The Cancer Research UK Ceilidh Experiment! Dancing (with caller), fairground games, films, theatre, poetry and the chance to try some hands-on science. Brew up a hoolie with Edinburgh-based Cancer Research scientists and find out more about their advances against cancer whilst ceilidh-ing the night away in an event packed full of your favourite dances. Three bars, a crepe stall, sweeties, hook-a-duck; try dancing the ‘DNA Replication‘ with glowstick armbands! 7pm, Summerhall, 1 Summerhall. Tickets £7 in advance via eventbrite £10 on the night. In aid of Cancer Research UK.
Sounds Like Friday: FREE music classes for children in P5-7. Singing, guitar, chanter and pipe drums. From 1.20pm, Friday afternoons at Craigroyston High School, 67 Pennywell Road; come along today at 1pm to sign up for the new term. For more information contact Frances Rive on 0131 469 3155 or email email@example.com.
Tales of a Grandfather: Donald Smith, Director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, introduces Sir Walter Scott’s Tales of a Grandfather. Scott wrote this history of Scotland for his six year old grandson; he believed children disliked being ‘talked down to’ and preferred a challenge to their understanding and curiosity. This event is for adults. 2.30-3.30pm, Central Library, George IV Bridge. Free but booking required via eventbrite.
Family Fun Day: crafts, cake decorating and much more! Find out what’s going on in Kirkliston for families. 2-4pm, Kirkliston Library, 16 Station Road. No booking required.
A Life Shared: an exhibition spanning the life of James PW Syme (1928-2011), who was educated at Broughton and Edinburgh College of Art, and who exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy for more than 30 years. 11am-6pm, Dundas Street Gallery, 6 Dundas Street. Ends 2nd November 2014.
Carnival Masks: craft session for under-12s. 2-3pm, South Queensferry Library, 9 Shore Road. Call 0131 529 5576 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
Balancing Robots: for under-12s. 2.30-3.30pm, Corstorphine Library, 12 Kirk Loan. To book your place call 0131 529 5506 or email email@example.com.
Monster Costumes: prepare for Halloween at this fun craft session. 2.30-3.30pm, Newington Library, Fountainhall Road.
Crafty Friday: fun arts and crafts event for ages 4+. 2pm, Blackhall Library, 56 Hillhouse Road. Free, no booking required.
Lean On Me: North Edinburgh Timebank Singers. If you can breath, you can sing! North Edinburgh Timebank Singers showcase the transforming power of communal singing in their performance of various rock, folk, pop and world music songs. 7-8pm, North Edinburgh Arts, 15a Pennywell Court. Free but booking required: contact Julie Smith on 0131 315 2151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Part of Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival 2014.
Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair continues with book launches, discussions, a film and school’s workshop. See The Edinburgh Reporter’s article for more details; for full programme visit Word Power Books‘ or Out of the Blue’s websites. All sessions at Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 35 Dalmeny Street. All events free: donations very welcome.
Christian Aid Sale of Pictures and Scottish Books. 10am-3pm today and Saturday, Sanctuary, St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, 13 George Street.
Friday Lecture Series: an inspiring series of talks by some of today’s most influential artists and thinkers. This week: Carol Mavor and Megan Powell ‘Mouthing Gold, Spitting Gold Mush’ or ‘Eating Sadistically’. 11.30am-1pm, Main Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place. Contact ECA or see Stills website for more information. Free and open to all: no booking required.
Eco Kidz: an exciting creative project for 8-12 year olds. Make a range of original mini artworks using recycled materials, with the chance to retail your products. 1.45-3.15pm today and every Friday, North Edinburgh Arts, 15a Pennywell Court. More information on 0131 315 2151. Free.
Easel Sketching in the Gallery: session led by artist Damian Callan. A different subject each month, sometimes with a model. All materials supplied. 2-4pm, Main Gallery, National Gallery of Scotland, The Mound. Free; no booking required.
Triptych by Bernardo Daddi: art historian Ailsa Turner discusses this exquisite painting, an excellent example of a portable tabernacle produced as a devotional aid for a private patron in fourteenth century Florence. 12.45-1.30pm, Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, National Gallery of Scotland, The Mound. Free and unticketed.
Free Cooking with Canny Families: Edinburgh Community Food and Changeworks offer free six week affordable cooking courses for all families with a child under 16 – improve your cooking skills with quick and easy recipes to take away each week, learn about nutrition and healthy eating, and reduce your food waste. 9.30-11.30am, Valley Park Community Centre,37 Southhouse Road. For more information and to register contact Stephanie at Edinburgh Community Food on 0131 467 7326 or email email@example.com.
U3A Greetings Cards Exhibition: an exhibition of handmade greetings cards by the Edinburgh U3A Craft Group following a workshop with residents of the Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association. 2-4pm, Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association, 17 Lauriston Park, Tollcross. Part of Luminate: Scotland’s Creative Ageing Festival.
Bow-Tow: A Newhaven Story. ‘A celebration of a vibrant community and its place in the 21st century.’ Songs, choirs, stories and spectacle inspired by the Newhaven people. 7-9pm at the harbour and throughout the village. For more information see event Facebook page. Free. Also at same times on Saturday 25th October 2014.