Eve
Aug
3
Aug 27

Eve

  • Traverse Theatre

World Premiere
National Theatre of Scotland

Eve tells the story of a child raised as a boy, when she knew all along that was wrong. That child grew up to be one of the 10 Outstanding Women in Scotland in 2017.

What does that do to our understanding of what it is to be human in times of revolutionary change?

With trans rights again under threat, legendary playwright, performer, father and grandmother Jo Clifford tells a story both gentle and passionate, intimate and political, to remind us that the journey towards our real selves is one we all need to make. Wherever it leads us…

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Hinds
Aug
16
8:00 pm20:00

Hinds

  • Summerhall

Since bursting onto the Madrid DIY scene, Hinds – Ana Perrote, Carlotta Cosials, Ade Martin and Amber Grimbergen – have mastered a raw and playful sound all their own. With just a handful of released singles under their belt, Hinds already earned early support from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, NME, Guardian, Beats 1, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The FADER, Gorilla vs. Bear, and many many more. Now with their eagerly awaited debut album released, Hinds have embarked on a world tour selling out all the venues and have firmly established themselves as one of the most exciting emerging acts around, and show no sign of slowing down.

Jenny Hval
Aug
20
8:00 pm20:00

Jenny Hval

  • Summerhall

Norwegian artist and writer Jenny Hval has developed her distinct take on intimate sound since the release of her debut album in 2006. For her last two solo albums, 2013’s Innocence Is Kinky and 2015’s Apocalypse, girl, Hval’s debut for Sacred Bones, she has received thoughtful and widespread international acclaim for her fascinating voice, singular delivery and markedly non-traditional arrangements which incorporate elements of poetry, prose writing, performance art, and film. The New York Times defines her writing as “taking a scalpel to the subjects of gender politics and sexuality.” Hval has eloquently brought to light issues of both male and female gaze, which for years had been swept under the rug and/or denied altogether.


Camera Person
Jul
17
7:30 pm19:30

Camera Person

  • Grassmarket Community Project

Exposing her role behind the camera, Kirsten Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world.

Director: Kirsten Johnson

Language:  English

Genre:  Documentary

Outside the Asylum: A Memoir of War, Disaster and Humanitarian Psychiatry with Lynne Jones
Jun
29
7:30 pm19:30

Outside the Asylum: A Memoir of War, Disaster and Humanitarian Psychiatry with Lynne Jones

  • Lighthouse

Drawing from her own experiences, Jones provides an account of mental-health related issues in parts of the world devastated by natural disasters and war, such as post-earthquake Haiti and war-torn Iraq. Her latest work considers questions such as; what is it like to see your family killed in front of you when you are twelve years old? And, what can mental health professionals do to help in such challenging circumstances?

In addressing two increasingly prominent issues, namely humanitarian disasters and mental health, Jones reveals the courage and resilience of people who have to survive and endure some of the most frightening situations in the world.

Jones has an MA in human sciences from the University of Oxford. She qualified in medicine before specialising in psychiatry and has a PhD in social psychology and political science. As well as continuing relief work, she is currently working as a child psychologist in Cornwall, is an honorary consultant at the South London and Maudsley NHS trust in London and is a visiting scientist at the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University.

Every Woman Super Woman 2
Jun
15
Jun 17

Every Woman Super Woman 2

  • The Out of the Blue Drill Hall

Every Woman Super Woman 2 (part 2) is an exhibition of prints at Out of the Blue Drill Hall created by young women from Young Saheliya to mark the launch of the second edition of the Every Woman Super Woman zine for LeithLate17. 

The zine, designed by artist Rumana Sayed and produced in workshops with Young Saheliya and Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre, examines the experiences of street harassment as experienced by young women of colour and/or young Muslim women.

Every Woman Super Woman (EWSW) was developed in partnership between Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre, Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre, Stills Centre for Photography and Out of the Blueprint. The EWSW project was inspired by Ciara Phillips Every Woman, co-commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and 14-18 NOW Centenary Commissions for the 2016 Edinburgh Art Festival. 

The publication of the second zine marks the 25th anniversairy of Saheliya; a specialist mental health and well-being support organisation for black, minority ethnic, asylum seeker, refugee and migrant women and girls in the Edinburgh and Glasgow area. Visit saheliya.co.uk to find out more and support the charity.

Working together to end FGM in Scotland
Jun
15
9:30 am09:30

Working together to end FGM in Scotland

  • City of Edinburgh Methodist Church

This event is intended to raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Scotland and hear from community campaigners and local service providers about what progress has been made in tackling FGM, and what needs to happen to positively move forward. The day will be about sharing the work of Scottish and UK based African FGM community organisations.

Integrate UK from Bristol, will have prominent young activists speaking on the day. Hibo Wardere, an FGM activist and the Author of 'Cut: One Woman's Fight Against FGM in Britain Today' will add a personal and global dimension to it.

Most importantly, Queen Margaret University Lecturer and Researcher, Oonagh O'Brien and Waverley Care FGM Network Coordinator, Fatou Baldeh, will be presenting their work on the recent peer research project ‘My Voice 2’. The project was centred around communities affected by FGM and helping to promote the end of this harmful and illegal practice in Scotland.

This free event is, for community members, campaigners, health service providers, social work, policy makers, law enforcers, trainers and practitioners.

The spirit of the day is ‘to share knowledge and good practice also, to strengthen collaboration’.

This event is supported by the Scottish Government's Violence Against Women and Girls Fund and Edinburgh Child Protection Committee.

The Phoenix Choir Leith
Jun
13
7:30 pm19:30

The Phoenix Choir Leith

  • Thomas Morton Hall

The Phoenix Choir Leith are an up-beat and energetic community choir based in the heart of Leith!

They're very excited to bring you an evening of music as part of the Leith Festival to support the Leith Theatre Trust.

They've got a whole range of music from George Michael to Frankie Valley, Primal Scream, Adele, Marvin Gaye and more!

History History History
Jun
13
6:30 pm18:30

History History History

  • The Fruitmarket Gallery

History History History: A documentary narrated live by Deborah Pearson

This is a 90-minute solo piece that is part screening, part experimental performance and part live documentary. Deborah Pearson performs alongside a Hungarian film made in 1956 that stars her own grandfather. The film, a football comedy, was produced in Communist Hungary, a political regime from which Pearson’s grandfather soon fled. Unfolding from the film, the performance investigates how personal narratives fit within the grand political narratives of history, and what it means as a second generation immigrant to be cut off from one’s history.

Deborah Pearson is an artist, writer and performer and co-director of the Forest Fringe. This forms part of Open Out – a week of performance, film and music at The Fruitmarket Gallery.

All Women Poetry Slam
Jun
9
6:30 pm18:30

All Women Poetry Slam

  • Out of the Blue Cafe

Hosted by award-winning writer and spoken word poet Carly Brown, this slam promises to be an incredible night of spoken word so book early to avoid disappointment. If you’d like to compete in the slam, call us on 0141 550 2267 for more information or e-mail your name and contact details to rebecca.jones@womenslibrary.org.uk. Performers names will be randomly selected one week before the slam date and the deadline for registering to perform in the slam is midnight, Thursday 1st June, so get in touch soon!

If you’d love to compete in the slam but would like to build your confidence and brush up your skills, come to one of Carly’s poetry performance workshops at GWL or in Edinburgh. In partnership with Edinburgh City Libraries, the Bonnie Fechters and the Harpies Fechters and Quines festival. 

Attendance at this event is open to all (16+) and performers are women only. Please book here (you will be taken through the shopping cart but no charge will be made) or you can call us on 0141 550 2267. If you have booked a place and are no longer able to attend please let us know so that we can make your place available to someone else.

Wildfire Theatre Free Writing Workshops
Jun
5
6:00 pm18:00

Wildfire Theatre Free Writing Workshops

  • Leith Community Education Centre

We are on the hunt for new women writers who have an interest in writing for the stage. We regularly hold sessions all over Edinburgh. This session will include:

  • Readings of participants’ work by professional actors.
  • Writing advice from professional writers
  • Information on drama training and opportunities in tv, radio and theatre.
  • Providing a link between local communities and Edinburgh theatres such as The Traverse and The Royal Lyceum which we hope will create new theatre audiences and participation

Please bring ideas, stories, bits of writing or simply come along if you're interested but don't know where to start.

NT Live: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
May
18
7:00 pm19:00

NT Live: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

  • Cameo Cinema

Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, five-star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, broadcast live to cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London. 

In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.

Writing Ensemble: An Experiment in Theatre
May
14
1:10 pm13:10

Writing Ensemble: An Experiment in Theatre

  • Filmhouse Cinema

The very recent history of the former GDR (East Germany) has much to tell us about how to understand the world we live in today, if we look closely enough. In this closed, authoritarian society, theatre played a significant role. It was more popular than any other form of entertainment, and filtering the potentially explosive ideas it contained through a network of Stasi spies and official state control was as complicated and strategic as any game of chess. This documentary follows Scottish playwright Peter Arnott as he tackles the subject of East German theatre censorship for a commissioned play.

Introduced by Susan Kemp, director. Q&A with Professor Laura Bradley of the University of Edinburgh and Peter Arnott, playwright.

Lost in Translation
Apr
21
7:30 pm19:30

Lost in Translation

  • Summerhall

Deeply rooted in family history, a young woman will grow out of her linguistic heritage to find her path with the English language from sunny Languedoc to bonnie Scotland. Performed in four different languages (Occitan, French, English, Gaelic) and inspired by British literature and pop culture, “Lost in Translation…” is a coming of age tale where fantasies meet reality in a hybrid bilingual form.

Interactive, thought-provoking and educational, the show questions the idea of home, identity and language learning in a playful manner. Embark on a journey pushing linguistic, cultural and geographical boundaries at the tip of the tongue…

Faslane
Apr
10
Apr 11

Faslane

  • Summerhall

Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, or Faslane, situated 40 miles outside Glasgow, is home to the UK’s nuclear missile program: Trident. With her family having worked in Faslane all her life, and with friends protesting at the gates, Fringe First winner Jenna Watt explores what happens when the personal and political collide. Drawing upon interviews with individuals at the front line of the nuclear debate, Jenna navigates her own journey through the politics, protests and peace camps in this multi award-winning show, direct from a hugely successful run at Summerhall during the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Macbeth
Mar
15
Mar 18

Macbeth

  • Deaf Connections Theatre

What happens when the longest battle finally ends? Is existence enough? What happens when you want more? When you’ve gone too far and you can’t go back? When your world begins to crumble around you?

A re-telling of a tale of ambition, loyalty, fear, violence and fate. And the men are nowhere to be found.

Blood will still have blood.

Thanks for THAT is a theatre collective which represents the performative emancipation of those who feel they have been screwed over, and expected to just roll over, for too damn long.

NT LIVE: Hedda Gabler
Mar
6
10:00 am10:00

NT LIVE: Hedda Gabler

  • Cameo Cinema

“I’ve no talent for life.” 

Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free... 

Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel. 

Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View From The Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece. 

Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes On A Scandal, Closer).

SHAN Weekender
Mar
3
Mar 5

SHAN Weekender

  • Whitespace Gallery

"Scotland's top cultural festschrift of 2017" - Jonathan Jones
"Jonathan Jones is full of shit" - Lenin
"What?" - The Scottish Arts Council

A multi-format art exhibition featuring work by Aylson Stewart, Kieran Curran, Dylan Read, Chris Kohler, Timothea Armour, Luther Blissett III, Declan Kelly and the real Luther Blissett. 

FRIDAY – Opening from 7pm, with performances by situationist field recordists My Pet Lad (7:45pm) and local shoegaze populists Standing at the Station (8:30pm)

SATURDAY – Gallery open from noon, with a screening of the 6-hour epic La Commune (12:30pm), followed by performances by the west of Ireland's finest experimental bozo dyad Supermarket Man (7:30pm) and Scandinavian noise/drone duo Star Turbine (8:15pm)

SUNDAY – Gallery open from noon until 7pm, with a combined performance by Leith migrants Gölden Püssy & pols (3pm)

FREE (but donations welcome!)

A MONSTROUS REGIMENT? POWERFUL WOMEN AND THE CHALLENGES OF RULING
Feb
23
6:30 pm18:30

A MONSTROUS REGIMENT? POWERFUL WOMEN AND THE CHALLENGES OF RULING

  • Edinburgh Storytelling Centre

How are powerful women judged by history? Join Catherine Hokin as she discusses her debut novel Blood and Roses, a feminist re-telling of the shadowy French Queen Margaret of Anjou, alongside women leaders from Empress Maud and Elizabeth I, to contemporary figureheads such as Hillary Clinton and Nicola Sturgeon. Details here.

Book Launch: Witness by Kitty Nolan
Feb
23
5:00 pm17:00

Book Launch: Witness by Kitty Nolan

  • Martin Hall

The Event: Book launch and discussion panel on Intimate Partner Violence.

The Book: Based on interviews with Sarah, the subject of this book, together with family, friends and professionals, Kitty Nolan brings you Witness, an account of a family caught up in the behaviour of Jamie, a violent controlling man, and the effects of Jamie’s behaviour on Sarah, his wife, David and Erin, their children, and their wider families and friends.

Liz Lochhead on Joan Eardley
Feb
20
6:00 pm18:00

Liz Lochhead on Joan Eardley

  • Scottish National Gallery

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Scottish National Gallery

Liz Lochhead, Scottish poet, playwright, translator and broadcaster explores Joan Eardley and her influence on Women Painters in Scotland from 1960 till today -- a personal view. Between 2011 and 2016 Lochhead was the Makar, or National Poet of Scotland. Details here.

Unearthing: One-Woman Play by Rachel-Jane Morrison
Feb
18
7:00 pm19:00

Unearthing: One-Woman Play by Rachel-Jane Morrison

  • The Vault

Unearthing is a performance exploring stories from the women who survived the Coal Mining industry in the Kingdom of Fife.

In this solo female performance, Rachel-Jane Morrison will pay tribute to the miners and their families through stories and songs gathered from some of the strongest women she has met. Tickets here.

Heartbeats
Feb
18
2:50 pm14:50

Heartbeats

  • Filmhouse Cinema

The second film by the prolific and precocious actor/writer/director Xavier Dolan, Heartbeats is a fast-talking love triangle set in French-speaking Quebec. Dolan plays Francis, whose close friendship with Maria (Monia Chokri) is severely tested when they both fall for the same man - gorgeous new kid on the block Nicolas (Niels Schneider).

A treatise on the strange magic of attraction, Heartbeats references the stylish nouvelle vague of Godard and Truffaut in both atmosphere and expressive cinematography, bringing to mind a millennial update of Jules et Jim.

OPEN MEETING / SISTERS UNCUT Edinburgh
Feb
10
7:00 pm19:00

OPEN MEETING / SISTERS UNCUT Edinburgh

  • Tollcross Community Centre

We're having our first open meeting on the 10th February - please come along if you have any ideas or just want to find out what we're all about!

We are open to all women (trans, intersex and cis), and all nonbinary, agender and gender variant people. Self-definition is at the sole discretion of that individual.

The meeting space is fully wheelchair accessible. Children are more than welcome at our meetings but we are currently unable to provide official care. If you need any other support or have any questions please get in touch at sistersuncutedinburgh@gmail.com.

The Monthlies Sanitary Products Drive
Feb
5
9:00 am09:00

The Monthlies Sanitary Products Drive

  • The Grassmarket Community Project

The Monthlies is a Project Naked initiative to collect sanitary products for homeless and low-income people in and around the Edinburgh area. Every month (or as often as we can!) we’ll set up a table at a community space in Edinburgh and collect donations. Every person who needs sanitary products should have access to them. Periods can be rough and sanitary products are costly. We want to collect and donate as much as possible, so no one needs to worry about that time of the month. 

Contact: projectnaked@gmail.com.

Auld Reekie Roller Girls vs Newcastle Roller Girls
Jan
28
2:20 pm14:20

Auld Reekie Roller Girls vs Newcastle Roller Girls

  • Meadowbank Sports Centre

On Saturday 28th January, Edinburgh’s Auld Reekie Roller Girls will kick their 2017 season off in capital style with a fierce battle against Newcastle Roller Girls at Meadowbank Stadium.

The first fixture of the year for Auld Reekie will see their All Star Rookies take on Newcastle’s North Cs and with both teams being relatively evenly ranked, it promises to be an explosive start to a big year of roller derby for Scotland’s top ranked league. Buy tickets here.

Brexit Conference
Jan
28
10:00 am10:00

Brexit Conference

  • Glasgow Hilton Grosvenor

The SWC is holding an event which will bring women together from throughout Scotland to discuss the implications for individuals and communities of Britain leaving the EU. This is a free event and lunch will be provided.Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s place in Europe, Michael Russell MSP, will address the conference.

Attendees will be given the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers and talk with other women about their views, opinions and concerns over this historic issue.

New Technologies & Violence Against Women
Jan
23
10:00 am10:00

New Technologies & Violence Against Women

  • SWA Office

In this discursive training session participants will explore new technologies, violence against women and girls, and policy and practice responses. We will look at how technology has impacted on women and girls experiencing violence, the range of platforms available to perpetrate abuse, and the current legal and practice environment in which we can support women and girls and hold perpetrators to account.

By the end of the session delegates will have:
• Greater understanding of how new technologies can be used as tools of abuse
• Greater confidence in responding to disclosures and perpetrators
• Understanding of current legal and policy frameworks
• Practical ideas of how to encourage online and offline cultures that support women and girls and prevent violence

A Journey Through Scotland's Past: Age of Stone
Jan
19
6:00 pm18:00

A Journey Through Scotland's Past: Age of Stone

  • Longmore House

These will provide an introduction to Scotland’s archaeological and historical landscape, from the Stone Age in January through to the modern era in December. These lectures will showcase the knowledge and expertise of our people, many of whom are renowned experts in their field.

Dr Ann MacSween, Head of Casework in Strategic Heritage Management and Dr Kirsty Millican, Designations Officer, experts in the archaeology of the Neolithic, present Scotland’s Age of Stone.

Living in Neolithic Scotland: Archaeological traces of Scotland’s First Farmers in the North and South.

Ann and Kirsty will give an introduction to Scotland’s Neolithic landscape by exploring the different types of monuments which can still be found in northern and southern Scotland, how to recognise them, and how archaeological evidence is used to build a picture of the life of the early farming communities. They will also talk about the work done by Historic Environment Scotland to protect these monuments, and how to get involved in looking after Scotland’s Neolithic archaeology.

Songwriting: Roddy Woomble & Kathryn Williams, Guest: Rachel Sermanni
Jan
17
3:30 pm15:30

Songwriting: Roddy Woomble & Kathryn Williams, Guest: Rachel Sermanni

  • Moniak Mhor

Finding new roads.

Spend a week at Moniack Mhor with two experienced musicians and songwriters to explore the mysterious idea of songs and songwriting. Why do we do it, what does it mean? We’ll talk about our favourite music, and through exercises and co-writing, find new roads into songwriting and overcome the fear of the blank page. Details here.

The Hours
Jan
14
3:15 pm15:15

The Hours

  • The Filmhouse

Daldry's inspired adaption of Michael Cunningham's novel (itself inspired by Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway) cuts between single days in the lives of three women spanning the twentieth century. In 1923, Woolf (Nicole Kidman) is climbing the walls of her Richmond home, plotting her novel and her escape. In the 1950s, suburban Laura (Julianne Moore) dutifully bakes for a loving husband (John C Reilly) and son, but is slowly choking on frustrated desires. And, in the here and now, Clarissa (Meryl Streep) is devoting her energies to a party for her first love (Ed Harris), a poet in the final stages of AIDS. 

Open Meeting / Sisters Uncut Glasgow
Jan
12
6:00 pm18:00

Open Meeting / Sisters Uncut Glasgow

  • Tradeston Industrial Estate

Sisters Uncut Glasgow are a direct action group based in Scotland who are fighting to defend domestic abuse services. This is an open meeting for all Sisters, old and new, so COME ALONG AND GET INVOLVED!

Joan Eardley, A Sense of Place
Dec
3
May 21

Joan Eardley, A Sense of Place

  • Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

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.

The exhibition also features many loans from public and private collections, allowing the viewer to trace specific developments between the photographs, the drawings and the finished paintings.