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2018

 

An Evening With Susan Calman 

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19:00 - 20:30, Monday 10 September 2018 

£23.68 – £32.12
 

Comedian and broadcaster Susan Calman danced her way across our screens and into our hearts for 10 weeks on Strictly Come Dancing 2017, but how did this ability to find joy change her life?

Susan Calman's enthusiasm at being on Strictly Come Dancing was an inspiration to all of us. Cheer Up Love, Susan's first book, had a clear aim: to help people understand depression. Sunnyside Up has a similarly clear path: to persuade people to be kinder to each other and spread more joy.

These are extremely difficult and confusing times - people are cross and shouty. It's exhausting! But more than anything, people like Susan, people who don't hate other people, are apologising for the way that they think. Susan wants to make sure that they don't. That it's ok to love people, that kindness is something wonderful and brilliant and to bring on the joy.

So the mission is simple. To get the nation to join her in not being negative. To bring back joy, kindness and community, to find that joy in the little things in life and defeat the hate and fear.

About the Author

Born in Glasgow, Susan Calman escaped corporate law to become a stand-up comedian. She's a regular on radio and television panel shows like QI and The News Quiz and has presented quiz shows like The Boss. Armchair Detectives and Top Class as well as the recent travel series, Secret Sctoland. She recently appeared on Strictly Come Dancing where she made it all the way to Week Ten. Even more excitingly she won the Glitterball on the Strictly Live tour. An advocate for LGBTQ and mental health issues, she lives with her wife and cats in Glasgow.

Event duration: approx 60 minutes

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ASPE Annual Seminar and Service Awards

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Wednesday 12 - Thursday 13 September 2018

Tickets - From £30.25
 

Exploring excellence in frontline services, our exciting trade show will showcase the latest in local government developments. Delegates will get the opportunity to hear industry-leading speakers from across UK local government covering topics like refuse, recycling, and street scene; highways, winter maintenance and street lighting; and housing and building maintenance.

APSE will also host a vibrant night of excellent food, live music, and entertainment, where winners of the APSE Service Awards 2018 will be announced and celebrated. This is a night not to be missed, so make sure you confirm your place today.

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Scottish Ensemble - Pause

An evening of performance and discussion exploring the effects of music on body, mind and soul

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14 September 2018 at 7.30pm

£16 (Concessions available)

Exploring the effects of the mysterious, intangible, precious, utterly essential entity we call music through discussion and live performance.

What happens in our brains and bodies when we experience music? Can music connect us to a spiritual realm? Why – and how – does music help us understand ourselves, each other and the world around us?

Pause blends live musical performance with provocations, conversation and debate. As well as guest speakers and SE musicians sharing their perspectives on what music does to us and why, carefully-devised sets of music will create an absorbing listening experience for mind and body – from the riveting, repetitive patterns of Philip Glass, to the mystical intensity of Biber, to the Pulitzer-Prize-winning soundscapes of Caroline Shaw.

Touching on music’s scientific, spiritual and philosophical qualities, Pause will make you stop and think about how and why we listen to music, what it gives to us, and what else we could do with it.

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The Many Fictions of William Boyd 

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19 September 2018 at 7.30pm

£21.50 + Booking Fee

**This event launches a UK-wide book tour and is William Boyd’s only Scottish appearance**

William Boyd takes to the stage – alone – to talk about his life as a creator of many fictions, beginning with the publication of his first novel, A GOOD MAN IN AFRICA in 1981 and ending with an exclusive reading from his latest novel, LOVE IS BLIND – that appears this September.

Boyd has written fifteen novels - published around the world and translated into some three dozen languages – four collections of short stories, the screenplays for seventeen films and television mini-series and three produced plays. That’s a lot of fiction for one man and Boyd relates the stories and struggles that have ensued in this long and lively career. Stories that not only include the inspiration for some of his most famous novels – Brazzaville Beach, Any Human Heart and Sweet Caress, to name but three - but also other matters arising from the business of writing for a living and living for writing. Such as - an eleven-year lawsuit against his French publisher (for theft), the particular problems of trying to write a James Bond novel, and – perhaps the most perplexing of the many fictions Boyd has created – the history of his collaboration with David Bowie in the evolution of the entirely made-up American artist Nat Tate (1928-1960) and the art-world hoax that followed.

Expect a creatively intriguing and revelatory encounter – and William Boyd, the real one, will definitely be there.

There will be a book signing after the show.

The show is in two halves of 45 minutes.

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Edinburgh Big Curry
by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity               

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7.30pm, Wednesday 28 September 2018

£55 (group deals available)

With an Army ‘twist’ to the day, the lunch offers tasty food (curry!) from a top Edinburgh caterer and a chance to make new contacts, whilst meeting Scotland’s soldiers.

Set in the dramtic Assembly Rooms in the city centre, the Edinburgh Big Curry lunch is a chance to meet-up with friends, and for business professionals to invite colleagues or clients.

During lunch diners will hear from an inspiring guest speaker.

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Synergy Concerts Presents

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7:00pm, Saturday 29 September 2018

SOLD OUT

BAFTA Award winning artist, composer, musician and producer Ólafur Arnalds adds more dates to his worldwide tour, his first in over three years. Previously announced European shows in May, which include the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London, have all sold out.

Fresh off his projects Island Songs, TV scores such as Broadchurch and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams and a world tour with his electronic outfit KIASMOS, Ólafur and his team of fellow craftsmen and musicians are back in the lab, working on an all new live show.

The tour features a uniquely wired string quartet, a live drummer/percussionist and Ólafur’s playground of pianos and synthesisers.

The centrepiece of the show are two semi-generative, self-playing pianos that Ólafur and his team have spent over two years developing. Simultaneously a compositional tool and a innovative addition to the live performance.

“The self-playing pianos are a jolt to the creative process that forces me to try new and often surprising things. In a live setting the pianos are a integral part of the performance due to their generative nature. Each time they are played is a little different, making every performance unique.”

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Assembly Rooms Doors Open Day

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11am-5pm, Sunday 30 September 2018

Free

Visitors to Assembly Rooms will have the chance to explore a world of captivating heritage, unrivalled service and impressive, versatile spaces, as the prestigious George Street venue joins other buildings in the city, and throughout Scotland, in opening its doors to the public as part of the annual Cockburn Association Doors Open Day activity.

Celebrating the Year of Young People, Jackie Lee of Artemis will be providing ‘finishing lessons’ to allow visitor and locals alike to learn the art of Georgian etiquette. Guided tours of the building will be available throughout the day.

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Fishy 20th Birthday Concert

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Saturday 6 October 2018

£7 

Come and celebrate 20 years of Fischy Music with us on Saturday 6th October in The Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh.

Fischy will be in concert along with with guests at 3pm – come and sing with us and hear some stories over the 20 years of our life as Fischy Music!

£7 per ticket OR buy 9 and get the 10th free! Tickets will be sent out in the post – add £1 per order for P&P

Cake and refreshments will be served afterwards. Look forward to seeing you for a fun afternoon!

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Paul Young – ‘35 Years of No Parlez’

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Friday 12 October 2018

Reserved seating £30

Platinum Seating £42.50

Everyone’s favourite 80’s crooner Paul Young is back on tour, performing his much loved album ‘No Parlez’ in celebration of 35 years since it’s release.

‘No Parlez’ was Paul’s debut album. It reached number 1 in the UK charts in 1983 for 5 weeks and fast became triple Platinum. The album produced Paul’s first UK number 1 single – The Marvin Gaye cover of ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat’ and hits ‘Come Back & Stay’ & ‘Love of The Common People’. The album also features a cover of Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.

Originally in early 80’s band Q-Tips, Paul Young went solo in the 80’s and his career took off with ‘No Parlez’ and further top 10 hits such as ‘Everytime You Go Away’ & ‘Everything Must Change’. He is also a Brit Award winner for Best Male vocalist, sings the opening lines on the original Band Aid Single ‘Feed The World’ and performed at Live Aid in 1984. Paul is a keen chef, biker and fan of all things Mexicana! A family man, always happy to be touring his classic hits as a solo artist or with his Tex Mex/ Americana band ‘Los Pacaminos’

Further information on Paul Young & his career can be found here: http://www.paul-young.com

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Tony Iommi in conversation with Phil Alexander 'A life in music'

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Saturday 13 October 2018, 7:00pm

£27.50

Legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi will give us a fascinating insight into the life and career of a man whose influence on the history of popular music cannot be overstated. A key innovator and a true rock star in every sense. 

The event will find place at Edinburgh Assembly Rooms on October 13th and will be hosted by Phil Alexander.

“Each evening will be unique. As well as covering Tony's formative years, each night will focus on a specific period in his remarkable, storied career providing a different experience for every audience."

When we think of guitarist Tony Iommi we think of heavy rock and of his innovative dark riffs. We think of the beginning of heavy metal.

Over 100 million albums have been sold by Black Sabbath. Their most recent album scored number 1 in many countries, including the US and the UK. But not only the recorded sector has been ruled by the legends, but also the live music market. Over 1.6 million people came to see the band perform during their last world tour.

Besides releasing three solo albums, Tony has been inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, wrote a New York Times bestselling autobiography, has received two Grammy Awards and Birmingham’s Broad Street added his star.

Evening host Phil Alexander comes from a print, radio, TV and online background, where he had different roles, as editor, broadcaster, presenter and producer.
As editor of Kerrang! he transformed the magazine into a multi-platform brand by launching the Kerrang! branded TV, radio, website and awards and besides being editor-in-chief for MOJO, he later was appointed Global Creative Director of Kerrang! Magazine And Rock Music Media.

This is a night not be missed.

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Sotheby’s Scottish Art Exhibition

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10am – 5pm, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 October 2018
10am – 1pm, Sunday 21 October 2018

Sotheby’s is delighted to be offering an exceptional group of Scottish art from the late 19th century to Contemporary. We will be pre-viewing highlights of the sale at the Edinburgh Assembly Rooms prior to their exhibition and sale in our London New Bond Street Galleries.

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Rose and Rosie - Overshare Tour

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Monday 22 October 2018

£31 + booking fee

Fun-loving and hilariously offbeat internet stars Rose Ellen Dix and Rosie Spaughton come to Assembly Rooms Edinburgh as part of their Overshare Tour. Fans will have an opportunity to join Rose & Rosie for a live screening of their first feature-length documentary, followed by an intimate Q&A and book signing.

The married British comedy and entertainment duo have gained popularity through their online videos, amassing over 160 million views to date, and quickly becoming two of the most famous LGBT Youtubers and social media influencers in the UK. They won Best British Vlogger at the 2017 BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards, SitC Vlogger of the Year 2017, Celebrity Rising Star award at the 2016 British LGBT Awards and were named on the Pride Power list in 2016.

The documentary accompanies Rose & Rosie’s upcoming book release, ‘Overshare’ – out on 4 October published by Trapeze – which delves into to their unique take on love, friendships, fame, sexuality and more, including mental health and LGBT issues. The exclusive screening will show what it means to the girls to be LGBT today, how the social media revolution doesn’t have to be divisive and also revealing some of their best-kept secrets!

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The Scottish Listed Property Show      

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9am - 5pm, Saturday 27 October 2018

Prices: £10 advanced purchase, £15 on door. 

The inaugural Scottish Listed Property Show, organised by The Listed Property Owners’ Club, will take place at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh on Saturday 27th October 2018. Whether you are one of the 47,000 listed building owners in Scotland or one looking to buy, meet with the biggest collection of listed building suppliers and experts across one weekend under one roof. Whether you are buying, renovating or conserving a listed building, the Show will have everything you need. You can find out more in one day than you can through months of personal research!

Show features include:

  • Independent Conservation Officers for stress free one-to-one conversations
  • Leading suppliers and products for listed buildings
  • Advice on hypothetical plans to alter your building
  • Conservation architects and caring builders
  • Meet with The Listed Property Owners’ Club experts and gather information about buying, unauthorised works, surveyance, VAT, grants, maintenance, mortgages, insurance and laws
  • Exclusive “Ask The Experts Panel” of leading industry professionals
  • Practical demonstrations including plaster and lead work, window restoration, lime mortar, master carvers, brickwork and paint
  • Feature display of buildings in need of repair and for sale
  • A full interactive talk programme including subjects such as damp, surveys, house history, energy efficiency and historic garden design
  • Specific advice and expertise for the owners or managers of flat/apartments within a listed building, including management companies, and commercial listed buildings
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Startup Summit      

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Wednesday 31 October 2018

Prices: £10 advanced purchase, £15 on door. 

The Startup Summit is a one day dive into all things startup, exploring the ever changing landscape of business, surviving in the startup world and growing into a thriving business.

Across multiple stages, in one venue, we're giving you direct access to the founders, executives and investors behind some of the world's most successful companies.

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Moving Adventures European Outdoor Film Festival 

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Thursday 8 November 2018

Price: £13.50

NO SCRIPT. NO ACTORS. NO SPECIAL EFFECTS. THIS IS REAL!

Since its inception in 2001, the European Outdoor Film Tour has been presenting handpicked

documentaries featuring outdoor sports, adventure, and travel. The people, their active endeavours,

and the locations change every year, but one thing remains the same: This is real!

The kick-off for Europe’s largest outdoor fi lm festival will be at its premiere on October 9th

at BMW World in Munich. The E.O.F.T. 18/19 will then begin its extended tour of Europe, with more

than 400 events in 18 countries.

The program has 7–9 films and a total running time of about 120 minutes. With ancillary activities

and program moderation, the event lasts between 2.5 and 3 hours.

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Concert of Remembrance

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7:30pm, Friday 09 November 2018

Price: £15.00 (£10 early bird available until 07 September)

Organised by the Royal British Legion Scotland in partnership with City of Edinburgh, The Concert of Remembrance will say thank you through music and song, to those who served, sacrificed and changed our world during the First World War. Narrated by Rose McBain and featuring Isla St Clair, The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, The Band of HM Royal Marines Scotland, Royal Air Force Central Pipes and Drums, Legion Scotland Sweetheart - Amy Hawthorn, Alan Brydon, Ibiyemi Osinaike, Stuart McLean and Erin Ritchie.

Doors 6:30pm

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Neil Oliver: The Story of the British Isles in 100 places         

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7:30pm, Friday 16 November 2018

Prices: £24.75 standard, U16s £16.50, Family £66, 10 or more –buy 9, get 10th free, groups of 20 or more £20.35 - prices include b/fee

“Neil was born to love Great Britain. During his 20 years travelling to every corner, and whilst filming BBC2’s ‘Coast’, he’s fallen in love all over again. From north to south, east to west it cradles astonishing beauty and he’s seen it all from land, sea and sky. The human story here is a million years old and counting. The tolerant, easy-going peace we enjoy has been hard won and the places Neil’s seen have given him a unique view and understanding of British history.

Hear in his amusing and entertaining way what it all means to him, and why we need to cherish and celebrate our wonderful countries.

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GoldFlair 24k Golden Ball

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Friday 23 November
From £75

The Precious Metals Workshop proudly presents Edinburgh's debut jewellery diner and event of the year - the exclusive Goldflair 24K Golden Ball.  

The spectacular evening of precious metal and jewellery focused extravagance and entertainment will raise awareness around the issues with artisanal mining. It will help to enable a positive change in responsible sourcing of precious metals and raise much needed funds to give back to suffering and deprived artisanal mining communities that are kept in a cycle of poverty and exploitation.


This extravaganza and mouth-watering feast for all your senses will be the ball of the year. With live performances, fashion showcases, award winning jewellery, live and online auctions, music from classical to DJ, beautiful food, and lots of traditional Hollywood glamour.

Dress Code: Black Tie with a touch of gold.

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3D2D Edinburgh Christmas Craft, Art & Design Fair                                   

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10.30am-5pm, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December 2018
£4 (£3 Con., Children Free) - Tickets on the door.

The 3d/2d Fair brings together some of the finest contemporary art, craft and design-work from across the UK, in a glorious 2-day event at the Assembly Rooms. With over 120 makers, designers and artists exhibiting their work, the fair is full of unusual stalls selling products you won't find on the High Street.

A treasure trove of Christmas gifts or something for yourself. We pride ourselves in carefully selecting exhibitors to ensure standards are kept high, resulting in a wonderful mix of high quality and unique products sold to you by the exhibitors themselves.

Café run by Appetite Direct available if you need to relax and refuel.

Ticket price (on the door): £4; concessions, £3; children under 12 yrs go free
Entrance tickets can be used as often as wished over both days
For more information, visit: www.3d2d.co.uk

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Katie Melua and Gori Women's Choir                                   

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Doors 7:00pm, 13 December
From £21.45

Multi award-winning recording artist Katie Melua has announced an extensive European tour for winter 2018, including 13 UK dates.
Katie will be joined by a cast of stellar musicians, as well as members of the Gori Women’s Choir who featured on the silver-certified 2016 album In Winter. In Winter was recorded in Georgia, and commanded some of the finest reviews of Katie's career with the Sunday Times describing it as 'bewitching…ravishing…spellbinding' and the Independent as 'exquisite' and 'remarkable.' The associated 2016 tour, which saw Katie and the choir undertake 28 performances across 8 countries received universal acclaim from music critics and audiences alike.


Katie's performance in Edinburgh will see a set which will include songs from In Winter alongside brand new recordings and a catalogue of classics.

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Hogmanay Snow Ball                                  

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7.30pm, Monday 31 December 2018
Early bird £39.99; Standard £49.99; VIP £99

The Capitals biggest indoor Hogmanay event will be back for a 6th sell-out year on December 31st 2018, again at the city’s most prestigious venue – the magnificent ballrooms and drawing rooms of the Assembly Rooms.

It’s such a historic, beautiful and convenient setting to bring in 2019 with 2 different ceilidh bands and disco to finish off. You can then slip off to the after party until 5am! Look out your best frock and tiara (if you so wish!) or brush down your kilt and join us for the best way to bring in the new year.

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2019

 

The Fantastical Chocolate Festival                      

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Saturday 02 March 2019

From £6.90

From the people that brought you The Great British Gin Festival and Rum & Reggae.. A day of delectable confectionary, singalong live music and chocolatiers!

 
Stock up on the good stuff for your family and friends. Full of delicious treats and Willy Wonka inspired characters to keep the kids (and big kids) entertained all day. 
 
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DH Concerts present

Gary Faulds Live                   

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8:00pm, Saturday 29 June 2019

£16.50 - price shown includes b/fee

He's gone from gigging in the back room of a pub to selling out five theatres, the country’s best comedy club, the country’s biggest comedy club and a tour of Cyprus!

The dream is well and truly alive for Gary Faulds, helped by the 2 million who tune in to watch his Facebook live videos every month.

He's planning to make 2019 as eventful a year as the current one, only this time things will be bigger and better.

He's gone from being a nobody to getting free pakora, clothes and haircuts for life. At his first theatre show a women fainted! Don’t worry her pals dragged her out the room and came back in to enjoy the show. (TRUE STORY)

Strictly over 18s!

£1.50 non-refundable transaction fee applies on all online and telephone bookings
 
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