well have you sorted over the weekend and beyond. On Saturday and Sunday, the venue plays host to the Rebel Film Festival, which will largely present short movies by independent filmmakers as well as the feature-length South African Spook Hunter.

Rebel, the festival’s organisers, say their aim is to “provide opportunities to talented indie filmmakers, allowing them to achieve their potential”, and despite the festival running since 2014, this weekend will be the first time these talents will be showcased in Scotland. Events kick off at 11:00 both days and last until evening. After treating you to an exhibit of future talents at the weekend, the Cameo’s Monday night centrepiece is at the other end of the spectrum, taking you back to 1939.

The Wizard of Oz was released to the silver screen on the 26th of August 1939 (less than a week before World War II was declared), and at 18:15 on Monday, you’ll get to do it all over again (The Wizard of Oz, not World War II). Whether or not you’ve seen the canorous, colourful, comedic classic, the opportunity to see it on the big screen doesn’t come around very often.

Photo credit: Kate Soltan

The inaugural Edinburgh Multicultural Festival will also be gracing Edinburgh this weekend. The event is hoping to celebrate the diversity in Edinburgh’s culture with talents coming from the likes of China, South Africa and the USA. It kicks off at 14:00 on Friday at Drumbrae Library and Community Hub with poetry and storytelling. Saturday and Sunday’s events take the festival to the Granton Campus of Edinburgh College where doors open at 11:00 both days. Saturday’s focus is dance while Sunday shines a light on music. The best part? It’s all free!

In order to celebrate 400 years of collage art, the Scottish National Gallery have held an exhibition since June, highlighting “a huge range of approaches” to the style. On Tuesday at 18:00 one of its featured artists, John Stezaker, will speak about his work. The exhibition itself has been described as “inspiring” and “the exhibition of the year”, so the chance to hear from one of its contributors isn’t one to be passed up.

On Wednesday at 19:30, The Voodoo Rooms will be visited by comedian Isaac Butterfield. The Australian has sold out gigs at festivals in Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth as well as selling out his debut tour in 2018. Wednesday’s gig is part of his ‘Why So Serious?’ tour which is said to be an hour of “unfiltered and raw social observations”. Behind him is apparently the fastest growing audience for a comedian in Australian history, so who am I to argue with them?

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Also on Wednesday at 19:30 – ‘The Night With…’, a charity who take classical music to cosy venues, bring Garth Knox to the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Knox claims to be “at the forefront of the new music scene in many fields” and believes his experience has moulded him into becoming “a unique performer of the music of many different styles”.

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