March 2016 in Edinburgh

From the biggest science festival and this years fashion to world class art and exhibitions there is so much to do in Edinburgh this month. Here’s our eyes, ears and mouth guide of 12 good reasons to visit Edinburgh this March.

Edinburgh Fashion Week 2016

Experience the excitement drama of the catwalk, get top styling tips from industry professionals and find inspiration for your spring wardrobe in their pop-up boutiques during this year’s Launch Weekend on The Mound. Tutorials run by top stylists will help you make the most of 2016’s upcoming trends with personalised advice and tips. This year, Edinburgh Fashion Week will also debut its first children’s fashion show, with tips for the youngest fashionistas.

5 -13 March | Across the City | Website

Gastrofest

Showcasing the importance of science in the most delicious way possible, GastroFest returns in 2016 with a packed menu featuring producers, artisans, scientists and chefs. From the tempting and tantalising to downright delicious this smorgasbord of insightful discussions, thought-provoking presentations and out-of-this-world foodie experiences offers options to suit all tastes.

26 March - 10 April | Across the City | Website

The Puppet Animation Festival

The Puppet Animation Festival offers children and their families the opportunity to be transported to magical worlds of make-believe with a wide range of puppetry and animation on offer over the Easter holidays

19 March - 19 April | Across the City | Website

Wee Dub Festival

Scotland's only festival dedicated to dub and reggae music in all its forms. Taking place across various venues in Edinburgh's Old Town on one weekend, it offers a diverse and enjoyable weekend of gigs, clubs, workshops, food and more. The line-up for 2016 includes Aba Shanti-I, Dubkasm, Mungo's Hi-Fi…

4 - 6 March | Various Venues | Website

St Patrick’s Day: Festival of Ireland 

A little bit of Ireland descends upon Edinburgh in the run-up to St Patrick's Day. Edinburgh's Festival of Ireland is a multi-arts, family-friendly celebration of the Emerald Isle, with storytelling, music, dance, talks, comedy and food & drink events. This year features Tannahill Weavers, Cathal McConnell with his guests, Siamsoir Irish dancers and a musicians’ session.

9 -13 March  | Various Locations  | Website

Edinburgh International Science Festival 

Building Better Worlds is the theme behind the 2016 Festival. Life on Mars imagined in Lego, why chocolate may become extinct, the ethics of artificial intelligence and an exhibition of tiny homes are just some of the highlights for visitors this year. 

Edinburgh International Science Festival delivers one of Europe's largest Science Festivals, giving audiences amazing experiences through a programme of innovative and inspiring discussions, workshops, performances, screenings, special events and exhibitions. From 26 March – 10 April venture forth to explore how science, technology, engineering and design have the potential to improve the world we live in and the way we live within it.  

26 March - 10 April | City Wide | Website

Epic Chalk Day 

Free art afternoon hosted by street artist Paul Togneri, with participants of all ages encouraged to join in and decorate the pavements of Inverleith Park with chalk drawings. All materials provided on-site - just show up and enjoy. There'll be live music too, from singer-songwriters Wesley Bradd, Clare Brierley and Alicia Ukelele.

20 March | Inverleith Park | Website

Cirque Berserk!

Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk! brings this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular – created especially for the theatre. Blending contemporary cirque skills with thrilling stunt action, this astoundingly talented international troupe includes over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers, death-defying stunt men and of course the award-winning clown, Tweedy.

10 -13 March | Festival Theatre | Website

British Art Show 8

British Art Show 8 explores artists’ engagement with the material world at a time of increasing convergence between the real and virtual spheres. Through works by 42 artists whose practices merge research, studio-based and other production processes, the exhibition investigates new thinking around materiality and reflects on the meaning and manifestations of objects in the seemingly dematerialised reality that marks our times. Echoing recent philosophical developments, objects are considered here as active agents, generative entities, mutating forms and networked realities, rather than being simply defined by their properties or their effects.

until 8 May  | City Wide | Website

The Yarn Festival 

A celebration of all things related to yarn, wool, knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving and felting - so  whether you have never knitted/crochet/spun/woven/felted before, or you are an established yarn-junkie already, be prepared for an explosion of colours and texture.

18 - 19 March | The Corn Exchange | Website

Keyframes 

Created by French artists collective Groupe LAPS, Keyframes uses LED lights tubes to create multiple static stick figures that, when paired with a soundtrack, flash on and off in a choreographed display to imitate movement giving the opportunity to experience the architecture and environment of St Andrew Square in a different light. The 80 light sculptures that will take over St Andrew Square Garden will illuminate in sequence to an original musical composition.

until 29 March | St Andrew’s Square | Website

The UNTITLED | Bad Entertainment

Children art the future: young Scots create The UNTITLED: Bad Entertainment Exhibition at Scottish National Portrait Gallery marks culmination of year-long project For one year, four groups of young people in Scotland who have little or no formal training in visual art have been embarking on a series of workshops and exhibitions, designed to unleash their inner creativity.

until 8 May | Scottish National Portrait Gallery | Website