FEBRUARY 2014 in Edinburgh

94DR's top tips for February 2014,  Our eyes, ears and mouth guide to getting the best out of your trip to Edinburgh.

See: Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival

With two world premieres, one European premiere and four UK theatrical premieres of the highest quality from Austria, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, Scotland and the USA - and a film programme from all global points in between - this is a festival designed to entertain, intrigue and inspire...So leave any preconceptions at the door and enter the vibrant and colourful world of the best of innovative, international visual theatre and film.

31 Jan - 8 Feb 2014  | manipulatefestival.org

Visit:  Field of Light

St Andrew Square in central Edinburgh will host the collection of 9,500 acrylic stems, which gradually light up as darkness falls.The work of internationally acclaimed light specialist Bruce Munro, the exhibit will run from 3 February to 27 April and is expected to draw in visitors from far and wide.

 3 Feb to 27 April 2014 | St Andrew’s Square Edinburgh 

Shop: Unicorn Antiques

There's a touch of Steptoe's Yard about this cluttered shop, where dusty shelves are stacked with copper pots, top hats, antique books and third, fourth and fifth-hand ornaments. It's down a stone staircase off Dundas Street, in a dark basement, with the original tiled floors and marble shelves preserved from its former life as a dairy. You may have to lift the owner's cat to get a decent look at certain items, but, usually, there are gems lurking. 

65 Dundas Street, Edinburgh 

Visit: Museum on the Mound

Want to see a million pounds? See Scotland's oldest banknote? Explore the changing face of Edinburgh? Build a model home? Crack open a safe?  These are just some of the things you can see and do at the Museum on the Mound. This fascinating museum takes a fresh look at money – and much, much more. Art & design, technology, crime, trade and security – all feature in the story of money. We are open throughout the year and admission is FREE.

Daily | The Mound, Edinburgh | museumonthemound.com

See: Russian State Ballet of Siberia

Performing Swan Lake, Gisele, The Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixoute.  The Russian State Ballet of Siberia has now established itself as one of Russia’s leading ballet companies and has built an international reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality and unusual depth. Both the soloists and the corps de ballet have been highly praised by critics, and never fail to delight audiences with their breathtaking ability and dazzling costumes.

25 Mar - 1 Feb 2014 | The Playhouse | ticketmaster.co.uk

Visit: The Grassmarket Saturday Market 

Every Saturday the centre of tThe Grassmarket becomes a flurry of excitement as they host a weekly market. Each week there’s an abundance of locally grown, fresh produce including organic vegetables, artisan breads, fresh fish and meat. Over 20 stall holders offer high quality, sustainably sourced produce as well as just-cooked street food, sweet treats and seasonal crafts and gifts from local makers.

Sat 10 - 5 | The Grassmarket | greatergrassmarket.co.uk

Hear:  Armistead Maupin

The author discusses The Days of Anna Madrigal, the latest in his Tales of the City series. Suspenseful, comic and touching, THE DAYS OF ANNA MADRIGAL unearths secrets and dreams that span 75 years. Tickets from Waterstones.

13 Feb | Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh | armisteadmaupin.com

Drink: Panda & Sons 

Panda & Sons is in the West End of Edinburgh. They operate as a Speakeasy under the disguise of a vintage Barber Shop. So as a hint once you see the Panda logo you know you have come to the right libation destination, Great cocktails and nibbles! 

Daily | 79 Queen Street | pandaandsons.com

View: Scottish Colourists: JD Fergusson

The National Galleries of Scotland’s landmark Scottish Colourist Series of exhibitions culminates this winter with the eagerly anticipated retrospective of the work of J. D. Fergusson (1874-1961). Fergusson was born in Leith, and was essentially self-taught. He moved to Paris in 1907 where, more than any of his Scottish contemporaries, Fergusson assimilated and developed the latest developments in French painting.

until 15 June 2014 | Modern Two | nationalgalleries.org

Eat: Purslane

Headed up by Paul Gunning, previously of Balmoral No 1, La Garrigue and Marco Pierre White’s River Room. Gunning’s take on casual fine dining is a great addition to the Edinburgh food scene. The menu is continually changing and uses the freshest Scottish produce. As a reflection of the chef’s experience there is some interesting updates on classic French cooking, for instance, the tuna loin on a bed of borlotti beans is a light-handed take on a traditional Cassoulet. 

Tues - Sun | 33a St. Stephen Street | purslanerestaurant.co.uk