What to do this weekend: 9-11 August
Edinburgh Art Festival
The Art Fest is one of my favourite festivals in town during the month of August - there is so much on offer from exhibitions to talks and various other events, and plenty of them is free to visit. Some of this year’s highlights include:
Platform 2019 - an exhibition at the cutest venue, the old fire station which is now used by the Edinburgh College of Art.
Nathan Coley - another fab venue for an installation, you get to visit the Parliament Hall.
Sriwhana Spong - St Bernard’s Well is rarely open to the public, but thanks to the Art Fest you can visit between Thursdays and Sundays until the end of August.
Night Walk for Edinburgh - explore Edinburgh at night, presented by Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller via a digital tablet and headphones which you can collect from everyone’s favourite Milkman at Cockburn Street.
9TH AUGUST, FRIDAY
Pyrus Talk at Custom Lane
To celebrate the opening of their large scale installation Sixth, on the facade of historic Custom House in Leith, Pyrus will be holding an artist's talk in the gallery of Custom House this Friday. Book your tickets for the talk via Eventbrite and read more about the installation here. Whilst there, why not check out The Lane pop-up serving some excellent street food and cocktails from the Beetle Juice Cocktail bar.
10TH AUGUST, SATURDAY
This Saturday is the final day of the South Queensferry’s Ferry Fair Week. If you’re around on Friday too, you can witness the tradition that dates back to the 12th century: The Burryman. It involves a locally born man who puts on a suit made of burrs, decorated with colourful flowers and ferns, and roams the streets of the town.
11TH AUGUST, SUNDAY
The Secret Room
The Magic Fest at the Fringe returns to Lauriston Castle with their popular event titled The Secret Room. Book your tickets here. Lauriston Castle itself is a hidden gem at the outskirts of Edinburgh and very much worth the visit - regardless whether you’re into magic or not. The Castle grounds hide a beautiful Japanese garden and you can enjoy excellent views of Cramond island and the Forth.
Have a nice weekend!