To give you a heads-up on all that’s happening in Edinburgh, we’re commencing a new blog series outlining the main events occurring in the city each month. June’s busy schedule has a predominant film focus, but there’s a lot more going on besides: read on for an overview of ongoing and forthcoming events along with details of how to get involved. Part 2 will follow shortly with key dates for your calendar up until the end of June.
6 – 15 (& 21) June: Edinburgh Short Film Festival
Run by filmmakers and volunteers with a shared passion, this festival showcases both international and local short film-making in a variety of venues throughout the city.
Events run from 7.30-9.30pm, with the exception of the supplementary ‘Reels on Wheels’ event at Cameo Cinema, scheduled for the 21st between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Tickets can be purchased online here, and are also available at the venue doors, which open at 7pm.
12 – 22 June: Edinburgh Festival of Cycling
Building on the success of last year’s inaugural festival, this one takes place over 10 days and includes rides, family activities, and events centred upon bike culture. All proceeds go to Edinburgh-based cycling organisations of the organisers’ choosing. An event calendar can be found here.
13 – 14 June: Queen’s Baton Relay in Edinburgh
Following its global tour, the Queen’s Baton is to make its first Scottish touch-down in Edinburgh ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. It will be carried by over 100 bearers who have been nominated for contributions to sport, community and youth projects after it arrives on Saturday the 14th.
Celebrations have been arranged to welcome the Baton to Edinburgh, including a dedicated tram journey to transport it from Murrayfield to the city centre and a 21-gun salute from Edinburgh Castle, which is scheduled for noon and will double-up to mark the Queen’s official birthday celebrations.
A range of public activities have also been organised around the event. Foremost is an ‘Edinburgh Raises the Baton’ Gala Classical Concert on Friday 13th June at the Usher Hall; tickets are available from the box office and website. A 2.2km School Run will take place between 12.45-1.45pm on Saturday the 14th, where 3000 school children will carry the Baton from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to Meadowbank Stadium. The latter will also be the venue for the Tryathon, a free event beginning at 10.30am on the same day, which will allow visitors to try 14 Commonwealth Games sports. They’ll also be able to watch the Baton lap the grounds, as well as see Commonwealth Games artefacts, including the 1970 and 1986 Batons. Additionally, a Scotmid Taste of Scotland food hall will be exhibiting the best of local produce.
A community concert in West Princes Street Gardens is to round off the celebrations in the evening (between 5.30pm and 7.30pm; doors open an hour beforehand). The concert will involve dance, music, and guest appearances from sports stars, culminating in the arrival of the Baton itself, which will be produced for BBC Scotland broadcast. The concert is free but ticketed; tickets can be ordered online here, as well as from the Usher Hall Box Office.
13 – 22 June: Film in the City
Heralding the Edinburgh International Film Festival later in the month is this series of film events across the city. This weekend will see filmgoers gather for outdoor screenings of classics and recent hits in St Andrew Square, with the venue changing next weekend to Festival Square for a series of movie-inspired events, including Q&As and animation workshops. Entry is free, and further programme details can be found here.
14 – 15 June: Tough Mudder
This event challenges entrants to complete a treacherous course steeped in mud. In this case, participants will need to cover 11-12 miles of farmland, forest, river, hills and estate laden with thick, dark soil. As if that weren’t enough, mudders will also encounter a series of obstacles engineered to challenge their teamwork skills, physical abilities and endurance.
Final Entry tickets are still available, and include a branded T-shirt and headband, as well as a congratulatory beer for after the course. An onsite after-party will also be hosted on the Saturday night. Spectator tickets are available to purchase online until midnight this Friday, but can be bought at double the online rate onsite. All event ticket types can be found on this page.
14 – 22 June: Leith Festival
Leith is located roughly within a mile of the Kirkgate, but this community festival draws upon the area’s talent base to entertain both locals and visitors. Performing artists of every ilk are drafted in for a series of events, highlights of which include the festival’s opening ceremony, the Leith Pageant, the Gala Day (also on the 14th), and the closing ceremony, the Leith Festival Tattoo. The full programme, including prices for the various events, is accessible here.