Open Grip 6: Aerial Event. A performance opportunity for all levels of artist, specifically for aerial and acrobatics. Each piece must be a first draft never performed before. An exciting evening of brand new aerial and acrobatic work made locally: 8 pieces of no more than 5 minutes each. Audience involvement is key, as there will be a 2 minute interval between each act during which feedback is requested via comments cards. 7.30-8.30pm, Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street. £3 per person, payable at the door.
Forth Regeneration: Building New Futures. Find out about regeneration initiatives taking place across the Forth neighbourhood and ways in which you can help shape future plans. 10am-2pm, Edinburgh College Granton Campus, 350 West Granton Road. To book email email@example.com or call 0131 529 5001. Facilitated by Forth Neighbourhood Partnership and Community Councils.
Free Family Cinema: Horton Hears a Who? Adventure, excitement, fun and laughs: juice and choc ices available in the interval for 50p each. Best for children up to 10 years: all children must be accompanied by an adult. 10.30am-12.30pm (includes interval), St Bride’s Community Centre, 10 Orwell Terrace. Free. (Next week: The Sword in the Stone.)
Bookbug: stories and rhymes for young children and their carers. 10.30-11am today and every Saturday, Fountainbridge Library, Dundee Street.
Out of the Blue Flea Market: over 45 stalls full to bursting with clothes, jewellery, small furniture, music, books and bric a brac. Delicious coffee and cake available to purchase at the Drill Hall Arts Cafe. 10am-3pm, Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street.
University of Edinburgh Open Day: for students considering undergraduate entry in 2015. Explore the campus, attend subject information talks, meet current students and academic staff, find out about accommodation, careers and student life. 9.30am-5pm, University of Edinburgh (various venues.) Booking essential via eventbrite. More information here.
Tulip Mania: popular family drop-in workshop taking inspiration from the Where Do I End and You Begin exhibition. Make your own tulips and other flowers inspired by Antonia Hirsch’s work Colour Shift. Suitable for the whole family working together. 1.30-3.30pm, City Art Centre, 2 Market Street. No booking required: meet at reception.
Equip Your Sympathy: workshop for those who are new to the practice of campaigning, or need inspiring to get back into the saddle. Unleash your sympathy and imagination, hear from ordinary campaigners and get to grips with the building blocks of developing an effective campaign for the things you care about. Led by Kirstie Shirra. 10.30am-1.30pm, Filmhouse, Lothian Road. Free, but registration required: email firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description of your interest in taking part. Part of Take One Action Film Festival 2014.
Kellan MacInnes: Climbing the Scottish Mountains Visible from Arthur’s Seat: an illustrated talk by Kellan MacInnes. Kellan’s book, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year Award, tells the story of how he discovered Victorian mountaineer Caleb George Cash’s long forgotten list of mountains and what led him to take on the challenge of climbing them. 1.30-2.30pm, Stockbridge Library, 11 Hamilton Place. To book call 0131 529 5665 or email email@example.com
John Knox’s 500 Years: five hundred years after John Knox’s birth, where does his legacy stand – in religion, literature, education and politics? And did he ever live in John Knox’s House? Historian, novelist and storyteller Donald Smith takes stock of the man whom Scots have worshipped and denounced with equal gusto. 2-3pm, Netherbow Theatre, Scottish Storytelling Centre, High Street. Free but requires booking: click here for tickets. Part of Doors Open Day 2014.
Scots Music Group Fundraising Ceilidh with Heeliegoleerie: Heeliegoleerie is a ceilidh band formed around fiddle player Eilidh Steel and guitarist Mark Neal; great driving Scottish music with an experienced caller. Licensed bar (no BYOB.) 8pm-midnight (doors open 7.30pm), St Bride’s Centre, 10 Orwell Terrace. Tickets £8/£6 in advance or £10/£8 on the night: available from Scots Music Group online or in person/by phone from St Bride’s Centre (0131 555 7668.)
Peace of Cake: a bake sale in aid of the Peace & Justice Centre. Bring a plate and enjoy the company and the Centre’s library. 10am-1pm, Peace & Justice Centre, (lower level) St John’s Church, Princes Street.
GENERATION tours at Modern One: free, discussion-led tours of the exhibition, focusing on key themes and artists. 11-11.45am or 1-1.45pm, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Belford Road. Free and unticketed.
National Gallery Highlight Tours: an introduction to and tour of the National Gallery’s permanent collection, focusing on key paintings. 2-2.45pm or 3-3.45pm, National Gallery of Scotland, The Mound. Free and unticketed.
Image, Instinct and Imagination: Landscape as Sign Language. Geographer Jay Appleton and photographer Simon Warner join forces to explore Appleton’s theory of landscape appreciation, first published in his book The Experience of Landscape. Through photographs, narrative, poetry and detailed captions, this exhibition answers the question posed in the book, ‘What do we like about landscape and why do we like it?’ Simon Schama has described Appleton as one of the two thinkers largely responsible for the revival of cultural geography in Britain. 11am-5pm today then Monday to Saturday until 4th October, Matthew Architecture Gallery, Minto House, 20-22 Chambers Street. Free entry.