The Art of Golf Course Design: golf course designer Scott Macpherson discusses how landscapes are adapted to create the best possible golf course whilst retaining a site’s natural beauty. 12.45-1.30pm, Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Scottish National Gallery, The Mound. Free and unticketed.


Flamenco Ad Libitum Flashmob: a community project involving artists and members of the Edinburgh Flamenco Community and five participants with physical disabilities and their carers.  A six week period of improvisation, workshops and rehearsals will culminate in this flashmob live music and dance performance. 1pm onwards, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street. Part of Hispanic Festival 2014.

Lunchtime Concert: Pistons and Pipes. Pistons and Pipes are Tom Poulson (trumpet) and Calum Robertson (organ.) They will perform Christopher Gough Preamble (first performance), Handel Suite in D, Jean-Michel Damase Trois Prieres Sans Parole, William Mathias Processional, Lubos Fiser Dialog, Oskar Lindberg Andante and Naji Hakim Sonata. 1.10pm, McEwan Hall, Bristo Square, University of Edinburgh. Free admission.

The School of Art Friday Lecture Series: Bob and Roberta Smith (see Tuesday 7th October). Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place.  Free and open to all: contact ECA for times.

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Be Arty Be Healthy photographic exhibition: created by Outlook Adult Education project students and local residents in the Craigmillar area. 10am-5pm today, then 10am-8pm Monday-Wednesday and 10am-5pm Thursday-Saturday until 17th October 2014. East Neighbourhood Centre and Craigmillar Library, 101 Niddrie Mains Road. Free. More information from

Am Mod Naiseanta Rioghail 2014: The Royal National Mod 2014.  Want to get out of Edinburgh this weekend? The Mod is Scotland’s premier festival celebrating its Gaelic linguistic and cultural heritage, showcasing emerging and professional artists and musical talent and offering opportunities for people of all ages to perform across a range of competitive disciplines in music, song, highland dancing, drama, sport and literature. Today until 18th October 2014, Inverness: see website for full details.

My Electric Love Affair: an acoustic set upstairs in the cafe from this 4-piece Edinburgh band, who have been playing together for 13 years. 7.30pm, Forest Cafe, 141 Lauriston Place.


Guatemala Past and Present: Screening and Director Q & A.  A gripping film depicting Guatemala’s long-running civil war and recent activities to move on. Followed by a discussion led by those close to the situation in connection with human rights today, looking at how we can respond to the needs of the country. 7.15-10pm, Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge. Presented by Amnesty International. All welcome. Part of Edinburgh World Justice Festival 2014.