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Festival REVIEW: Edinburgh Science Festival - ★★★★



An extensive programme for all ages, with fun hands-on activities, thought-provoking talks, dynamic performances and more all centred around the 2024 theme of 'Shaping the Future'.

 

Festival


Where?

Various Venues, Edinburgh


When?

until 16th April


 

MIX UP REVIEWS:

Overall (only from what we've seen so far!!!)

★★★★


 

Gallery - National Museum of Scotland - until 6th May 2024

£6-£12 - under 16s free


The Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases some of the best photography talent from around the world for nearly 60 years.


On loan from the Natural History Museum in London, the exhibition displays exceptional images which capture fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species and the breath-taking diversity of the natural world.


Stewart - ★★★★★

"A stunning exhibition featuring some outstanding memorable images of wildlife. Definitely the highlight so far of the festival for me and I would say its definitely worth picking up the book from the shop as well so you can get more access to the excellent work on show. Fabulous.

Meanwhile of course the museum itself continues to provide a fantastic family day out."



 

Easter Trail

Royal Botanic Garden until 14th April - £3 per booklet


The Botanics bunny needs your help – she has lost her golden egg!

Join her on a hunt around the garden, and discover many other animals and their eggs. How many eggs can you spot in the garden? Complete the trail and collect a yummy Easter treat.


Pick up a trail booklet at the West and East Gates.



Stewart - ★★★★

"Here's a fun little trail around around the Botanic Gardens, keep an eye out for the eggs, a little quiz on the way - look out for rabbit footprints, photo opportunity at the end and best of all - a super delicious treat for your pirze! If you've not had enough already this Easter."


 

Silent Archive

Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Gardens - until 12th May 2024, free


Painful truths, surprising revelations and fresh perspectives on humanity’s complex relationships with the botanical world emerge from our exhibition Silent Archive.

International artists reveal the archives of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) in new ways, challenging us to discover hidden narratives and hear long-ignored voices that are preserved in our collections.


Significant works that tell stories of scientific discoveries, colonial histories and cultural heritage are displayed for the first time. Plant artistry, photography, music and more help convey how these archives shape our view of history, whose past they represent and how they might inspire change.


Stewart - ★★★★

"There's always an ethereal, haunting quality to the exhibitions on show at Inverleith house and this really fits well with the content of this inquisitive look into some history of the botanical world found at the gardens. It is well laid out, has a nice sparse use of music and the venue itself adds to the atmosphere of it all. Will have to go check it out properly when the wee man's at school though!!!"



 

John Hope Gateway Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens - until 6th May, free


An exhibition of stunning botanical illustrations from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh's collection of Indian art.


Connecting Histories presents botanical illustrations of familiar and less familiar plants, depicted with both scientific accuracy and spectacular artistry. The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is host to a remarkable collection of Indian botanical drawings within its archive – highlighting long and historic links to India. These unique drawings represent an often overlooked, important moment in the history of Indian art and highlight the movement of plants through Empire.


Stewart - ★★★★

"A lovely little exhibition that provides some intricately detailed pieces on plants and fruit - special shout out to that tomato! As always, the galleries provide an evocative wonderful little time capsule addition for your visit to the gardens."




 

The Mound Precinct - until 18th April - free


This fascinating photographic exhibition will transport you to orbital space to explore the increasing issue of space debris and satellite crowding.


Journey through Max Alexander’s stunning photography to explore the rising concept of space sustainability. Showcasing the importance of space to our economy, society and scientific communities, this exhibition addresses the crucial need for stewardship of this fragile environment.


This touring exhibition has already informed space policy units in Europe and the US, and now travels to Scotland – a world leader in satellite production and emerging key player in space initiatives.


It is a call to action for all of us to play our part as custodians of our precious night skies.


Presented by Max Alexander


Stewart - ★★★★★

"The Mound provides the perfect vast platform for this grand exhibition from Max Alexander. Wonderful images and thought-provoking content and a free spot of science education for everyone as well as a consideration of how we as humans treat the space around our planet. Fantastic. – P.S. I did go along to see this a second time however the pictures had been taken down, I assume due to wind conditions so hopefully back up now."





 



 

What else is on?...


It's Still a Wonderful Webb - Exhibition - Dyamic Earth - ★★★★★

Dynamic Earth's 'Eggstravaganza Trail' - ★★


The BOX - Exhibition - University of Edinburgh - ★★


 

Make sure you have booked in for the latest DRAMA CLASSES at Mix Up Theatre...







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