Friday, 31 January 2014

Edinburgh Events: Things to do in February

January has been a long ole month, but finally payday and February are here!  Here are our top picks of things to spend your long-awaited pennies on this month.

Photo credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire
Two free exhibitions for you to enjoy this month!  Ninety brightly coloured 2.5 metre tall terracotta warrior lanterns have taken over the University of Edinburgh's Old College quad, making it even more magical and Hogwarts-esque.  These were created by Chinese artist Xia Nan for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 and this is the first time the Warriors will be showcased in Scotland, from now until 7 February.  Meanwhile in St Andrews Square, Bruce Munro's installation Field of Light has 9,500 acrylic stems gradually light up as darkness falls, with visitors able to wander through the collection.  Both are sure to be a very beautiful and striking installations and obviously best viewed at night!

Sunday 2 February / 99 Hanover Street, EH2 1DJ / 12pm / £5-7
There's always something in your closet you no longer wear, particularly this time of the year after ill-advised sales purchases and Christmas party dresses that you can't wear to next years work-do, so this winter fashion swap is a perfect way to recycle them whilst picking up something new which may be perfect for you!  You can bring up to 10 items to swap on the day at the lovely 99 Hanover Street and enjoy some teas from Eteaket while you're there, along with stalls from Sarah Murray Beauty and Nicci Weston makeup artist offering express treatments.  You can bring between 1 and 5 items for £5 or 6 and 10 items for £7 and there's a free drink on arrival too.

1 & 15 February / Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, EH3 9BZ / £8.20
The Filmhouse are continuing their Irish History screening in February with two very different but compelling films.  Up first on Saturday 1 February is Good Vibrations which focuses on the life of Terri Hooley, who was responsible for discovering The Undertones and enabled alternative music to be heard and to flourish in Belfast during the darkest days of Northern Ireland’s Troubles via his record shop and label Good Vibrations and gig promotion. There'll be a talk with writer Colin Carberry after the screening.  In contrast, Hunger is about the last few months of the life of Irish Republican hunger striker Bobby Sands, whose death had a huge impact not just in Northern Ireland but all over the world.  Described as "brutally unflinching", it's sure to be an intense viewing.  It's being shown on 15 February and will have a panel discussion afterwards.

Wednesday 12 February / Panda & Sons, 79 Queen Street, EH2 4NF / 7pm / £15
Panda & Sons opened their speakeasy style cocktail bar late last year to much acclaim.  Their cocktail menu is extensive to say the least, and now you can join them for a fun, informal evening to learn about foams, smokes and liquid magic from some of the hottest mixologists in Edinburgh. You'll get to enjoy three cocktails and learning how to recreate them at home.

Friday 28 February / National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, EH1 1JF / 7pm / £18
We're big fans of the Museum Late evenings but this one is sure to be pretty special, with Radio 1 DJ Vic Galloway hosting and a headline performance by The Pictish Trail (Lost Map Records el presidente and all round good guy).  There'll also be a DJ set from Marnie from Ladytron (which I imagine will be electropoptastic) and their usual silent disco, face painting, art installations, photo booth and more – plus some wild and woolly surprises.  You can even look at the new exhibition, Mammoths of the Ice Age, without having to push small children out the way!

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