From dazzling theatre and breath-taking art to world class exhibitions and mouthwatering food there is always lots to do in Edinburgh. Here’s our 12 good reasons to visit this February.
Edinburgh Student Arts Festival
The Edinburgh Student Arts Festival includes exhibitions in venues the length and breadth of the city. Their partner galleries continue to bring you the very best in visual art, from major figures in the history of art to the leading international practitioners of our day. The festival also celebrates artists at all stages of their careers
9 Feb - 3 March | Citywide | Website
Edinburgh's Georgian Shadows
One of the centrepieces of Edinburgh's UNESCO World Heritage area and a stunning contrast to the Old Town, the city's New Town turns 250 years old in 2017. To celebrate this milestone in Edinburgh's history, a unique lighting event will see buildings around George Street be bathed in light from 5:30pm until 8:30pm every evening between 23 February and 26 March, drawing attention to their beautiful architecture and distinct features.
Take a walk down George Street and learn more about Edinburgh's rich and unique history while seeing some of its most beautiful and significant buildings in stunning detail as you've never seen them before.
23 Feb - 26 March | George Street | Website
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s hit musical comes to Edinburgh’s Playhouse this February 2017. The story was also made famous by the Oscar winning film starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, where it follows the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón. Set in Buenos Aires between 1934-1952, the story follows Evita's early life, rise to power, charity work, and eventual death.
7 -11 Feb | Edinburgh Playhouse | Website
Drive-In Movies Valentine’s
Grab your wingman or round up your squad and enjoy a bit of movie romance, gourmet street food, car-aoke and the world’s biggest mobile LED screen. Scotland’s biggest and best drive-in movie experience is back with their most exciting event yet: itison Drive-In Movies Valentine’s!
Forget cheesy Valentine's dates and do something incredible instead: see Top Gun against the amazing live-action backdrop of the runway at Edinburgh Airport, and cosy up to Ryan, Richard and the gang with romantic favourites The Notebook and Pretty Woman.
Along with all the action on the big screen, and planes taking off on the runway behind, film fans can feast on gourmet street food including delicious wood fired pizzas, nachos, hot dogs, popcorn, ice cream and sing along to itison’s now legendary caraoke.
10 -11 Feb | Ingliston | Website
Titanic: The Musical
The great Titanic is packed from bow-to-stern with people full of dreams. We all know the fate of the ship and what happens next is no surprise, but you might not know the amazing stories of how people dealt with their tragic fate.
So book yourself a ticket to see the musical and board the ship and lose yourselves in the world of that legendary liner.
Titanic The Musical is a story and book by Peter Stone, with Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston. It won 5 Tony Awards on Broadway in 1997. With a powerful and dramatic score and a large cast Titanic The Musical makes it the must-see show.
21 -25 Feb | King’s Theatre | Website
Canongate Stars and Stories
Explore the literary heritage of the Canongate with this beautiful illuminated trail around Edinburgh's Old Town. Wander from The Tron to Holyrood Palace and find 20 lightbox quotations along the way - shining a light on the print and publishing history of the Canongate area. It takes around 45 minutes to walk the trail and explore all 20 locations. You can find out more and download the map on the Edinburgh City of Literature website.
1 -28 Feb | Canogate | Website
Moscow City Ballet - The Sleeping Beauty
Moscow City Ballet is currently at its outstanding artistic best – winning new invitations to perform internationally. The orchestra, choreography, interpretation, beauty and outstanding virtuoso performances win repeatedly rave reviews. The Sleeping Beauty, the evergreen tale of the love of a handsome prince and beautiful princess, is the glamorous jewel in its repertoire. Tchaikovsky ‘big story ballets’ are the essence of Russian culture - composed, choreographed and premiered in Russia. Seeing performances by the Moscow City dancers never fails to add that magical ingredient of Russian soul.
24-25 February | Edinburgh Playhouse |
Back for 2017. Explore the world through the international cuisine, crafted by Scottish street food vendors at Edinburgh’s only regular street food event. Located on Pitt Street, between Leith and Newhaven, the pitt have adopted a Shoreditch-style industrial venue and transformed it into a miniature festival-like event that combines extraordinary food with great value, flawless aesthetic and live music. There are enough bearded men with small dogs present that if you unknowingly stumbled upon the pitt you’d think it was a hipster’s birthday party
18 Feb | Pitt Street |
Joan Eardley | A Sense of Place
Joan Eardley’s career lasted barely fifteen years: she died in 1963, aged just forty-two. During that time she concentrated on two very different themes: the extraordinarily candid paintings of children in the Townhead area of Glasgow; and paintings of the fishing village of Catterline, just south of Aberdeen, with its leaden skies and wild sea. These two contrasting strands are the focus of this exhibition, which looks in detail at her working process. It draws on a remarkable archive of sketches and photographs which remains largely unknown and unpublished.
’til 21 May | Modern Two (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art) | Website
Bridget Riley | Paintings, 1963-2015
This focused display brings together a group of major paintings by Bridget Riley (b.1931) spanning over fifty years of the artist’s career to explore the dialogue between monochrome and colour in Riley's practice. Throughout her career, Riley has created paintings that not only engage the eye, but which elicit physical sensations of flux, rhythm and energy. From the early to mid-1960s Riley worked exclusively in black and white, gaining critical attention internationally for her ‘Op Art’ paintings. In around 1967, Riley shifted her palette to grey and then to colour. For the succeeding decades, Riley has employed a rich array of pigments as she has continued her investigations into perception and sensation through several series of influential bodies of work.
’til 16 April | Gallery of Modern Art | Website
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, daredevil stuntmen and of course the award-winning clown, Tweedy.
The show also features the world’s most dangerous circus act – the legendary motorcycle ‘Globe of Death’. Don’t miss it!
7 -12 February | Festival Theatre | Website
Do not miss Bruce Guthrie’s brand-new production of the legendary, multi-award-winning rock musical RENT as it celebrates its incredible 20th anniversary. This exhilarating, landmark musical tells the thrilling story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive in New York City’s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian excess. Inspired by Puccini’s classic opera La bohème, RENT features unforgettable music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson including the much-loved songs Seasons of Love, Take Me or Leave Me and La Vie Bohème. Winner of four Tony® Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and the hugely prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it ran on Broadway for an astonishing 12 years.
14 -18 Feb | Festival Theatre | Website